At a recent meeting with the Instructional Technology Consultant’s (ITC’s) of the university we were introduced to Microsoft Teams. Before I tell you what Teams can do think about this scenario you are involved in multiple projects with multiple people within and outside of ECU wouldn’t it be nice to have all correspondence, files etc in one spot which also allows you to quick chat/comment on something rather than sending emails? Well . . .
Microsoft Teams is a messaging app for teams where all conversations, meetings, files, and notes can be accessed by everyone, all in one place. It’s a place for collaboration and work to happen in the open.
Here’s why you should use it:
- It makes communicating one-on-one and with groups a snap.
- Collaboration happens in real time.
- Everything your team cares about (all your files, docs, contact info, and more) is in one place.
One college has been using it and here is a quote from their ITC “Now that the planner can be integrated into Teams, it is a great way to use both tools at once. I have also integrated a notebook into the team, which also helps keep everything in one place. I haven’t gotten everyone into the chat feature, but the organization part seems to be a nice way to at least get people started in the right direction, at least for us.”
All ECU Students Licensed
Just like in the fall, all ECU students have access to a Turning Account license. This license enables ECU students to use the TurningPoint Mobile app to respond to TurningPoint polls at no additional cost to the student. Additionally, students are able to purchase unlicensed clickers (available at the ECU students store) at a reduced rate because they no longer have to purchase a clicker that’s bundled with a license.
New QT2 Clicker
In the fall, Turning Technologies released a new clicker that includes a full keypad. This next-generation clicker will enable students to respond to text-based polls more quickly. Please feel free to follow this link for more information on the new QT2 clicker (or as I’ve been calling it, the blackberry clicker):
It’s important to note, however, that the old NXT clickers that have been used on campus for more than 6 years are still fully compatible with TurningPoint and will continue to work for students who already have them.
New User Registration
Even though all students have access to a Turning Account License, that license must be claimed and registered in Blackboard before that student’s results will appear to the instructor. Also, any student using a physical clicker must register the Device ID on the back of their clicker to their Turning Account in Blackboard in order for the software to know which clicker they’re using. Please share with your students the tutorial link below on how to claim the Turning Account license and, if applicable, register their physical clicker.
Note: Students who completed this registration process in the fall, do not need to do it again for the spring.
Clicker Resource Page
WebEx and Skype: Is There a Difference?
Yes! Two great tools for different scenarios
With both WebEx Cloud and Skype for Business available to ECU users, how do you pick the right online meeting solution? Both tools share collaboration tools, audio and video options, scheduling through Outlook and a “Meet Now” feature.
However, there are also differences that make the choice clear depending on your requirements. Here’s how you can decide which is the best tool for your meeting.
Skype is part of the Office 365 download and is available to students, faculty and staff. It is currently ECU’s standard for instant messaging and desktop sharing. It is used to determine another user’s “presence” through Outlook – not available (red), green (available), yellow (away from the computer).
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 email@example.com 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
Reusing Mediasite Recordings? – go to Control Panel, Mediasite Options and Click Submit to update the Spring Semester Settings.
Saba Web Conferencing – click here
WebEx – click here
Turning Point Cloud – click here
Using Turning Point in Allied Health – contact OET
Yammer – click here
Lockdown Browser – click here
Some tools to consider Voice Thread and Blackboard New Inline Grading Tool.
Anything else? Contact OET for assistance!
What you say? I am just finishing grading final exams! But yes Spring Semester is less than a month away and preparations are underway. Blackboard will be undergoing Maintenance 12//18 – 12/22 and will be unavailable. Click here to find out what’s new after maintenance. Instructions on course copy, merge sections can be found under Faculty Resources when you login to Blackboard or click here for 2017 to do list.
If you plan on recording using Mediasite contact your ITC, Tegrity is no longer available but Voice Thread is another option for student video and/or audio/video feedback.
As some of you are aware Turning Everywhere is available to all and it is a great tool to get student’s involved.
But if you are not ready to jump into Spring yet OET can help you close out your Fall Semester.
Questions just send your request.
Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit 2018
See this article for more.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™: Simple Steps to Online Safety
Identity theft is one of the number one cyber crimes that occurs daily. Identity theft is the illegal use of someone else’s personal information (such as a Social Security number), most often used to obtain money or credit. Identity theft may take many years to fully recover from.
Phishing is one way to obtain information to commit identity theft. Phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker attempts to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details for malicious reasons, by impersonating a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Being able to differentiate between a phishing scam and a legitimate interaction is essential in protecting yourself from identity theft.
Social engineering, psychological manipulation of people to perform actions or divulge confidential information, is another way to obtain information through false pretenses.
You can learn ways to protect yourself from identity theft, phishing, and social engineering attacks by attending this Friday’s speaker series event featuring Lieutenant Colonel April Wimmer in Mendenhall Room 221 from 12pm-1pm.
Si, ciao I will be heading to Italy Wednesday 10/4 and return to the office on Monday 10/23. Have students working in groups? Check out this link when using group assignments and grading.
My assistant Pete Eischens, firstname.lastname@example.org will be in the office most days for a few hours. Additionally you can contact the following resources if you need assistance.
Help Desk (Michael Davis, email@example.com and Billy Igoe, firstname.lastname@example.org ) for this building 744-2903.
Blackboard – Matt Long email@example.com , Adam Brewer firstname.lastname@example.org , Paul Lamere, email@example.com
SABA/Webex – John Southworth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mediasite Troubleshooting – Jarrett Shafer (252) 328-9141, email@example.com , Josh Brown, (252) 328-9617, firstname.lastname@example.org
My Mediasite – Jarrett Shafer (252) 328-9141, email@example.com , Allen Dennis, (252) 328-2841 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tegrity/Voice Thread – Perceival Murphy, (252) 737-5166, email@example.com
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Academic Technologies – Ginny Sconiers, Wendy Creasey