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.