ETI Office and Contact Information

Located in G-006

(301) 295-3980

Contact Information

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Room G-006

Phone: (301) 295-3980

Quick Tip

Wondering how to use the Sakai LMS? On the ETI’s Resources page, you can view Quick Reference Guides to help you get started with Sakai.

ETI Resources

Teaching with Technology Brown Bag Series

Distributed Learning (DL) Software

Sakai 19 Quick Start Guides

Other Resources

Teaching with Technology Brown Bag Series

The CIO’s office is pleased to present a series of brown bag sessions on Teaching with Technology. This series is meant to highlight faculty’s use of technology in their teaching and allow participants to share ideas about teaching in distributed learning environments.

Next Session

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 - Dr. Dina Kurzweil (ETI), Dr. Jeff Longacre (External Affairs), Ms. Alison Rollins (LRC), and Ms. Sarah Stanton (OGC): Navigating Copyright & Fair Use.

Check your email for an announcement or contact the ETI at for more information about how to attend the sessions.

Videos of Past Sessions

NOTE: You will need to have a USU SSO account in order to view the videos and you may be asked to log in before viewing the video

  • March 25, 2021: Dr. Linda Macaulay, ETI: Good Things Come in Small Groups: Exploring How and Why to Use Breakout Rooms in Zoom and Google Meet
  • February 23, 2021Mr. James Schwartz, SOM: Giving Motivating and Structured Feedback to Students Using Tools Available at USU
  • January 26, 2021: Dr. Dale Smith, SOM: Setting the Stage for Learning: Using Animation and Interactive Content to Engage and Motivate
    • Dr. Smith’s presentation focuses on the creation of this Antietam video
  • December 15, 2020: Dr. Francesca Cimino, SOM & Dr. Laura Taylor, GSN  - Flexing to Fit: Using the Tech at Hand to Make it Work
  • November 17, 2020: Dr. Alexis Battista, SOM: Using Technology to Teach Writing and To Enhance Your Own Research 
  • October 20, 2020: Dr. Joseph May, SOM: Finding Technology To Fill Gaps in the Curriculum and Mr. James Schwartz, SOM: Using “Off the Shelf” Tools to Scaffold Learning at a Distance
  • September 22, 2020: Dr. Eric Meyer, SOM: Moving the SOM’s Neuroscience Module Online  
  • DL Software

    The ETI can work with you to integrate of a variety of DL software tools into your teaching, such as:

    • Adobe Captivate (available for faculty and staff through a service desk software ticket)
    • Adobe Premiere (available for faculty and staff through a service desk software ticket)
    • Articulate Storyline 3 (limited licenses available for faculty and staff through a service desk software ticket)

    Sakai 19 Quick Start Guides

    The ETI has worked with the Sakai Help team to develop a set of quick start guides for using version 19 of the Sakai learning management system (LMS). 

    Guides for the following Sakai tools are available (Click the name to open the guide as a PDF):

    Sakai 19 Videos

    The ETI has developed a set of videos that can help you get oriented to the tools in Sakai 19.

    The “How To” videos listed below show you how to use specific features of Sakai tools

    The “Overview” videos listed below provide you with a more in-depth introduction to each of the main tools in Sakai.

    The “What’s New” videos listed below focus on some of the enhancements to tools and functionality that users who are familiar with previous versions of Sakai will see in Sakai 19.

    Please note that your viewing experience depends on the quality of your internet connection and the amount of time the video has been buffering. If the video looks blurry, you may want to adjust the size of your viewing window or pause the video for 15-20 seconds to allow it to buffer.



    Other Resources

    Peer Assessment Learning Activity Information and Resources

    Peer assessment can be an effective way of enabling students to teach and learn from each other.  Following best practices when creating peer assessment learning activities will help your students get the most out of these activities. This Peer Assessment Resources document provides you with information about and links to a number of resources that you can use as you plan and implement peer assessment in your teaching.

