OIT Offices Support UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

{October} {27}, {2016}

by Rosalind Ong De Trevino at 9:37 AM in Campus Community, Productivity

Several Office of Information Technology (OIT) areas collaborated with the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS) at UTSA which hosted a Shared Experience Forum. According the UTSA ADTS webpage, "the academy is charged with providing institutional leadership and guidance for excellent teaching at UTSA through activities such as mentoring new faculty or developing seminars on teaching excellence; and with providing guidance and feedback for Faculty Center programs and initiatives related to teaching and learning."


The forum, held October 12, 2016, was a live stream focused on the topic 'Why teach an online or hybrid course?' The forum provided attendees the opportunity to discuss teaching and learning best practices as well as review the support available to faculty interested in designing online and hybrid courses. Tools such as Skype for Business as an alternative to office hours for courses not meeting face-to-face were also discussed.  


Support for the forum was provided by the OIT Video Production Group (VPG), Online Learning (OL), and Learning Technologies (LT).

  • VPG Manager Gerard Bustos was the live stream producer for the event. Additionally, Producer James Borrego served as Technical Director and Producers Stephen Matthews and Jose Carrillo operated the cameras. Providing a livestream to events such as the Shared Experience Forum increases exposure of services available to faculty to support student success. "It's important for us to support events like the Shared Experiences Forum live stream production because collaborating with faculty in order to improve the student experience, exceedingly merits the knowledge and professionalism our group offers to live webcasting," said Bustos.
  • The OL staff members, Multimedia Designer Chris Cortez and Instructional Development Specialist Diana Amis, assisted with the creation of the look and feel for the marketing elements, including the blast emails and certificate design. In additional, as OL staff works closely with faculty designing hybrid and online courses, OL suggested candidates for the panel discussion.
  • LT staff supported the audio-visual needs of the event and ran the audio feed for the forum. They worked with the Faculty Center to determine additional technology needed to ensure the event ran smoothly. LT Manager Dustin Barrows stated, "The discussion of how technology can be used for teaching and learning is paramount to our mission and we feel that assisting with events like this will further our understanding of what faculty needs from the technology."


The forum included a panel presentation and discussion from faculty across several disciplines who are experienced hybrid course instructors and was moderated by Dr. Thomas Cannon, senior lecturer in the UTSA College of Business. "We have great collaboration with the ADTS, particularly on faculty development opportunities related to using technology for teaching and learning. Since the forum was about online and hybrid teaching and learning, it was a great opportunity for us to have a presence with faculty interested in these fields, answer questions base on experience and research, and support the faculty who has worked with us in the design and development of their courses, " shared Director of Online Learning Marcela Ramirez. "ADTS is a great bridge to connect faculty and digital learning opportunities."