At least Summer Session 2018. As the semester starts winding down why not make sure students are understanding since 11 weeks get intensive. Using Audience Response software such as Responseware (Turning Point) or Socrative can engage students and let you see what they might be missing.
As an instructor, you can create instant polling questions from Web content, PDF’s, Microsoft Office products, whiteboards and more. Quick questions can be polled by letting students use their phones, tablets or computers by using Responseware.
Want to know more? Contact OET!
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.
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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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.
And summer break!
Take some time, look at some of these tools
Turning Cloud – Clicker Technology
Socrative – Clicker Technology
Voice Thread – feedback video tool within Blackboard
My Mediasite/Mediasite – Mediasite is the university’s enterprise video strategy. My Mediasite, an all-in-one tool for recording, uploading and managing video, now gives users more control over their content.
Air Media – classroom tool
Blackboard Tools – This link will provide you with quick tutorials for tools available within BB
Respondus Test Generator – easy import of word documents into BB tests
SabaMeeting – Saba Meeting is a Web conferencing program in which a group of people interact in a virtual online meeting environment.
WebEx – Collaborate with colleagues anywhere, anytime from the Web through a browser or mobile app.
Yammer – Yammer is the official social networking tool of ECU. Think of it as Facebook for ECU. I
WordPress – WordPress allows users to create both static and dynamic Web pages.
Multimedia and Animation Services – Project Applications being accepted
Software supported by ECU
Or explore this blog and contact OET for demos or to explore new ways to distribute your content!
I am often asked if Presenter View is available in the classrooms. Unfortunately I have to answer no as the system does not recognize the screen as a 2nd monitor! So how do you utilize this feature? Using a laptop either Mac or PC will allow you to use Presenter View.
Another way to view your notes from your Ipad is to install the app Slideshark.com which will let you read your notes while advancing slides remotely. Contact this office to find out more or search this blog for a previous post.
Over the course of the summer I plan to highlight various tools, how they work and perhaps you would like to try in the fall. Last week I blogged about clickers in the classroom so I already started my plan of action.
This week I want to highlight “AirMedia” a tool available in all classrooms in our college. AirMedia allows instructors and/or students to present from any mobile device in any platform. Using AirMedia you can walk into any meeting space and wirelessly present PowerPoint®, Excel®, and Word documents, PDFs, photos, and screen shots from your personal iOS® or Android™ mobile device on the room display. Click on the link above to find out more or contact OET for a demonstration!
Here are some tips for organizing your computer and Blackboard sites.
Remember to Update your Computer Windows and Mac
Hiding courses from previous semesters (they are not gone, just hidden)
Being a good steward of student information (make sure no grade files etc are on your hard drive, they should be saved to pirate drive)
While you are checking My Documents for student information perhaps sort by date modified and clean out those files that are over 5 years old!
Clean up your gradebook.
Organization of content.
Need help with course organization or development contact OET!
I recently shared an article Why Gamification in Healthcare is the Next Big Thing and now to follow up here is a Q&A: How Gamification Increases Learning Outcomes with this partnership I am hoping to see the availability for us to add quizzes, feedback etc to our Mediasite Recordings. I will be attending the Mediasite User Conference the first week of May and if you have any thoughts or feedback you would like me to share at the conference please comment below. They do listen to their customers and there is always an “I wish” board to post on!
Speaking of lecture what about feedback, here is an article about a new way to deliver feedback, which can be done with Voice Thread a new product we have been piloting here at ECU!
With the change from Turning Point to Turning Cloud I have not had many requests for use of this neat technology. I still have many clickers that can be borrowed and the latest version of TurningPoint Cloud will allow for anyone to pass out clickers to get anonymous responses that they can display immediately on the screen. Clickers only have to be licensed now if you want to collect the response data (quizzes, attendance, etc.).
If you would like to collect responses there is a free app called Socrative! I posted about it last year and one of your colleagues is using it this semester. From their website “Socrative is your classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. No matter where or how you teach, Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens.
Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.”
Want a demo? Contact this office.