The Instructional Technology and Design Office (ITD) is here to help bridge the gap between the learner and technology in the classroom setting. The guiding ITD philosophy is that the technology you use should be as simple and stable as possible so that you can focus on your studies. While we can help you learn more and go further with your interest in computing, our primary goal is to eliminate any barrier that technology may present.
What We Do:
The Instructional Technology and Design Office primarily provides training and support for course-related activities; in addition, we provide many other services for the GSLIS community:
Course management support
Our office supports Moodle, a course management system implemented in GSLIS in 2007. It contains course documents, assignments, and communications from your instructors. We also have a have several community forums on Moodle that support job placement, student groups, and local blogs. More information about how to use Moodle at GSLIS can be found at our GSLIS Moodle 2.0 Tutorial.
Web conferencing support
GSLIS employs Blackboard Collaborate, a web conferencing software, for its online courses including the Leep MS/LIS program. Blackboard Collaborate allows synchronous sessions for students using audio, video, and whiteboard capabilities. For more information about Blackboard Collaborate and how this technology empowers class participation, see our GSLIS Blackboard Collaborate Tutorial.
Resources for instructors
Our office works with instructors to set up course content and leverage new (and old) technologies for better and more effective teaching. Instructors can find a full list of GSLIS and University of Illinois campus resources at our course management support section. Start with our New Leep Instructor Guide for first steps including New Hire paperwork, Illinois accounts, and contact information.
Workshops, tutorials, and other resources for students
Our office provides training, both in person and online, for GSLIS-supported technologies such as Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate and Confluence Wiki. We also offer training and documentation on other technologies that you may need for your coursework or in your professional life post-GSLIS. Past workshops include Basic HTML Coding, Scalar, Twitter for Libraries, Digital Storytelling, and much more!
Don't see what you need in this list? Drop the GSLIS Help Desk an email at help [at] support.lis.illinois.edu and let us know how we can better serve you, your class, or your organization.
In addition to providing training opportunities, we're also here to help! Please stop by the GSLIS Help Desk in the second floor east wing (GSLIS 228) or call at 217-244-4903 (local)/1-800-377-1892 (toll-free). You may also send us an email at itd [at] support.lis.illinois.edu