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Don't Forget About Your Instructional Technologist

Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) is here to support you, the faculty, in the integration of educational technology into pedagogy, assessment, and academic research to enhance student learning and promote effective and innovative instructional practices.

For a full listing of our services check us out on the TLT blog.


Rolling Course Content From One Course To Another

Don't forget you can roll over an old OAKS course into a course in the new semester so you don't have to rebuild your courses from scratch. A tutorial is available on the TLT Tutorials and the OAKS blogs, or via direct link: http://goo.gl/Nwuh4

Crosslisting OAKS Courses

Crosslisting allows you to combine two or more OAKS classes into one so that you only have to post material once to be available to all crossed courses. IMPORTANT: You need to crosslist before your students contribute to the course as all student work and grades will be lost during the crosslisting. It is recommended that you crosslist before you put any course material in the course as well. To request a crosslisting complete the Request to Crosslist form available on the OAKS Homepage in the OAKS Requests widget. Allow 3 business days for completion.

Fake Student

If you want a fake student in your OAKS classes you should request it soon. A fake student allows you to take quizzes/tests, submit assignments and see the gradebook exactly how the students do. You can request a Fake Student by completing the Request a User be added to your OAKS course form available on the OAKS Homepage in the OAKS Requests widget. Allow 3 business days for completion.


IT Support Services has been busy refreshing classrooms and adding new equipment. The old switchboxes have been replaced with an Extron panels, reducing the equipment in a teacher’s cabinet to one simple device that controls both audio and video. They also added new digital document cameras as well as new presentation advancer remotes. All machines have been upgraded to Windows 7. Finally, they have created new mobile projection carts and strategically placed them around campus. These carts will be used to ensure functionality in case of hardware failure in the classroom, as well as replace the antiquated TV/VCR carts with a PC/DVD/projector to give students a better viewing experience. Just contact Helpdesk to request a cart a day prior to your class. Lastly, remember all the VCRs have been removed.

Brian Brumley

Instructional Technologist

School of Science & Mathematics

Teaching, Learning & Technology