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Technology Day@CSI

Technology Day @ CSI Friday, April 12, 2024

RSVP here for the various events that you would like to attend so that we may plan accordingly for space (and refreshments!). 

Time Session
10AM – 10:15AM     Introductions/Welcome
10:15 – 11:15 AM

Enhance your Presentation Skills Using Ovation VR

The use of virtual reality can assist students and faculty with their presentation skills by practicing in front of a virtual audience. Through the use of “Ovation” a virtual world can exist in order to confront speaking anxieties by repeated exposure to virtual simulations. This can also be done in “monitor mode” where VR equipment is not required. This presentation will share an overview of Ovation, the VR Lab and how faculty and students are using VR to enhance their teaching and learning environment.

Amanda Rotondo, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; 
Patricia Kahn, AVP and CIO for Information Technology Services; 
Linda John, Director of Academic Computing, Information Technology Services

11:20 – 12:15 PM

Hyflex Technology – Flexible Learning Environment

CSI has outfitted Smart Classrooms with technology in order to support remote students who are unable to attend a course that meets in person on campus. This technology includes a document camera, AI webcam capturing for content written on a whiteboard/blackboard with presets, a conference microphone, and dual monitors. This technology is integrated with Zoom to allow students to participate in class, as if they were in person. This presentation will demonstrate the Hyflex functionality where IT staff will be participating as students in order to fully understand the Hyflex technology.

Presenters: Doriann Pieve-Hyland; Director of Technology Operations, Training & Development
Mark Lewental; Director Media Services
Aleksander Dudek; Technology Support

12:20 – 1:15 PM

M365 Collaboration Tools – what you may not know! 

In the Library Digital Lab (1L-214). This presentation would involve additional collaboration tools in M365 and share insights as to how to use them. In addition, this presentation will provide an overview of OneDrive. 

Presenter: Doriann Pieve-Hyland; Director of Technology Operations, Training & Development

1:15 pm – 2:00 PM
Meet the New Associate Provosts:
Laxmi Ramasubramanian and Carey Manifold
2:00  – 3:00 PM

Explore Brightspace: A Sandbox Experience Developing a Course Shell (60 mins)

Come and explore with us in the Library Digital Lab (1L-214) as we learn together how to develop a course in Brightspace. Michael Castelli and Fausto Canela will lead a hands-on workshop where you will have the opportunity to engage in the following activities: (i) view your courses that have been migrated to Brightspace, and (ii) explore features in a course shell, update and modify texts and links, upload images and docs, etc. Members of the community who have organizational sites are also welcome to attend. 

Michael Castelli, Academic Technology Manager/LMS Coordinator
Fausto Canela, Academic Technology Specialist/ Instructional Designer.

3:00 – 4:00 PM

AI @CSI for your Academic and Professional Journey (60 mins) 

In the Library Digital Lab (1L-214). Powerful capabilities and diverse applications will be showcased including the underlying technology and the ethical considerations in creating these advanced AI Language Models. The presentation will also include a demonstration of Microsoft CoPilot in Bing and ChatGPT. Faculty will also highlight resources that can support other faculty’s process of learning and adapting to AI use within higher education. 
Doriann Pieve-Hyland; Director of Technology Operations, Training & Development
Roman Lavrov; Application Development
Valerie Forrestal; Associate Professor, Web Services Librarian
Christina Boyle; Assistant Professor, Emerging Technologies Librarian

4:00 – 4:30 PM Wrap Up and Discussion