Reading, writing and everything else!

Yes today is Reading Day and hopefully students aren’t trying to read, watch, etc their class content from the beginning of the semester!  Remember to download grades go to grade center and click work offline to download to an excel worksheet.  Be a good steward of student information and make sure you save this file to a pirate drive location not your desktop of flashdrive.  If you Safe Assign remember to “Synchronize your course” each time you submit a Safe Assignment so that it checks against the most up to date database.

Need to create your final exam quickly in Blackboard?  Use Respondus Test Generator it can convert a word document into a Respondus file which uploads to Blackboard.

Need help with weighting grades, or spring prep contact OET and check out our training calendar.

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Blackboard Enhancements! and something for fun!

Some Blackboard enhancements you will find in May –

  • Build a profile, have students do this task and it completes the old homepage assignment and appears in all courses.
  • Calendar is intuitive, enter a due date on assignments, tests and will automaticallly enter on the calendar.  Drag and drop items as well!
  • Discussion Forum can be set up that until a student posts an item they can’t see what others have already posted.
  • Inline grading on files submitted.
  • Exceptions by students on test taking times, availability and attempts.
  • Retention center lets you set rules to follow student progress.

Faculty Intro/Overview Video (6 min)

Quick intro videos – http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/blackboard/blog/2013/11/14/blackboard-sp13-pilot-information/ 

and now that you have worked here are 15 things you didn’t know your IPhone could do!

Just for fun!

1. Passcode with letters instead of numbers
2. Siri can read your e-mails to you
3. Timestamps on texts
4. Find out what planes are flying above you
5. Shake to undo and redo texts
6. More detailed calendar
7. Double tap the shift key for caps lock
8. Use your phone as a level
9. Turn off in-app purchases
10. Burst photos
11. The em-dash exists
12. Shoot a photo with the volume button
13. Use your Apple earbuds
14. Custom vibrations
15. Airplane Mode = faster recharge

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Same question, new semester, how do I print my Blackboard Test?

This question pops across my desk every semester and the best answer I have found is to follow these steps -

1. Open Blackboard using the Chrome browser (if you don’t have it you can download it) 

2.  In test options set your test to “Open in Own Window”

3.  Open the test as if you were taking it.

4.  Go to customize Chrome settings, found on the far right 

chromeprint

5.  Select Print and print as PDF so you can save and print or send directly to your printer

Questions contact OET!

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Let it snow . . . .

All does not have to stop.  Yes please all be careful but with the aid of our technological devices, we can continue to deliver course material to students during a shutdown.   Preparedness is the key.

All faculty should have all course content on blackboard or some other web site for students who can’t get to class.  Such blackboard sites need not be elaborate.  OET can help set up these “emergency” blackboard courses but it does need to be done in advance.

Students can’t make it to class but the faculty can

If a class with absences is normally scheduled in a classroom with mediasite recorders, we can simply activate the recorder during class.  We can then deliver these lectures to selected students.  Note that we have fine granularity and can make the presentation available to individual students for instructor-specified time periods.

But if you can’t make it in there is Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) which can be used from any location with an up to date operating system, Windows or Mac. Contact OET for access.

For courses currently being recorded but not normally providing viewing access to in-class students, upon faculty request we can give access to selected (or all) in-class students for a faculty-specified period of time.

Faculty absences or university closure

If we know about this enough in advance, we can make some recordings before the university shuts down.  Students can watch them during the closure since the mediasite and blackboard servers will, presumably, remain up during closure.

OET absences

OET personnel have access to all necessary equipment from home.  To such extent as the security of our own homes allows, we will continue operations as usual from home.  We can consult with faculty by e-mail, skype, lync or telephone.  We can manage mediasite recordings and delivery.  We can provide on-

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Two weeks ’til Reading Day!

