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Lynda.com Available to HCC Faculty & Staff

Posted January 8th, 2017 by Jordan Carswell

lynda.com provides a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, lynda.com is a high-quality resource for faculty and staff looking to develop skills in Adobe, Microsoft Office, Moodle, project management, social media, and a wide range of other topics.

Ready to get started?

Visit our permanent lynda.com resource page for information on signing up and getting the most out of the site.

Learning Glass now available to HCC Faculty

Posted December 17th, 2016 by Jordan Carswell

To help faculty build on the comfort of presenting ideas visually on a board, the Curriculum Innovation Center at Central College introduces The Learning Glass Studio. The Studio is located in the San Jacinto building room 339. 

To reserve or schedule a tour, call Charlotte Hamilton or Ruben Duran @ Central CIC 713.718.6272, or email ruben.duran@hccs.edu. Reservation can also be made online.

 

One Button Studio Now Open at Alief Campus

Posted November 22nd, 2016 by Jordan Carswell

HCC’s newest One Button Studio is now available for use in the Alief Campus Media Commons, B321. The studio provides a simplified recording environment where faculty, staff and students can create high quality videos with no knowledge of the technical aspects of production.

Use the studio to record short presentations, individual or group project videos, demonstrations and walk-throughs, or anything else you can come up with that supports teaching and learning at the college.

Find out more!

 

Present great images with ARTstor, a browseable digital repository

Posted December 5th, 2012 by Site Administrator

George Washington (ARTstor)

Click above on the thumbnail of our first president to open a new window and see the amazing detail and metadata on ARTstor images!

ARTstor is a digital repository for images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences, licensed by HCC for its instructors and students. The images are organized and searchable by classification, date, creator, title, geographical location, or collection. This organization makes it possible to browse through the incredible breadth and depth of ARTstor. You can still search if you know of a particular work, though.

ARTStor is useful for more than Art Appreciation and Art History — there are also special collections for different disciplines such as American Studies, Anthropology, Design and Decorative Arts, Languages and Literature, Maps and Geography, and World History. These pre-selected groups, or any collection of pictures that an instructor wishes to use, can add visual style and substance to augment a course. Try contemporaneous art in a History class or ancient maps in a Geography class!

If you’re curious about getting started using ARTstor images, contact the CIC to discuss ideas about image sets for use in class or to spruce up presentations. Thanks goes out to the HCC libraries for assisting with access to ARTstor — if you’re having technical or access problems with ARTstor or any other HCC database, the libraries can help.

ARTstor: A Browseable Digital Repository

Posted December 5th, 2012 by Site Administrator

George Washington (ARTstor)

Click above on the thumbnail of our first president to open a new window and see the amazing detail and metadata on ARTstor images!

ARTstor is a digital repository for images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences, licensed by HCC for its instructors and students. The images are organized and searchable by classification, date, creator, title, geographical location, or collection. This organization makes it possible to browse through the incredible breadth and depth of ARTstor. You can still search if you know of a particular work, though.

ARTStor is useful for more than Art Appreciation and Art History — there are also special collections for different disciplines such as American Studies, Anthropology, Design and Decorative Arts, Languages and Literature, Maps and Geography, and World History. These pre-selected groups, or any collection of pictures that an instructor wishes to use, can add visual style and substance to augment a course. Try contemporaneous art in a History class or ancient maps in a Geography class!

If you’re curious about getting started using ARTstor images, contact the CIC to discuss ideas about image sets for use in class or to spruce up presentations. Thanks goes out to the HCC libraries for assisting with access to ARTstor — if you’re having technical or access problems with ARTstor or any other HCC database, the libraries can help.

Using a LibGuide to Enhance your Students’ Research

Posted November 20th, 2012 by Site Administrator

Sample LibGuide for American Government

View a sample LibGuide for American Government

 LibGuides are a tool that lets librarians create subject or class specific guides to library resources. The idea behind this is to use a librarian’s abilities to narrow down the overwhelming amount of information online and in our library into manageable amounts while still allowing for a sense of discovery. LibGuides are a great way for professors and librarians to work together to provide another pathway for students’ individualized learning and research. And they live entirely on the web — easily linkable from Eagle Online or the Learning Web.

This LibGuide, created by faculty mentor Daniel Dylla for Rosalyn Crain’s government class, showcases online videos and library DVDs, books, articles, databases, and statistics. The videos can help students become more familiar with US history. Books, articles, databases, and statistics are organized to help students find specific types of resources for further research. There’s also a page to get help directly from a librarian or help with MLA formatting and citations.

