i>clicker 7 Is Here!

Student using an i>clickerThe newest software version of i>clicker, the student response system supported at UC San Diego, is available for Fall Quarter 2014.

The main improvements include:

  • Gradebook integration with the i>clicker program, eliminating the need for the separate i>grader program
  • Performance and participation points are exported to Ted separately
  • Useful Excel reports

What Can i>clicker Do?

i>clicker creates an interactive learning experience by polling your class and providing immediate feedback through a handheld clicker device.

Benefits include:

  • Instant evaluation of class comprehension to know when to move forward or review
  • Increased student engagement
  • Students get to practice thinking and communicating in expert-like ways
  • Automated scoring for student participation and quizzes

i>clicker 7 is Mac and Windows compatible and works with common applications like PowerPoint, Acrobat, Keynote, and Word. Results can be exported to Excel, Notepad, or Word and imported directly into Ted or other learning management systems.

Upgrading to i>clicker 7 only requires new software and does not require upgrading the base station or clicker hardware.

i>clicker 7 Training

Training sessions are available for beginning and experienced users to learn the upgraded software. Sign up through the i>clicker training calendar.

  • i>clicker Overview (Beginning Users): Receive an instructor kit, download i>clicker software, set up the base station, add a course, start and stop polling sessions in class
  • i>clicker 7 Upgrade (Experienced Users): Download the all-new software version 7 and learn about the major changes,

Self-Service Upgrades

Existing i>clicker users can upgrade the software on their own at clickers.ucsd.edu.

Please note: Do not delete your old software until you are finished with your existing class session data. i>clicker 7 is not compatible with data from previous versions.

More Information

For more information on teaching and learning with Peer Instruction and how clickers can complement this pedagogy, visit Peer Instruction resources at the Center for Teaching Development.

Contact Instructional Technology Integration for more information at iti@ucsd.edu or at (858) 534-4120.

ACMS to the Rescue!

Enhance your department’s superpowers with personalized, expert media and tech services from Academic Computing & Media Services!

HSS 1330 is the Latest Refreshed Lecture Hall

HSS 1330Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 1330 is the second lecture hall this summer to be refreshed with new audiovisual equipment.

Central to the refresh is the new projector. It is brighter and more energy efficient than the model previous installed in HSS 1330. Not only will this projector make it easier for students to see slides and other projected media, but it will also contribute to UC San Diego’s sustainability efforts.

One of the devices that can be displayed by the projector is the document camera. Anything placed underneath the document camera is projected for the entire class to see. All of these projected images are included if faculty sign their course up for screencasting as part of UC San Diego’s podcasting service.

All of the projection inputs are selected through the touch screen control panel installed in the lectern. This control panel brings together media input, lighting, and sound controls in one place for the convenience of faculty.

The lighting options are also an addition to the lecture hall. HSS 1330’s lights have been programmed with several configurations that allow faculty to choose the right amount of light for class activities. Low lighting is available for showing video in class. Bright lighting is available for class discussions. Dimmed lighting in the front of the room and full lighting in seating areas can be used for showing lecture slides.

As in every refreshed classroom, HSS 1330 was cleaned after the completion of installation work.

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to raise the quality of classrooms and lecture halls throughout campus through the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project in conjunction with Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) and Facilities Management.

More information about the Classroom and Lecture Hall Refresh Project:

“Flexible” Furniture Now in Mandeville B150

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Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to announce the launch of a pilot project to test new classroom furniture in one of UC San Diego’s learning spaces. The pilot, a collaboration with the Office of the Registrar, is located in Mandeville B150.

Tables and chairs on wheels replaced traditional desk-seat combinations in the classroom. The furniture is intended to better facilitate group-based collaborative work by students. Tables can be easily rearranged into several different combinations as needed for assignments. This furniture is intended not just to facilitate interactions between students, but also between students and faculty.

Professor Lilly Irani of the Department of Communication brought the idea to ACMS as a way of improving the instruction. Professor Irani designed a course that features projects and activities that required student interaction, which the new furniture will make easier. “These sorts of projects are all about thinking through debating with your team, trying things out, sketching possibilities, and tossing out old ideas. How are you going to have that kind of debate, deliberation, and exploration when everyone is sitting in their individual desk chairs, barely able to move?” Professor Irani pointed out. “The movable and pairable tables and chairs in Mandeville are crucial to enabling engaged, project-oriented pedagogy.”

Peter Newbury, Associate Director of the Center for Teaching Development at UC San Diego, points out that thanks to the fact that the tables and chairs can be arranged to create groups of four, six, or even eight students, “there’s no longer a ‘front of the room’” in Mandeville B150. “Instead of students listening passively while the instructor transmits content from the front of the room,” Peter explained, “the students are the center of the action, practicing how to think, talk, and behave in expert-like ways, with the instructor at their side.”

To learn more about flexible classroom furniture and how you can use it to enhance your teaching, contact the Center for Teaching Development at ctd@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-1992. If you are interested in teaching in Mandeville B150, talk to your department about requesting to teach in the room.

Faculty iPad Reflection Videos

In Spring Quarter 2013, Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) provided UC San Diego faculty in different disciplines with iPads to explore how the tablet could enhance their teaching. ACMS summarized their findings in a research paper released earlier this year.

Three of the faculty who participated in the pilot program reflected on their experiences in short videos. Hear their candid thoughts about the impact of an iPad on their courses.

If you are interested in partnering with ACMS to use new technology in the classroom, contact Instructional Technology Integration (ITI) at iti@ucsd.edu.

The New Ledden Auditorium

Ledden AuditoriumSummer means that the Classroom Refresh Project becomes the Lecture Hall Refresh Project. With fewer students on campus the lecture halls can receive updated audiovisual equipment and upgrades. Ledden Auditorium is the first lecture hall to be refreshed this summer.

