Tegrity Around Campus
With a dynamic tool such as Tegrity Lecture Capture, it's only natural to focus on how it can enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. But what happens when the teacher or student (or both) are unable to make it to the classroom? Tegrity offers many practical applications to keep teaching and learning continuing outside the classroom walls. Below you'll find three accounts of how Tegrity is helping the UW keep courses on track and save money.
Moving Forward, Even When the Instructor is Sidelined
Haideh Salehi-Esfahani, a senior lecturer in Economics, didn't set out intending to use Tegrity. But soon after the UW closed for three days due to snow, she broke her ankle and needed to find a way to provide continuity for her 800 students. At first her plan was to write up detailed lecture notes with complex examples, to distribute to students. But after giving it some thought, Haideh realized that static lecture notes "would not really cut it."
She contacted Jake Kulstad, one of UW-IT's instructional technologists, from whom she had previously received help with the Canvas learning management system. Jake and she met for about 90 minutes on a Friday, during which he helped Haideh orient to Tegrity. By the following Sunday, she had recorded four of the six lectures she would eventually provide. "After the first hour of working with Tegrity, the process became pretty intuitive." In addition to lecture material, Haideh also used Tegrity to record exam review sessions. Recently, she even used it to record content to fill a short gap if an appointment with a doctor prevented her from getting to class on time.
Haideh received only two messages from students reporting difficulty accessing the recording. Of positive feedback, students said that they could follow arguments, and liked seeing both an image of the instructor and, in the larger screen, an image of the document she was working from. One student said it was almost as good as having her instructor in person.
Providing course content this way also gave Haideh an opportunity to rethink the flow of content over the quarter. When she recorded exam review sessions, she told students that she would reduce the percentage of questions that pertained to material that she had given via Tegrity. She found it to be "pretty close to the real lecture." She says that she will consider using Tegrity in the future, possibly in a couple of ways. One way might be to record lectures and have students review those recordings outside of class time, using class time for more interactive and group work. The other might simply be using Tegrity to record her regular in-class lectures, then making the recordings available for students to review.
Helping Every Student SUCCEED
Professor Walter Hutchens used Tegrity when teaching the Global Environment of Business, a capstone course for business majors at UW Bothell. When a student's sudden medical emergency threatened her completion of the course, Professor Hutchens recalled hearing about Tegrity, and thought it might offer a solution. "I found the link to Tegrity, logged in, created the recording, and sent the student the link to the video." Both Professor Hutchens and the student were pleased with how easy Tegrity was to use. "It was intuitive and didn't require any special training to use its basic features [of recording and sharing video]." The student shared with Professor Hutchens her gratitude that such a tool existed and that he had thought to use it. Professor Hutchens is similarly pleased with this initial successful experience of Tegrity and plans to use it more widely in the future.
Supporting the Community and Saving Money
As a proponent of online teaching, Cheryl Kerfeld, physical therapist and lecturer in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, offered the first completely online course for the Physical Therapy (PT) program at the UW. The PT program is steadily growing, increasing by 50% in recent years. The program attracts many driven students who like to study and review class notes frequently. Instructors wanted to meet the needs of their largely non-traditional students and provide a way for them to review course content online. Program administrators had considered the Media Site platform as a solution for capturing lectures, but found the start-up costs (approximately $10K per classroom) prohibitive. Researching other options, Dr. Kerfeld found information about Tegrity on a UW-IT site. While cost of Media Site was a factor, it was a desire to support the effort to make Tegrity available across campus that finally led PT to choose Tegrity.
In addition to helping out students, Dr. Kerfeld notes that more learning formats such as Tegrity make teaching more interesting for instructors as well. Furthermore, Dr. Kerfeld said that supporting the UW was another factor; given the effort to make Tegrity available across campus, she said, "We want to support our community." And she indicated that the support has gone both ways: "So far, your support [for using Tegrity] has been wonderful." Dr. Kerfeld is excited about how user friendly Tegrity is, and loves the note-taking functionality. Looking to the future uses of Tegrity, Dr. Kerfeld hopes to use Tegrity to provide a positive experience for students and a more efficient way of sharing and reviewing course content.
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