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September 9, 2014
ECU Faculty and Staff: We hope your semester is off to a great start. We invite you to take a few minutes to catch up on the latest learning technology news.
In this issue:
Have you had a chance to try any of the new Blackboard features? Here’s a summary of some of our favorites and a brief description of each. You’ll find most of these are helpful timesavers.
To learn more about these and other new features in Blackboard, please visit the Blackboard Blog: New Features.
|Best Practices for using SafeAssign in Blackboard|
SafeAssign is a product within Blackboard that can be used as an educational tool to help students identify and properly attribute sources. There are two ways instructors can use SafeAssign: (1) Create a SafeAssignment and (2) Direct Submit. When a student submits an assignment via SafeAssignment, it is compared to an Institutional Database (ECU) and the Global Reference Database (optional) in order to identify areas of overlap. In addition, SafeAssign provides a Direct Submit option for instructors, this feature allows an instructor to submit a student’s paper. We do not recommend using the Direct Submit option to “only add papers to the Institutional Search Database”. This option requires student consent. The recommendation, which maximizes the benefits of the tool for both instructors and students, is to use the SafeAssignment option. Here are a few of the benefits.
Visit the Blackboard Blog for even more information.
|SabaMeeting Web Conferencing – Set up your own Class Meetings|
SabaMeeting provides a virtual classroom environment where faculty and students can communicate and collaborate via audio, video, text chat, whiteboard and more. If you are new to SabaMeeting or looking for some helpful tips, visit our SabaMeeting Resource Center and be sure to check out the SabaMeeting Best Practices.
Just a reminder, faculty and students can create and edit their own SabaMeeting events without having to complete the Course Request or Student Request forms. Students can create meetings for small groups, study sessions, or practice for class presentations. Just visit the SabaMeeting Request forms area on the SabaMeeting website for a tutorial on how to setup your meetings.
|Lecture Capture using My Mediasite|
Lecture capture enables you to record, develop, and deliver instructional content. Your class lectures, test-reviews, navigation guides and course introductions can all be delivered through a streamed, real-time, synchronous environment or recorded for asynchronous, anytime-anywhere viewing. Students can view recorded content as often as needed, which not only increases accessibility, but allows for active control over learning. Lecture capture provides flexibility for non-traditional students and those learning at a distance. Students enjoy having access to recorded lectures and when surveyed, they ask for more lecture capture usage campus wide.
Lecture capture news…Mediasite now offers desktop capture and personal media management through My Mediasite. My Mediasite gives users the ability to record, upload, manage and publish rich video content. My Mediasite is a great complement for faculty already using Mediasite in the classroom. With My Mediasite, you can easily upload existing video or capture content from your desktop. You call also take advantage of the Mediasite Blackboard Building Block and integrate video content into any content area within Blackboard.
To get started with Mediasite, contact the Instructional Technology Consultant (ITC) for your college or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To locate Mediasite rooms on campus, visit the Technology-Enhanced Classroom database and select Record Your Class.
|Training Feature: Classroom Technology Training Class (9/24/14)|
|Classroom Technologies are the tools available to you in classrooms all across campus. Technologies include the physical equipment located in many rooms such as touch panels, document cameras and videoconferencing codecs, as well as, lecture capture, clickers and more. This training class is designed to help introduce you to the various technologies available, as well as assist you in developing a plan for utilizing these technologies. We will spend time looking at both how and why to use these technologies and how they can enhance your courses. Come see what Classroom Technology has to offer. Register for the September 24th session in Cornerstone.|
|Videoconferencing: Collaborate from Anywhere|
Do you need to schedule a videoconference this semester? ITCS is here to help you select the technology, schedule the session(s), set up, and practice. Visit the new Videoconferencing website to learn about the technologies available and locations.
|Faculty: Integrate lynda.com content into your Blackboard Courses|
New this semester! Faculty can integrate lynda.com video tutorials into Blackboard courses. lynda.com is an online library of instructional videos teaching the latest software tools and skills. Taught by accomplished instructors and recognized industry experts, lynda.com is a high-quality resource for students and faculty. View the Welcome to lynda.com video to learn more. Interested faculty, please visit the ECU lynda.com login page to request an account for your fall courses.
|Read & Write Gold Software|
Students, faculty, and staff can get a free copy of Read & Write Gold! This innovative literacy software is designed to support and improve reading, writing, research and study skills for all individuals, including English language learners. Features include:
Download Read & Write Gold for Windows at: https://download.ecu.edu.
