COEHS Instructional Development Services

We will resume normal technology articles starting next week that will be published January 28 with workshops to follow that next week.  In the meantime, this week we would like to highlight some of our technology services that we provide for students, faculty, and staff within the College of Education and Human Services here at Western Illinois University.

Instructional Development Services

Instructional Development Services (IDS) serves as a catalyst for the transformation of teaching and learning through the inclusion of technology.We have been committed to providing faculty and students with quality assistance in the areas of instructional design, technology integration, online course development, and just-in-time training since its origin in 1995.

Our main goals are to:

  • Assist faculty in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of emergent technologies for their classrooms.
  • Coordinate and facilitate face-to-face events and on-line tools that promote cross-
curricular collaboration on the topic of teaching
 with technology.
  • Provide faculty resources that facilitate research, integration, use, and evaluation of emergent technologies in their respective field.

To this end we  provide the following services to all COEHS students, faculty, and staff:

- Interactive Multimedia Lab (IMM Lab)

- Technology Resource Checkout (TRC)

- Technology Integration Assistance (Faculty)

- Faculty Innovators Program

Interactive Multimedia Lab (IMM Lab)

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. |Horrabin Hall 104 | 309.298.3076 |

The Interactive Multimedia Lab (IMM) provides just-in-time training in a one-on-one or small group setting for students, faculty, and staff choosing to use emergent technologies in their teaching and learning.

We offer a state of the art service facility for developing cross-platform multimedia projects such as, computer based instruction, multimedia authoring, mobile technologies, podcasting, CD-ROM and DVD ROM development, video editing, web-page development, electronic presentation development, and the incorporation of media centric Smart Technologies into teaching and learning.

The IMM lab offers the latest in hardware and software for dual platform creation.  All computers are connected via Ethernet to WIU’s network.

Unique to the Interactive Multimedia Lab is its knowledgeable and friendly training staff who are always happy to guide you in your multimedia development.  Training is available on such tasks as:

  • Editing and finalizing a digital video on CD or DVD
  • Creating a video, audio. or enhanced podcast
  • Developing a website or web-based portfolio
  • Using WesternOnline as a student or an instructor
  • Learning to teach and/or present using SmartTechnologies (interactive whiteboards)
  • Photo Editing
  • Scanning
  • Designing interactive forms

An abbreviated list of commonly used software applications includes:

  • Apple’s iLife Suite (iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, and etc.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Adobe PhotoShop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Final Cut Express
  • Analog to Digital Video Conversion
  • Flatbed and 35mm Slide Scanning
  • SmartBoard Technologies
  • Audio Recording and Mixing

Technology Resource Checkout (TRC)

Hours of Operation M-F 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.| Horrabin Hall 104 | 309.398.3076 |

The Technology Resource Checkout primarily serves COEHS faculty, staff, and students.  It is also available to any students who are enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at Western. These individuals, and COEHS departments can pay a fee of $20 per semester in order to check out technology for 48 hours at a time.

Equipment Available to all COEHS Students, Faculty and Staff:

  • Apple iBook Laptops
  • Windows Laptops
  • Flip Video Cameras
  • Digital MiniDV Camcorders
  • Digital Still Cameras
  • Digital 8mm Camcorders
  • Tripods

We also have laptops available for students on a semester loan basis. Call 309.298.3076 for information on  pricing and availability.

Additional Checkout Equipment for Faculty and Staff Only:

  • LCD Projectors
  • Netbook Computers
  • Wireless Microphones
  • LCD Wireless Mice
  • Windows and Macintosh Laptop Carts
  • Mobile SMARTBoard
  • SMART Technologies SMART Slate
  • Mimio Board

Technology Integration Assistance

Instructional Development Services
Horrabin Hall 113C | 309.298.2993 |

Our staff is here to support you in your teaching with technology endeavors in numerous ways.

Upon your first visit to our office, you can expect staff to meet with you to discuss your instructional goals as well your course syllabus. We will look at what you want to teach and what you expect your students to know upon completion of the course or lesson.  We will then discuss how various technologies might assist you in ensuring that you meet your teaching goals and your students meet their learning goals.

After working with our staff to choose an appropriate technology or series of technologies that match your needs, we will assist you in integrating the technology into your coursework and setting up delivery and assessment methods.  At this time we will help you reserve any necessary facilities or equipment you will need for implementing the technology into your teaching.

Next, you will have the option of working one-on-one with a member of our staff or in the Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Lab to learn how to use the technology you have selected.

Upon your request, an IDS staff member can be available to assist you as you deliver your integrated lesson to your class.

Contact Dawn Sweet (309) 298-2993 | to set up your first appointment!

Faculty Innovators

The Faculty Innovators Program is a 24-month professional 
development program for faculty. Our mission is to create
 a cadre of technology “champions” throughout the COEHS who 
will mentor their fellow faculty members and raise the standard for 
technology integration in teaching and learning.

Solving a Growing Problem

As higher education faculty have full workloads with classroom teaching assignments, field specific research, and service projects, time for exploring cutting-edge technology for teaching often beomces one of their lowest priorities.

In an institutional setting where the student population comes equipped with laptops, cell phones, iTunes, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, and Second Life this raises a recurring need for a professional development program capable of supporting change in the methodologies and technologies selected for use in the classroom.

Program Goals

  • Bridge the gap between teaching and technology.
  • Meet increasing student needs and expectations for technology integration in higher education instruction.
  • Promote the development of published research projects on the efficacy of technology integration in post-secondary education.

Applications are accepted each April.  Please discuss your interest 
with your department chairperson.  

Contact Dawn Sweet, for more information.

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