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Instructional Innovation and Support

As of September 1, 2019, the San Jacinto College Educational Technology Division became the Instructional Innovation and Support Division. This rebranding is a recognition of the broader focus of support provided by our division and staff.

Instructional Innovation and Support (IIS) will continue to provide services in the following areas: Blackboard support, distance learning, instructional design, course development, media production, instructional copyright, OpenBooks, and general topics in the field of educational technology.

As part of the transition, we are in the process of launching a new web presence. In the coming weeks you will begin to see changes in our resource links, social media, training materials,  contact information. This  blog site will remain available throughout our transition, however, new content will be launched on the new IIS site.

To access the new site, head over to https://www.sanjac.edu/innovate. If you are following us on social media, continue to follow us for more information about the re-branding and upcoming events we have scheduled.

https://www.facebook.com/SJCInnovations

https://www.instagram.com/sjcinnovations

https://twitter.com/SJCInnovations

TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBILITY REVIEW COMMITTEE (TARC)

Technology is changing. This change is not just in the computer we use for work, the cellphone we carry, or the car we drive, but also in the resources available for use by our students. If you have recently been visited by a publisher representative, you have no doubt heard about their online resources that can include everything from digital text to a repository of activities students can take advantage of to practice their newly learned knowledge and skills. In addition, the ready access to online videos and text provides a wealth of information at our fingertips. But what does this really mean for you and your students?

With the increase of digital content, faculty should consider issues associated with accessibility, FERPA, data security, and integration and compatibility with SJC systems. Each of these carries a list of questions and concerns to consider and to make a difference in students successfully using the content. The answers
can also make a difference in the College remaining in compliance with external expectations for some issues.

SJC has created the Technology Accessibility Review Committee (TARC) to support faculty during the adoption of course materials. This is a committee comprised of representatives including faculty,
Educational Technology, Accessibility Services, Information Technology Services, the Registrar’s Office, and Marketing. The role of this group is to review the areas mentioned above, not to review the content of the proposed materials. The goal is to make sure these considerations are addressed prior to final adoption and to work with the faculty to address any issues or concerns that may arise. This allows the faculty to have course materials that are accessible to support the students when classes begin.

The Course Materials Adoption Guidelines have been updated to include TARC and provide information on how to submit course materials. This document can be found on The Exchange, he College’s internal website. If you have any questions, send an email to TARC@sjcd.edu.

2017 Horizon Report

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC), in collaboration with the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI), publishes the Horizon Report as part of “an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.”  New Media Consortium (NMC), https://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2017-higher-education-edition/

This month, the fourteenth edition of the report, Horizon Report 2017 was launched. This edition covers six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology and their potential effects on higher education.

If you would like to learn more you can download and read the full report at Horizon Report 2017 Higher Education Edition or view the video included in this post.

EdTech Connect – November 2016: Productivity Tips, Friday Training, DL Certification Dates

The November  issue of EdTech Connect is now available.

This month’s publication includes productivity tips and tools, topics for our Friday training sessions, and dates for upcoming DL Certification sections.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

EdTech Connect November Newsletter

EdTech Connect – October 2016: Tips for Creating Instructional Media, New EdTech Training Opportunities

The October  issue of EdTech Connect is now available.

This month’s publication includes tips for creating your own instructional media and information about new EdTech training opportunities.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

 

 

 

 

EdTech Connect – May 2016: End Of Semester, Atomic Learning and Training Dates

The May issue of EdTech Connect is available.

This month’s publication includes end of semester reminders, overview of the Atomic Learning Tool, and scheduled EdTech training dates.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

EdTech Connect Newsletter_May_2016

EdTech Connect – April 2016: New Media Center, EAC tool and Training Dates

The April issue of EdTech Connect, our monthly newsletter, launched today.

This month’s publication includes a feature on the new Media Center, an introduction to the EAC tool in Blackboard, and training dates scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

EdTech Connect_March_2016
April 2016 edition of the Educational Technology Department newsletter

EdTech Connect – March 2016: Bb Course Template Updates, NBC Learn and Training Dates

The March issue of EdTech Connect, our monthly newsletter, launched today.

This month’s publication includes an overview of the improvements made in the updated Blackboard course template, a feature on the NBC Learn tool, and training dates scheduled for the remainder of the spring 2016 semester.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

EdTech Connect March 2016 Edition
March 2016 edition of the Educational Technology Department newsletter

EdTech Connect – February 2016: Bb Tip, Expo and Training Dates

The second edition of EdTech Connect, our monthly newsletter, has launched.

Review the February edition for a Blackboard tip on grouping your Bb My Courses list, dates for upcoming training events, and information about the Technology Expo hosted by EdTech and ITS during the College Community Day later this month.

Each month the newsletter is emailed out to all college employees. If you did not receive that email or you would like to review archives, please visit our EdTech Connect Archives page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

EdTech Connect:  February 2016
February 2016 edition of the Educational Technology Department newsletter