Yammer while you wait

From the Yammer Blog “Did you know that Yammer is a great way to kickstart conversation inside and outside the classroom?  How?”  Well rather than me telling you here is what one of your colleagues, Kim Stokes has to say about using Yammer!

“We use Yammer as a communication platform for our clinical year students. It’s a great way to make class wide announcements when each student is in a very different course. We make a private page for each class so we can chat away. The students can answer each other’s questions sometimes in the main page and we can poll students and get feedback quickly. We pin documents to the wall that are of upmost importance (evaluations, manuals, etc) and we can private message persons when we need to discuss personal information. 

I personally do not have outlook on my phone to get a break from work when I”m not at work. But I always worry about student emergencies. The Yammer app allows students to reach me if there is an emergency without having to give out my cell to them (which I do anyway) and it also  makes reaching me really easy. The app puts instant notifications on their phone re: Yammer notes/messages. 

I love it. Yes, there are some things I’d tweak, but I love it overall.”

C. Kim Stokes, MHS, PA-C

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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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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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Who’s counting?

Yes there are less than 10 class days left of Spring Semester 2017 classes.  So I have some housekeeping items to share

Blackboard Downtime during break – Monday May 8 – Thursday May 11 click here for a list of upgrades.

Tuesday, April 25 is a Friday meeting day according to the academic calendar.

Wednesday, April 26 is Reading Day, time to catch up!

Summer Session starts May 15.

Grade Center – need assistance in weighting grades contact OET! Remember that anytime you download grades (work offline) you must save that file to a piratedrive location not your desktop, laptop, Read more

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The 4 D’s of email

I am reposting as we enter the last week’s of the semester your inbox may be put on the back burner but you might want to implete the “Four D’s for Decision Making” model (4 D’s) is a valuable tool for processing e-mail, helping you to quickly decide what action to take with each item and how to remove it from the Inbox.

Decide what to do with each and every message

How many times have you opened, reviewed, and closed the same e-mail message over and over? Some of those messages are getting lots of attention but very little action. It is better to handle each e-mail message only once before taking action—which means you have to make a decision as to what to do with it and where to put it. Under the 4 D’s model, you have four choices:

  1. Delete it
  2. Do it
  3. Delegate it
  4. Defer it Read more
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