Web conferencing with Saba

I know I talk/write often about lecture capture but there is another tool available to faculty and students which can be used for both synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Some faculty use it along with their lecture capture.  The tool has become more user friendly than its former name Centra.  Click on the picture to find out more or contact OET for a demonstration in real time!sabameeting

Saba Meeting is a Web conferencing program where a group of people interact in a virtual online meeting environment. Saba Meeting can be accessed live anytime, anywhere attendees have an Read more


New Year? New Semester? Update Course?

As the ITC for our college I can do more than monitor room recordings.  The ITC page on the OFE website describes “The role of the ITC is to promote, support, and help integrate digital technologies into learning and teaching at East Carolina University and to empower faculty members in the use of technology in education. . .assist in the use of Blackboard for course material delivery, advise on the organization and presentation of course materials, support the creation and presentation of multimedia components, and teach web page creation and design. They must be able to make creative proposals for course design, supervise projects, direct personnel, and carry through from design to course delivery.”

So take advantage of my skill set and let me help you try something different with your course or maybe just a bit of tweaking!


This woman is heading west!

But just for two weeks, staring Friday, 10/2 through Friday 10/16.  My assistant Michele panicom12@students.ecu.edu will be in the office while I am away and then sadly will be moving on to Greensboro in mid-October.  If she cannot assist you while I am gone following is a list of resources that may be able to help:

  • Help Desk (Michael Davis and Billy Igoe) for this building 744-2903
  • Blackboard – Matt Long, Cindy Bowers, Adam Brewe
  • SABA – John Southworth
  • Mediasite Troubleshooting –  Jarret Shafer, Josh Brown
  • My Mediasite – Dennis Allen
  • Tegrity – Perceival Murphy
  • WordPress Blogs – Cindy Bower
  • Academic Technologies – Ginny Sconiers

http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/OET/ This blog

http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/medrec/   Mediasite, Tegrity and Saba Blog

http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/blackboard/  Blackboard Blogs



As the semester really gets rolling, some reminders!

Safe Assign – make sure to Synchronize your Course prior to deploying a Safe Assignment. Safe Assignments are now an option within Assignments.

Want to use Respondus LockDown Browser – make it available to use by going to Control Panel, Customization, Tool Availability and click Respondus LockDown Browser to make it available.

Need link for students to download Respondus LockDown Browser – here it is http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/information.pl?ID=745639734

Need to download gradecenter? – go to grade center and click Work Offline.   Save the gradebook to your Piratedrive for safe keeping.

You can still set up web conferencing or lecture capturing sessions for your class.  Just contact OET!


Mics, Mice and other Housekeeping Reminders!

With the start of the semester some gentle hints.  Thanking you in advance!

Those who are recording please remember to press the button on the front of the mic so that it turns green or blinks slowly for those who are color blind and PLEASE remember to replace the mic in its charging cradle upon the end of your class so the next person has a charged mic.

The wireless mouse also needs to be returned to its charging cradle as well so it is working for the next user.

This is a busy semester so take a moment and find out who may be teaching immediately before or after you, because schedules are so tight they may not want you to shut down the room if someone is coming in directly after you or you are the person coming in after.  BUT do remember to LOG OFF so that no one can use your credentials.

And if there is no one immediately after you please Shut down the room and Log off the computer.

Questions, thoughts, comments or complaints please let OET know!

Have a great semester!


Go! Fall Semester 2015!

Some reminders for start of semester 

  • Make sure your content has been rolled over to your summer classes, if not please go to this link http://www.ecu.edu/blackboard/
  • Submit your mediasite recording form or request for release of past recordings.Contact the OET for form and or additional information
  • If you are interested in using the “clickers” for your class please advise the OET what dates, times and rooms you will need the equipment.
  • Advise OET of any special software that should be loaded onto classroom computers.
  • If you have a guest speaker whose voice needs reinforcement contact the OET to reserve their voice reinforcement system.
  • For those conducting online office hours or class meetings with Saba. .
  • Make your class available in Blackboard, Customization, Properties, Set Availability.

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Two weeks and counting

And we will put Summer Semester 2015 to bed!  A lot of information to be learned in a short amount of time.  Need to review?  Why not use clickers?  Great way to get the class involved and also find out what they might need some extra help.  Try Anywhere Polling for quick questions “right atop of web pages, videos, documents or any application”.

Contact OET to reserve clickers.

Want to try this technology for Fall Semester?  Contact OET for a demo!

and for those who thought The Final Countdown meant this?


Something I used to do!

When I talk at PCC the Intro to Computers course we touched on email and with many of my students having just graduated high school the following 14 Email Etiquette rules is still timely and perhaps should be shared with your students even if they are graduate students!  Have something to add? Leave a comment! 14 Email Etiquette rules handout

  1.  Include a clear, direct subject line.
  2.  Use a professional email address.
  3.  Think twice before hitting ‘reply all.’
  4.  Use professional salutations.
  5.  Use exclamation points sparingly.
  6.  Be cautious with humor.
  7.  Know that people from different cultures speak and write differently.
  8.  Reply to your emails — even if the email wasn’t intended for you.
  9.   Proofread every message.
  10. Add the email address last
  11. Double-check that you’ve selected the correct recipient.
  12. Keep your fonts classic.
  13. Keep tabs on your tone.
  14. Nothing is confidential — so write accordingly.



It was an L and now it is an S ! What’s that all about?

If you are used to seeing this lync



but now you may see this




don’t worry it still works the same just a different icon.  It  is unified communications platform that is available to students, faculty and staff, which integrates seamlessly with email, calendar and the ECU address book* to allow instant text messages, video conferences, online presentations and even group conferencing. Skype/Lync just a different icon allows true collaborative desktop sharing among attendees for quick project edits and live brainstorming.  Try it out, message me!

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


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