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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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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Since this is the longest day of the year . . .

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!

 

 

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Not a tool but a tip!

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.

 

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Tools, tools and more tools

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!

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Spring Cleaning – Yes even at work!

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!

 

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Coming soon in the next release . . . (fingers crossed)

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!

 

 

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Clicker Technology is Alive and Well!

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.

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Resources which may help you and your students!

Student Blackboard Support

Faculty Blackboard Start of Semester Tips

Embedding Mediasite into Blackboard

Video Release Form

Requirements for Viewing a Mediasite Presentation

DE Orientation

SABA Web Conferencing

Using Pirate Port

Using VPN to Connect Remotely

Using Online Tools

Just to get you started! and here is the answer to one of many questions how to add an Instructor or TA to your BB course.

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is ON
  2. Click on the Users and Groups area of the Control Panel
  3. Click on Users
  4. Click on Enroll Users and select Find Users to Enroll from the drop down
  5. On the Add Enrollments page, enter the teaching assistant’s or instructor’s username (do NOT include their email address)
  6. Select the appropriate role from the dropdown (course builder, grader, student, instructor, student or teaching assistant)
  7. click on Submit
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Break in the heat, summer session has been put to rest and fall is just around the corner!

A few years ago I did the countdown to fall semester.  I received various comments and some groans but in less than 3 weeks we have many new students and returning students headed into our classrooms so are a few resources to check out!  Some BB tips and some connecting with others in and around the classroom!

Profiles

Blackboard Calendar

InLine Grading with Blackboard 

Smart Podiums in the Classrooms

AirMedia Tool

Lecture Capture

SABA

Web Conferencing with WebEx

Skype for Business

 

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