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Charles Harris Award of Distinction – Barbara Reisner

January 20, 2016

Congratulations to Barbara Reisner for receiving the Charles Harris Award of Distinction!  This award was created by JMU’s Center for Instructional Technology to honor Dr. Charles Harris. The individuals that receive this award must exhibit and model the values, qualities, skills and practices that underlie the work of The Center for Instructional Technology. They must also contribute to CIT and JMU, along with demonstrating excellent use of instructional technologies in their teaching.

Barbara Reisner is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Reisner is an early adopter who has worked for seven years with CIT and is constantly improving how she teaches with technology. She is involved with other chemistry professionals around the use of technology and she teaches in EPIC in the JMU Student Success Center. Reisner has worked with faculty to build learning resources such as the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource (VIPEr) project.  VIPEr was developed by a group of faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions such as DePauw, Reed, Harvey Mudd, Hope, Earlham, the Claremont Colleges and JMU. VIPEr is the website for Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC), which is a virtual community of practice. Also, it facilitates the development of learning materials and circulation to the inorganic community. VIPEr provides materials for teaching inorganic chemistry and also serves as a place where faculty can discuss inorganic chemistry.

Reisner was also a faculty facilitator for the Teaching Unleashed Sandbox because of her experience teaching with her iPad using Doceri. Doceri is an interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder app that allows for users to be interactive by hand draw graphics and to use the remote desktop control ( She has also been a supporter of clicker use and supports CIT at many events including focus groups used to gather feedback on our services.

High Five to Barbara for making great contributions to JMU and CIT!

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Teaching and Learning with Technology Award – Science on a Sphere

January 11, 2016

Congratulations to the Science on a Sphere team (Kristen St. John, Joy Ferrenbaugh, Jennifer Mangan, and Christie-Joy Hartman) for receiving the Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology Award at the TLT Conference on October 26th! CIT uses this award as a way to recognize teachers who have proven themselves as leaders in teaching with technologies at JMU.

This particular team was nominated for their efforts to increase incorporation of Science on a Sphere (SOS) at JMU beyond their own courses and for their SOS analysis efforts. The sphere was developed as an educational tool to help show the Earth System to the general public. The SOS is displayed by four video projectors that are being controlled by two computers and the images displayed use processed satellite data. Viewers of the sphere are able to see it from an astronaut’s perspective, as the most common image shows the Earth as an animated globe. For more information of how it works click here:

JMU is one of the few universities to utilize SOS for formal education; most users are museums. JMU’s SOS technology was originally purchased over 7 years ago with a sub-grant that Christie-Joy was an investigator on.  JMU funded the space and continues to support SOS. A network of faculty, now coordinated by the JMU Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at JMU, where Christie-Joy is Executive Director, uses SOS.

The use of SOS during 2014-2015 included approximately 60 academic class visits, 35 K-12 visits and events, and 6 conferences and special events.

High Five to the Science on a Sphere team!

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Teaching and Learning with Technology Award – Alison Bodkin

December 9, 2015

Congratulations to Alison Bodkin on receiving the Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology Award at the TLT Conference on October 26th! CIT uses this award as a way to recognize teachers who have proven themselves as leaders in teaching with technology at JMU.

Alison Bodkin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies. Bodkin was nominated for the creation of the ShoutOut! JMU blog. ShoutOut! JMU is the only feminist blog on campus and it has been operating for 7 years. The mission of ShoutOut! JMU is to provide the JMU community with accurate and constructive information concerning events, legislation, cultural criticism, and resources for women’s rights and personal health on and off campus. The goal of this blog is not to convert readers to feminism, but instead to raise consciousness of the diversity of perspectives toward understanding everyday inequities.

ShoutOut! JMU blog has over 469,096 views, 2,954 comments, and readers from all over the world such as United States, England, Canada, Australia, and France. The blog takes an interdisciplinary approach, meets weekly for class, and has weekly individual facilitations on a wide range of topics. Many of the students that participate in ShoutOut! JMU, feel that it provides them with the opportunity to voice their opinions and a place to turn to for support.

High Five to Alison Bodkin for providing a voice to those who need it!

