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February 2017

I   Faculty Exchanges
Classrooms, Coffee, Conversations

II   2017-2018 Technology Fellowship Applications Now Open
Faculty/student mini-grants available to develop digital course resources - apply now!

III   Upcoming Teaching Academy Events
Important professional development opportunity for your doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows

IV   Panopto Adds Built-In Quizzing!
Videos with inline quizzes make a powerful teaching tool

V   Resources from the Library - Research Methods
Help for students learning to use research methods

VI   JHU Data Management Services Updates
Two exciting services for researchers

VII   Classroom Technology News and Notes – Winter/Spring 2017
Zoom, Windows 10 and more

VIII   Enterprise Voice
The next-generation phone system


I   Faculty Exchanges

Logo for Lunch & Learn Series

Are you curious about how other faculty teach? Are you looking for pedagogical inspiration for your own courses? In response to faculty requests, the Center for Educational Resources (CER) has established the Faculty Exchanges program. Faculty and graduate students may observe the teaching methods of faculty who have volunteered to participate in the program. Both observer and host participants will receive a gift card to a campus coffee shop so they can debrief in a relaxed environment after the classroom visit.

You can find a list of faculty hosts on the CER website at http://www.cer.jhu.edu/faculty-exchanges.html. If you wish to observe one of the faculty on the list, click on the name, which will generate an email request to the CER. We will provide an email introduction; the participants may then arrange the observation for a mutually convenient time.

Faculty who are interested in having others observe their classroom teaching should contact Macie Hall (macie.hall@jhu.edu) for information on the program.


II   2017-2018 Technology Fellowship Applications Now Open

The Technology Fellows Program is a mini-grant initiative that enables faculty to partner with technology savvy students to develop digital resources that enhance pedagogy, increase or facilitate access to course content, encourage active learning, promote critical thinking, or support student collaboration.

Logo for Technology Fellowship Program.

Full-time faculty and students are eligible to apply. Each faculty member receives $1,000 for project leadership and oversight; student fellows receive $4,000 for resource development and implementation. While faculty need not have specific technology expertise, they must understand how digital technologies could be employed to support their teaching objectives. Student applicants are encouraged to have programming or multimedia skills or they must have a concrete (and feasible) plan for acquiring the skills required for their projects. Approximately 285 hours of work should be devoted to each project.

The CER can help interested applicants to formulate project ideas and match faculty with student partners. Once fellowships are awarded, CER staff serve as liaisons to project teams by meeting about project progress, providing technical consultation, and helping teams prepare for a year-end showcase to share project results with the community.

A committee of faculty and technical professionals from the Johns Hopkins community reviews all applications using the criteria listed in the application form found here: http://www.cer.jhu.edu/techfellows.html.

Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, February 1st – Monday April 3rd @ 9:00 AM. Awards will be announced mid-late April. Funding will be available from May 2017 through April 2018; projects must be completed by April 15, 2018.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Wagner at cwagner@jhu.edu or 410-516-7181.


III   Upcoming Teaching Academy Events

The Teaching Academy offers college-level teacher training and academic career preparation through courses, workshops, teaching practicums, teaching-as-research fellowship appointments and individual consultations. Below is a list of upcoming professional development opportunities available to all PhD students and post-doctoral fellows from all Johns Hopkins divisions.

Logo for Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy

3-day Teaching Institutes:
East Baltimore Campus
May 30th, 31st and June 1st

Homewood Campus
June 6th, 7th and 8th

Registration will open on March 1st, 2017 at 9 AM EST. For more information about this program and to apply, click here.

Teaching Topics Evening Workshops
Monica Jordan will present and faciliate discussion on the Science & Practice of Mindfulness in Education.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 5:00-6:30 PM, Homewood Campus, Levering Lounge, Levering Hall.
Click here to RSVP.

Dr. Carolyn Machamer will present on Active Learning with a focus on how to design active learning exercises that align to your learning objectives and assessments.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:00-6:30 PM, East Baltimore, Pre-clinical Teaching Building, Stiles 115.
Click here to RSVP.

2016 Lilly International Conference (link)
Bethesda, MD, June 1-4, 2017
A very limited number of internal grants are available from the Teaching Academy to support graduate student and postdoctoral fellow registration fees. If interested, please email pff.teachingacdemy@jhu.edu.

Teaching Academy Certificate Program
Applications accepted through September 1st, 2017 for the 2017-2018 cohort!
For more information about this program and to apply, click here.

Teaching-as-Research Fellowship Program
Applications accepted through July 1st, 2017
The next cohort is available to those who plan to teach during fall 2017 or intersession 2018 and wish to conduct a small educational research project. This program currently carries a stipend of $1,250. For more information and to apply, click here.


IV   Panopto Adds Built-In Quizzing!

With the recent upgrade to version 5.3, Panopto has added the ability to conduct knowledge checks using integrated quizzes within video recordings. The quiz creation tool is simple and straightforward. Question formats include multiple choice, true/false, or multiple select. Quiz options allow faculty to immediately share student results, force students to review and re-take a quiz if they answer incorrectly, and decide whether students can view the correct answers. Most importantly, faculty can insert quizzes at key points throughout a recording and configure Panopto to encourage students to view the entire video. Results can be exported in bulk to a CSV file, hopefully soon direct Blackboard exports will be enabled. To learn more:

Panopto Quiz Screenshot


You can learn more about other new features in version 5.3, including automated captioning and the new HTML 5 editor here:


Panopto is the video hosting and lecture capture solution for AS/EN full time programs.


V   Resources from the Library - Research Methods

When you discuss research methods with your classes, do you wish you had some supplemental information for them to use? The library subscribes to databases that provide text and video about social science methods, statistical analysis tools, and science lab protocols.

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SAGE Research Methods provides training on social science and statistical methods. The database provides a large suite of book chapters, videos, dictionaries, and practice datasets for students to improve their use of research methods. Two SAGE book series are included: Little Blue Books (about qualitative methods) and Little Green Books (about quantitative methods).

Lab protocols describe how to use particular instruments in biomedical and chemical research. CSH Protocols, SpringerProtocols, and Current Protocols provide text articles or chapters about specific methods. JoVE Science Education offers video of methods used frequently in undergraduate education. We have access to all the videos in the Basic Biology and Advanced Biology sections and to three collections (Behavioral Science, Experimental Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology) in the Psychology section.


VI   JHU Data Management Services Updates

logo for open science framework Hopkins becomes partner of the Open Science Framework for Institutions

Johns Hopkins now has an institutional portal on the Open Science Framework (OSF). The Open Science Framework is a popular research management platform which facilitates collaborative work at all stages of research. With the addition of the Johns Hopkins portal on OSF, JHU researchers can easily discover what others at the university are involved with and sharing on the OSF. Researchers can use the OSF as a way to implement shared access to project files stored in multiple places including JHBox, manage multiple projects through a single dashboard, and gain greater control of such activities as project documentation, distributed levels of access, version tracking, and sharing. JHU researchers can access OSF at JHU for free by logging in to JHU on OSF using JHED IDs and passwords.

For more help using the Open Science Framework visit their user guides, or contact JHU Data Management Services for more information and personal assistance.

Archiving with JHU now FREE for projects under 1TB

JHU Data Management Services is pleased to announce that data archiving services are now free for projects under 1TB.* This is a change from the previous funding model where fees were based on the size and scale of the project.

Archiving services are provided by JHU Data Management for the Johns Hopkins research community through the JHU Data Archive. These services include:
  • Archiving data from any research discipline with any file format.
  • Giving each dataset a permanent citation and DOI, facilitating both author attribution and linkage to associated publications.
  • Preserving the data and related products with regular file integrity checks and retention of multiple copies.

The archives services address researcher's needs and funder or publisher requirements to share their data outside of original collaborations and beyond the life of a research project. If you are interested in learning more about archiving your research data with the JHU Data Archive please contact the Data Management Services team at datamanagement@jhu.edu. Also visit the DMS website at http://dms.data.jhu.edu for more information about their services and other data management resources.

* If the project is over 1TB in scale, researchers should contact the Data Management Services team to discuss pricing.


VII   Classroom Technology News and Notes – Winter/Spring 2017

Windows 10 Coming Soon Art

ZOOM - The Classroom Technology group is pleased to offer Zoom web and video conferencing. Zoom will allow you to communicate with anyone who has a network connection and a webcam. You no longer need to be on the same system (e.g. Polycom or Skype) to video conference. Administrators are conducting interviews with remote job candidates. Researchers are using it for collaboration with colleagues around the world. Perhaps you have guests you would like to speak to your class, but they can't travel to campus. It also provides a flexible way to conduct office hours while you travel.

Zoom also supports remote meeting or panel discussion with multiple participants. JHU hosted a webinar with over 150 attendees. Though Zoom is self-service, you will need to contact CATS (kitcats@jhu.edu) for initial login assistance and training. Individuals or departments may obtain a dedicated login account for $100 per year. Ad hoc sessions can be arranged; contact CATS for fees.

The classroom technology group anticipates a busy summer with changes to classroom computers as well as some room renovations. The group will be transitioning all classroom PCs including instructor podium computers to Windows 10. To improve performance of these computers we are also installing SSD drives. If you have questions or concerns, or if you have particular software requirements, please let us know (kitcats@jhu.edu).

The Classroom technology group will conduct a major upgrade this summer to the Shaffler Auditorium (Bloomberg 272). When the work is complete, the new digital projection and control systems will transform this 320-seat lecture hall into a teaching and performance venue. It will join our other large lecture halls, including Mudd 26 and Olin 305, as a Panopto-ready classroom with an installed camera.

All software installation requests must be made two weeks prior to the start of the semester. These requests must include installation media and licensing information. Any requests received after that time will be completed at the next break in classes. There is not sufficient time to install software when classes are in session.


VIII   Enterprise Voice

Skype for Business Enterprise Voice is a software-based telephone that runs through Microsoft Skype for Business clients on computers and smart devices. A software-based telephone uses the network to transmit calls rather than traditional phone lines and is an alternative to traditional PBX phones. It provides business phone service with enhanced features at a 20-30% savings.

stock photo office worker on phone

Enterprise Voice users have flexibility and control over features once only available to phone administrators, such as call forwarding and simultaneous ringing. With call forwarding, users can ring their work number, mobile number, or home number, or simultaneously ring a combination of them. Device switching allows you to move from a headset to speakerphone without interrupting the current call or without placing a call on hold. Team calling allows simultaneous ringing of any number of users that are designated as members of a team. Visual Voicemail is also available through the integration with the Hopkins Exchange email system. Users can receive an email preview of the voice mail and missed call, providing an effective way to manage and screen calls.

These are just a few of the features available to all Enterprise Voice users. We now also provide Auto Attendant for departments that need to have automatic call routing for their customers. Auto Attendant provides a call tree to route users' calls based on audio prompts, providing a virtual operator for departments or groups.

For more information and to sign up for Enterprise Voice, please visit: https://cds.johnshopkins.edu/ISVC/index.cfm