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Mission of IRT

The mission of IRT is to provide leadership in technology and excellence in production, design, instructional technology, and support to faculty, students, and the William Paterson University community. We are committed to offering outstanding  support in instructional design for online, hybrid and face to face teaching, the Blackboard Learning Management System, Classroom Technology, Broadcast, and Production. 

Spring 2022

Instruction & Research Technology would like to welcome everyone back to campus for the spring semester, and extend a welcome to our new colleagues! We'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of a few things as the semester gets started and to introduce these things to our new colleagues. 

Helpdesk Ticket System - https://wpunj.edu/helpdesk - For any and all technology issues and questions, creating a ticket here is the fastest way to get expert support. You can also call the IT Helpdesk at 973-720-4357.

WPconnect - https://wpunj.edu/wpconnect - WPU's Portal - The Faculty & Advisors tab is the place to find your schedule, class lists, Starfish (WPU's early alert system), Degree Works (for degree evaluations), and attendance tracking, among other tools. 

Resources for you and your students -
WP uses Qualtrics for Surveys, available to everyone on campus - https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Qualtrics
All members of the William Paterson Community also have access to LinkedIn Learning (go through WPUNJ Apps menu) -https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/LinkedIn_Learning
WP has a subscription to tutor.com-24/7 tutoring on a wide variety of topics - https://youtu.be/7C5Vsj5hDRk
Zoom at William Paterson - https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Zoom
YuJa, William Paterson’s Video Repository - https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/YuJa

The CTT team focuses on strategic course design and pragmatic teaching solutions designed to bolster student engagement and retention. The CTT is located in the Library, inside the IRT Suite (Room 120). Three highly skilled Instructional Designers are available to help you design your courses, use Blackboard effectively, and assist with other instructional technologies to make your courses more engaging for your students.

Make appointments and ask questions by creating a Helpdesk ticket at https://wpunj.edu/helpdesk - You can also call the IT Helpdesk -973-720-4357. Use ticket types Blackboard or Teaching with Technology Consultations on the Helpdesk Request Type menu.

Overview
For an overview of teaching with technology resources for faculty, visit the Support for Online, Hybrid and HyFlex Teaching page on the ITwiki. 

Bb 101
If you need to brush up on your Blackboard skills, then Bb 101 is for you. This documentation covers everything you'll need to teach using Blackboard. 

Online Teaching Toolkit
The Online Teaching Toolkit, which is available to every faculty member from their Blackboard Home Page (look under "My Organizations" for Online Teaching Toolkit), covers the following: teachingtoolkit

  • Quality Assurance/Quality Matters
  • Understanding Online Teaching & Learning
  • Blackboard Basics
  • Video Conferencing & Video Content
  • Online Classroom Management (Zoom)

Faculty can go through the modules in order, or focus on the areas they are most interested in incorporating into their teaching. 

HyFlex Teaching with the HoverCam Solo 8Plus Please see the ITwiki HoverCam page for information on using the HoverCam (installed in each classroom on campus and in Valley Road 1600) as a Document Viewer and a Webcam/microphone. This piece of equipment is available for all faculty who choose the HyFlex teaching option. Also, watch the HyFlex Teaching Workshop video for more information. 

Zoom Workshop Videos
In addition to the Zoom Workshop Recording, these three short videos make up the content for the Zoom workshop being taught on demand . 

Quality Assurance for Hybrid and Online Teaching Video
This workshop video is now available: Quality Assurance for Hybrid and Online Teaching. This video is password-protected, and the password is: +GM+!3P@

YuJa: WPU's New Streaming Video Platform 
This workshop video is available at: YuJa: WPU's New Streaming Video Platform. The password is: Ed9XP6c!

As always, CTT staff is also available for one-on-one consultations about remote instruction. To make an appointment, please make a Help Desk ticket at wpunj.edu/helpdesk. Choose the Blackboard ticket type and then CTT Faculty ConsultationThis is the best way to set up a time to work with one of the CTT instructional designers. 

Upcoming Events

Webinars
CTT is offering 30-45 minute webinars series. It covers the essential tips and tools for teaching including some of Blackboard functions. Webinars are open for everyone who are interested in such topics. Details

Blackboard Ultra Institute
IRT's Center for Teaching with Technology is happy to announce two offerings of our new Blackboard Ultra Institute, a hands-on immersive workshop that introduces you to the changes coming in the next version of Blackboard: Blackboard Ultra. Please click here to register to join us.

 

Small Changes for Online and Hybrid Courses
CTT proudly presents the research-based teaching techniques that can be applied apply to your discipline. Please watch the videos for the practical strategies and insights you can use in your classroom. Details

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