IT IQ is a program of online, 1-2 credit hour courses designed to teach today’s students various tools, skills, and methods to use technology successfully in the academic, professional, and personal aspects of their lives. You will learn tools to help you research, stay organized, collaborate virtually, analyze and visualize data, publish online content, create dazzling presentations, and much more!

All of the IT IQ courses are scheduled as a mid-semester 6-week term.   Please click the specific course offering to learn more. 

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Fall 2013 Course Offering:

Second sessions (Nov 11 - Dec 20): A&S300-201

This course provides instruction on the use of free (or inexpensive) publicly available software tools used to design, visualize and fabricate artifacts.  It is designed to be taken as a stand-alone experience. 

Course module topics include

  1.  Overview and examples of digital design and fabrication technologies including, 2D Design Software, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Laser-Cutting, and CNC (Computer Numerical Cutting) tools.  Exploring the Maker-Movement and related groups such as the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, Fab-Labs.  This module also involves installation of many of the software used throughout the course. 
  2. Survey of 2D Digital Design Tools – Including Scanning, digitizing, and creating vector graphics that can be used for printing, laser cutting, or later in 3D design software.
  3. Survey of cloud based 3D Digital Design Tools – Autodesk’s 123D Apps (Catch, Design, Make, Creature, and Sculpt) and SketchUp
  4. 3D Modeling – Using SketchUp and/or OpenSCAD to construct 3D models.
  5. Post Processing and Preparation for Fabrication – Preparing CNC files, STL, and related processes for 3D Printing and Fabrication and uploading files to a service bureau.
  6. Final Project:  Using the tools and skills developed create a design, prepare files for fabrication and share the design.

  

Student work: 

Examples of student works in this course could include:

  • Project or Final Presentation for other course(s).
  • A presentation for a social cause that you’re interested in.

Fall 2013 Course Offerings:

Second sessions (Nov 11 - Dec 20): A&S100-202

This course consists of five modules:

1.      Introduction to the notion of Web 2.0 and web publishing in general.  Includes an overview of intellectual property, copyright, and online security, as well as the basics of registering a domain name and finding a host provider.
2.      Collaborative publishing with Google Drive and wikis.
3.      Simple HTML skills to build a basic webpage, including text and graphics using UK’s Sweb server.
4.      Creating Webpages using Google Sites and other WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) page editors.
5.      Blogging using Blogger and/or Wordpress, including how to install Wordpress Plugins and Blogger Widgets.

Student work: 

Examples of student works in this course could include:  

  • Collaborative project using Google Drive and a wiki.
  • Simple HTML webpage on a topic of your choice.
  • Simple Google Sites webpage on a topic of your choice.
  • Blog with posts on topics of your choice.

Fall 2013 Course Offerings:

6-weeks from Nov 11 - Dec 20: A&S100-201.  ITIQ Intro course is recommended as the first in series of ITIQ courses.  

 

This course consists of five modules:

1.      Digital Video Basics including optimizing your computer for video and finding video sources, and tips for downloading and installing free and University licensed applications including: Microsoft Office, Zotero, Google Earth, and Google Sketchup.
2.      Video conferencing and collaboration using meetings.io.
3.      Information management tools including Zotero, Evernote, and Drop-Box, and information searching strategies using UK’s online library resources, Google, and other search engines.
4.      An introduction to intellectual property, copyright and open-source licensing issues, and information regarding digital citizenship, including social networking, e-etiquette, password security, information privacy, and other current issues.
5.      Creating a presentation with PowerPoint or Prezi, adding audio with Jing, and sharing your presentation online.

 

Student work: 

Example of blog post and Adobe Connect project:

This blog post is from Edward Keller, a student from the Winter 2011/2012 session of this course.  This is from the Video Conferencing module, and shows an example of the recorded video assignment.

I conducted a video conference with one of my friends here at home. He was the first kid I could find who had a webcam so he seemed liked a good choice. I addressed the real world applications of adobe connect and the future of this software with my friend in the recording. I gave my opinion on the software and asked his opinion on a couple of things. Here is the URL.
https://connect.uky.edu/p24403184/
    Resources:
    The main difference that I notice when comparing Adobe Connect to other video chat applications is that Connect feels like it is made with businesses in mind. It has a much more professional feel. It allows the user to show documents and PowerPoints and it also has a more streamlined layout. In general it seems like there are more features that are applicable to companies than the other apps. When this application is paired with cloud computing they can be very helpful to large companies and small companies alike.  Here is an article where the author compares a few different video chat applications.
http://lifehacker.com/5692824/battle-of-the-video-chat-applications-google-chat-vs-skype-vs-ichat
    Test Question:
    Which meeting role has the ability to share their screen.(Check all that apply)
    A) Host
    B) Participant
    C) Presenter
    Answer: A) Host and C) Presenter

Example of a final presentation:
Here is an example of the Final Presentation, by Verda Davis, a student in the Winter 2011/2012 session of this course.
http://screencast.com/t/p7Pr3f7l5

Here is the final presentation, turned in by Jill Esham, a student from Winter 2011/2012.
http://screencast.com/t/CDZOPUYfh6Iw

The courses are entirely online and will require no in-person meetings. There are no prerequisite courses. However, the fundamental ability to use a computer, surf the web, download video, and submit files online is a necessary prerequisite skill for all of the IT IQ courses.

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