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Purdue University offers a lot of great software tools for faculty and students that can be used for course projects. The problem that may arise for faculty wanting students to create movies, graphics, or other deliverables for course projects may simply be that students are not familiar with tools needed to create those items.
This is where the ITaP Student Trainers can help!
The ITaP Student Training program offers free training on various software tools to students and faculty. During the time of a 50-minute course meeting, a Student Trainer can provide students with the basic knowledge of a software tool so those students can complete their assignment. For a 75-minute course, Student Trainers can provide not only a training session but also, on request of the course instructor, additional question and answer time for individual students in the course.
Each training session is a hands-on session, so training sessions held during class time may need to be held in a computer lab instead of the normal classroom. All students in the session will receive a handout, and any student missing class or needing additional instruction may schedule an individual help session with one of the Student Training staff.
Student Trainers currently provide training sessions on the following software tools:
(Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
|GarageBand||Windows Live Movie Maker|
Additionally, other training sessions may be available on request. If you need a training session on a product not listed above, please contact the Student Trainers and request that session.
Student Trainers are also available to provide training sessions to recognized student organizations. Student organizations interested in providing professional development to its members as a whole, or who may need a few members trained in a technology to develop videos or materials to market their group may utilize the Student Trainers for this purpose. Additionally, Resident Assistants who would like to provide a program for their communities to develop new technical skills may also request a program from the Student Training staff.
Student Trainer sessions may be customized to meet the needs of attendees. For an audience that may know how to use Microsoft Word but may need some training on more advanced topics in Word, a training session can be developed to meet that need.
The ITaP Student Trainers are available throughout the fall and spring semesters, with limited availability in the summer. If you are interested in setting up a training session please fill out our training request form. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our training coordinators will answer any questions you may have.
Passport allows instructors to create challenges that a student can complete to earn badges. Purdue’s Passport platform integrates with Mozilla Open Badges. Bill Watson, an assistant professor in Curriculum and Instruction, was instrumental in the creation behind Passport.
“Typically in courses, we have a number of very broad learning goals, and grades are given out on student assignments tied to these broad goals,” Watson says. “But really, it is more a comparison of students rather than a focus on student learning and attainment of desired learning outcomes.”
Passport provides a framework allowing students to earn badges through uploads, sharing links, taking assessments, and through instructor approvals.
Students can show what they know by displaying their digital learning badges through Passport’s portfolio app or as a Mozilla OpenBadge. By actively sharing badges, students can display the evidence tied to each challenge, giving a clearer picture of their learned skills and competencies to potential employers.
Purdue is accepting test pilot applications for a limited number of beta users so that instructors everywhere can explore digital badges for learning. Visit http://purdue.edu/studio to find out more.
MG Siegler over on TechCrunch has been chronicling his experience with picking up a new Macbook Air. One of the startling revelations Siegler has proposed is that of Steve Jobs and Apple killing the CD/DVD for the computer industry with the introduction of the USB reinstall drive. The Macbook Air does not come with a built-in optical drive and Apple found a way around packaging optical reinstall disks by placing everything onto a USB drive.
Siegler also believes that with the advent of an App store for the desktop (similar to the mobile App store) is another nail in the coffin for Optical media.
“Up until now, the vast majority of software (at least the legal variety) has been distributed by way of CD or DVD. The Mac App Store could very well change that. Every app found on that store, undoubtedly including the big ones we all know and love and use on our computers today, will be distributed over the Internet. This is long overdue.” – MG Siegler
What do you think? Will the optical disk and drive go the way of the floppy disk and tape storage?