There are many resources that can enhance the online learning experience for students while making your job as a Distance Education instructor easier. The purpose of this site is to inform you of various instructional strategies and associated technologies currently in use by some of your engineerig colleagues.
North Carolina State University has a strong track record in the delivery of high quality opportunities for distance learning. Many of the resources described on these pages are university-supported and available to any faculty member at no cost. Additionally,Engineering Online staff members, who are aware of the specific needs of teaching and learning in engineering, can also provide support for integrating these resources into your teaching. All of these resources have been locally reviewed and are in use by your colleagues here at NCSU.
If you have specific questions about any of these resources or have other instructional challenges for which you'd like to find practical solutions, feel free to contact Dede Nelson, who serves as the Engineering Online Faculty Resource Coordinator. Dede can be reached at email@example.com or 919.515.9149
Some Engineering Online professors have experiemented with an IOGEAR product called Digital Scribe that is the first device ever to capture natural handwriting from any surface and display it directly onto your computer screen. This pen uses ordinary ink refill and writes on any paper, and when used in application sharing mode within an Elluminate session, it can be used to demonstrate complex problem solutions with full VoIP capabilities.
Through the use of NC State's Elluminate Web conferencing application and the Digital Scribe pen, faculty have the option of conducting virtual office hours from any computer that has Internet access. Students access the Web-based Elluminate session via a URL or clicking on a listing for your scheduled session name from a list of scheduled sessions at NCSU's Elluminate site: http://slms.delta.ncsu.edu.
The GPEN100C model (approximately $57) has a small device that plugs into your computers USB drive. You then use the pen to create whatever text or drawings that you want to display for your students.
LiveScribe calls their product a smartpen and they define it as a “computer within a pen” that can capture handwriting and simultaneously record audio and synchronize it to the writing. Different than any digital pen, the Pulse lets users tap on their notes to replay what was recorded from the exact moment they were writing.
The Pulse, though, adds audio recording synchronized to your handwriting. Point the pen to a spot in your notes (or click on your computer screen), and hear what was said when you wrote it. Here is a sample of a flash video clip that is generated through this product:
Two versions of the pen are available. The 1GB version ($149) will have storage for 100 hours of audio and 16,000 pages of digital notes. The 2GB model will double this storage capacity.