Teaching and Learning Center

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) is focused on enhancing student learning through supporting excellent teaching at Bluffton University. The TLC offers a variety of services, which can be tailored to meet professors needs. Much of the interaction with faculty will occur in individual conversations, though the TLC will also establish selected workshops and presentations as seems helpful. 

Teaching and Learning Center events
Spring semester 2019

From the Faculty Development Committee
(Held on the following Fridays from 4-5 p.m. in the Kreider Room)

  • Jan. 25 - "Faculty Recruiters" - Jason Swartzlander, Tim Byers, Marathana Prothro, Roy Couch, Bo Young Kang and Jamie Lyn Fletcher
  • Feb. 22 - "Best Places to Work" - Scott Sharik
  • March 29 - "Self Care in a Busy World" - Heidi Mercer, Deanna Barthlow (emotional/psychological), Randy Keeler (spiritual), Deb Myers (nutrition), Audra Oglesbee (physical wellness)

Book Club Study
A book study of the text, Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age by Glanzer, Alleman, and Ream, will be held every Monday at noon in the Purple and White Room from Jan. 14 through March 25, excluding Jan. 21 (MLK, Jr. Day) and March 4 (spring break). Feel free to join in at any point in the semester if you haven't done so already. To obtain a copy of the text contact Randy Keeler in the Academic Affairs office.

Moodle Training-Audio and Video uploading through Panopto
The Panopto Video Platform Is the leading video platform for education and is a part of Bluffton University's Moodle installation. (Panopto is not just for video, but for audio also. For simplicity we will just say video, but we mean video and audio). Panopto can be used for posting video in Moodle, video assignments, lecture capture, flipped classrooms, student recordings, employee training and more. It includes viewership statistics, searching within video and on demand playback. 

The training sessions below will get you started using Panopto. Sessions 2 through 5 will be hands on, each building on the previous session.

Who should attend? Anyone who has a need to create and post video in Moodle or a need to upload video files into Moodle courses. Do you need to upload video form a phone, Camcorder or Zoom recording? Do you need to upload MP3s? Do you need students to turn in video assignments or record a screencast? Do you need to record presentations for staff training? All of these are typical uses. 

Please RSVP at least three days prior to the session date, by sending an email to karcherr@bluffton.edu. Use the subject line Panopto and indicate the session you will be attending. All sessions will be held in G10 and will begin at 4 p.m.

Session 1 - Jan. 17
Overview of the Panopto Video Platform - Features and capabilities. 

Session 2 (Hands On) - Jan. 24
Using video and audio files within Moodle courses. Preparing the course shell, the Panopto Block, posting video/audio within a course, on demand playback, viewership statistics, copying videos to new courses and course settings. 

Session 3 (Hands On) - Jan. 31
Wrap up Session 2 and Creating/managing video/audio assignments. 

Session 4 (Hands On) - Feb. 7
Wrap up Session 3 and introduction to recording lectures at your computer using the Panopto recorder, editing and posting the final product. 

Session 5 (Hands On) - Feb. 14
Wrap up Session 4 and using Panopto outside of Moodle - navigating the web interphase, posting content, sharing, settings, statistics, creating folders, copying content, captioning, searching.

Instructors are invited to contact directly staff members of the TLC:

  • Teaching and Learning Center Director: Randy Keeler keelerr@bluffton.eduRandy works with instructors to strengthen classroom instruction, develop effective approaches to teach writing, and cultivate student advising relationships.

  • Learning Technology Coordinator: Sarah Cecire cecires@bluffton.edu 
    Sarah helps instructors consider how they can most effectively incorporate Moodle or other learning technology into their courses.

  • Student Learning Assessment Coordinator: Alex Sider siderja@bluffton.edu Alex assists instructors and departments to develop, use and interpret assessment related to student learning.

  • Library Resources Coordinator: Mary Jean Johnson johnsonmj@bluffton.edu Mary Jean helps instructors find ways to integrate library resources and services in their courses and collaborates with departments in curriculum planning.

Teaching and Learning lunch discussions, hosted by the Faculty Development Committee, provide an informal venue for information and discussion on a range of topics. If you have an idea for a lunch discussion, contact Tami Forbes (forbest@bluffton.edu).

Specific services of the TLC:

Faculty Peer Coaches: Instructors can request to have a peer coach observe a class session and provide feedback. These evaluations are solely for professors growth and would not be related to the official evaluations for promotion and tenure. If you would like to request a peer coach visit or to volunteer to serve as a peer coach, please contact Randy Keeler.

Experts on Campus: Through particular study or extensive experience, members of the Bluffton community have expertise in specific areas. Please contact them for ideas and conversation about these topics. We also want to continue to add to this list, so contact Randy Keeler with your area of expertise.


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