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


Turning Anywhere?

Many faculty have used Turning Point with PowerPoint but did you know that you can poll using Anywhere Polling part of the Turning Point 5 Dashboard.  Using clickers and a receiver Anywhere Polling lets you poll atop web page, videos, documents of any application using a floating interactive toolbar. anywherepolling Set up a series of generic or specific questions and you can “ask the audience”.  More info and tutorials can be found at the Turning Point website http://www.turningtechnologies.com/  PC Training 

Turning Point also features the Self-Paced Polling environment which allows participants to take a paper-based test on an XR or NXT ResponseCard.

Contact OET for a demo or schedule a time to use in your class! 

Try it out!


They might not know as much as you think

Tech wise that is.  According to a recent article I read in Campus Technology “American millennials (those between the ages of 16 and 34) may be the first generation that grew up with computers and Internet access, but all that time spent glued to a small screen hasn’t translated to technology competence. While they spend an average of 35 hours every week on digital media, nearly six out of 10 millennials can’t do basic tasks such as sorting, searching for and emailing data from a spreadsheet.’ (http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/06/11/report-6-of-10-millennials-have-low-technology-skills.aspx)  Distance Ed students can find many resources here and you can also use Lynda.com to help students build skills.  Questions?  Contact OET.


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.



Reading PowerPoint notes while Presenting in Class

This is a question I get asked frequently how can I use Presenter View in PowerPoint to read my notes in the classroom.  It’s easy if you bring your Mac just connect with the Ring of Power connectors and use presenter view.  But it doesn’t work that way if you are using the classroom desktop, as the screen is not considered a 2nd monitor!

Here’s a tip that may work for those who have IPads.  Try Microsoft Office across Devices.

Want to see how it works?  Contact OET!



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And read about DatAnywhere?

DatAnywhere is a file storage solution that works like Dropbox or Google Drive, except DatAnywhere allows you to:

  • Create a secure private cloud experience using your existing file-sharing infrastructure.
  • Keep your data on ECU file servers.
  • Keep your existing permissions (e.g. NTFS and Active Directory). (Only people who already have access to the files get access via DatAnywhere.)
  • Easily recover accidentally deleted or renamed files housed on Piratedrive. (Remember…DatAnywhere data is Piratedrive data.)
  • Provide secure, enterprise-capable file synchronization and mobile device access.
  • Set expiration dates on secure shared links.
  • Access secure shared links via PIN verification.
  • Disable and remotely wipe devices.

More information and instructional material:http://www.ecu.edu/itcs/networkstorage/datanywhere.cfm


So what to write about and this comes across my desk

Why Blogging Is Key to the Future of Higher Ed

An interesting article on using blogs and other social media in the classroom and getting students connected with not only their fellow classmates but other disciplines as well.  To quote from the article (click the title to read the entire article)

“The technology will not only help students to make connections about what they’re learning, but will also function as an e-portfolio, documenting their work. In turn, administrators hope this will lead to an institution-wide cultural change, as students do more of their work on public platforms, work collaboratively with each other and respond to each other’s work online and with digital tools.”

I know some of you are using blogs why not share your experiences with us!

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