With the semester well underway we know a number of faculty take advantage of the speakers the University Lectures Program brings to campus. For faculty who require students to attend these lectures for credit, there is now a quick and easy to use system in place that allows students to “sign in” by swiping their ISU card at a workstation after the event. The card reader is linked to the registrar’s database so information accessed is specific to the instructor and the class/section being assigned. For more information visit the Lectures Program website.
The University Museums is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Have you ever considered how you might leverage pieces from their extensive collection in your course? A few years ago I worked with the museum staff to help my senior design students understand the design process from a different point of view. It turned out to be a great exercise and every student commented on the new appreciation they had for the art of campus. This fall, the Museums have launched the new eMuseum site which allows anyone to search the entire University Museum permanent collection. The new eMuseumsite can also be accessed on the museums homepage or under the collections tab. I encourage you to take a little time and browse the collection. You might be surprised by what you find and how you could use it in your course.