    Techniques for Creating an Effective Learning Environment 3/9/2016

    On March 9, 2016, The ETI presented a professional development session for the Medical and Clinical Psychology Department Seminar and the University community that was designed to help participants create environments conducive to learning a wide variety of types of material. Handouts from that session are provided here.

    • Engagement Model  
      This document provides a visual model that presents a variety of elements that contribute to learner engagement in the classroom or online environment.
    • Storytelling and Visual Thinking 
      This document presents suggestions for starting to think about information in visual terms or as part of a story in order to help learners engage with the material.
    • Strategies Based On How The Brain Learns  
      This document presents strategies that can be used to engage learners in the classroom or online environment, based on research about how the brain processes information when learning. This version of the handout is slightly different from the one provided during the session; it includes information about specific strategies that were discussed during the session.

    Creating Effective Learning Experiences 5/13/2015

    On May 13, 2015, The ETI presented a professional development session for the Medical and Clinical Psychology Department Seminar and the University community that provided some tips about creating effective learning experiences. Handouts from that session are provided here.

    Flipping the Classroom 8/27/2013

    On August 27, 2013, The ETI presented a professional development session for USUHS faculty that provided an introduction to the theory behind and the practice of "flipping the classroom." Handouts from that session are provided here.

    • Flipping Worksheet
      This worksheet is designed help you start flipping your classroom. It consists of a series of questions about specific elements of your flipped classroom learning experience that you can ask yourself. It also provides you with space to write the answers. When you have completed this document, you will have a good basis for your flipping plan.
    • Flipping Considerations
      In this document you will find some important elements to consider when flipping your classroom, along with specific suggestions for each step along the way.
    • Flipping Resources
      This document provides you with links to online resources that give you some background on the concept and practice of flipping. It also has links to sites that provide examples of activities you can have students do when they are in the classroom.
    • Accessibility Resources
      You want to make sure your online content is available to all of your students. These accessibility resources are designed to help you make versions of your Microsoft Office documents and other types of materials that are compliant with Section 508.
    • Flipping
      This handout provides you with all four of the Flipping documents in one file. It is the same as the handout you received if you attended the session.


    Guidelines for Use of Content from Copyrighted Sources

    The ETI has worked with the USUHS Office of the General Counsel to develop a set of guidelines for faculty to refer to when they use content from copyrighted sources in Distributed Learning (DL) course materials. These guidelines are designed to help faculty members by providing a common-sense approach to citing sources when transitioning spoken presentations to a more permanent format for distribution to a wider audience. To download the guidelines, which are provided in a .pdf document, click here.

    Handouts from Lunchtime Seminar on Using Discussion Boards (DB) in Teaching

    Discussion_Board_Questionsv4_handout.pdf –This document, which provides the slides used at the lunchtime seminar on using discussion boards in teaching, describes the benefits of using discussion boards and provides recommendations for writing effective discussion board questions.

    Note: though the session title includes “Blackboard” and Blackboard is mentioned in the handout, the techniques described can be used with discussion boards in any LMS, including Sakai.

    DB_Creation_Techniques.pdf- This document, which was used as a handout at the lunchtime seminar on using discussion boards in teaching, provides explanations of different types of discussion board questions and postings.

    Handouts from Lunchtime Seminar on Putting Course Materials Online

    Aligning_Objectives_and_Activities.pdf- This document suggests online activities that can be used to support different types of objectives.

    Handouts from Grand Rounds Session on Writing Objectives

    061207_GRHO_triangle_domains.pdf- This document contains a list of learning domains and a graphic depicting the relationship between objectives, learning activities and evaluation

    Handouts from Grand Rounds Session on Using Technology to Improve Clinical Teaching

    121206_GRHO_USUHS_ETI_intro.pdf- This document contains the slides that were used during the grand rounds session entitled “Using Technology to Improve Clinical Teaching”