LibGuides like the above example are most useful for classes that have some research component, like English or Government classes. LibGuides are very flexible, though. They also work well for subjects, like History or Math, that might benefit from a curated guide to online and HCC-only self-study resources.

Send an email to Daniel if you would like to explore making a LibGuide with a librarian for your class or subject.

LibGuides: Enhance your Students’ Research

Posted November 20th, 2012 by Site Administrator

Sample LibGuide for American Government

View a sample LibGuide for American Government

LibGuides are a tool that lets librarians create subject or class specific guides to library resources. The idea behind this is to use a librarian’s abilities to narrow down the overwhelming amount of information online and in our library into manageable amounts while still allowing for a sense of discovery. LibGuides are a great way for professors and librarians to work together to provide another pathway for students’ individualized learning and research. And they live entirely on the web — easily linkable from Eagle Online or the Learning Web.

This LibGuide, created by faculty mentor Daniel Dylla for Rosalyn Crain’s government class, showcases online videos and library DVDs, books, articles, databases, and statistics. The videos can help students become more familiar with US history. Books, articles, databases, and statistics are organized to help students find specific types of resources for further research. There’s also a page to get help directly from a librarian or help with MLA formatting and citations.

LibGuides like the above example are most useful for classes that have some research component, like English or Government classes. LibGuides are very flexible, though. They also work well for subjects, like History or Math, that might benefit from a curated guide to online and HCC-only self-study resources.

Send an email to Daniel if you would like to explore making a LibGuide with a librarian for your class or subject.

Faculty Spotlight: Bryant Evans

Posted November 5th, 2012 by Janie Blitch

Soaring with Eagle Online

Bryant Evans, Northwest College Geography professor, represents the pioneers who have switched from Blackboard Vista to HCC’s new Learning Management System—Eagle Online (EO). Says Evans, “Using Eagle Online is like driving a different vehicle.”

Bryant has organized his Physical Geography (GEOG 1301) course by weeks and has started using Eagle’s Advanced Forums tool for discussions. After a cumulative quiz (test), Evans closes the “eyes” for previous weeks to keep his students focused and up-to-date.

Evans hopes that the Eagle Online grade book will continue to evolve and improve. He encourages other faculty members to complete the EO training as soon as possible for web-enhanced and hybrid courses; Blackboard Vista will no longer be available for HCCS faculty after the Fall 2011 semester. In the future, Evans would like to see “master courses” available in Eagle Online as they were in Blackboard.

After assignments at the University of Arizona and Pima College, Bryant Evans has taught for HCC since 2003. His honors include Fulbright Hays Travel Fellowships to Oman and Jordan in 2009 and to Argentina and Uruguay in 2006. In addition, he is a recipient of a Houston World Affairs Council Fellowship (China) in 2007. Evans’ Learning Web site shows his current classes and activities.

Set up Outlook Calendar to Send Daily Text Message Reminders

Posted September 24th, 2012 by Steve Rota

Configure Outlook to send you a text message of your calendar events and appointments each morning before starting your day. This tutorial is helpful to users who would like to know how busy their day will be before they get to work and would like to skip setting reminders on every calendar entry.

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ritu Raju

Posted May 3rd, 2012 by Janie Blitch

Engaging Students with Camtasia

Dr. Ritu Raju presents supplimentary materials for her distance and face-to-face students by using TechSmith’s Camtasia, software that allows a professor to publish voice-enhanced Power Points and other presentations. Recently, she has posted a “behind the scenes” explanation of how Turnitin works as a plagiarism detection device. Students access actual examples of what is and is not acceptable use of secondary materials. Raju includes the written and oral analysis of a student’s paper with what does and does not constitute plagiarism. As a follow-up to her original class materials and explanations, the Camtasia – generated lessons give students a “second chance” to understand complex processes and ideas. Her voice also provides a connection with her students.

Professor Raju plans to upload a few of her presentations to HCC’s media space, Edutube, for future classes during the time between the current spring and summer semesters. She will be able to keep this material private. Although Raju uses the Windows version of the software, the Spring Branch CIC offers Camtasia for Mac for faculty use. Faculty members can also download a fully functional 30-day evaluation version of the software from Techsmith’s website.

As an assistant chair for the Technical Communication and Mass Communications division of the English Department, Raju brings current techniques and practices to her students and incorporates the HCCS Eagle Online Learning Management System through web-enhanced courses such as English 2311.