LIT now offers academic-focused video services to support teaching and learning

LIT is pleased to announce the addition of academic-focused professional video services to support teaching and learning for online, hybrid and traditional courses at the institution.

We have recently purchased high-end video equipment including: a Sony NX100 NXCAM professional  camcorder, Sennheiser wireless microphones and lighting equipment to enhance the overall quality of the materials that we produce for your courses.


As a pilot project, we worked closely with the Mechanical Engineering department to produce a series of lab safety videos with Professor Peter Rourke.

image of Professor Peter Rourke in front of the Vertical Milling Machine

image of Professor Peter Rourke in front of the Vertical Milling Machine

We are looking to expand this service and would like to reach out to individuals and departments who are interested in using video in creative and compelling ways to support and enhance the teaching and learning mission at Wentworth.

The LIT academic-focused video service is different from Special event recordings, and Faculty Speaker Series recordings that are produced by our friends and colleagues in Media Services, a unit of the Division of Technology Services.

Please contact LIT at to learn more about our academic-focused video services to support teaching and learning, and set up a consultation with an Instructional Designer.


Creating the Active Classroom 201

Last month our “Creating the Active Classroom 101” blog addressed some easy methods faculty could implement into your class with minimal disruption to your current teaching style.

This month LIT would like to share more active classroom methods that build on last month’s 101.

To facilitate student involvement, reflection, interaction, and enjoyment in the learning process, active learning may hold the greatest promise for meeting the needs of students in today’s multicultural classrooms. We know that not all students learn in the same way. Faculty who consistently use different active learning strategies have a better chance of not only matching students’ learning style preferences, but also strengthens those style of which students are weak (Guild & Garger, 1985).

Let’s look at a few examples:

Ask the Winner – Ask students to silently solve a problem on the board. After revealing the answer, instruct those who got it right to raise their hands (and keep them raised); then, all other students are to talk to someone with a raised hand to better understand the question and how to solve it next time.

Process Analysis – Students track the steps they take to finish an assignment and comment on their approaches to it.

Empty Outlines – Distribute a partially completed outline of today’s lecture and ask students to fill it in. Useful at start or at end of class.

Punctuated Lectures – Ask student to perform five steps: listen, stop, reflect, write, give feedback. Students become self-monitoring listeners.

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Celebrating Faculty Showcase 2019!






OnMarch 14th Wentworth celebrated accomplishments of faculty including: teaching, scholarship, professorships, mini-grants, EPIC learning, sabbaticals, and creative works. Over 70 attendees gathered to explore new ideas and possibilities, engage their curiosity, and converse with colleagues. Check out the Photo Gallery and Showcase Presentations:

  1. RAMP, Wentworth’s Pre-College Bridge Program – Eric Miller
  2. SummerFAB: High School Architecture Program – Lora Kim, Carol Burns
  3. Teaching and Learning in the Active Classroom – Mami Wentworth, Mel Henriksen
  4. Undergraduate International Advising for Retention in Higher Education – Faith Litchock-Morellato
  5. A Triple Star System Discovered Using Principles of Relativity – Ben Placek
  6. Modeling Neutron Stars – Extreme Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Programming – William Spinella
  7. Cognitive Ambidexterity – Michael Mozill
  8. Bistline Grant Highlights – Cristina Cosma
  9. ePortfolio Program Implementation – Cindy Stevens
  10. Learning Lightboard – Nasser Yari
  11. Quiz Retake for Study Habit Insights and Improvements – Aaron Carpenter, Jim McCusker
  12. Figure and Caption – Visual Based Assessment of Lab – Joe Martel-Foley
  13. Following the Path of Cezanne and Zola in Aix en Provence – Gloria Monaghan
  14. Student-Designed Women’s History Videos for the Massachusetts Historical Society – Allison Lange
  15. Blue Line Extension: The Continuing Evolution via Student – Jim Lambrechts
  16. How to Blend International Business, Geography, and Politics in Improving Students’ knowledge and interests – Hossein Noorian
  17. Self-Publishing Your Book – Bruce Decker
  18. First-Party Success or First-Party Failure? A case study on audience perceptions of the Nintendo Brand during the Wii U’s PLC – Ronen Shay
  19. Balancing the Three Pillars: Teaching Web Analytics through Software, Theory, and Service-Based Learning – Ronen Shay
  20. Engineering Forensics – Failure Analysis & Prevention – Ted Greene
  21. From Civitas to City: Understanding Urbanism through the Roman City Project – Jody Gordon
  22. Standards Based Mastery Grading 2.0 – Emma Smith Zbarsky
  23. Transactive energy in micro-grid solar network using smart outlets and blockchain technologies – Charlie Pham, Memo Ergezer, Afsaneh Ghavavati
  24. Integrating Service Learning into Technical & Professional Communication – Juval Racelis
  25. The Psychology of Place — Phyllis Wentworth
  26. Designing course term projects based on agile methodology – Charlie Pham
  27. Contemporary Immigration and Victimization: applications of criminological theories on the immigration and crime nexus – Allen Wong
  28. Oral History as Public History and Service Learning – Ella Howard
  29. Initial experience with enhanced digital teaching tools – Dave Rosenberg
  30. Stopping Sight Distance Analysis Under Connected Vehicle Environment – Tugba Arsava, Mehmet Ergezer
  31. $1 Million Cyber Range on $0 Budget – Rick Trilling
  32. Teaching CM Students through Research and Innovation: The Design & Development of a Rolling Safety Station (ROSS) – Todd Johnson
  33. 10 Principles of Good Design – Letter Press Poster – Carlos Villamil
  34. Column Test Device: Design and Built in WIT – Hadi Kazemiroodsari with students
  35. Effectiveness of short lecture videos – Masoud Olia
  36. Using the iPad in the classroom for design and more! – Derek Cascio
  37. Research to Teaching – Robert Cowherd
  38. Development of Construction Management Elective Course with Service Learning Component – Monica Snow
  39. The Development of Dynamic Web and Graphics for Spatially Oriented Homework Questions – Doug Dow
  40. MATE ROV Competition – An Overview of Design Progress – Aaron Carpenter, Jim McCusker Peter Rourke
  41. From teacher-directed to self-directed learning – Mike Stacey
  42. Traffic Study for Service Learning – Anuja Kamat, Tugba Arsava
  43. Concrete Canoe: Light Weight Concrete – Anuja Kamat with students

