Technology Integration:  Faculty Spotlight

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Dr. Melissa Holland

I teach in and over­see the cur­ricu­lum for the online MS in Clin­i­cal Research (MSCR) pro­gram in the Col­lege of Phar­macy & Health Sci­ences (CPHS). We have been a 100% online pro­gram since 2014; and, are the only online pro­gram within CPHS. Tech­nol­ogy is key to stay­ing con­nected to our stu­dents in our online MSCR classes. Here are some of the tech­nolo­gies we use in our pro­gram:

· Tegrity

· Black­board Col­lab­o­rate

· Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and Forms

· Respon­dus Lock­down Browser and Mon­i­tor

Tegrity allows us to cre­ate short instruc­tional videos for our stu­dents. We are able to present slides on course top­ics or review top­ics related to assign­ments. We can share our screen and Tegrity allows us to record our video; or, only our voice record­ing while doing so. Tegrity videos ensure stu­dent-to-instruc­tor and stu­dent-to-con­tent inter­ac­tion within our online classes.

Black­board Col­lab­o­rate is uti­lized for vir­tual class­room events with stu­dents. Col­lab­o­rate allows us to con­duct inter­ac­tive ses­sions such as Jeop­ardy reviews or stu­dent pre­sen­ta­tions. For Jeop­ardy, stu­dents are able to par­tic­i­pate actively and respond. Stu­dents can raise their vir­tual hand to be the first to answer for a selected topic. It works best when you have assis­tance from a mod­er­a­tor to deter­mine who is first to respond. For pre­sen­ta­tions, the stu­dents are able to upload their slides and present to fac­ulty or fel­low stu­dents. Hav­ing the abil­ity to record these ses­sions is impor­tant to an online pro­gram because every­one has dif­fer­ent sched­ules, so even if they can­not attend, they can view the ses­sion at a time con­ve­nient for them. Black­board Col­lab­o­rate also ensures stu­dent-to-instruc­tor, stu­dent-to-stu­dent, and stu­dent-to-con­tent inter­ac­tion within our online classes.

I also use Win­dows Movie Maker to cre­ate short intro­duc­tion videos so the stu­dents see my face weekly. This allows them to feel more con­nected to me as their course instruc­tor. This also allows for stu­dent-to-instruc­tor inter­ac­tion within my classes. I typ­i­cally upload these videos to YouTube and link within my classes.

Google forms can be uti­lized to cre­ate sur­veys for courses, like intro­duc­tory course sur­veys. Google docs is key to all of our classes. Stu­dents can work simul­ta­ne­ously on their assign­ments and projects for ded­i­cated group work, which is a must in online classes where stu­dent-to-stu­dent inter­ac­tion is key. Most stu­dents use Google docs and Google slides for the cap­stone clin­i­cal research project for our MSCR pro­gram as they typ­i­cally work in a group of 2–3 stu­dents. They can work simul­ta­ne­ously on the project deliv­er­ables and also share via Google drive with fac­ulty advi­sors for review. The com­ment­ing and sug­gest­ing with Google docs, which tracks changes, allows stu­dents and fac­ulty to see what revi­sions are needed from draft to draft. You can also look back at the his­tory of the revi­sions from past drafts.

Another great tech­nol­ogy uti­lized within our MSCR pro­gram is Respon­dus Lock­down Browser and Mon­i­tor. When we tran­si­tioned our pro­gram from seated to online, we had great con­cerns for ensur­ing the aca­d­e­mic integrity of our pro­gram. Respon­dus Lock­down Browser locks a student’s com­puter dur­ing assess­ments (i.e. exams) and pre­vents them from nav­i­gat­ing to out­side sites. Respon­dus Mon­i­tor records the stu­dent while he/she is tak­ing the exam; and, requires the stu­dent to show some form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (i.e. stu­dent ID or driver’s license) prior to begin­ning the exam to con­firm their iden­tity. Respon­dus Mon­i­tor also requires the stu­dents to per­form an envi­ron­ment check prior to begin­ning the exam. They must show their work space and over­all envi­ron­ment to ensure no resources are being used for an exam if the instruc­tor does not want any notes or text­books used. The instruc­tor is able to review thumb­nail pic­tures of the video and select spe­cific parts of the video for review. It gives us great peace of mind to have this tech­nol­ogy to ensure we have the same level of aca­d­e­mic integrity as we did when we were a seated pro­gram.

Tech­nol­ogy is ever chang­ing. We are always try­ing to ensure we stay up-to-date on the lat­est tech­nolo­gies to bet­ter serve our students!”-Dr. Melissa Hol­land