Project Examples

Project Examples

These are just a few examples of the recent projects undertaken by the ITG in their respective departments. For more information on a specific project, please contact the ITG member identified in the heading.

Title: Using Web 2.0 tools for the Religion and Public Engagement Initiative Project Date: June 2009 – present Instructional Technologists: Beth Boyd, Steven Wicker, Jolie Tingen

Description: Boyd, Wicker, and Tingen are consulting faculty and students involved with the Religion and Public Engagement Initiative on how they can use tools such as blogs, wikis, and podcasting to collaborate and communicate.  Tools such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter will also be considered.

Title: Mini Video Studio for Faculty and Student Presentations Project Date: October 2008-March 2009 Instructional Technologist: Ching-Wan Yip

Description: To facilitate the creation of video content for instructional use, a mini video studio was designed to provide walk-in ready equipment, and easy to use procedure for the faculty.  It was constructed inside the Library with hardware supplied by Information Systems.  Users simply need to sign up for a time and arrive with their presentation.  All the details of setting up high definition camera, professional lighting, background, audio, tapeless acquisition, conversion to the right delivery format, storage on the server are taken care of for users.

Title: Museum of Anthropology Online Artifact Database Project date: June 2008-ongoing Instructional Technologist: Robert Vidrine

Description: The Museum in an effort to increase access and usability of their extensive artifact catalog, created an online database of artifacts, freely accessible to anyone via the Internet. This involved the migration of records originally from a largely unstructured database as well as the preparation of over 20,000 images for inclusion in the online database. As the project progresses, the archives of the Museum (documents, photographs, postcards, etc.) are being scanned and incorporated into the online database, both to preserve them and make them available for research by students, teachers and other professionals. Several workshops with Wake Forest professors as well as teachers from area K-12 schools have been conducted to assist teachers in utilizing this resource in their classes to give more concrete meaning to their lessons and spark interest in cultural, artistic and historical contexts of the Museum’s artifacts.

Title: Campus Google Map Project date: Spring 2008 Instructional Technologist: Tommy Murphy

Description: This is project was created to assist visitors to departmental websites with campus information. An online interactive Google map of the WFU campus was created. Users can visit the site and find vital information associated with the Wake Forest University campus.

Title: Interactive Table of Elements Project date: Spring 2008 Instructional Technologist: Tommy Murphy

Description: This is project was created to enhance all Chemistry classroom activities. An online interactive Table of Elements was created. When users click and element, vital information concerning that element is loaded into and information section. An interactive PocketPC tool was also created as part of this project.


Title: iPods for Learning Music Project Date: 2006 – present Instructional Technologist: Jolie Tingen

Description: Several faculty in the Department of Music are using iPods to support both studio and classroom instruction.  iPods allow Music faculty to easily access both personal and departmental recordings in class and can freely move in the classrooms without the burden of switching discs.  This saves time and preserves the departmental collection.  In studio instruction, faculty are using MacXtreme Micro Memo recording devices to record lessons for later review.  These audio files are e-mailed to the students for review after the lesson but also saved by the faculty member.  The archive of recorded lessons is an effective way of tracking a student’s progress over time.

Title: Feather & Stone service-learning initiative for Wake Forest Students Project date: June 2005-ongoing Instructional Technologist: Beth Boyd

Description: The mission of the Feather & Stone Exchange is to foster a cultural and educational exchange for the mutual benefit of those persons on or associated with the San Carlos Apache Reservation in San Carlos, Arizona and non-native peoples in Winston-Salem, NC (specifically those at Wake Forest University).

Title: Ditching the Red Pen and Paper Gradebook Project Date: Fall 2005-present Instructional Technologist: Scott Claybrook

Description: Over the years, various English faculty have successfully transitioned from grading printed papers with the [in]famous red pen to grading electronically in Microsoft Word with the built in Commenting and Markup tools. They have also learned to allow Microsoft Excel to do their grade calculations by using freely available gradebook templates in place of their paper gradebook and calculator.

Title: Sherlock Holmes Board Game Project date: June 2004, 2005, 2006 -ongoing Instructional Technologist: Tommy Murphy

Description: This is a collaborative effort with Dr. Brad Jones to enhance and streamline his First Year Seminar titled “The Analytical Methods of Sherlock Holmes”.   During the semester, Dr. Jones would have his student play a Sherlock Holmes  board game which required the students to collect clues and solve crimes.   The Sherlock Holmes board game required a great deal of classroom time to complete. This project converted selected scenarios of the Sherlock Holmes board game to an online board game which the students could participate as homework instead of class work.

Title: Chemistry Tutorials Project date: Summer 2004 Instructional Technologist: Tommy Murphy

Description: This is a collaborative effort with Dr. Angela King to enhance the CHM111 classroom activities. Three tutorials were created. The tutorials were titled “Equillibrium Tutorial,” “Nomenclature Exercise,” and “Energy Diagrams.”

Title: NMR Calculators Project date: Spring 2004 Instructional Technologist: Tommy Murphy

Description: This is a collaborative effort with Dr. Marcus Wright to create several NMR calculators for use in the NMR lab. Three NMR tools were created; “Allylic Coupling Calculator,” “sp3 – Proton-Proton Coupling Calculator,” and “NMR Vector Model / Coherence Model.” These tools are frequently used by the outside NMR public.

Title: Chemistry Crystalography Database Project date: Fall 2004 Instructional Technologist: Tommy Murphy

Description: This is a collaborative effort with Dr. Cynthis Day to establish a local datbase node using Reciprocal Net. The Reciprocal Net Site Network is a distributed database for crystallographic information, supported by the National Science Digital Library, and is run by participating crystallography labs across the world. Each entry in the database generally describes a single crystal structure that was synthesized or isolated by a research chemist and was analyzed by means of X-ray crystallography.

Title: Religion and Public Life – C.H.A.N.G.E. Project date: ongoing Instructional Technologist: Beth Boyd

Description: In REL 332/632 Religion and Public Life, Chris Baumann, Lead Organizer of Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Employment (C.H.A.N.G.E.), presented six lecture/workshops on skills of public engagement: power, leadership, self-interest, consent, relational meetings, and power analysis. Beth arranged to have these sessions filmed and converted into DVD’s to be used again in the course. Professors Boyd and Wiethaus are co-authoring a textbook for the course and will use the DVD’s as a textbook supplement.

Title: Plagiarism Prevention Pilot Project Date: 2001-2002 Instructional Technologist: Scott Claybrook

Description: Dr. Anne Boyle (English Department, Director of Lower Division Studies) was tasked by Dr. Ken Zick and the Honors and Ethics Council to look at the issue of plagiarism on campus. One facet was plagiarism detection. At the time, individual departments and individual faculty were using various services, but there was no campus-wide solution. In conjunction with the Teaching and Learning Center and Beth Boyd, a campus pilot was initiated and funded by Dr. Zick’s office. Licenses and/or subscriptions for the three leading services of the time were obtained. At the end of the pilot, a recommendation was made to acquire a campus license for Turnitin to the CIT, which was ultimately approved. Beth Boyd was named the campus administrator for our implementation of Turnitin at Wake Forest University.

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