Single Sign on is Coming to Blackboard (FINALLY!)

After several years of work from the NetOps team we are pleased (ecstatic!) to announce that users will soon have one less system to repeatedly log into. Blackboard will join other applications using Single Sign On. Once you login to any of the products using Office 365 (Azure) to authenticate, you will also be signed into Blackboard.

Starting in May, after the Blackboard update, we will test SSO and if it checks out, SSO through O365 will be the standard login. When you go to to login to Blackboard, you will either be prompted to login to Office 365 or, if you are already logged in, go directly to the My Wentworth page in Blackboard.

Many thanks to Justin, Dom, and Jon from the Wentworth team for working on this project and figuring out the bugs. Thanks to Blackboard for releasing a fix earlier this year that allows SSO to work properly with Office 365.

LockDown Browser Available

Do you use the testing system in Blackboard? Are you looking for a way to prevent students from browsing websites or using other applications during a Blackboard test/quiz? If so, we have a tool for your students. LockDown Browser is a special application that runs on a student’s computer that locks them into a Blackboard test. The student can’t browse other websites, other parts of Blackboard, or use other applications on their computer. They can’t print the exam or copy and paste the questions into email to send to other students.

How do you get this wonder for your course? It’s already in your course. We have added this tool in Blackboard and it is available to instructors in the control panel. After you create your test/quiz using the regular Blackboard tools, you will deploy the test/quiz as usual. Up to this point there is no change. To use LockDown Browser, you navigate to the Course Tools section. There you will find a link for “Respondus LockDown Browser.”

LockDownBrowser Link on Blackboard Control Panel

LockDownBrowser Link on Blackboard Control Panel

Clicking on the link brings you to an about Lockdown Browser page with a video introducing LockDown Browser and a companion product, Respondus Monitor (which Wentworth does not currently license). Click on the Continue to LockDown Browse button to continue setting up a test to use LockDown Browser.

LockDown Browser Button

Once on the LockDown Browser page you can open the settings for any test and indicate whether students will be required to use LockDown Browser to access the test.

Menu to LockDown Browse Settings in Blackboard

Accessing LockDown Browse Settings in Blackboard

On the settings page, you select the option to require LockDown Browser and any options that you want.

LockDown Browser - All settings

LockDown Browser – All settings

On the settings page, you can select LockDown Browser as a requirement and allow access to some tools that might be needed for the exam – such as a calculator.
Click Save + Close when done and you have made LockDown Browser a requirement for your exam.

But Wait, there’s more… Before having students take their first test with LockDown Browser, you should plan on having students download, install and test the set-up using a practice test. LIT/TechSpot can come to class to troubleshoot any problems in advance of any real tests so that instructors and students can be confident the system will work.

During the fall term we piloted LockDown Browser with a few courses with success.  LIT wants to assist any other instructors interested in using this product to administer exams. There are specific best practices around testing with LockDown Browser and we’d like to help you with your first experiences to make them as problem free as possible.

If you are interested in using LockDown Browser with your course, please contact LIT at and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation.