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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Anyone willing to give it a try?

Last week I went to a demonstration of Mursion Virtual Lab which I shared an article about from Campus Technology and is a very cool project taking place at our College of Education here at ECU.

“Mursion is an immersive learning experience that provides our education candidates a safe space in which they can practice what they have learned in the classroom with an opportunity to get direct feedback from virtual students, peers, and their professor.” [from http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/oaa/Mursion.cfm]

It not only can be used in Education but could also be used in Healthcare Training and Hospitality Settings.

Interested?  from COE “Beginning Fall 2017

If you belong to another college or university, we would love to work with you to see how we might provide the same services mentioned above for our faculty to you. In addition to faculty using Mursion for classes, it can also be used to give students an opportunity to practice interview skills and other soft skills that may otherwise be neglected. If you would like to learn more about using Mursion at your college or university with our help, please email us at mursion@ecu.edu.”

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Our own Easy button! or what to do when students are out sick

Well it is not as big as Staples but it is just that Easy.  Apparently the flu has decided to roar it’s ugly head again and students are missing class.  As we are getting into mid-semester they may miss some crucial information.  So make it a little easier for them to catch up and when in one of our general classrooms press sources on the small Crestron panel, select Mediasite and press the round button to start a recording.  One caveat please put the microphone on and press the button on the front until it is blinking green.  We do have ceiling mics but the microphone gives a much better audio experience.

When class is over, press the square button on the Mediasite source window to stop the recording and let me know what room you recorded in and I will publish and send you the link or place in your course.  Or just ask me to press the button before class starts!

It is that EASY!

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What else will 2017 bring?

As Spring Semester is in full swing I have been exploring the technology buzz of 2017, in between recordings, that is!

This is a long article from Campus Technology but raises some interesting possibilities, one of which is in the last suggestion one that I particularly like “Consider moving toward team-based methods of creating and delivering content — including the use of students on such teams.” (https://campustechnology.com/Articles/2017/01/18/11-Ed-Tech-Trends-to-Watch-in-2017.aspx?Page=7)

Another article on the 10 most-needed apps for 2017 mentions a neat collaboration app called Trello.

Please share any apps you may have discovered that may help your colleagues or students.  “What’s in your wallet?”

 

 

 

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Blame it on Mike!

So usually I post on Wednesday’s and I am a day late but I am blaming that on Mike Kennedy.  For those of you who were unable to attend his farewell reception yesterday that’s where I was instead of writing my weekly blog.  Some of you may know him well others not so well but I have worked with Dr. Kennedy since he came to our college and will miss him.  As one of the early adopters of many technologies offered here at the university he has been one of my “best” customers.  Not only did he try many tools but provided great feedback on their use within his course delivery as well as in the classroom.  So today I challenge all to try something new this semester!

OET offers training sessions here and ITCS offers training via Cornerstone on both East Campus and occasionally on West Campus.  Don’t see anything you are interested well then let’s talk!

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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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