Teaching and learning

Getting started

Virginia Tech is in the process of converting from one learning management system, Scholar, to another, Canvas. Instructional faculty may elect either system until the migration is complete.

Canvas.  Follow the Canvas Ramp Up Plan since features and support will be evolving during the Fall 2015 semester.

Scholar. To establish a Scholar course site, follow the options on the Instructor’s Checklist for Scholar Site Setup.

For help with either system, contact 4Help (www.4help.vt.edu).

More information

Resources available for learning and teaching include workshops for instructional personnel, communication services for videos and distance learning, and places to learn more. See the website for Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) for additional information.

Networked Learning Initiatives (NLI), formerly the Faculty Development Institute or FDI, is a centralized, cross-discipline professional development program available to all Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. Teaching strategies, security, research, and visual media are available topics. Participation in NLI creates eligibility “points” for the ongoing computer refresh program.

Learning Experience Design offers design consultation for all courses including online, on-site, hybrid, blended, flipped, web-conference; project-based learning communities focused on development of technology-enhanced active learning; lesson, course element, and full course design and development support; and guidance and assistance in developing multimedia, graphics and technology-enhanced learning activities.

The Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI) is designed to address the professional development concerns of graduate students. Developed as the result of a collaborative effort between Learning Technologies and the Graduate School, GEDI focuses on multi-disciplinary pedagogy practices that integrate the critically engaged use of advanced technologies.

To learn more about varied topics, use the self-paced tutorials at lynda.vt.edu, or assign lynda tutorials to your students.

TLOS also provides interactive video conferencing, video production, and streaming media. The multimedia production team creates videos in the studio, archives classes and campus events, and transfers video to different formats. Live and on-demand streaming media servers support classes, projects, and special events.

TLOS grant programs help support learning with grants focused on various aspects of teaching and learning. Grant programs include both those with fixed deadlines as well as revolving grant programs.

The InnovationSpace is a multimedia computer lab open to the students, faculty, and staff, as well as the local general public. It provides assistance through free and open access to software, hardware, and specially-trained staff.

Echo360 is video capture at Virginia Tech. Lecture capture is set up in a pre-equipped classroom and the lectures are automatically uploaded to the Echo360 site for you. You may also download software to create and record your own lectures or videos and then upload those to the Echo360 site.

WebEx, a suite of web-conferencing tools, can be used not only for live interactive online class sessions, but also for meetings with colleagues.

Playback of DVDs and video or recording live events for instruction is available on request through the cable television system is available on request. Submit requests to 4help.vt.edu.

For information technology professionals

4-VA, a consortium of four Virginia universities using an immersive video technology— Cisco TelePresence—works to share infrastructure to improve the quality and affordability of, and access to, higher education. TelePresence rooms may be reserved, with priority given to inter-university shared coursework, but available for other uses on a space available basis. Contact Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, 540-231-2309.

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