And what’s your opinion?

Do you want to know?  Have you tried finding out with Qualtrics?

Qualtrics is a Web-based survey software for East Carolina University faculty, staff and students. Before creating a survey, ensure you have met the University IRB criteria.

If you are new to Qualtrics at ECU, you will be required to review and agree to the ECU Qualtrics Terms of Use to obtain an account.

Contact OET to find out how to use this resource.  More information can be found at the Qualtrics website

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Out of Office

I will be on vacation from Wednesday 10/12 and will return to the office on Friday 10/28. My assistant Matthew Kirschner, kirschnerm13@students.ecu.edu will be in the office and will be monitoring recordings along with our smart classroom technicians.  If you are cancelling class or do not require a recording please let him know.

Following is a list of resources which may be able to assist.  Links to my various blogs are located on this page as well.

Help Desk (Michael Davis and Billy Igoe) for this building 744-2903.
Blackboard – Matt Long, Cindy Bowers, Adam Brewer
SABA – John Southworth
Mediasite Troubleshooting –  Jarrett Shafer, Josh Brown
My Mediasite – Dennis Allen
Tegrity – Perceival Murphy
WordPress Blogs – Cindy Bower
Academic Technologies – Ginny Sconiers

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Because I Can!

Brag about my newest granddaughter Caroline Elise born October 3, 2016, 8 lbs, 4 oz. bundle of joy!

Caroline Elise

And while I have your attention I will be on vacation from Wednesday 10/12 and will return to the office on Friday 10/28. My assistant Matthew Kirschner, kirschnerm13@students.ecu.edu will be in the office and will be monitoring recordings along with our smart classroom technicians.  If you are cancelling class or do not require a recording please let him know.

Following is a list of resources which may be able to assist.  Links to my various blogs are located on this page as well.

Help Desk (Michael Davis and Billy Igoe) for this building 744-2903.
Blackboard – Matt Long, Cindy Bowers, Adam Brewer
SABA – John Southworth
Mediasite Troubleshooting –  Jarrett Shafer, Josh Brown
My Mediasite – Dennis Allen
Tegrity – Perceival Murphy
WordPress Blogs – Cindy Bower
Academic Technologies – Ginny Sconiers

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Using Turning Point Cloud – Clickers

Clickers have been a great tool to quiz students and the software is available in all classrooms.  I have lots of clickers in my cabinet and you don’t have the students sign up if you are doing anonymous polling.  You don’t have to get a license just sign up for a free Instructor account.

Some interesting data –

  1. The class became more active and vibrant
  2. Students became less passive
  3. Absenteeism was reduced
  4. Students seemed to like the addition of clickers
  5. More students were able to share their ideas with the whole class, promoting an emphasis on explaining and listening to reasoning. Students were also better able to hear their classmates.”

Contact this office to learn more.

Instructions on setting up an account – turning-account-faculty

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We have all heard

What’s in your wallet? Advertisement – I am asking a similar question which is “What’s in your Classroom”?  Are you trying something new this semester or have you tweaked something old?  Any light bulb moments?  Is it working or have you tried something that just isn’t going right?

Take a moment and share here or send me an email and I will blog about it!  What might just be old hat to you may be a treasure to some one else, please share!

 

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A quick thank you and reminder

To the nomination committee for selecting me to received the Dean’s Award at Convocation.  It is much appreciated.  So to keep with start of semester tradition

This blog offers lots of tips and reminders, you can easily search in the box at the bottom right. OET is just a phone call, email, instant message or stop by on your way to / from class.  

First week success

Research shows that students will be more successful in your online course if you do something to engage them the first week.  Be creative and think of something that will get them going the first week. Have them use the discussion or blog tool to introduce themselves, respond to other students, and take a sample quiz.  Consider a homework assignment to give them an opportunity to learn your style and relive any apprehension they may have.

 

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Mics, Mice and other Housekeeping Reminders!

With the start of the semester some gentle hints.  Thanking you in advance!

Those who are recording please remember to press the button on the front of the mic so that it turns green or blinks slowly for those who are color blind and PLEASE remember to replace the mic in its charging cradle upon the end of your class so the next person has a charged mic make sure the button is facing you in the charger.

The wireless mouse also needs to be returned to its charging cradle as well so it is working for the next user.

This is a busy semester so take a moment and find out who may be teaching immediately before or after you, because schedules are so tight they may not want you to shut down the room if someone is coming in directly after you or you are the person coming in after.  BUT do remember to LOG OFF so that no one can use your credentials.  Remember Log Off is a shortcut icon on your desktop now!

And if there is no one immediately after you please Shut down the room and Log off the computer.

Questions, thoughts, comments or complaints please let OET know!

Check out this post to catch up!

Have a great semester!

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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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