Have questions or need assistance? Please contact the IT Help Desk.
|The Online Tools Guide|
|ITCS supports a suite of learning platforms to meet your course management, communication, and collaboration needs. ECU hosted tools are all reviewed for FERPA, state contractual rules, ADA accessibility, and security compliance requirements. We recommend you work with the university to review products, pursue contracts, and confirm that tools are ADA compliant. If you have determined that there is not an ECU hosted solution available to meet your course needs, please visit the Online Tools Guide. The Online Tools Guide contains the requirements for two scenarios: (1) when you ask students to upload course content into a non ECU hosted system, and (2) when you place student data in the cloud.|
|Register for IT Training in Cornerstone|
Cornerstone is your access point to register for training and to take online training courses delivered by many of the departments on campus, including IT Training provided by ITCS. Your personalized training center within Cornerstone provides access to your training transcript, upcoming sessions, and any online training in progress. In the Browse for Training area you will see a link to ITCS training. This month’s IT Training classes include: Blackboard Overview, ECU BIC, Classroom Technology, CommonSpot, iWebfolio QEP Training, SabaMeeting Virtual Classroom and Intermediate Training, and Tegrity Lecture Capture. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you Register for Training in Cornerstone.
Great article on helping students prepare for Online Quizzes and Tests some of the tips mentioned are
Practice makes perfect!
Get your computer ready for the exam.
Only launch the test when you are ready to begin.
Go over the entire test and answer the less challenging questions first.
Read each question carefully and pay attention to the clock. Check out the article for more!
Got questions but no training focuses on them? Why not arrange for a 1 hour consult with OET, in your office, classroom or lab! Ask questions, get a demo or just pick OET’s brain!
Both My Mediasite and Blackboard have a feature called “profiles”! Take a moment and fill them out and add a picture to Blackboard so your students know who your are!
My Mediasite – click the down arrow and enter your name, email, bio url etc. This feature will allow students to email you directly while watching a recording!
Blackboard – click on your picture or the avatar and then click again to open up the Edit Profile page
ECU offers lots of tools for sharing information as well as obtaining information. One very handy and user friendly tool is Qualtrics Survey Software. Qualtrics is a web-based survey software for East Carolina University faculty, staff and students. There is lots of training, tutorials and webinars available from Qualtrics on how to use this powerful but easy to use tool. How about adding a poll to the end of your Mediasite recording? Specific to the content in the recording?
OET has helped create surveys for CAHS departments if you would rather pick OET’s brain than read the tutorials!
On the ECU Technology Digest please note this important announcement about checking ECU email on your mobile device! Smartphone Security Need assistance contact OET!
As the Educational Technologist for the College of Allied Health I am all about promoting technology but a recent article from Campus Technology caught me eye and perhaps yours.
Contrary to what students might like to think, when they multi-task in class on non-academic activities, their test scores go down. And that’s true for even the smartest students. Those are the initial results of a $439,000 study by a Michigan State University research project that was reported on in the September 2014 issue of Computers & Education.”
I still advocate for technology in the classroom BUT why not enrich the learning experience by providing lecture recordings for review and/or preview to course content?
Is it still on VHS? Classrooms don’t have VHS players since the were refreshed and even before that they were eating tapes. Now is the time to really think about getting them digitized or perhaps creating new ones! Perhaps your students can do this as a special project.
Contact OET for more information and assistance.
You may have noticed different backgrounds (themes) for the past few weeks. Wordpress gives you the ability to choose different styles for presenting your information. You can have static pages which do not let commenting by others. Or you can have a mixture of the two as I have done this week with the sliding images theme.
You could have put students in groups and let each student manage a page depending on topics or studies. Lots of uses for this software. Check out the training schedule if you would like to learn more.