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.
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!
Student Blackboard Support
Faculty Blackboard Start of Semester Tips
Embedding Mediasite into Blackboard
Video Release Form
Requirements for Viewing a Mediasite Presentation
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.
- Make sure Edit Mode is ON
- Click on the Users and Groups area of the Control Panel
- Click on Users
- Click on Enroll Users and select Find Users to Enroll from the drop down
- On the Add Enrollments page, enter the teaching assistant’s or instructor’s username (do NOT include their email address)
- Select the appropriate role from the dropdown (course builder, grader, student, instructor, student or teaching assistant)
- click on Submit
Just what is Pokemon Go?
If you’ve been on the internet — or, um, outside — lately, you may have noticed that a game called Pokémon Go is suddenly taking the world by storm. It may have you wondering, especially if you were born before 1984, just what the hell is going on. From http://www.vox.com/2016/7/12/12159304/pokemon-go-game-ios-android
And if you didn’t want to know here is something else on Social Presence from my colleagues at NC State.
10 Tips for Establishing a Strong Social Presence in Your Online Class
by Donna Petherbridge, Stacy Gant and Daniel Davis
For students and instructors, taking (or teaching) an online course can feel like an isolated activity. However, student connectedness via a sense of social presence is an important aspect in online learning environments because a sense of communal belonging may affect learners’ levels of motivation and satisfaction (Bolliger & Inan, 2012). Click here to read more
One of the frequent questions that comes across my desk is “how can we connect to someone virtually?” ITCS provides a few services which enable you to connect virtually. Click here to find more information on using them. We have hardware Videoconference system in 1355. All classrooms are equipped with cameras and microphones and our office has additional mics and webcams to use!
Features and Solutions
Why not create a “New Student Orientation” blog site to get them ready for Fall Semester. Click here for information on getting your blog setup. Contact OET or check out OET’s WordPress blog for how to information!
Or rather let your students talk about your program! Word of mouth is often the best way to spread the news. I have been tasked recently to record student’s reflections. How about including one on your website? Contact OET to find out more.