LTC Features RaptorSearch and Zip Grade, Thurs, Nov. 12, 2015

The Learning Technologies Committee will meet Thursday, Nov. 12 beginning at 3 p.m. in CM 214 on the Takoma Park Silver Spring campus and will feature two presentations.Robert Reeves, E-Resource Management and Discovery Service Librarian, will present RaptorSearch, the library’s new, locally branded starting point for research. RaptorSearch simplifies access to the millions of articles, books, videos, and other resources provided through the MC Libraries Catalog, research databases, and electronic journals.

Feedback from students and faculty reveal that the wealth of options can actually be a barrier to students as they get started with the research process. RaptorSearch focuses on removing some of these barriers to research, allowing students to find information more easily. Librarians also expect to spend more time teaching the information literacy skills that are critical to student success, and less time demonstrating multiple search interfaces.

Windy Jefferson-Jackson, Reading professor at TPSS, will demonstrate ZipGrade, which turns a phone or tablet into an optical grading machine similar to a Scantron. It reads free-to-download answer sheets in multiple sizes. It also provides instant feedback to students by grading exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments as soon as they finish.

The meeting is open to all faculty and staff.

Pinterest for Faculty

Pinterest Logo"Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more." (Pinterest 2012). Instructors can begin using Pinterest to access inspiring images and to gather ideas and information. Some uses in education include creating lesson plans, sharing resources with students, and organizing content by categories. Instructors and students can create visually appealing bulletin boards; pin interesting and informative items; and share with others through the use of email, Blackboard, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networks. A free Pinterest mobile app is available for both Android and iOS mobile devices (iPod, iPad, and iPhone) to facilitate pinning on the go with the use of device cameras.

The Learning Technologies Committee:

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* Promotes the use of technology in support of teaching and learning.

* Identifies emerging technologies for enhancing teaching and learning to the College community for potential piloting

* Reviews proposals from the College community to test new technology for piloting and adoption.

* Advises and reports to the Executive Technology Steering Committee.

* Recommends pilot projects to the Executive Technology Steering Committee for approval.

* Shares information in coordination with the Applications Advisory Group.

* Determines outcomes, tracks and assesses data to determine if outcomes were met in adoption post-pilot phase.

* Discusses and considers full usage of available technical functions of College instructional software and systems.