OIT P.A.T.H.S. Project


When it comes to student success, we’re all in this together! In Spring 2015, the Office of Information Technology Instructional Technology staff developed the P.A.T.H.S. (Partnership for Applying Technology to Help Students) program specifically to bridge the gap between Delta State University staff and their knowledge of information technology services and campus resources that support student success.

The goal of this project is to empower campus staff members with a free professional development opportunity to enhance their understanding of OIT services and enable them to better assist students as well as faculty members who have general inquiries about campus OIT resources. Since staff often provide “first response” services to students and faculty, the program strives to not only strengthen their understanding, but also to create a ongoing collaborative network in support of student success.


Program Design

The P.A.T.H.S. project is a three-day, lunch and learn professional development opportunity for Delta State University staff members. Participants will belong to a cohort. Members of each cohort are expected to participate in all three sessions, interact with peers and presenters during sessions, and be willing to share ideas with subsequent cohorts.

Each session will last approximately one hour, from 12:00pm-1:00pm CST and lunch will be provided for participants.



Sessions will be held in Bailey 114 so that participants have access to computers for the hands-on activities. In addition to hands-on workshops, participants will be treated to engaging presentations from members of the Office of Information Technology staff. Session topics can vary by cohort, however all session types will be based on OIT services including the learning management system (Canvas), administrative services (Banner, myDsu, etc.), and desktop services.

Due to seating and the desire to form highly engaged cohorts, each cohort will be limited to 5.


Cohorts Formation

Cohorts will be formed in June, September, and February.


What Will I Receive for Participation?

Participants will:

  • receive the personal satisfaction of participating in professional development
  • enhance knowledge of campus technology services to better serve students
  • gain confidence in using campus online services
  • contribute to growing a network of collaborators advocating for student success

In addition, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion to recognize their efforts and to certify their completion in the program.



If you have additional questions, or would like more information, please contact the project facilitator, Dr. Nicole House at nhouse@deltastate.edu.


Cohort 2 September 22-September 24, 2015


Day 1 TUESDAY, September 22: “Learning & Teaching with Canvas”



Presenter: Ms. Kelly Kirkland, Sr. Instructional Designer, Instructional Technology

Participants will be given their own shells in Canvas and given the role of Instructor for those shells. Presenter will provide an overview for basic functions including publishing, downloading the template, assignment creation, and exams as well as how to manage personal settings and messages. We’ll discuss “do’s and don’ts” as well as tips.



Day 2 WEDNESDAY, September 23: “Information Technology on Campus Updates”



“Banner 101-Student Registration”

Presenter: Mr. Chris Giger, Director, Administrative Services

Participants will gain an understanding of the student registration process in Banner, be guided to accessing myDSU online services from DSU website, and get answers to frequently asked questions.






“Cybersecurity on Campus”

Presenter: Dr. Edwin Craft, CIO, Information Technology

Participants will gain insight of how cyber attacks threaten the security of student data. They will be advised on creating complex passwords, tools for running virus scans, free resources for students (AVG eg.).




Day 3 THURSDAY, September 24: “Making Microsoft Work for You”



“Making Microsoft Work For You”

Presenter: Mr. Jabari Buck, Technical Support Specialist, Desktop Services

Participants will learn to maximize communications and work more efficiently with Microsoft Office 2013 productivity suite. They will experience hands-on activity in deploying the latest office tools to create work projects as well as  learn Outlook tips and tricks to disseminate information more efficiently to faculty, colleagues, and students alike.



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