Already???? You might say but yes only a few days left and here are some reminders to close the book –
Review your Gradebook – are there any missing grades, do you want to set up extra credit, weighting, now may be the time to get this in order before final exams and speaking of
Final Exams – have you written it, Respondus Test Generating tools helps make test creation in BB easier and remember if using Blackboard for a timed test Forced Completion should not be checked.
Assignments – if using Safe Assign make sure you check the correct options and have submission settings correct.
Make up work – if any are allowed make sure the correct options are available to students.
Reusing content – for summer course or future semesters make note of broken links or anything that did not work and correct it.
OR want to redesign, summer is the time to do just that, contact this office if you want to explore some new options.
That would be good day in Scottish Gaelic and so I will be heading to Scotland and Ireland Wednesday 4/4 and return to the office on Monday 4/16.
My assistant Pete Eischens, firstname.lastname@example.org will be in the office most days (744-1106). Additionally you can contact the following resources if you need assistance.
Help Desk (Michael Davis, email@example.com and Billy Igoe, firstname.lastname@example.org ) for this building 744-2903.
Blackboard – Matt Long email@example.com , Adam Brewer firstname.lastname@example.org , Paul Lamere, email@example.com
SABA/Webex – John Southworth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mediasite Troubleshooting – Jarrett Shafer (252) 328-9141, email@example.com , Josh Brown, (252) 328-9617, firstname.lastname@example.org
My Mediasite – Jarrett Shafer (252) 328-9141, email@example.com , Allen Dennis, (252) 328-2841 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tegrity/Voice Thread – Perceival Murphy, (252) 737-5166, email@example.com
WordPress Blogs – Helpdesk
Academic Technologies – Ginny Sconiers, Wendy Creasey
Email Evolves – From Information Technology and Computing Services –
Over the next few months, ECU is modernizing faculty and staff email. There are four steps to this remodel:
- Enable the new cloud-based Online Archive folder
- Switch to Office 365 Exchange Online Protection
- Move Enterprise Vault items back to your mailbox
- Migrate staff mailboxes to Office 365
Using your OneDrive – Alyssa De Santis Figiel our University Program Associate recently share the photos from the Scholarship Ceremony another way to share files with colleagues without having to set up special permissions, find out more about using Office 365 and what it can do here.
Well it will happen to your desktop sooner than later. So here are some reasons to just do it!
From PC Mag “The key takeaway, however, is this: In most of the things that really matter—speed, security, interface, compatibility, and software tools—Windows 10 is a vast improvement over its forbears.
Reasons to upgrade to Windows 10
- Speed. Startup and more. …
- The Start Menu. …
- Cortana. …
- Universal Apps. …
- Touch. …
- Action Center. …
- A Better Browser. …
Contact help desk with a request to upgrade, if not now perhaps once the semester has ended so you have the summer to become acquainted!
Scroll through this slideshow, note number 12 always a good idea!
As instructors you have a wealth of information but sometimes there is someone who may be an “expert” on a topic and having them share their experiences and knowledge can be priceless. Some things to consider when hosting a guest speaker, first will they be lecturing on site or virtually. Depending on their location please follow these guidelines –
On site – check if they are bringing their own laptop and whether it is a Mac or PC. If the class content is to be lecture captured there are certain “dongles” which must be connected to do this. Find out what else they might need in presenting their content. Ask if they can arrive 15 minutes early so that we can help get them set up prior to the start of class.
Virtually – all general classrooms have microphones and cameras to connect virtually. OET has webcams with tripods which also can be installed. ECU supports the use of SABA and WebEx for virtual meetings. Skype can be used with an online login and content can be presented using Skype. If the speaker is initiating the call there are many systems that can be used. Best practice have a practice call prior to the class session.
Need more information contact OET.
At a recent meeting with the Instructional Technology Consultant’s (ITC’s) of the university we were introduced to Microsoft Teams. Before I tell you what Teams can do think about this scenario you are involved in multiple projects with multiple people within and outside of ECU wouldn’t it be nice to have all correspondence, files etc in one spot which also allows you to quick chat/comment on something rather than sending emails? Well . . .
Microsoft Teams is a messaging app for teams where all conversations, meetings, files, and notes can be accessed by everyone, all in one place. It’s a place for collaboration and work to happen in the open.
Here’s why you should use it:
- It makes communicating one-on-one and with groups a snap.
- Collaboration happens in real time.
- Everything your team cares about (all your files, docs, contact info, and more) is in one place.
One college has been using it and here is a quote from their ITC “Now that the planner can be integrated into Teams, it is a great way to use both tools at once. I have also integrated a notebook into the team, which also helps keep everything in one place. I haven’t gotten everyone into the chat feature, but the organization part seems to be a nice way to at least get people started in the right direction, at least for us.”
Slide advancer and pointer are installed in all general classrooms and the USB connector is plugged directly into the back of the room computer and are NOT missing. There is a switch on the side to turn it off/on. Please leave in the classroom for your colleagues to use. One note though if you are recording your class the laser pointer does not show up in the recordings it is better to use the mouse and or pen attached to the monitor. Need to borrow one for a room not equipped? Contact this office.
All ECU Students Licensed
Just like in the fall, all ECU students have access to a Turning Account license. This license enables ECU students to use the TurningPoint Mobile app to respond to TurningPoint polls at no additional cost to the student. Additionally, students are able to purchase unlicensed clickers (available at the ECU students store) at a reduced rate because they no longer have to purchase a clicker that’s bundled with a license.
New QT2 Clicker
In the fall, Turning Technologies released a new clicker that includes a full keypad. This next-generation clicker will enable students to respond to text-based polls more quickly. Please feel free to follow this link for more information on the new QT2 clicker (or as I’ve been calling it, the blackberry clicker):
It’s important to note, however, that the old NXT clickers that have been used on campus for more than 6 years are still fully compatible with TurningPoint and will continue to work for students who already have them.
New User Registration
Even though all students have access to a Turning Account License, that license must be claimed and registered in Blackboard before that student’s results will appear to the instructor. Also, any student using a physical clicker must register the Device ID on the back of their clicker to their Turning Account in Blackboard in order for the software to know which clicker they’re using. Please share with your students the tutorial link below on how to claim the Turning Account license and, if applicable, register their physical clicker.
Note: Students who completed this registration process in the fall, do not need to do it again for the spring.
Clicker Resource Page
WebEx and Skype: Is There a Difference?
Yes! Two great tools for different scenarios
With both WebEx Cloud and Skype for Business available to ECU users, how do you pick the right online meeting solution? Both tools share collaboration tools, audio and video options, scheduling through Outlook and a “Meet Now” feature.
However, there are also differences that make the choice clear depending on your requirements. Here’s how you can decide which is the best tool for your meeting.
Skype is part of the Office 365 download and is available to students, faculty and staff. It is currently ECU’s standard for instant messaging and desktop sharing. It is used to determine another user’s “presence” through Outlook – not available (red), green (available), yellow (away from the computer).