Wendy Lampner, Director of Design & Development Services,
is participating in a panel discussion this afternoon, June 24, 2020, entitled Transitioning
to an Online Learning Environment ‘On the Fly’ During COVID-19. Described as a vendor agnostic panel
discussion which features higher education LMS thought leaders and LMS owners.
They will focus this discussion on how the existing LMS technology and support
helped prepare higher education institutions to deal with the transition to ALL
online instruction and remote learning, and the implications of doing so.
Panelists will focus on sharing: lessons learned; opportunities for
improvement; best practices that may benefit the research and education
community; and more.
Speakers: Diane Butler, Rice University; John Fritz,
University of Maryland Baltimore County; Wendy Lampner, The University of
Akron; Tom Lewis, University of Washington
Well done, Wendy!
Design and Development Services or DDS (Steve Kaufman, Rene
Molenaur, Jamie Newhall, Ling Qian, Patrick Tabatcher, and Wendy Lampner)
received the Ziptastic award in May. Here’s what they said:
Congratulations! We are honored to inform you, the amazing group of
employees in Design and Development Services department, that you, as a group
are the recipients of the SEAC Ziptastic Award for the month
of May. All of you were nominated by the faculty and
staff from Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences for the amazing work you
accomplished transitioning UA to online courses in a matter of days. We
are excited to share your dedication to the UA Community.
The Ziptastic Award
was created by the Staff Employee Advisory Committee (SEAC) in October of 2016.
The purpose of the Ziptastic program is to raise awareness of the
contributions of UA employees who are committed to the The University of
faculty and staff of the Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences (through BCC)
collectively (and anonymously) submitted the following nomination…
nominating the entire Design and Development Service department. This is
unusual, but well deserved. It would be difficult to overstate the difference
our colleagues at DDS have made, in every department across campus, as we have
moved all classes online in response to the coronavirus. Among other responses
to this crisis, they have scheduled online workshops for WebEx and Brightspace,
have posted tutorials for other online aids, have answered endless questions
from faculty through email, and have monitored their phones for last-second
difficulties faculty encountered. This is, of course, no surprise. DDS has been
providing thoughtful and engaged professional support for our community for
many years. But in the context of this crisis, we have come to even more deeply
appreciate their contributions to teaching and learning in our classrooms. Many
A well-deserved award to the members of DDS! A great job and CONGRATULATIONS!
Wendy Lampner, Manager of Design & Development Services,
is serving on the Computing & Communications Technologies Committee (CCTC). She is also chairing the Web Conferencing
Subcommittee of CCTC.
Well done, Wendy!
Fleischer and Newhall
Win another Award for Documentary
The documentary film Lost Voices of the Great War: Summit County
in the First World War won a Leadership in History Award of Excellence from
the American Association of State & Local History (AASLH) at their annual
conference on Friday, August 30th in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. According to AASLH, the awards are given to “establish and encourage
standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of
state and local history” and “recognize superior and innovative achievements.”
S. Victor Fleischer, University Archivist, Head of Archival Services, and Associate Professor of Bibliography, served as lead researcher, co-writer, and co-producer of the film, while Jamie Newhall, Sr. Multi-Media Producer in Design & Development Services, served as videographer/editor. The film was produced with Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and other community partners with the generous support of a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.
Congratulations, Vic & Jamie! Impressive work!
Fleischer and Newhall Help Produce Documentary
Victor Fleischer in Archival Services and Jamie Newhall in Design & Development Services helped produce a documentary film last fall. Titled “Lost Voices of the Great War: Summit County in the First World War,” the film recounts the story of Summit County residents’ experiences at home and overseas during the “War to End All Wars.” The documentary aired on PBS 45/49 last fall and can be seen online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM5BoFr-ov4&feature=youtu.be. DVD copies can also be checked out at Bierce Library.
Fleischer served as researcher, writer, and co-producer, while Newhall served as editor and filmed much of the reenactment footage that appeared in the film. The documentary was produced in partnership with Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.
Nicely done, Vic & Jamie!
On Friday, April 20, 2018, Wendy Lampner, Manager of Design & Development Services, received an award from The School of Social Work. They inducted her into the Phi Alpha National Honor Society as an honorary member to thank her for her efforts in helping them put their courses online.
Nicely done, Wendy!
Based on feedback gathered during space study surveys in the Spring, we’ve updated and upgraded several services and programs for students this fall.
- MakerStudio Move Relocated to the ground floor of Bierce, the expanded MakerStudio is a great place to explore and work collaboratively
- Media Collection Featured on First Floor Browse the DVDs, CDs and newspapers in their new location in the first floor Learning Commons in Bierce
- Refreshed Study Rooms Each study room in Bierce got a new coat of paint and freshly cleaned carpets
- New Equipment for Lending More calculators, cameras, tripods, and fresh laptops for checkout
- New Furniture One person tables and new chairs for quiet individual study on the 3rd floor of Bierce and bean bags on the ground floor. Plus four mobile whiteboards on the 2nd and 3rd floor.
- New Lockers at the Science and Technology Library. Program your own code and use one of the nine lockers throughout the day.
- New Learning Management System Brightspace, formerly Springboard, is our upgraded web-based course management system.
- New Series of Events Gather @ the Library is a series of events curated by the University Libraries. Weekly events range from workshops and author talks to discussions.
We’re launching the Gather @ the Library series this Fall. This is a series of events curated by the University Libraries to help campus share strategies, progress and companionship all in a low-stress environment. Weekly events will feature workshops, author talks, and discussions.
Check out the line-up: GatherFall2017
Steve Kaufman from the University Libraries’ Design and Development Services has been selected to participate in the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute and Summit as one of our regional OhioLINK representatives. He will be part of a state-wide leadership team promoting the use of open texts and open educational resources. Seven regional reps will be attending the institute, and when they return will provide excellent coverage for train-the-trainer workshops and related activities in support of this initiative.
See more about OhioLINK’s OTN intiative.
See more about how institutions, including UA, are promoting textbook affordability.