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Teaching and Learning – Online Tutorials

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ITaP’s Teaching and Learning website has some great online training information and exercises for the various tools and services offered by Purdue University. These tools include Blackboard Vista , Adobe Connect, Confluence, and more. This training includes text, images, and videos to help keep faculty and students on the right track.

The Blackboard Vista tutorials provide a great resource for both faculty and students to get started with Blackboard – everything for preparing a course to just using the Blackboard interface. Adobe Connect online tutorials provide the user with step-by-step videos for everything they need to create or record a meeting. For Confluence, the tutorials provide information for navigation as well as simple wiki mark-up. All of the online tutorials can be used by faculty, staff, and students at Purdue, but some of the resources have been designed specifically with the student in mind.

Videos in the Student Resources section include quick how-to tutorials on using many of the tools in the ITaP computer labs across campus. These videos are created and/or maintained by the Student Trainers program, a training team of talented students that work with instructors, organizations, and individuals at Purdue to provide the software training that best fits instructional and educational needs. Currently the Student Trainers program has tutorials for using myMail, OneNote , Audacity, and many of the Adobe products.

For further questions or comments about any of the tools or services supported by ITaP Teaching and Learning, or to setup a face-to-face consultation, please feel free to contact ITaP at tlt-consulting@purdue.edu.


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Student Trainers Program

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Students Helping Students is more than just a motto, it is the reality of the Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) Student Trainers program. The program places experienced student trainers in the classroom teaching one hour workshops to other students. The program not only benefits students, it also benefits class instructors. By utilizing the Student Trainers program, instructors can provide their students exposure to all kinds of computer tools like Photoshop, iMovie, and Audacity.

Two of the courses that utilize the Student Trainers program often are English 106 and American Sign Language 101. The student trainers provide both standard and customized workshops for these courses. After attending a workshop, students will utilize the tools for their course assignments and can contact the Student Trainers program if they need additional one-on-one assistance.

Also, multiple times throughout the semester, the Student Trainers program will host two hour open workshops in the evenings covering tools such as InDesign and Photoshop. These workshop are available to all students, faculty, and staff at Purdue. Dates and times for these evening workshops are posted on the ITaP training calendar. The Spring 2012 semester schedule will be posted the first week of classes in January, 2012.

If you are interested in more information about the Student Trainers program or would like to request a workshop for your class, please contact them at: itaptrainers@purdue.edu

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The Google Art Project

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The Birth of Venus

The Google Art Project is a collaboration with some of the world’s top art museums. This site enables people to see  many artworks online in very high detail. No longer do viewers have to wait in line to see some of the most popular pieces. The Google Art Project offers an alternative way to see these famous artworks, in greater detail and with a better view than you would have of these works in person.

Currently the Google Art Project allows for virtual visits of 17 of the world’s most well known galleries and museums. You can view 7,000 megapixel versions of  over 1050 artworks. Some of the galleries and museums include are: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, The National Gallery in London,  and The Uffizi Gallery in Florence.


This site has great potential for education, because it allows students who may never be able to see these works up-close and personal the opportunity to see them in high detail. Visit the site and let us know  your thoughts in the comments below.

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Easy Screen Recording With Screenjelly

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Ever needed to make a quick screen recording to share with someone but didn’t feel like wrestling with a complicated professional app?  Screenjelly may fit the bill.  You don’t have to download anything to use it.  It operates through the browser and all you need to do is install Java if you don’t have it, register on the Screenjelly site (you can also login using your Twitter or Facebook account), click the Record button and you’re all set!  The best part is, it’s free!

You can record up to three minutes of video and audio. You can record narration and mark recordings public or private.  There are buttons that allow you to easily share your recording via Email, Twitter, Facebook or other social networking site, or to display embed code so that you can place the recording on a web page.  They also give you code that allows you to embed a Screenjelly button and callback function in the page so that visitors to your site can click to record and embed a Screenjelly video directly on the page.

It doesn’t have the advanced features of a full-bodied app like Camtasia.  No editing, zoom or pan, captioning, etc.  It’s not for every use, but if you need an easy, low-threshold answer to quick screen recording, Screenjelly may come in handy!

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