Welcome To Fall Semester 2014 and Who are You?

Both My Mediasite and Blackboard have a feature called “profiles”!  Take a moment and fill them out and add a picture to Blackboard so your students know who your are!

My Mediasite – click the down arrow and enter your name, email, bio url etc.

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Blackboard – click on your picture or the avatar and then click again to open up the Edit Profile page

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Qualtrics is what?

ECU offers lots of tools for sharing information as well as obtaining information.  One very handy and user friendly tool is Qualtrics Survey Software.  Qualtrics is a web-based survey software for East Carolina University faculty, staff and students. There is lots of training, tutorials and webinars available from Qualtrics on how to use this powerful but easy to use tool.  How about adding a poll to the end of your Mediasite recording? Specific to the content in the recording?

OET has helped create surveys for CAHS departments if you would rather pick OET’s brain than read the tutorials!  

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A time for everything!

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.

“Research: The Proof is In! Multi-Tasking in Class Reduces Test Scores

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?

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If you are a weekly reader

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.

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Doodle what?

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

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What is My Mediasite? Isn’t it Desktop Recording?

My Mediasite What it does

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!

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Need to Know?

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
https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2fX43o1UGmgr9BP

  1. Faculty will be able to share content with students using the playlist feature.  See the How to Use lynda.com video to get started.
  2. 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.
  3. Faculty and students can contact the IT Help Desk for assistance.
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So what’s next?

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.

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Lync – what does it do?

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!

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