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Faculty Associate Feature: David Stringham

November 4, 2015

David Stringham is a Faculty Associate in CIT and a member of the Learning Spaces team. His primary role on the team is to provide a faculty perspective in CIT. One of the projects that he assists CIT with is planning the Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) Conference, which provides an opportunity to bring together educators using technology to share best practices and to make using technology a positive educational experience.  He is also involved with the Enhancing Pedagogy through Innovative Classrooms (EPIC) committee. Additionally, Stringham assists with the different Sandbox workshops that CIT offers to faculty.

Stringham enjoys being a Faculty Associate in CIT because it provides an opportunity to interact with colleagues throughout the campus. He is able to take what he has learned from CIT and other faculty members and adapt it to his classroom. By being exposed to different perspectives, he feels that he has become a better professor.

This fall, Stringham is teaching Introduction to Technology Applications in Music, Jazz Band, and Methods and Materials for Beginning Instrumental Music.  As a Faculty Associate in CIT, he has applied what he has learned about instructional space and instructional technology to better his courses. Furthermore, he hopes to continue to gain knowledge from CIT and other faculty members to better his courses.

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Faculty Associate Feature: Karina Kline-Gabel

October 28, 2015


As a CIT Faculty Associate on the Online & Blended Learning (OBL) team, Karina Kline-Gabel tries to bring in ideas that she feels will benefit instructors and students. In addition, Gabel only supports using technology in ways that are efficient, engaging and provides feedback on what students like and dislike. Gabel is currently using Zaption, a video-based learning application with interactive content and tools, to teach her grammar course this semester.  In her film course, she is using tools within Canvas, such as discussion boards, to finish her class discussions online. Lastly, Gabel’s Practical Spanish course will have synchronous meetings in October to report their observations for their practicum in the community.

Along with using various technologies in her classes, Gabel will be assisting the OBL team in offering a new institute on synchronous communication tools. She will also be leading a focus group with representatives from the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) that will offer the OBL team great insight as to how they can better train the faculty. Furthermore, as a Faculty Associate in CIT, she loves interacting with the people she works with, the openness to new ideas, and the flexibility to meet the needs of faculty and students. Gabel hopes to benefit from her experience with CIT and to spread the knowledge she has learned with other faculty members.

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3D Printing in Biochemistry

October 12, 2015

3D printing is no longer a concept for the future, but rather a reality of the present. 3D Printers can be used in numerous ways, such as printing food, car models, pills, and more. Chris Berndsen , a Chemistry Professor here at James Madison University, is using a mobile 3D printer to print protein models in his biochemistry class. He learned about 3D printers in the 3D Printing Sandbox workshop that CIT offered in Fall 2014. Berndsen wanted to print molecules that could not be create with a regular model molecule kit.

He feels that 3D printers can benefit his students because it allows them to see and touch molecules that they would not be able to otherwise. Before 3D molecules were possible, he had to show them 2D representations. Studies have shown that 3D printed models have a positive effect on student learning. Ben Hornaksy, a student in Berndsen’s class, said, “using the 3D printed models shows how far the simple stuff we’re learning can go and provides practical uses of it.” Another student in Berndsen’s Chemistry class, Devin Joseph, said 3D printers can help those students that are visual learners because 3D printed models allow opportunities for students to touch and feel the actual object. Since the majority of his students are going into the medical or pharmaceutical fields, it is important for them to gain experience with 3D printing because it is something they will likely use in their future careers.

Jamie Calcagno-Roach, CIT Instructional Designer who also helps to run 3SPACE, a 3D printing lab on JMU’s campus, talks about the benefits of 3D printing on WHSV 3. The video can be seen by clicking this link



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Faculty Associate Feature: Evan Friss

October 7, 2015

Evan Friss is a Faculty Associate in CIT and is part of the Digital Learning & Scholarship team. His role as a Faculty Associate is to provide a faculty perspective in CIT. The projects that he is involved with include the Omeka archive and designing and developing a new program for faculty who have already completed one of the CIT Programs.

As Faculty Associate in CIT, he enjoys working in collaborative environments with the Digital Learning & Scholarship team. He hopes to learn more about what other faculty are doing around campus, see other faculty benefit from collaborating with CIT, and to improve his own teaching.

