On the ECU Technology Digest please note this important announcement about checking ECU email on your mobile device! Smartphone Security Need assistance contact OET!
As the Educational Technologist for the College of Allied Health I am all about promoting technology but a recent article from Campus Technology caught me eye and perhaps yours.
Contrary to what students might like to think, when they multi-task in class on non-academic activities, their test scores go down. And that’s true for even the smartest students. Those are the initial results of a $439,000 study by a Michigan State University research project that was reported on in the September 2014 issue of Computers & Education.”
I still advocate for technology in the classroom BUT why not enrich the learning experience by providing lecture recordings for review and/or preview to course content?
You may have noticed different backgrounds (themes) for the past few weeks. Wordpress gives you the ability to choose different styles for presenting your information. You can have static pages which do not let commenting by others. Or you can have a mixture of the two as I have done this week with the sliding images theme.
You could have put students in groups and let each student manage a page depending on topics or studies. Lots of uses for this software. Check out the training schedule if you would like to learn more.
Doodle let’s meet! One of our colleagues sent me an email suggesting that I blog about this “neat free application to coordinate meeting dates and times.” www.doodle.com
I had seen it from another colleague who used it to coordinate some meeting times with students, ie. scheduling Centra sessions, Skype sessions or other types of meetings. Also a handy tool to coordinate dates with family and friends. One central location rather than email after email after email.
from Doodle.com “Doodle eliminates the chaos that comes from scheduling and saves you a lot of time and energy when Continue reading
My Mediasite provides tools for managing your recordings. All faculty have access to My Mediasite and the ability to download the Desktop Recorder. Even if you do not use desktop recordings you are able to manage your semester recordings via the My Mediasite web page. By clicking on the title of your presentation you can Edit its title, availability, add descriptions, external links and add polls.
Analytics on a recording can be found here which includes information as to who watched, how long, when, etc.
Editing of content is available via My Mediasite , clip the beginning, end or middle of the presentation. Add chapters for quick reference.
Contact OET for more information and to integrate with your course!
Is there some technology you need to learn about or that your students need to become familiar with? Well check out Lynda.com’s library of resources. lynda.com is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. ECU has a subscription and it is available to you and your students.
Request an account using this link
- Faculty will be able to share content with students using the playlist feature. See the How to Use lynda.com video to get started.
- Faculty and students sign in using their Pirate ID/passphrase.**If either your students or faculty have an existing lynda.com account, we recommend that they merge accounts on the initial login.
- Faculty and students can contact the IT Help Desk for assistance.
Interesting article from Campus Technology “The 6 Most Important Technologies To Impact Teaching and Learning in the Next 5 Years“.
These technologies include virtual assistants, flipped classrooms, gamification, the quantified self and 3-D printing. Many of our faculty are using the flipped classroom mode check out the article for more information on using this teaching mode and those who are using it please share a comment on this blog!
Here is a interesting article on flipping! With lots of additional links!
Great info in this article.
Or rather what does it not do? This program which loads on many of our computers is an easy-to-use and versatile communication tool.
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 more. Lync also allows collaborative desktop sharing 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. Click below to find out more or contact OET for assistance!
All does not have to stop. Yes please all be careful but with the aid of our technological devices, we can continue to deliver course material to students during a shutdown. Preparedness is the key.
All faculty should have all course content on blackboard or some other web site for students who can’t get to class. Such blackboard sites need not be elaborate. OET can help set up these “emergency” blackboard courses but it does need to be done in advance.
Students can’t make it to class but the faculty can
If a class with absences is normally scheduled in a classroom with mediasite recorders, we can simply activate the recorder during class. We can then deliver these lectures to selected students. Note that we have fine granularity and can make the presentation available to individual students for instructor-specified time periods.
But if you can’t make it in there is Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) which can be used from any location with an up to date operating system, Windows or Mac. Contact OET for access.
For courses currently being recorded but not normally providing viewing access to in-class students, upon faculty request we can give access to selected (or all) in-class students for a faculty-specified period of time.
Faculty absences or university closure
If we know about this enough in advance, we can make some recordings before the university shuts down. Students can watch them during the closure since the mediasite and blackboard servers will, presumably, remain up during closure.
OET personnel have access to all necessary equipment from home. To such extent as the security of our own homes allows, we will continue operations as usual from home. We can consult with faculty by e-mail, skype, lync or telephone. We can manage mediasite recordings and delivery. We can provide on-