To this blog, as it has been publishing now for 9 years. Through Blackboard, SABA/Centra, Mediasite, Turning Point and more upgrades as well as hurricanes, ice and flu and many changes over the years.
Today I will highlight some of the features available after our most recent upgrades.
Blackboard – Accessibility rating with Ally, multi column deletion in grade center and student receipt of assignment submissions, Collaborate availability.
Mediasite – Quizzing feature has been added, new interface with ability to favorite folders, Annotaton and we also have available a new software lecture capture system in classrooms without hardware.
Turning Point – better grade center integration
SABA to WebEx – a change to come by next year
Want to see any in action? Just contact this office.
Email Evolves – From Information Technology and Computing Services –
Over the next few months, ECU is modernizing faculty and staff email. There are four steps to this remodel:
- Enable the new cloud-based Online Archive folder
- Switch to Office 365 Exchange Online Protection
- Move Enterprise Vault items back to your mailbox
- Migrate staff mailboxes to Office 365
Using your OneDrive – Alyssa De Santis Figiel our University Program Associate recently share the photos from the Scholarship Ceremony another way to share files with colleagues without having to set up special permissions, find out more about using Office 365 and what it can do here.
As instructors you have a wealth of information but sometimes there is someone who may be an “expert” on a topic and having them share their experiences and knowledge can be priceless. Some things to consider when hosting a guest speaker, first will they be lecturing on site or virtually. Depending on their location please follow these guidelines –
On site – check if they are bringing their own laptop and whether it is a Mac or PC. If the class content is to be lecture captured there are certain “dongles” which must be connected to do this. Find out what else they might need in presenting their content. Ask if they can arrive 15 minutes early so that we can help get them set up prior to the start of class.
Virtually – all general classrooms have microphones and cameras to connect virtually. OET has webcams with tripods which also can be installed. ECU supports the use of SABA and WebEx for virtual meetings. Skype can be used with an online login and content can be presented using Skype. If the speaker is initiating the call there are many systems that can be used. Best practice have a practice call prior to the class session.
Need more information contact OET.
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.”
Not sure what VT is? That would be Voice Thread and I read an interesting article about using this tool which is available to all via Blackboard.
“Competency Based Education is really what every type of learning should really be. You want to make sure everybody’s competent. . .Whatever it is, you’ll know right away if its sunk in. So, you get that feedback from them and then you can give feedback to them, so it’s a loop that goes on. And that’s the core of what VT is; It’s a feedback tool. So, you can use it to deliver information but I think you’re really only going to find value when you start asking students to give that information back to you. And then you can assess them. So, it’s all formative assessment, it’s all feedback and it’s a two-way street that makes it really easy.” from this interview
Contact this office for a demonstration of this neat tool!
Voice Thread at ECU
Hurricane Season is in full force this year. And last year’s letter M is not a distant memory for most of us. Nor was I(rene) a few years ago. So I will repeat myself this week and remind everyone that with technology you can keep up with lecture content and delivery. See this post from 2010 as it is still applicable this season
Or maybe something to revive the returning students.
We all know that almost every student has a mobile device in class with them every day. Put that mobile device to use with Turning Cloud’s ResponseWare with Mobile Devices (available at their app store) quick and easy!
Stop by for a demonstration.
Voice Thread is one of the newer tools available for faculty to use. It was piloted Fall and Spring semester and now will be available campus-wide! VoiceThread is a web-based platform available through Blackboard, which allows instructors and students to upload slides, images, video, or documents, record audio, video, or text comments, and then invite others to view and record comments as well.
To find out more about this tool check out these resources
From the Yammer Blog “Did you know that Yammer is a great way to kickstart conversation inside and outside the classroom? How?” Well rather than me telling you here is what one of your colleagues, Kim Stokes has to say about using Yammer!
“We use Yammer as a communication platform for our clinical year students. It’s a great way to make class wide announcements when each student is in a very different course. We make a private page for each class so we can chat away. The students can answer each other’s questions sometimes in the main page and we can poll students and get feedback quickly. We pin documents to the wall that are of upmost importance (evaluations, manuals, etc) and we can private message persons when we need to discuss personal information.
I personally do not have outlook on my phone to get a break from work when I”m not at work. But I always worry about student emergencies. The Yammer app allows students to reach me if there is an emergency without having to give out my cell to them (which I do anyway) and it also makes reaching me really easy. The app puts instant notifications on their phone re: Yammer notes/messages.
I love it. Yes, there are some things I’d tweak, but I love it overall.”
C. Kim Stokes, MHS, PA-C
And summer break!
Take some time, look at some of these tools
Turning Cloud – Clicker Technology
Socrative – Clicker Technology
Voice Thread – feedback video tool within Blackboard
My Mediasite/Mediasite – Mediasite is the university’s enterprise video strategy. My Mediasite, an all-in-one tool for recording, uploading and managing video, now gives users more control over their content.
Air Media – classroom tool
Blackboard Tools – This link will provide you with quick tutorials for tools available within BB
Respondus Test Generator – easy import of word documents into BB tests
SabaMeeting – Saba Meeting is a Web conferencing program in which a group of people interact in a virtual online meeting environment.
WebEx – Collaborate with colleagues anywhere, anytime from the Web through a browser or mobile app.
Yammer – Yammer is the official social networking tool of ECU. Think of it as Facebook for ECU. I
WordPress – WordPress allows users to create both static and dynamic Web pages.
Multimedia and Animation Services – Project Applications being accepted
Software supported by ECU
Or explore this blog and contact OET for demos or to explore new ways to distribute your content!