CIRT News 

The Center for Instruction and Research Technology's publication, CIRT News, offers expertise, resources, and training to assist faculty in ways that enable them to develop greater capacities for using technology for teaching and research along with information on recent and upcoming events. CIRT News is published four times a year.

Current Issue: March 2018

Highlights in this issue:
  • Faculty Spotlight: Using 3D Printed Models in Classes
  • Director’s Message: UNF Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative
  • Digital Thinking: Accessibility Checker in Microsoft Office
  • Best Practices Online: Using Canvas Tools to Promote a Community of Inquiry

 Past Issues 


Highlights in this issue:

  • Faculty Spotlight: Using Outcomes in Canvas to Report and Evaluate Student Achievement of Learning Objectives
  • Director’s Message: Online Learning Updates
  • Digital Thinking: Data Visualization Applications Available Through CIRT
  • Best Practices Online: Test Security

Highlights in this issue:

  • Faculty Spotlight: Using Qualtrics to Create Interactive Scenario Assignments
  • Director’s Message: 2017 Technology Surveys Debrief
  • Digital Thinking: Faculty Bio Tool
  • Best Practices Online: Video in Arc
Highlights in this issue:
  • Faculty Spotlight: Streamlining Course and Program Development with Course Templates,Dr. Lauri Wright, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Director’s Message: CIRT Annual Report 2017, Dr. Deb Miller, Director
  • Digital Thinking: Announcing Faculty Domains, Andy Rush, Course Media Developer 
  • Best Practices Online: Communication in Canvas, K. Megan Bracewell, Instructional Designer 
 March 2017

Highlights in this issue:

  • Using iPads for Field-based Data Collection, Dr. Michael Binder, Political Science
  •  2017 Horizon Report, Higher Education Edition, Dr. Deb Miller, Director
  •  Digital Thinking: Innovative Audio-Visual Capture Tools, Jessica Harden, Educational Media Coordinator
  •  Best Practices Online: Facilitating Engaging Discussions, Rozy Parlette, Instructional Designer 

 January 2017

Highlights in this issue:

  • Using 3D Printing to Create Custom Lab Tools, Dr. TJ Mullen, Chemistry
  • 2016-2017 Key Issues in Teaching & Learning, Dr. Deb Miller, Director
  • Digital Thinking: Copyright Resources for Faculty, Dave Wilson, Assistant Director
  • Best Practices Online: Implementing E-Journals, Jamie Chaires, Instructional Designer   

November 2016 

Highlights in this issue:

  • Beyond PowerPoint - Using OfficeMix to Create Narrated Presentations in Canvas, Dr. Andrea Arikawa, Nutrition
  • National Study on Faculty Attitudes Toward Technology, Dr. Deb Miller, Director
  • Digital Thinking: Using Facebook Groups to Facilitate and Enhance Communication While Traveling Abroad With Students, Mike Boyles, Graphic Designer
  • Best Practices Online: Course Analytics in Canvas, Allison Archer, Instructional Designer     

Highlights in this issue:

  • Teaching a Visual Language Online, Michael Stultz, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
  • Canvas and More, Dr. Deb Miller, Director
  • Digital Thinking: Audio and Video in Canvas, David Wilson, Assistant Director
  • Best Practices Online: Engaging Students in Canvas, Megan Bracewell, Instructional Designer

March 2016

Highlights in this issue:

  • Transitioning Team-Based Projects to the Online EnvironmentJames Littleton, School of Computing
  • Report from ELI 2016, Dr. Deb Miller, Director
  • Digital Thinking: Horizon Report: Higher Ed Edition 2016, David Wilson, Assistant Director 
  • Best Practices Online: A review of Best Practices, Rozy Parlette, Instructional Designer 

January 2016

Highlights in this issue:

  • Using the Photovoice Method to Explore Social Themes in Introduction to Anthropology, Dr. Anne Pfister, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • Resources for Personal and Professional Development, Dr. Deb Miller, Director
  • Digital Thinking: Course Trailers, Andy Rush, Coordinator of Online Course Media
  • Best Practices Online: Using Facebook Groups to Increase Learner Interaction in Online Courses, Jaime Chaires, Instructional Designer 

