JCB Faculty Technology Survey Spring 2022 - Action Items

The Jones College of Business strives to provide the best IT services and support possible to all our patrons, faculty, staff and students. This page identifies the main issues raised in the technology survey and actions items to address them. We will focus on providing the best service possible within our limitations. Below you will find a list of the top issues and requests, alternatives to address them and current status as we progress - some items required the coordination with other units such as ITD, MTSU Online, facilities services, etc. Please note that this document is not oriented to provide an exhaustive list of options or solutions. For additional information regarding some of the issues/requests please see the JCB Faculty Learning Community in D2L. Please don't hesitate to contact carlos.coronel@mtsu.edu if you have any questions.

Issue Action Items & Options Status (03/15/22)
Polling:
TopHat & clickers

When we talk about engaging students, one of the top topics is
student polling. We have several polling options:

  

 

Anonymous polling with PowerPoint and MS Forms
Available to all faculty and students free of charge.
See instructions here and here.
It could also be used for for non-anonymous polls.
Please contact us if you need help with this feature.
Not integrated with D2L. 

Available now!

 

Turningpoint Clickers are available to all faculty free of charge. 
See instructions here. Various quantities (15, 30, 60) Not integrated
with D2L.

Available now!

 

Option: NearPod
Free for up to 40 students, 100MB storage. Requires app for
students. Requires some basic training. More information here
Not integrated with D2L.

Available now!

 

Option: Top Hat (not available at this time)
Top Hat supports polling (anonymous & non-anonymous), 
discussions and attendance tracking. It is already integrated with 
D2L. However, it requires an annual license and training.
We are investigating this alternative.

TBD

HyFlex classrooms
Several mentioned the need for HyFlex classrooms (multiple cameras,
ceiling microphones, interactive boards, etc.) We are taking several
steps to address this request.

 
 
Entered TAF proposal to make BAS S337 a fully HyFlex classroom

Done
 
Working with ITD classrooms to install ceiling microphones in 
several BAS classrooms using HERF funds. ITD plans to install ceiling
microphones in 13 BAS master classrooms.

ITD work in progress.
Should be ready in 
Summer 2022.
 
Continue working with ITD classrooms to include ceiling microphones
and multiple cameras in future classroom upgrades.

Work in progress
 
Optional: Install ceiling microphone and camera in Suntrust room

TBD
Attendance capture
Several faculty mentioned the need for attendance capture technology,
especially in large sections. This type of technology could be expensive and 
requires infrastructure investments. We are investigating some alternatives.

 
 
Use MF Forms (free)
Requires students to install the mobile app and log in to it. But,
it is not integrated with D2L. Requires faculty to manage and 
aggregate the responses.

Creating training
information
 

Option: Use iClicker or Top Hat (paid)
Both options have an associated cost and are integrated with D2L.
Top Hat could provide polling, discussions and attendance tracking for
all the College of Business classes!

TBD
 

Other paid options:
https://spotteredu.com
https://arkaive.com

 
Discussion board 
In the Fall of 2021 we tested two discussion forum alternatives. Both
products were easy to use and provided increased student engagement.
Both products have associated licensing costs. Some options are:

 
 
Use D2L discussion board  (free)

Available now!
 

Use MS Teams for class discussions
Available to all faculty and students free of charge. You could create a "team"
for your class - even merge all classes under a single team.
Please contact us if you need help with this feature.
Not integrated with D2L. 

Available now!
 
Use Top Hat discussion feature (paid)
Not as feature-rich as other dedicated discussion products.
Integrated with D2L. Top Hat could provide polling, discussions and
attendance tracking for all the College of Business classes!

TBD
 

Other paid options:
YellowDig - associated cost, D2L integration available.
CampusKnot - associated cost, D2L integration not available currently

TBD
Classroom hardware 
Several faculty reported issues with the camera, remote recorders,
microphone batteries, doc cam, projection screen, whiteboards,
wireless and, slow teacher computers. Some steps being taking are:

 
microphones, remote 
recorders & cameras
ITD is working on issues with remote recorders, microphones, camera
timeouts. Reported to ITD. ITD upgrading firmware. 
Work in progress
microphones
not charging
JCB IT: Posted instructions in teacher station desk to alternate use of
microphones and save on battery life.
Done!
ceiling
microphones
ITD will install ceiling microphones in 13 BAS classrooms during
the summer 2022 upgrades. Funded by HERF.
Work in progress 
wireless
ITD has upgraded and keeps upgrading wireless infrastructure. ITD is 
planning to replace all wireless infrastructure with Cisco hardware.

Work in progress
slow computers
ITD is replacing the teacher computers in S304, S308, S314 and S315.
JCB will install SSD and RAM upgrades when needed.

Summer 2022.
Classroom environment 
Faculty reported some issues with lights and blinds in classrooms.
Some steps being taking are:

 
lights 
JCB will contact facility services and TAF to check lights in the rooms
JCB will label light switches in classrooms

Work in progress
blinds JCB will contact facility services and TAF to check lights in the rooms

Work in progress
Classroom software
Some steps being taking are:
 
Adobe doesn't work JCB will distribute instructions to login to Adobe and ensure all faculty
have Adobe accounts
JCB will distribute instructions to use the web browser to read pdf files

Work in progress

Work in progress
MS Teams pops up JCB: applied network policy to disable MS Teams (not 100% reliable)
JCB will distribute instructions to disable MS Teams autorun feature.

Done
Work in progress
MS Excel features missing JCB will ensure all teacher stations have all Excel add-ins enabled.

Work in progress
Professional development
& training
JCB will put together several training sessions in coordination with the
Dean's office and ITD office.
Qualtrics training
D2L, D2L course creation, developing engaging content, etc.
HyFlex training

Work in progress
Full size lightboard

Faculty requested a full lightboard installation
Option: https://www.learning.glass/product-line/
Needs funding and identifying a viable room to install this product

TBD
Pilot test lightboard 
in One Button Studio +

 JCB IT advisory board
Several faculty volunteered to participate in an IT technology
advisory group
Work in progress