Looking to try something new this Fall?

Want to get to know your students quickly, try having them create a homepage blog, try using clickers gives them a bit of anonymity.  Perhaps a video introduction would be a way to get to know your distance ed students. Need to set up presentation or meeting schedules there are easy to use apps to help with that.  
Some technologies in house can be found at this Educational Technology link  Want to invite a guest to lecture to your class but they are on the other side of the country here are some conferencing systems available to you.
Lynda.com available to faculty, staff and students can help learn a new skill or brush up on an old one. Some apps blogged about are Doodle.com for scheduling, Socrative.com for audience response.
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Let us know what you want to do and we can try to make it happen.  Contact OET!
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So inquiring minds have asked

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

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Want to Meet?

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
sessiontools communicationfeatures

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Let’s Talk!

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.

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Coming soon to a classroom near you!

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Windows 10 will be installed in classrooms by Fall Semester.  It is currently in two classrooms in Allied Health HSB 1340 and HSB 2425.  You will not see a big difference in the desktop but a couple of things to note.  To log off the computer you will click the Log Off icon as there will not be a Windows Start Button.

Most programs you use will be accessible via the desktop but if you can’t find one just click Find to locate the program.

Want a demo?  Contact OET!

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Last week was SABA and here are a few more ways to connect Real Time!

Last week’s post was from a colleague about using SABA Webconferencing and a colleague posted a comment about using Webex to meet and work with students.  Here are some other resources available at ECU for meeting remotely with students, staff or faculty.  They are

Lync – Available to students, faculty and staff, Lync integrates seamlessly with email, calendar and the ECU address book* to allow instant text messages, video conferences, online presentations and even group conferencing. Lync allows true collaborative desktop sharing among attendees for quick project edits and live brainstorming.

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

WebEx – PLEASE NOTE: WebEx has recently been approved for use with HIPAA information and is in the approval process for use with FERPA.

Collaborate with colleagues anywhere, anytime from the Web through a browser or mobile app. Share files, a presentation or just work through a project from where you are. Sharing your expertise is easy using Cisco WebEx.

To get started using WebEx, open the comprehensive how-to document on this page or access the how-to videos from Cisco

Skype for Business – Available to student through their Office 365 ProPlus account, Skype for Business integrates seamlessly with email, Microsoft Office, calendar and the ECU address book to allow instant text messages, video conferences, online presentations and even group conferencing. Skype for Business allows true collaborative desktop sharing among attendees for quick project edits and live brainstormin

Jabber – Conference from anywhere, at anytime from your own Mac or Windows desktop or laptop using Cisco Jabber. Features include video, desktop sharing and conferencing. Camera, microphone and speakers required. Request a Cisco Jabber account through http://ithelp.ecu.edu. See these Jabber instructions to get started.

Videoconference System is available here in HSB 1355.

 

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I am stealing from Rutgers Office of Instructional & Research Technology

But it says it all! From https://oirt.rutgers.edu/end-of-semester-tips-for-instructors-using-lmss-learning-management-systems/

There is a lot for instructors to keep track of at the end of the semester.  Here are some tips on how to avoid some of the common problems we see instructors run into at the end of the semester:

  1. Get your Gradebook in order.
    If you have any questions about setting up your gradebook, setting up extra credit, or excluding some items for specific students, it is much easier to get help now than it will be during the rush period at the end of the semester.
  2. Make sure your Final Exams are setup with the settings that are the least likely to cause issues.
    The Internet is a wonderful thing that still fails on a regular basis. With the right settings, you can make sure that a small connection issue doesn’t cause you or your students major headaches.
  3. Make sure all assignments are setup correctly and clearly so students can submit their work.
    Which tool(s) are you using for assignments? Did you want to have SafeAssign review the paper? Make sure you have the settings correct!
  4. Are you planning on allowing some or all students to make up missed work?
    Many tools can all be set up to allow a student to take them after the due date, or even retake them in some cases, but each tool requires specific settings to allow this to happen.
  5. Preparing for a summer course? Want to reuse some of the material from your spring or earlier course?
    There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel every semester. Reuse your best material by duplicating an existing site.
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