The Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) makes it’s debut at San Jose State University fall 2018 semester. The Excelsior OWL is a replacement for Writer’s Help, it’s a free, open educational resource that is easy to use and mobile friendly! This powerful online tool is an excellent resource that instructors can freely share with their students so that they can get the help they need to improve their reading and writing skills. Students can also go directly to Excelsior OWL on their own, no account is necessary.
Reading & Writing Support
The Excelsior OWL if chock full of engaging college level interactive content on a variety of topics.There are actual two distinct areas of Excelsior OWL, the Online Reading Lab and the Online Writing Lab. Both are easy to navigate, and the search feature returns targeted and more relevant results than searching in Google.
Instructors might be interested in several other exciting options that let them integrate Excelsior OWL content with their own curriculum. The link below takes you to a page that shows you how to get the HTML embed code of over one hundred writing activities and almost two hundred interactive reading activities. Once you have the embed code, you easily add it to your own page in Canvas. Your students will be able to see and interact with that content without ever leaving your Canvas course.
How much do you know about Piazza, the robust wiki-style Q & A platform that helps boost participation of women and minorities in STEM and other disciplines? If you’re not familiar with it this is a great opportunity to meet representatives who will be on hand for a demo, and hear from a panel of SJSU faculty who use and recommend Piazza. This platform helps boost the participation of women and minorities, in STEM and other disciplines!
San Jose State University offers a variety of learning spaces in support of innovative teaching and active learning. Classrooms equipped with current instructional technologies and capable of flexible spacial arrangements encourage collaboration and foster innovative thinking. Many classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio, visual and conference technology to enhance the collaboration and communication with students and instructors /speakers—both onsite and at remote locations.
Explore this 360-degree photo of Room 101 in Morris Dailey. eCampus has included 360-degree photos of some classrooms on the Learning Spaces page of our website. In addition to classroom resources, check out the wide array of programs, workshops, teaching tools and support detailed on the eCampus website.
Recent research indicates that students really value recorded lectures to supplement their learning, and videos can stand in for you when you are NOT face to face with your students. It’s also easier than ever to get started with video development, with Camtasia! From a quick motivational talking-head style pep talk, a screen-cast showing a software application, to a narrated PowerPoint with additional images and effects, Camtasia is a robust program that lets you do it all.
In fact, there’s still room in the two beginner workshops scheduled for tomorrow, September 26th, at 9 and 10am. Don’t hesitate to get in on the fun, email email@example.com to join one or both workshops!
(NOTE: Camtasia is available for SJSU faculty and staff only. For students interested in video check out your options with Adobe!)
In August, we focused on Katherine Johnson who is a legendary mathematician and a NASA scientist. She helped propel mankind to the moon with her mathematical equations and applications. She was depicted in the featured film, “Hidden Figures” and we urge you all to go watch it to get a glimpse of her life and her character. Ms. Johnson is an amazing person with impeccable work ethic, rich history and an amazing story.