Looking to try something new this Fall?

Want to get to know your students quickly, try having them create a homepage blog, try using clickers gives them a bit of anonymity.  Perhaps a video introduction would be a way to get to know your distance ed students. Need to set up presentation or meeting schedules there are easy to use apps to help with that.  
Some technologies in house can be found at this Educational Technology link  Want to invite a guest to lecture to your class but they are on the other side of the country here are some conferencing systems available to you.
Lynda.com available to faculty, staff and students can help learn a new skill or brush up on an old one. Some apps blogged about are Doodle.com for scheduling, Socrative.com for audience response.
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Let us know what you want to do and we can try to make it happen.  Contact OET!
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Something to share with your students

In the news recently was Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion  As your students go out into the “real” world beyond academia LinkedIn is one way for them to network outside of Facebook and other social media tools.  Here are some tips on creating the “perfect” LinkedIn profile, called the Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet.

For instance the

Perfect Profile
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Outreach for Recommendations
Hidden Features

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Have you read?

Today is Reading Day and have you been reading this blog?  Well if you haven’t take a few minutes and glance at the various topics, perhaps there is something that catches your eye? Spring semester is just about over, hopefully it was a successful one! For some of you summer semester is right around the corner.  

Take some time to reflect on what went well these past semesters and if not perhaps it is time to try something new.  Contact OET for help in developing, learning, creating something different.  There is a whole world of technology out there! 

The OET calendar is wide open with the end of the semester and no more classes being recorded.  Consultations, course development, training, pick your flavor and pick your time!  Just send out a request!  Maybe you want to try desktop recording?


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So why Tweet?

Or why not?  I will admit I have not embraced this technology but I am exploring it’s use in higher ed and have found some articles which tempt me to continue in this endeavor.  If you use “tweets” as part of your class or were thinking of incorporating them into class let me know and we can explore together.

Some articles which may help you get started:

10 Twitter Tips for Higher Education | University Business Magazine

Tweeting alternative to Discussion Board

Tweeting in Higher Education: Best Practices | EDUCAUSE

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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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