The solution was to use a course iSite to host multimedia that helps provide context outside of class to topics covered within class. The PITF gathered images of people, places, or events involved in each case study and created powerpoint presentations for the professor to show in class. News footage surrounding the events contained in the case studies were identified and assembled so that the students could be immersed in the case study and absorb the context to topics outside of class, such as “The Saturday Night Massacre,” “Tobacco Litigation,” “Abu Ghraib” and other relevant topics. Copyright and costs involved with using the footage were investigated. Video footage was integrated with the Video Annotation tool so students could share comments or ask questions while watching the video.
These three-dimensional animations of key concepts helped students visualize concepts more thoroughly than 2-dimensional diagrams. Some of the animations were interactive and allowed students to manipulate variables on the fly.
This online learning evironment allowed students to read and analyze different varieties of Middle English, a generic name for the dialects of England and Scotland 1100-1550). The resources were intended for students to learn at set rhythms but in their own space and time. It was used as a supplement to literature courses.
A physical collection, as well as an online digital database and website of materials, ranging from innovative to new materials found everyday in the constructed environment, was created to help students explore and understand material composition and functional traits to allow students to rethink conventional applications and promote material experimentation in design practice. Supported by the PITF program, the collection database could be searched to discover material examples and vendor contacts.
PITFs Jessica Scott and Christina Dobbs catalogued the video then digitized and edited specific video clips. Each video was coded so someone could search key terms and quickly identify sections of video with the desired content. The library was used by four courses in the Language and Literacy program. Individual clips were integrated into the course site and were used to show examples of practice and as the basis for various assignments.
A collaborative, online repository for course readings and bibliographical resources in political theory, created and maintained in the iSites platform, and structured in a tree-and- branch way to represent the various subfields of political theory.
Using Elluminate, the teaching team created a constructive back-channel conversation between students and TFs. Conversations took place in Elluminate's chat feature and were archived and posted to the course iSite after the session ended. Elluminate was also used in conjunction with Dragon Naturally Speaking to provide real-time captioning of Professor Hehir’s lectures.
The PITF assisted with these challenges by: a) Working with the professor to identify and compile video excerpts for delivery via the course iSite. b) Developing a website with resources and best practices for effective presentations. The site includes a variety of presentation tools, including Xtranormal, VoiceThread, Powerpoint, and more. c) Identifying a solution that would allow Professor Guinier to collect student feedback and then deliver individual student feedback in a streamlined manner while storing it in an easily accessible archive for future reference.
Over multiple years, PITFs assisted Professor Hanson’s development of the Project on Law & Mind Science public iSite and supporting his Law and Mind Science seminar, including: a) Producing trailer videos using excerpts from conferences, and mounting these on the iSite b) Identifying suitable multimedia for inclusion in the site... Read more about Law and Mind Science, Teaching Materials and Methods
The PITF organized the website into weekly pages that included all of teaching materials. Students could find the materials needed to prepare for tests, assignments, as well as other resources including audio files, online dictionaries, and supplementary materials.
The kinship module was designed for students to input and analyze their family's genealogy and study kinship structures. This application consisted of two drawing options: a classical genealogical family tree builder and an experimental family tree builder. Users could create classic family...
The instructor and PITF worked on a complete course iSite overhaul and refurbishment, both in terms of content and in terms of graphic presentation and readability. Traditional readings and images were made accessible along with communications through the course blog. In addition, two new case studies were developed.