March 17: Easier, Accessible, Better: Digital Book Publishing with Pressbooks

Join us for March’s Exploring Learning Technologies community meeting (3/17) where we will learn about Pressbooks, the latest tool being used by instructors to create eBooks. Pressbooks streamlines the process for creating digital texts, greatly reducing the cost to publish. It also features a growing user base of content authors driven to create open access textbooks. Mike Shiflet from the Affordable Learning Exchange at the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, will give us an overview of Pressbooks and share case studies of books created by university faculty. We will be meeting from 10:30AM-noon in 115 Stillman Hall.


The Ohio State University Pressbooks Site:

February 17 ELT: Getting to Know the Oculus Rift

February’s meeting (2/17) will continue our exploration of virtual reality in education. We will learn how the College of Education and Human Ecology’s Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) is evaluating the Oculus Rift virtual reality system. Greg Nagy, Web Communications System Engineer, will show us how the system works with a live demo of the Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch controllers. All are welcome. RSVPs encouraged:

We will be meeting from 10:30-noon at the Center’s home located at:

Room 1089
1900 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210

January 20 ELT: Project Management Basics & Tools

Come and learn the foundations of project management with Dr. David Lindstedt, PhD, PMP, CBCP, Director of Program Management for The Office of Distance Education and eLearning. We’ll discuss the basics of the discipline, why they matter, and how you can implement them right away. We will be meeting from 11:30AM-1PM in Campbell Hall 100.


Check out the Box site: for 4 documents:

  • Lessons Learned Template [DOCX]
  • Project Plan Template [XLSX]
  • Charter Template [DOCX]
  • The Project Manager [PPTX]

December 16 ELT: New Tech Holidaze Edition

obscuredcardboardJoin us on December 16th from 10:30-noon in room 10 of Page Hall for a two-fer:
1. Share-and-tell session on the new technology you’re exploring

Ricoh 360 Degree Camera – David Hooker, Scott Nelson & Chris Summers
Swivl – Paul Kotheimer
Google Cardboard – Christopher Orban & Doug Dangler

2. Snack-luck!
Bring your favorite snack to share


November 18 ELT: A closer look at augmented reality and virtual reality

Join us for the next ELT Community meeting on Friday (11/18) where we’ll take a closer look at augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Brad Henry will guide us through the latest happenings in the field and its implications for the classroom. We’ll be meeting from 10:30-noon in Page Hall Room 10. All are welcome.

Brad’s Presentation can be reviewed at:

Companies to review:

ELTU 2016 Digital Badge

19For the third year in a row, a digital badge is being awarded to attendees at the annual ELT Unconference.  However, this year signals the first time an ELT badge will be awarded through the OSU Buckeye Badges system.

The new badging system for OSU was developed by Tim Rhodus and Ernest Witney with initial funding provided by the Zirkle Endowment for Undergraduate Instruction for Innovation.

In addition to the Exploring Learning Technologies community, Buckeye Badges has created partnerships with the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Departments of Chemistry, Psychology and Horticulture & Crop Science, Fisher College of Business Career Services and Middle East Studies Center.

View ELTU Badge Description and Criteria.

September 16: Adobe Apps at OSU

Want to know more about Adobe apps at the Ohio State University? Join us for this month’s Exploring Learning Technologies community meeting this Friday, September 16th from 10:30-noon in Room 10 of Page Hall where we’ll learn about Adobe Apps such as Slate, Captivate, and EdEx, to bring the wow factor to your elearning presentations.

The CarmenConnect recording of the meeting is now available at:

Special thanks to Doug Dangler and the ASCTech team for their help in planning and recording the meeting.


  1. Update on Canvas adoption – Liv Gjestvang, Associate Vice President, Learning Technology, Office of Distance Education and eLearning
  2.  Faculty and staff access to Adobe products at Ohio State – Michael Dangler, License Software Coordinator
  3. Adobe Slate and progress on Adobe accessibility – Tara Kroger, Educational Technologist, ODEE
  4. Use of Adobe Captivate for instructor-led training, self-paced interactive on-line training – Michele Williams, Sr. IT Training and Optimization Consultant, Wexner Medical Center
  5. Using Adobe Education Exchange – Doug Dangler, eLearning Program Manager
  6. Q&A


April 15: All Things Top Hat

Our next community meeting is this Friday April 15, 10:30AM-Noon in 266 Dreese Labs. We’ll be talking about all things Top Hat-related. Top Hat is OSU’s “newish” student response system.

We will start the meeting hearing from two departments (Statistics and Medicine) who are using Top Hat in their courses and then let those in attendance steer the conversation towards related topics

  • Check out this video to hear what instructors at OSU have to say about Top Hat.