Faculty Share: Dr. Wilson at San Francisco State University

Today, we hear from Jackson Wilson as part of our Faculty Share series. Dr. Wilson is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Online Education Committee at San Francisco State University.

Please speak to the importance of the LMS in your teaching.
Our LMS, iLearn, is critical to the way that I teach.  It is the primary way I deliver content to students (lectures, readings, etc.), receive student files, and provide feedback about assignments.  My design has changed over time based on trainings from Academic Technology and QOLT.  It allows me to focus class time on high-level application and synthesis activities.

How do you use the LMS?  What are the LMS features you use and find crucial?
I try to use all aspects when they are appropriate: weekly organization (different sections in iLearn w/ hyperlinks between the sections), weekly agendas (text), glossaries (student profiles and crowd -sourced definitions or topics of interest), delivery of information (files, links, text, and figures), collection of student assessments (quizzes, Turnitin.com, file submission), grading, BB Collaborate (synchronous online class and virtual office hours), and interactive asynchronous activities (forums and other online activities).

Do you use the LMS to teach all your courses, or a few?
All of them.

Do you access the LMS using a mobile device? If so, for what purposes?
Mobile is not my preferred method to access my LMS.  I try to always access it through my desktop that has multiple screens.  I do access it through my travel laptop when I need to.  I primarily access it through my phone to make emergency changes or to check for mobile compatibility.

To your knowledge, do your students access your LMS course(s) on a mobile device? Do you have a sense of how that is working for them?
Yes they do, but I dissuade them from making mobile the primary way they log on to our class site.  However, I do provide simple weekly text checklists that are created so that students can check out the readings, assignments, and agenda for each class.

Have you tried using the gradebook in any way other than keeping grades? Are there other features for which you find new uses?
I sometimes use the gradebook to provide text feedback for students.  By grouping graded assignments I can provide formative feedback before I provide summative evaluations.  I have started using the glossary function to populate random profiles of student provided self-profiles on the main page.

In addition to your LMS, what third party tools do you teach with?
Qualtrics, Turnitin.com, BB Collaborate, Endnote Web, Google <Sites, Forms, Sheets, Scholar, Drive>, Prezi, and then a bunch of desktop software via LabSpace (virtual lab)

Is there a particular use of the LMS you’re personally proud of?
I think that I have overall adopted many different aspects from my peers, AT trainings, and from QOLT.  I’m most proud of how it has evolved.

Perhaps the thing that is relatively unique is that I collect weekly anonymous student feedback using Qualtrics.

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Article by: Jackson Wilson