The free standing lectern in Ledden Auditorium has been updated to include a touchscreen control panel that makes it easy for faculty to control audiovisual inputs, lights, and media volume all at once. Notably, Ledden Auditorium now has preset lighting levels that let faculty choose the right amount of light for each situation. One preset is presentation mode, which turns off lights in the front of the room while keeping lights on above the seats so students can take notes. HDMI and VGA connections are now available at the lectern to make it easier for faculty to connect their laptops to the projector.

Conveniently tucked in a side drawer of the lectern is a document camera. This handy camera replaces the overhead transparency projector. Faculty can write by hand, show photos, or place items using the document camera. All images from the document camera are displayed through the projector so the entire class can see. Additionally, screencasting, available by request in Ledden Auditorium, captures all document camera images.

One of the most noticeable improvements to the 216 seat lecture hall is the new projector. It is brighter and clearer than the previous model while also being more energy efficient. New projector screens complement the updated projector.

At the conclusion of the refresh, the auditorium got a good cleaning to make it ready for summer session classes.

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to raise the quality of classrooms and lecture halls throughout campus through the Classroom Refresh Project in conjunction with Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) and Facilities Management.

More information about the Classroom and Lecture Hall Refresh Project:

Updated Classroom Details Page

Solis 104The Classroom Details page is a valuable tool for faculty and TAs at UC San Diego to learn what equipment is available in general assignment lecture halls and classrooms across campus. The page has recently been updated to reflect the progress of the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project and reorganized for easier use.

Most notably, new room attributes are listed for lecture halls and classrooms. Chalkboard & projector use can now be listed as “limited” for configurations where the projection screen covers some, but not all, of the chalkboard. Additionally, rooms are no longer limited to listing only one lectern type. Some rooms have both a free standing lectern and a tabletop lectern and previously displayed only one lectern configuration.

Links were added for resources that must be requested in advance, such as podcasting and screencasting, assisted listening devices, and wired microphones.

Classroom information was recently updated for all classrooms to reflect the progress of the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project. Updates will continue as more rooms are refreshed. More information about the project can be found in this video.

The Classroom Details page is a joint effort between Facilities Information Systems (FIS) and Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS). If you have suggestions on how the page can be improved, please email classroom-support@ucsd.edu.

Spring 2014 Survey Winner

Professor Pei-Chia Chen receiving her iPad

Professor Pei-Chia Chen (right) and daughter (lower right) receiving her iPad from Michael Sullivan of ACMS (left) for completing the ACMS Spring 2014 Faculty Survey

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) congratulates Pei-Chia Chen of the Chinese Studies Program on winning the Spring 2014 ACMS Faculty Survey drawing for an iPad Mini with Retina display. Professor Chen was randomly selected as the winner from 136 respondents.

ACMS’s quarterly survey gives UC San Diego faculty the opportunity to provide feedback regarding classroom media equipment and support resources, Ted (UC San Diego’s learning management system), podcastingclickers, and instructional support resources like computer labs. The data helps ensure ACMS deploys resources that best support faculty in their teaching.

The survey goes out to all faculty with courses scheduled in registrar-controlled classrooms.

Visit the Faculty section of the ACMS website for information about ACMS educational technology and support services.

Peterson 104 Starts Summer Refreshes

Peterson 104The Classroom Technology Support unit in Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) stays particularly busy during the summer as the Classroom Refresh Project continues. Peterson 104 is the first classroom to be refreshed this summer.

The 75 seat classroom has two modern projectors, which display a brighter and clearer picture. The projectors use less energy than their predecessors and are part of UC San Diego’s efforts to achieve a sustainable campus. New projection screens were also installed during the refresh. One projector is used to display media from the DVD/VCR player or laptop and the other is used in overflow situations in conjunction with Peterson 110.

Peterson 104 now includes a touchscreen control panel that makes it easy for faculty to control audiovisual inputs, lights, and media volume all at once. Among the new features are several different preset lighting levels that allow faculty to choose just the right amount of light. This includes presentation mode, which turns off lights in the front of the room while keeping lights on above the seats so students can take notes. Wired connections for HDMI and VGA are available on the wall to make it easy for faculty to connect their laptops to the projector.

The classroom also features a document camera installed in the ceiling. This handy camera replaces the overhead transparency projector. Faculty can still write by hand underneath the document camera, but without having to use costly transparencies and special pens. Other items, like photos, can be placed beneath the document camera, allowing everyone in the lecture hall to see them in detail through the projector. Everything projected by the document camera is also captured by ACMS’s screencasting service that can be set up by faculty in advance of class.

After all of the new equipment was installed, Peterson 104 received a full cleaning to ensure the hall is ready for faculty and students to use.

ACMS is proud to raise the quality of classrooms and lecture halls throughout campus through the Classroom Refresh Project in conjunction with Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) and Facilities Management.

More information about the Classroom and Lecture Hall Refresh Project:

Congrats ResNet ’14!

ResNet's graduating class for 2014

(Top row, left to right: Quyen, David, Ben. Middle row, left to right: Tina, Purva, Alyssa. Bottom row, left to right: Joseph, Irene, Taka)

Everyone at Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) would like to thank our graduating ResNet/Help Desk technicians for all of their work during their time as student workers with the department. They are Quyen, David, Ben, Tina, Purva, Alyssa, Joseph, Irene, and Taka. It was a pleasure to have all of you as part of the ACMS team and we wish you well in your future endeavors!

You can meet the ResNet/Help Desk class of 2014 on ResNet’s webpage. Bon voyage and good luck!