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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So since systems were down, what do you do?

I had another post for this week’s blog but since WordPress was one of the system unavailable yesterday it gave me time to think about what to do when you can’t get your “stuff’!

The usual advice is to save everything to your PirateDrive for easy access but that may not have helped yesterday as neither Blackboard nor PirateDrives were available.  It is always good practice to have your course content files in two locations.  Printed content could be used with the Document Camera in the classroom.

One system that was working was Mediasite!  You may say but students could not access the recordings because Blackboard was down but you can send presentation links by accessing your recording via My Mediasite.  Alternatively if you were recording every semester you may have been able to rerelease content from a previous semester.

Want to explore other alternatives?  Contact OET.

 

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Inviting a Guest to Speak

I often get the request to assist with enabling a guest speaker to present to a class from outside the college.  We do have SABA web conferencing software which easily allows guests to share content but often the technology gets a bit frustrating for some guests.  Did you know that in recent versions of Skype a guest can present their desktop i.e. PowerPoint, word files etc.  Easy to use, and easy to test. Questions?  Contact OET.

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Three things this week!

Tagging onto the today’s Technology Digest if you haven’t checked it out I recommend it as there are some neat tips and good information.

One I want to highlight is Skype for Business/Microsoft Lync which can be used for communication and interaction in the classroom.  Guest lecturers can join your class and even present content from their computers.

I attended the Blackboard Analytics information session today.  This could be a handy tool for generating reports on courses within a department providing data on student access, tool interaction, activity reports by time, dates, device as well as analyzing what content is being accessed and what tools being used.  More to come on this tool and whether it will be adopted!

Contact OET for more information.

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