In support of UC San Diego’s commitment to improving the undergraduate experience, Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) has dedicated resources to help faculty enhance their teaching through the use of technology. One of these resources is the newest addition to the Classroom Technology Support team, Instructional Technologist Craig Bentley.
One of Craig’s primary responsibilities is helping faculty implement i>clicker student response systems in their courses. Craig quickly became an expert in i>clickers and is confident that faculty can do the same. “It’s a pretty intuitive product family,” he said, “plus there are great website resources available both on the ACMS website and on the i>clicker website.”
Craig keeps current with new capabilities and features that are offered with i>clicker and its associated software so that he can make sure UC San Diego faculty are taking full advantage of the system. “It’s a pretty deep product which adds a lot to the toolset the instructors have, especially if they use them in the right way,” he observed. He also pointed out that the UC San Diego Center for Teaching Development provides resources for faculty who want to learn about how clickers play a role in the pedagogy of peer instruction.
Craig also helps faculty learn how to use other instructional technologies to enhance their teaching. One of the common requests is to show instructors how to use the media equipment installed in classrooms and lecture halls. Recently, he has helped faculty learn how to use iPads during lecture. No matter what the technology, Craig has found that faculty pick it up easily. All faculty are encouraged to bring their ideas about integrating technology into their courses to Craig to explore ways in which ACMS can support them.
Prior to joining UC San Diego, Craig owned Imageworks, a video production company, for 27 years where he wrote, produced, and directed a variety of different videos, including training videos for government agencies and corporations. Craig also produced the feature-length documentary Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story, which he described as “one of the most interesting and fun projects” he has worked on. The documentary can currently be found on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and iTunes.
Craig puts his video production skills to use at ACMS working with faculty to develop videos for online or hybrid courses. ACMS offers a suite of online education video production services ranging from do-it-yourself training to full video production in a green screen studio. Craig has already shot and edited video for two different courses since joining ACMS two months ago.
Whether it’s clickers, iPads, or online education, Craig and ACMS are always ready to support faculty in bringing technology into the classroom. Feel free to contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (858) 822-3315 today!
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