Since last week’s post was a repost you get 2 this week!

We are 3 1/2 weeks into the semester and here is a Best Practice that is included for Distance Education content but is a great idea for all classes to check in on “How is the course going?” and “Do you have any suggestions?“

Early feedback surveys or just informal discussions ask students to provide feedback on what is working well in a course and what might help them have a better course experience. This early feedback is done early in the course so corrections and modifications can be made. It is an easy opening for students who might have comments or suggestions or questions.”

You could use discussion board, or a doodle poll, or a round table discussion!

There have been a couple of emails inviting you to Mursion Demonstration. I went to one last spring and wrote about it http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/OET/?p=2370 It is a very cool tool available to you.  “Mursion is a great opportunity we have available at ECU for Read more

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A few years ago it was E, F or G now it’s I, J or K

Hurricane Season is in full force this year.  And last year’s letter M is not a distant memory for most of us.  Nor was I(rene) a few years ago. So I will repeat myself this week and remind everyone that with technology you can keep up with lecture content and delivery.  See this post from 2010 as it is still applicable this season

http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/OET/?p=636

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Classroom Tech Hints

Want to use the computer pen to illustrate on your PowerPoint?  When in Slideshow view either press down with the pen or right click and select pen options.  Select your style, select your color on the monitor and start annotating.  Click here for more instructions.  Not sure how it works contact OET!!

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Total Eclipse of the Sun

 and Fall Semester is less than 5 days!

Some quick reminders –

 

Send your lecture capture request if you would like to try this tool to give your students some extra help with course review click here for form.

Make your classes available in Blackboard – Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability > Yes.

ADD TA INSTRUCTOR: How do I add another instructor or a TA to the course?

  • Control Panel > Users and Groups > User > Find User to Enroll > Browse (type username only in the box), click Go > when you see the username, click the box and then Submit.

COURSE COPY: How do I copy my course from one semester to the next? Go here to learn more. Do NOT do another course copy if you think “it didn’t work.” Contact Blackboard Support.

SECTION MERGE: How do I merge (or collapse) two or more course sections? Go here to learn more.

Using Clicker Technology? ECU will begin providing all students with a Turning Technologies Account license beginning in the fall 2017 semester.  Enable TP in you BB course and use ResponseWare with Mobile Devices (available at their app store)  quick and easy!

 

 

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Do you know Lynda?

Lynda.com that is.

ECU students, staff and faculty now have access to lynda.com, 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.

To learn more, watch

Access the lynda.com library 24/7–even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device or mobile phone–and watch entire courses or single tutorial videos as you need them.

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No needles needed for this thread!

Voice Thread is one of the newer tools available for faculty to use.  It was piloted Fall and Spring semester and now will be available campus-wide!  VoiceThread is a web-based platform available through Blackboard, which allows instructors and students to upload slides, images, video, or documents, record audio, video, or text comments, and then invite others to view and record comments as well.

To find out more about this tool check out these resources

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Yammer while you wait

From the Yammer Blog “Did you know that Yammer is a great way to kickstart conversation inside and outside the classroom?  How?”  Well rather than me telling you here is what one of your colleagues, Kim Stokes has to say about using Yammer!

“We use Yammer as a communication platform for our clinical year students. It’s a great way to make class wide announcements when each student is in a very different course. We make a private page for each class so we can chat away. The students can answer each other’s questions sometimes in the main page and we can poll students and get feedback quickly. We pin documents to the wall that are of upmost importance (evaluations, manuals, etc) and we can private message persons when we need to discuss personal information. 

I personally do not have outlook on my phone to get a break from work when I”m not at work. But I always worry about student emergencies. The Yammer app allows students to reach me if there is an emergency without having to give out my cell to them (which I do anyway) and it also  makes reaching me really easy. The app puts instant notifications on their phone re: Yammer notes/messages. 

I love it. Yes, there are some things I’d tweak, but I love it overall.”

C. Kim Stokes, MHS, PA-C

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