ICT Innovation Fund 2011 Projects

Development of Web-Based Annotated Video Software for Education College of Medicine

A collaborative effort between the College of Medicine and ITS has produced an innovative e-learning tool that will allow for experiential and self-directed learning online. Providing the capability to annotate video has the potential to add a new dimension to distance learning as well as being a lower cost replacement to the current methods of delivering concepts that have a highly visual component.

This annotated video software has a component to deliver background information and then will present a video of a certain situation or procedure. While the video is playing, the viewer will be prompted with supplementary information or asked to provide various kinds of feedback at specific points in the video (annotations). This feedback will be available to the instructor for review and/or marking. This provides a unique opportunity to gather information from the student as they are learning a new concept.

Contact: Neil Cowie, Kalyani Premkumar, Angela Bowen (Nursing)

Innovation in Lecture Capture University Learning Centre

This project will continue development of a lecture capture system (Matterhorn) being piloted on campus to add features that will support innovative instruction and improve the student learning experience. This is part of a multi-university research project. The continued development will build on investments already made or planned in order to deploy lecture capture as a widespread service.

Funds will be used to support creating and contributing back new features of local importance to the Matterhorn project, as well as knowledge transfer between individuals at a technical level (eMAP, ITS, Computer Science), and at a teaching and learning level (ULC, Computer Science, ITS).  Further, it will serve as a catalyst for engaging with units on campus that haven’t been highly involved in these activities thus far (e.g. ISA, CCDE, College of Nursing, etc.).

Contact: Frank Bulk, Denis Troesch (eMAP), Chris Brooks (Computer Science)

Library Mobile Services Library

Many Library services are available online. The mobile service development project will focus on identifying and delivering those services that are currently the most applicable, useful, and feasible for delivery in a mobile environment. The main objective being to save time for Library clients by providing relevant information at the point of need in a web-based mobile environment. The Library proposes the development of a single web-based mobile solution that would integrate Library and Learning Commons services (e.g. mobile catalogue, branch locations and hours, Ask Us service, room booking, computer availability).

Contact: Vicki Williamson, Rachel Heidecker

Public Class Pages University Learning Centre

Students today can access a wealth of knowledge online, and use social media and mobile devices to communicate with almost anyone quickly and easily. Public Class Pages (Open CourseWare) will allow the discoveries that are happening in the classroom to be shared with the wider community using institutional infrastructure that is largely already in place, such as the U of S Course Management System and the course titles and descriptions in the University Course Catalogue.

The Public Class Pages (Open CourseWare) project will enable instructors to share their course materials and allow people to browse though this content in a coherent presentation that is automatically generated. Rather than having to set up a new web page, they only need to click on a checkmark that says "allow public access" on a file that they may have already uploaded into the U of S Course Management System.

Contact: Frank Bulk, Stephanie Frost

Safewalk Smartphone Application eMAP

eMAP, in cooperation with the USSU Safewalk and Campus Safety, will develop an application for mobile devices to enhance the Safewalk program and increase campus safety for students, staff, and faculty. The user will be able to see where the Safewalk volunteers are located on campus and see their destination. By seeing the real-time location and progress of the Safewalk volunteers the user will be able to better plan the time and route of their walk. The user will also be able to notify the Safewalk volunteers that they would like to join up with them at a specified location.

Contact: Randy Skurdal

A Script-Based Interactive Tutoring Tool for Math and Other Graphical and Symbolic Languages Departments of Math & Stats and Computer Science, College of Arts and Science

A barrier to tutoring the large service enrolments in mathematics is convenient communication with tutors. Students learning mathematics (and other diagrammatic languages) presently do not have access to a convenient method of communication about their subject, for two reasons. One, the language uses symbols not found on conventional keyboards, and two, mathematics is a two dimensional language. This project will explore the development of a mobile application to support a dialogue between students and tutors in mathematics.

Contact: Raj Srinivasan, Eric Neufeld

Student Laptop Support College of Engineering

Many students own home and laptop computers.  By enabling them to use their own computers with the suite of engineering software packages, students will have the flexibility to choose when and where they work and they will be less likely to need, or compete for, seats within the dedicated engineering computer labs.  This works best when students are not required to purchase specific types of laptops and when access is fast and reliable.

The goal of this project is to simplify the deployment of engineering applications to students in order to save IT staff time resources, resources that can be refocused towards other priorities. This solution would have potential benefit to other units across campus.

Contact: Aaron Phoenix, Glen Hauser

Supporting Mobile Educational Video ARIES Lab, Department of Computer Science, College of Arts and Science

The goal of this project is to facilitate the delivery of educational video content to student’s mobile devices. This will make it easier for students to view video wherever they want, permitting them greater flexibility and efficiency and ultimately contributing to a more positive educational experience.

Contact: Chris Brooks