DOLCE Meeting on Online Textbooks, Teaching with Video, and the Future of SmartSite

Textbooks: Paper or Digital
Textbooks: Paper or Digital?

Faculty from across the disciplines will meet on Friday, November 7th at noon to hear from four different speakers on teaching and technology initiatives on campus. I hope you can join us in 307 Surge IV (just west of the Silo) to receive updates from the following.


Jason Lorgan of the UC Davis Bookstore will present on The UC Davis Bookstore Online Textbook Pilot Program. Imagine that two weeks before the quarter begins, a student in your class receives access to an online version of your textbook, with adaptive digital content. Such a pilot has begun this fall, and of the 4,000 students in participating courses, 95% have chosen to stick with the digital adaptive content rather than switching to print.


Steve Faith, Faculty Technology Training Coordinator, will preview how a future Learning Management System will allow all of us to teach with multiple media, especially video, using Kaltura. Kaltura is a versatile product for uploading, managing, and distributing rich media including images, audio, and video. As part of Academic Technology Services’ Video Initiative, Kaltura will be integrated into our learning management system (LMS). At Friday’s DOLCE you can preview what Kaltura looks like in the SmartSite, Canvas, and Brightspace, and thus consider all three learning management systems that we are considering for the future of SmartSite.


Andy Jones will catch us up on the LMS pilots being conducted this fall, and the planned timeline for the LMS transition. According to a 2012 article in Inside Higher Education, “More than 90 percent of all colleges and universities — small and large, public and private — have invested in an institutionwide LMS, according to data from the Campus Computing Project.” Having benefited from a learning management system at UC Davis for about 15 years, we are currently using Sakai to power our SmartSite; your feedback will help the LMS working group make the best recommendations to the Academic Senate, CIO, and Provost at UC Davis.


Finally, Professor James Carey from Entomology will give us a brief update on his plans as chair of the Educational Technology Subcommittee of the Campus Council for Information Technology.


Bring a lunch if you are inclined, as well as your curiosity and questions.


DOLCE — Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education

Friday, November 7, 2014 at Noon

307 Surge IV (west of the Silo)


Image courtesy of Alan Levine.

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