November 2015

Highlights in this issue:

  • Supporting a Flipped Instructional Model with Program-wide Clicker Adoption, Brooks College of Health School of Nursing Faculty
  • Open Educational Resources, Dr. Deb Miller, Director
  • Digital Thinking: Hot Air Balloons Help Keep Students Engaged in Class, Beauty Kolenc, Coordinator of Educational Media
  • Best Practices Online: Benefits of Providing Feedback to Students, Julie Fuller, Instructional Designer  

September 2015

Highlights in this issue:

  • Using Classroom Recording and Surveys to Promote Reflection in Pre-Service Teachers, Dr. Karen Patterson, Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
  • CIRT Annual Report and New Initiatives, Deb Miller, Director
  • Digital Thinking: 3D Scanning Comes to CIRT, Donatella Schianomoriello, Academic Support Tech 
  • Best Practices Online: Peer Assessment, Rozy Parlette, Instructional Designer  

March 2015

Highlights in this issue:

  • Lessons Learned in the Wonderful World of Online Instruction, Dr. Clarence Hines, Jazz Studies
  • Director's Message: Blended Learning, Deb Miller, Director
  • Digital Thinking: 2015 NMC Horizon Report, Beauty Kolenc, Coordinator of Educational Media 
  • Best Practices Online: The Three C's of Enjoyable Online Learning, LaTasha M. McPherson, Instructional Designer

January 2015

Highlights in this issue:

  • Digitization to Improve Art Installation Processes, Nofa Dixon, Department of Art and Design
  • CIRT - Looking Back and Moving Forward, Deb Miller, Director
  • The New CIRT Video Recording Studio, Dave Wilson, Assistant Director
  • Cultivating a Sense of Presence in Your Online Course, Julie Fuller, Instructional Designer
  • Faculty Spotlight: Teaching Health Assessment with Online Simulation, Lauren McAlister, School of Nursing
  • 2nd Annual Academic Technology Innovation Symposium
  • Recording Lectures for Online Learning
  • Authentic Learning Activities     

September 2014 

  • Faculty Spotlight: 3D Printed Models for Visualization, TJ Mullen, Department of Chemistry
  • Gaming and Role-Playing in Higher Education
  • My Experience with UNF's Virtual Lab
  • Promoting Academic Integrity in Your Online Course

March 2014 

  • Faculty Spotlight: Using Contextual Media to Support Learning, Marnie Jones, Department of English
  • 2014 Horizon Report: Higher Education Edition
  • 3D Printing
  • Aligning Objectives and Assessments
  • Faculty Spotlight: Using WordPress to Publish Original Student Research, Scott Brown, Department of Art and Design
  • UNF Adopts Quality Matters
  • Google Hangouts
  • Digital Badging
  • Faculty Spotlight: Inviting Mobile Participation During Performance, Charlotte Mabrey and Cara Tasher, Department of Music
  • Start Flipping Your Classroom
  • Educause 2013
  • The Online Course Cycle
  • Faculty Spotlight: Designing and Facilitating a Large-Scale Online Course, JB Scott, Department of Music
  • Distance Learning Strategic Plan Update
  • UNF's New Video Solution - Sharestream
  • Scaffolding to Support Student Success in Online Courses 
  • Faculty Spotlight: Using iMovie on the iPad for In-Class Video Production,Caroline Guardino, Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education
  • Changing Course: Ten Years of Online Education
  • NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition
  • Lectures Using Blackboard Collaborate 
  • Faculty Spotlight: Establishing Community in an Online Course with Social Media, Elizabeth Fullerton, Department of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL
  • Distance Learning Strategic Plan
  • Screen Recording
  • Managing Multiple Sections in a Single Blackboard Course 

November 2012   

  • Faculty Spotlight: Creating an Oral History of Jacksonville's Hispanic Community, Constanza López, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Maintaining Instructional Presence in Online Courses
  • Qualtrics
  • Improving Student Learning with Assessment
  • Faculty Spotlight: Using Video Walk-Throughs to Illustrate Problem-Solving Process, TJ Mullen, Department of Chemistry
  • New in CIRT
  • CIRT's New Video Setup
  • Managing Media Files in Blackboard