CSUSB’s Fourth Annual ITS Tech Talks to be Completely Virtual

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The Division of Information Technology Services will host its annual ITS Tech Talks at CSUSB on April 14, which will be hosted as a live webinar through Zoom from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Division of Information Technology Services will host its annual ITS Tech Talks at Cal State San Bernardino on April 14.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the health and safety of the community, the event will be hosted as a live webinar through Zoom at https://csusb.zoom.us/j/762880812 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Traditionally, ITS Tech Talks is an opportunity for faculty and staff to meet in-person to share and exchange ideas, explore emerging technologies, and experience hands-on demonstrations of various learning technologies offered by the university, said James Trotter, assistant director for Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI).

This year ITS Tech Talks, now in its fourth year, will feature panel discussions and Just-in-Time instructional technology demonstrations to enhance student engagement and collaboration in an online teaching and learning environment.

“This is an unprecedented time for CSUSB. It is our goal with the ITS Tech Talks webinar to bring our faculty community together and have a discussion on the transition from in-person to a virtual teaching and learning environment,” Trotter said. “The audience for the ITS Tech Talks is faculty and staff. We have chosen the topics and panel to address the challenges facing our faculty community.”

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales will give a virtual welcome. Following the president’s remarks will be the keynote address, “What is a Good Online Course,” given by Montgomery Van Wart, chair of the Education Leadership & Technology Department and a professor of public administration. Van Wart’s online course, Public Sector Human Resources, was the first CSUSB course to receive Quality Matters national certification as a fully accessible online course using state-of-the-art technology and methods.

The virtual ITS Tech Talks schedule is as follows:

Agenda:

*Giveaways throughout the webinar (must be a current CSUSB faculty or staff to be eligible).

 General Session

10 a.m., Welcome and Opening Remarks – CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales.
10:05 a.m., Keynote Speaker – Montgomery Van Wart – “What is a Good Online Course.”

Faculty Panel Discussion 

10:30 a.m., Faculty Panel Discussion: Online Education During Unprecedented Times
11 a.m., Open Forum: Q&A

  • Moderator – Mihaela Popescu, ATI faculty associate and professor in communication studies
  • Panelists – Craig Seal, management, Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration; Oraib Mango, world languages & literatures, College of Arts & Letters; Sharon Kalkoske, teacher education & foundation, College of Education; and Bibiana Diaz, world languages & literatures, College of Arts & Letters

Just-in-Time Demonstration

11:25, a.m., Everything you need to consider when recording your one video lectures for your online class
11:45 a.m., Create video lessons with assessments using Playposit

Student Panel Discussion 

12:10 p.m., Student Panel Discussion: The Student Perspective; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Online Education
12:40 p.m., Open Forum: Q&A

  • Moderator – Mihaela Popescu, AATI faculty associate and professor in communication studies
  • Student panelists – Shan Burrell, Loydie Burmah, and Gary Lopatenski

Just-in-Time Demonstration

1:05 p.m., Enhancing Social Presence Using Voice Thread in Online Education
1:30 p.m., Free Software Downloads

Closing

1:55 p.m., Closing remarks

For more information visit the CSUSB Virtual ITS Tech Talks 2020 web page at https://www.csusb.edu/its/virtual-its-tech-talks-2020

James Trotter and Tracy Medrano oversee and organize the annual ITS Tech Talks at Cal State San Bernardino. If you would like to participate in a future event or would like more information regarding the annual ITS Tech Talks at Cal State San Bernardino, please email JamesT@csusb.edu and tracy.medrano@csusb.edu.

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