YEs THAT’S RIGHT!  fOR wED, tHU & fRI ONLY CLASSES THIS IS THE LAST WEEK YOU ARE MEETING AND ONLY TWO MORE CLASSES FOR THE mon & tUE CLASSES. sO SOME END OF SEMESTER TIPS

SAFEASSIGNMENTS – WHEN USING THIS TOOL IN BLACKBOARD MAKE SURE YOU “SYNCHRONIZE YOUR COURSE” WHENEVER YOU DEPLOY A SAFE ASSIGNMENT SO THAT IT CHECKS AGAINST THE MOST CURRENT DATABASE.

GRADE CENTER – NEED ASSISTANCE IN WEIGHTING GRADES CONTACT OET!  REMEMBER THAT ANYTIME YOU DOWNLOAD GRADES (WORK OFFLINE) YOU MUST SAVE THAT FILE TO A PIRATEDRIVE LOCATION NOT YOUR DESKTOP, LAPTOP, PERSONAL HOME COMPUTER OR UNENCRYPTED DEVICES.  A LOST OR COMPROMISED DEVICE COULD RESULT IN UNAUTHORIZED RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS.

TEST CREATION – NEED TO CONVERT A TEST CREATED IN WORD TO BLACKBOARD USE RESPONDUS TO MAKE THIS AN EASY TRANSITION.

COURSE/CONTENT COPY FOR sPRING SEMESTER – YOU CAN REQUEST BB TO DO THIS OR SELECT THE COMPONENTS YOU WANT COPIED VIA PACKAGES AND UTILITIES.

WANT TO EXPLORE NEW TOOLS, DEVICES, PROGRAMS?  CONTACT OET TO HELP WITH YOUR EXPLORATION!

 

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I know you are tired of hearing this but . . . there will be some changes

1 – Bb will be down from May 11th 12:30pm – May 13th 5pm. For more details please click this link. Some neat updates such as regrading, new interface and workflow functionality
http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/blackboard/blog/2013/03/27/blackboard-9-service-pack-9/

2 – Clicker Information -We will be upgrading the TurningPoint Blackboard building block in May, which will allow you to begin using TurningPoint 5 software with Blackboard. TurningPoint 5 combines polling in PowerPoint, polling in any application, Self-Paced Polling and Results Manager all into one single program. Once we upgrade the TurningPoint building block, you must upgrade to version 5 of the software or you will no longer be able to upload clickers data into Blackboard.  You will no longer be able to use the old software with the new software.

3 – Mediasite Upgrade – will be down Monday, May 13 – this upgrade will include a My Mediasite portal for users to add descriptions and/or links to presentations. 

Want to find out more, contact this office!

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As the semester really gets rolling, some reminders!

Safe Assign – make sure to Synchronize your Course prior to deploying a Safe Assignment.  Firefox is the recommended browser to use.

Want to use Respondus LockDown Browser – make it available to use by going to Control Panel, Customization, Tool Availability and click Respondus LockDown Browser to make it available.

Need link for students to download Respondus LockDown Browser – here it is http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/information.pl?ID=745639734

Need to download gradecenter? – go to grade center and click Work Offline.   Save the gradebook to your Piratedrive for safe keeping.

You can still set up web conferencing or lecture capturing sessions for your class.  Just contact OET!

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Locked up or down?

To be distinguished from Respondus Test Generator the LockDown Browser, a new tool for test taking in Blackboard if you do see it in course Tools go to (Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability). Learn about it here.  Also lots of information and samples can be found in OET8000 Blackboard Course for Allied Health in which you are enrolled as a student, check it out!  Also other informational blogs to check out ar:

Blackboard Blog, Tegrity BlogCentra, ITCS, BB9 for Health Sciences, Yammer


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“How I ….” Series – Coming Soon!

The OET is currently producing a series of short videos showcasing how your fellow faculty use some of the technology tools that may have been blogged about, blogs, clickers, wikis, etc and how they are used within the classroom.  If you are doing something different or maybe not so different that works in the classroom or distantly please contact this office to contribute to the series!

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