Crash Plan!!! Answer these questions!

Went to the IRCC meeting this morning and one of the speakers was Brent Zimmer who talked about “Crash Plan Backup”.  Take a moment and answer the following questions:

Do you backup your data on a USB stick or external drive?

Do you have more than 50 G of data you need backed up?

Is this data “critical” to your operations?

Is this data on your office computer’s hard drive”

If you answered Yes to any of the above then I suggest you explore “Crash Plan” backup.  Available across platforms, on up to 4 devices and the license is only $79 per year.  Unlimited space available, continuous backup of your device so if you create something in the morning, delete in the afternoon you can recover that evening!  

Want to know more?  Contact OET or click here.

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And what’s your opinion?

Do you want to know?  Have you tried finding out with Qualtrics?

Qualtrics is a Web-based survey software for East Carolina University faculty, staff and students. Before creating a survey, ensure you have met the University IRB criteria.

If you are new to Qualtrics at ECU, you will be required to review and agree to the ECU Qualtrics Terms of Use to obtain an account.

Contact OET to find out how to use this resource.  More information can be found at the Qualtrics website

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Where was that again?

Here is a tip to share with your students who are viewing Mediasite Recordings if they have a question about something in the lecture they can click on the “ask a question” icon below the content window and it will open a dialog box and time stamp at what point the student is questioning and the student can then send to you with their question

In desktop recordings students can click on the search button and type in a word or phrase and a list of where it appears.  Contact OET for more information.

And Grammie here needs to brag again, welcome Eli born February 7!

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How do you “feedback”

Typing on the paper and submitting it to BB?  Writing on the paper and handing it back to students?  Do they read the comments?  What about sending them “video” feedback.  With MDR (mediasite desktop recorder) you could send feedback that students could watch and listen, check out this article on “video feedback“.

Contact OET to learn more!

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Remember clickers?

I haven’t posted about this neat tool for the classroom but was just catching up on some articles and found some good pointers for using them this is from i-clicker blog here are some thoughts on how they can be helpful in your class!

“Increased the chance students did the required reading

  1. Helped the instructor engage all students
  2. Gave students a focused opportunity to share their thinking and to learn from their peers

Another study . . . found the following additional benefits:

  1. The class became more active and vibrant
  2. Students became less passive
  3. Absenteeism was reduced
  4. Students seemed to like the addition of clickers
  5. More students were able to share their ideas with the whole class, promoting an emphasis on explaining and listening to reasoning. Students were also better able to hear their classmates.”

They are just sitting in my office cabinet why not try them out?

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Catching Up!

So much going on so many emails.  I even missed sending last week’s blog so will do double duty today!

First here is a neat slide show on Disruptive Technologies 2015-2106 will give you something to think about.

Now if you have missed the recent posts from ECU Learning Technologies Digest let me just highlight some of the postings!

Classroom Selection for Summer and Fall 2015: New Options

As you consider your future classroom technology needs, here is a description of some of the equipment you will find in the classrooms across campus. New options include AirMedia, which allows you to present wirelessly from any device, Desktop Recording with MDR or Tegrity, and Video Conference using Saba or Jabber. Visit the Classroom Technology Database for even more options and to see the complete list of equipment offerings per room.

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A New Year, a New Semester and there is cold and flu out there!

All does not have to stop.  Yes please all be careful but with the aid of our technological devices, we can continue to deliver course material to students during a shutdown.   Preparedness is the key.

All faculty should have all course content on blackboard or some other web site for students who can’t get to class.  Such blackboard sites need not be elaborate.  OET can help set up these “emergency” blackboard courses but it does need to be done in advance.

Students can’t make it to class but the faculty can

If a class with absences is normally scheduled in a classroom with mediasite recorders, we can simply activate the recorder during class.  We can then deliver these lectures to selected students.  Note that we have fine granularity and can make the presentation available to individual students for instructor-specified time periods.

But if you can’t make it in there is Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) which can be used from any location with an up to date operating system, Windows or Mac. Contact OET for access.

For courses currently being recorded but not normally providing viewing access to in-class students, upon faculty request we can give access to selected (or all) in-class students for a faculty-specified period of time.

Faculty absences or university closure

If we know about this enough in advance, we can make some recordings before the university shuts down.  Students can watch them during the closure since the mediasite and blackboard servers will, presumably, remain up during closure.

OET absences

OET personnel have access to all necessary equipment from home.  To such extent as the security of our own homes allows, we will continue operations as usual from home.  We can consult with faculty by e-mail, skype, lync or telephone.  We can manage mediasite recordings and delivery.  We can provide on-

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Reading, writing and everything else!

Yes today is Reading Day and hopefully students aren’t trying to read, watch, etc their class content from the beginning of the semester!  Remember to download grades go to grade center and click work offline to download to an excel worksheet.  Be a good steward of student information and make sure you save this file to a pirate drive location not your desktop of flashdrive.  If you Safe Assign remember to “Synchronize your course” each time you submit a Safe Assignment so that it checks against the most up to date database.

Need to create your final exam quickly in Blackboard?  Use Respondus Test Generator it can convert a word document into a Respondus file which uploads to Blackboard.

Need help with weighting grades, or spring prep contact OET and check out our training calendar.

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