Poster printing

You can easily print affordable full-color posters up to 12″ x 18″ at several locations on campus, including Fedex Office in LaFortune and the Copy Center in O’Shaughnessy. However, some courses and activities require students to create a large-format academic poster, infographic, or creative work.

Large posters are expensive to print ($40-60 or more), so it’s important to let students know early in the course if you expect them to pay. In some cases, grants or departmental funds have been secured to cover the cost, but there are no ongoing sources of money for this kind of thing.

At Notre Dame

  • Copy Center / DCL Services Print Shop (O’Shaughnessy)
  • Center for Digital Scholarship (Hesburgh Library) – matte only
  • Engineering Graphics (Fitzpatrick) – for College of Engineering faculty and students
  • Digital Printing Studio (Riley) – for College of Arts & Letters faculty and students
  • Off-Campus – Fedex Office, Ironwood and SR 23 – Notre Dame contract, discounted pricing
    • Contact: (574) 271-0398

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Video recording and editing

A Spanish television commercial project is one way students and instructors can use original video recordings in teaching and learning. In STEM areas, video word problems are another possibility. It’s not hard to produce a simple video that is rough around the edges. However, if you need high production values be prepared to spend many hours working with expensive hardware and software.

The Remix website provides lots of ideas for student projects and assignments that involve video recording (follow link and click “Video” at top of page).

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Class video recording

Common reasons for having a class recorded include

  1. Sharing the video with students – for review or when students have to miss class
  2. Improving your teaching
  3. Building a teaching portfolio

An instructor of record may arrange for a videographer from the OIT to record a daytime class at no charge. Use this as an opportunity for self-examination, a way to document student presentations, or an addition to your teaching portfolio.

The university can’t feasibly provide enough videographers to record a semester’s worth of class sessions for many different courses. The OIT has been exploring “lecture capture” technology that can do this unattended.

The Kaneb Center offers a “Collaborative Teaching Reflection” service. First an OIT videographer records one class session, then a Center staff member observes a different session and reviews course materials, including the syllabus. The final step is to meet for an hour with the Kaneb staff member to discuss what is working, as well as potential areas for improvement.

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Electronic reserves

electronic ReservesInstead of placing physical materials on reserve in the library, where copies may be limited and time schedules may be restricted, instructors can request that items be made available online. This includes

  • Book Chapters
  • Articles
  • Audio CDs
  • Videos

The library does most of the work. All you have to do is provide a list of the materials you need, and they assemble electronic copies. They even pay for copyright releases, if required! Some electronic copies are created by scanning paper documents, but many can be made available by linking to online databases to which the library subscribes.

After your reserves are set up, students can access them on the library’s site or using a Sakai tool called “Library Reserves”.

Faculty members often augment electronic reserves with additional documents that they post in SakaiBox or Google Drive.

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Image credit: iPad at the Hesburgh Library. Photo by Matt Cashore. Copyright University of Notre Dame.

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Streaming video

This is a delivery method where video can be presented online before the entire file has been received. Without streaming, you would have to wait a while to download an entire two-hour video before you could begin to view it. The technology also makes it harder for people to illegally download media. YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix all use streaming video.

The Hesburgh Libraries’ electronic reserves service can provide private, securely streamed videos that students can view outside of class – all within the limitations of fair use. You can also use the Media Gallery tool in Sakai to upload your own original materials for restricted use by students.

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[Image edited from “Davos” by Daniel Zedda on Flickr]
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Video conferencing

This allows groups of people at two or more locations to interact live via two-way video and audio transmission. Desktop videoconferencing can be done with a low-tech webcam for little or no cost. High-end conferencing facilities provide better quality sound and video. Some systems allow conferees to share computer screens as well as live video and audio. Here are a few ways you can use videoconferencing with a class:

  • Guest speaker – interview an expert alumna or invite a poet to talk to the class — ask multiple colleagues in different places to participate in a discussion.
  • Field trip – ask a docent in a museum or an archaeologist at a dig to show what they are doing and seeing.
  • Language practice – line up volunteers from another country for conversation.
  • Performance – show a student presentation, skit, or speech to an expert evaluator.

At Note Dame

  • OIT videoconferencing – Contact Jeff Miller (631-6850)
  • Skype Kit – includes a laptop, webcam, and ClearOne speaker-microphone unit.
    • Contact: 115 DeBartolo Classroom Building (631-8778)
    • Skype is also available on classroom podium computers.
  • Sakai Meetings tool (BigBlueButton) – communicate and share content remotely — requires Flash (HTML5 client under development).
  • Google Hangouts – available through the Chrome browser or as an app.

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[updated June 2015]


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Blog systems like WordPress, originally used only for posting and commenting, are now responsible for all kinds of beautiful websites. In teaching & learning, blogs are often used for reflection, journaling, creative writing, and collaboration — and WordPress makes a great platform for a public-facing course website.

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[updated August 2016]