Qualtrics is what?

ECU offers lots of tools for sharing information as well as obtaining information.  One very handy and user friendly tool is Qualtrics Survey Software.  Qualtrics is a web-based survey software for East Carolina University faculty, staff and students. There is lots of training, tutorials and webinars available from Qualtrics on how to use this powerful but easy to use tool.  How about adding a poll to the end of your Mediasite recording? Specific to the content in the recording?

OET has helped create surveys for CAHS departments if you would rather pick OET’s brain than read the tutorials!  

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A time for everything!

As the Educational Technologist for the College of Allied Health I am all about promoting technology but a recent article from Campus Technology caught me eye and perhaps yours.

“Research: The Proof is In! Multi-Tasking in Class Reduces Test Scores

Contrary to what students might like to think, when they multi-task in class on non-academic activities, their test scores go down. And that’s true for even the smartest students. Those are the initial results of a $439,000 study by a Michigan State University research project that was reported on in the September 2014 issue of Computers & Education.”

I still advocate for technology in the classroom BUT why not enrich the learning experience by providing lecture recordings for review and/or preview to course content?

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If you are a weekly reader

You may have noticed different backgrounds (themes) for the past few weeks.  Wordpress gives you the ability to choose different styles for presenting your information.  You can have static pages which do not let commenting by others.  Or you can have a mixture of the two as I have done this week with the sliding images theme.

You could have put students in groups and let each student manage a page depending on topics or studies.  Lots of uses for this software.  Check out the training schedule if you would like to learn more.

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The webinar was called Cool Tools!

I know sometimes my job does require that I do something “cool” and this week it was attending a webinar on “Cool Tools” so I figured for the next few blogs I would share a few that were highlighted!

Clickers are always a fun way to engage students but if you forgot to pick them up from my office here is a way to still have that same experience.  Socrative is “smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops and tablets!”

Contact OET to explore!

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Project, Read Notes, Annotate and Advance Slides =

SLIDESHARK!  Per their website  ”SlideShark is the leading app for viewing and sharing PowerPoint® content on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With SlideShark, mobile users can easily view and present PowerPoint slides the way they were meant to be seen—with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact.”

By using the broadcast feature to the computer in the classroom you can control your presentation via your IPad - see your slide notes, timers, animation counter and next/previous slides.  Go to the app store to download and stop by me office for a demo!

Kudos to Christine Lysaght from PT for bringing this neat feature to my attention!

Android users I have not found a similar app, any suggestions?

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Web conferencing at your fingertips! Real time interaction!

And also at your students’ fingertips.  Centra now known as SabaMeeting has recently completed an upgrade which allows you to use the desktop interface with all the new features that were added to the browser interface last summer! 

You will need to install a small SabaMeeting program on your computer the first time that you join an event; however, as long as you have permission to install programs on your computer, this installation should be fairly straightforward. This will avoid the Java issue which occurred when using the browser interface.

Your students are also able to create SabaMeeting events themselves this year, so be sure to remind them to take advantage of this opportunity to virtually collaborate with others on group assignments.

Contact OET for a demo session and more information!

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Need to Know?

Is there some technology you need to learn about or that your students need to become familiar with?  Well check out Lynda.com’s library of resources.  lynda.com is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. ECU has a subscription and it is available to you and your students.

Request an account using this link
https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2fX43o1UGmgr9BP

  1. Faculty will be able to share content with students using the playlist feature.  See the How to Use lynda.com video to get started.
  2. Faculty and students sign in using their Pirate ID/passphrase.**If either your students or faculty have an existing lynda.com account, we recommend that they merge accounts on the initial login.
  3. Faculty and students can contact the IT Help Desk for assistance.
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Clickers Anywhere?

Anywhere Polling available via Turning Point application (available in all classrooms) lets you poll over any applications such as a web page, PDF< streaming video, etc.  

Anywhere Polling also allows you to poll verbal, on-the-fly questions at anytime during your presentation and it works on Mac’s or PC’s!

You do need a receiver and clickers, open the content to be polled, open Turning Point, Select Anywhere Polling, click open to start polling and close to display the results.  It is that easy!

Why not try it out these last days of the semester or include it this summer!  Stop by OET for a demo or to learn more!

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