Transition to Online
To assist in the challenge to quickly convert courses from onsite to online, members of the Radlab team have prioritized their time to help. With backgrounds in instructional design, some staff members have been able to assist faculty in redesigning courses to work effectively online using our learning management system, BlueLine (Canvas).
The Radlab is developing an online resource center that provides information and guides for a variety on tools faculty may use. Our learning management system, BlueLine (Canvas) has a number of available tools that many are unaware that exist, but could assist as courses are moved online
Sue Calef, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Theology, teaches a course entitled, “Bible, Spirituality, and American Public Life.” It is designated as a technology course. As such, she came to the Radlab and Reinert Library to get ideas of what her students could do. It was recommended that they use augmented reality to create interactive posters for the final course project. We introduced Dr. Calef to an augmented reality tool called Zapworks and provided licenses to her students.
She demonstrated how it worked and provided training for her students. The students created posters with target images that played videos, slide shows, and text that further explained the topic of each poster. During February students put these posters on the interior windows of the Reinert Library with instructions on how to download the free app (Zappar) and explore the information through augmented reality. These posters were available to view by the Creighton community and visitors.
Students being able to effectively register for courses is essential. Current instructions are out-dated. The Radlab was asked by Creighton Registration to create videos that would explain how to use the Creighton Course Catalog and how to Register for courses using The Nest. We have completed one of the videos and are in the process of developing the second video. Both will soon be available.
IT Return to Campus
As the university establishes guidelines for opening campus, the Division of IT has the same requirements plus some additional ones. In collaboration with IT Communications, the Radlab assisted in developing a BlueLine course dedicated to that need. The Radlab used Adobe Captivate to create a narrated training activity that includes information on these requirements along with videos and knowledge checks to ensure understanding. Branched sections allow those in specific service areas access to additional guidelines. All IT staff are required to take and pass this training course.