Happy New Year and Spring To Do!

Some quick reminders and links as we start a new semester in a new year!  Startup tips from BB can be found here. 

Course Copy, Merge, – Merge and Copy

Make Available –

  • Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability > Yes

Add instructor, TA to course –

  • Control Panel > Users and Groups > User > Find User to Enroll > type username only in the box > change role if needed, and then Submit.
  • If that does not work, please send an email to ecublackboard@ecu.edu with the username and role (TA or instructor). The Blackboard team will add your TA or instructor.

Mediasite Desktop Recording – click here

Embed Mediasite into Blackboard – click here

Saba Web Conferencing – click here

Turning Point Cloud – click here

Using Turning Point 5 in Allied Health – contact OET

Tegrity – click here

Yammer – click here

Lockdown Browser – click here

Some new tools to consider Voice Thread  and Blackboard Collaborate, Collaborate is a web conferencing program which enables a group of people to interact with one another in a virtual online meeting environment. Collaborate can be accessed “live” anytime from anywhere attendees have access to a computer and an Internet connection. Meetings in Collaborate can be recorded, so those unable to attend the live meeting are able to play back the meeting at a later time.

Anything else?  Contact OET for assistance!

Welcome back!

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Something different to incorporate into your delivery of content

I subscribed to various blogs, newsletters and one is the “Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies” and there has been a countdown to Christmas with various daily links some interesting and some not so, but a couple of stood out so far which perhaps you may want to try next semester.

  • The link was to a Diary as an illustration of providing content with daily entries.  Providing a daily flow of content this way, is a great way to deliver what I call a continuous knowledge or learning flow. Is there some content you might provide in this format?
  • Learn Free Magic Tricks – why not a little entertainment?
  • Highbrow – Have you tried this format for your own courses – 5-minute lessons delivered to inboxes every morning?
  • This is one I am checking out Chef2Chef Online Cooking Class
  • Put your search skills to test with a Google a day
  • RANDOM WIKI PAGE Learn something new every day – without really trying!
  • More fun for those DWTS wanna be’s – Learn to Dance Online
  • 15 minutes of fiction every day – or How about making e-learning content available like this?

Those are a few, take a break and browse something may just give you an idea to try something new!

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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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