This fall, Evan Friss is teaching a US History and Digital History course, in which he is piloting some assignments that he wouldn’t have if he didn’t have CIT’s support.  For example, in his 110-student HIST 225 course, he is having the students collaborate to build an online archive of oral histories using Omeka. As a history professor, Friss wants his students to have experience with oral histories and learn about online archives. As a Faculty Associate, he wants to test the idea of using digital assignments in large classes and scaling up projects that have been successful in his smaller classes. This semester, he is striving to meet the two goals with one project.

CIT also works with the Faculty Associates to help promote their research – be sure to check out Evan Friss’ new book The Cycling City.

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Marketing EDGE Collegiate ECHO Challenge by DIRECTV

September 23, 2015

Congratulations to JMU Marketing students for earning seven awards in the Marketing EDGE Collegiate ECHO Challenge by DIRECTV! The challenge was completed as part of Dr. Theresa Clarke’s MKTG 384: Integrated Marketing Communications course this past Spring Semester. CIT’s David Stoops, helped the teams by providing resources for the video ad component of the project. There were over 200 teams that competed and seven of the JMU teams received awards in the challenge. According to the article, “Marketing EDGE Collegiate ECHO Challenge by DIRECTV”, the team of John Bassford, Alex Dixon, Kevin Harmon and Kelsey Hinkle captured the 3rd Place Bronze Award, while six other student teams from the (CoB) will also receive awards in recognition of their “honorable mentions” in other ECHO Challenge categories.Read more about the story here:

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MPS Collaborates with Title IX Task Force Team

September 3, 2015

Media Production at CIT recently recorded videos that outlined Title IX and how it is enforced at James Madison University. The videos will serve as HR Training for all JMU employees.  The videos were done in collaboration with Title IX Task Force.

According to the video, “JMU strives to be a leader in efforts to handle incidents of sexual misconduct, and our institution is committed to providing the support and resources we need to achieve our goal of preventing and eliminating sexual misconduct on this campus.” The video breaks down what is under the Title IX and it explains what steps should be taken in order to report to the Office of Equal Opportunity/Title IX.  According to the video, it is important for all employees to be responsible and to report when they see, hear, or learn about any misconduct. The misconduct can include sexual harassment, misconduct, assault or violence.

To learn more about Title IX you can go to .


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Networkable Microscopes

August 3, 2015

Lon Jarvis, the Scientific Computer Specialist for Biology and Doug Gimbert of CIT’s Classroom Technology Services worked together to develop a lab in the BioScience building that allows students to share and capture their microscope images. The students are able to do this by using the Zeiss app on iPads that allows them to see a microscope view of what is being viewed on the corresponding Zeiss Primo Star microscope. Lon developed this idea for the biology lab after seeing the new Zeiss networkable microscopes. This system would give the students a unique experience by being able to share their lab work with everyone in the room . He did some research and figured out how to connect the microscopes to an AirPort Extreme wireless router to create a local area network that the iPads could connect to. Doug worked with Lon to integrate the new system into the lab workstations and helped set up the network so that it could function with the existing room design.

There are eight classes in this lab per semester and most work in groups to view what is under the microscope. Having the iPads connected to the microscopes saves time in the lab, as it allows everyone in the group to see what is under the scope at the same time rather than each student having to look through the microscope.

The Zeiss app also features a capture capability, providing students with an opportunity to take pictures of what they see under the microscope and review them later. The lab also features collaborative uses, as the iPads are able to link to the projector. Lon said, “We’re ahead of the curve on this” in reference to higher education technology.

This is not the first time that Lon and Doug have worked together to develop a space that “really excites students,” as Lon said. Back in 2012, they worked together to design an Anatomy lab that features 70 inch interactive flat panels. Read more about that in a previous High Five feature.


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Princeton Review Rankings – JMU Ranked #11 Online MBA Program

May 29, 2015

JMU’s Online Information Security (InfoSec) MBA program was ranked 11th of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs in The Princeton Review. The Center for Instructional Technology has supported the program and the use of instructional technology for over 15 years. Visit the Princeton Review site to learn more about the program’s incredible accomplishments.

The MBA InfoSec MBA Program was also ranked last year. Read more about it in a previous High Five feature.