Two weeks and counting

And we will put Summer Semester 2015 to bed!  A lot of information to be learned in a short amount of time.  Need to review?  Why not use clickers?  Great way to get the class involved and also find out what they might need some extra help.  Try Anywhere Polling for quick questions “right atop of web pages, videos, documents or any application”.

Contact OET to reserve clickers.

Want to try this technology for Fall Semester?  Contact OET for a demo!

and for those who thought The Final Countdown meant this?

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Something I used to do!

When I talk at PCC the Intro to Computers course we touched on email and with many of my students having just graduated high school the following 14 Email Etiquette rules is still timely and perhaps should be shared with your students even if they are graduate students!  Have something to add? Leave a comment! 14 Email Etiquette rules handout

  1.  Include a clear, direct subject line.
  2.  Use a professional email address.
  3.  Think twice before hitting ‘reply all.’
  4.  Use professional salutations.
  5.  Use exclamation points sparingly.
  6.  Be cautious with humor.
  7.  Know that people from different cultures speak and write differently.
  8.  Reply to your emails — even if the email wasn’t intended for you.
  9.   Proofread every message.
  10. Add the email address last
  11. Double-check that you’ve selected the correct recipient.
  12. Keep your fonts classic.
  13. Keep tabs on your tone.
  14. Nothing is confidential — so write accordingly.

 

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It was an L and now it is an S ! What’s that all about?

If you are used to seeing this lync

 

 

but now you may see this

skypeforbusiness

 

 

don’t worry it still works the same just a different icon.  It  is unified communications platform that is available to students, faculty and staff, which integrates seamlessly with email, calendar and the ECU address book* to allow instant text messages, video conferences, online presentations and even group conferencing. Skype/Lync just a different icon allows true collaborative desktop sharing among attendees for quick project edits and live brainstorming.  Try it out, message me!

One of the most-requested features is the ability to invite non-ECU participants to a meeting or presentation.

 

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Some simple things you may or may not know

So how can you control the computer without your mouse? Well firstly, the easiest thing to do is use the ALT key and the ATL + TAB key combo. ALT + TAB lets you switch between programs and just pressing the ALT key on your keyboard focuses onto the menu options, such as File, Edit, etc.

The right-click keyboard shortcut is to hold down SHIFT and then press F10. That’s one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts because it comes in VERY handy and sometimes it’s actually easier to use the keyboard than the mouse.

There are some other handy Windows keyboard shortcuts that you should know in case you are stuck in a bad situation:

CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (then use ARROW keys to select an item)

ALT+DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box

ALT+F4: Closes the current program window

ALT+ENTER: Open the properties for the selected object

from http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/right-click-keyboard-shortcut/ 

 

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Think about the Think-In!

Stop by, OET has a poster and see what your colleagues are up to, great ideas to share and investigate!

Think-In 2015 – Joyner Library – March 18th

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

 Student engagement…Universal Design for Learning…active learning

global communities…lecture capture…learning communities…STEM…faculty development…and more

Visit the Think-In 2015 website to view the full program.  We look forward to seeing you on March 18th!

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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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