Go! Fall Semester 2015!

Some reminders for start of semester 

  • Make sure your content has been rolled over to your summer classes, if not please go to this link http://www.ecu.edu/blackboard/
  • Submit your mediasite recording form or request for release of past recordings.Contact the OET for form and or additional information
  • If you are interested in using the “clickers” for your class please advise the OET what dates, times and rooms you will need the equipment.
  • Advise OET of any special software that should be loaded onto classroom computers.
  • If you have a guest speaker whose voice needs reinforcement contact the OET to reserve their voice reinforcement system.
  • For those conducting online office hours or class meetings with Saba. .
  • Make your class available in Blackboard, Customization, Properties, Set Availability.

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Catching Up!

So much going on so many emails.  I even missed sending last week’s blog so will do double duty today!

First here is a neat slide show on Disruptive Technologies 2015-2106 will give you something to think about.

Now if you have missed the recent posts from ECU Learning Technologies Digest let me just highlight some of the postings!

Classroom Selection for Summer and Fall 2015: New Options

As you consider your future classroom technology needs, here is a description of some of the equipment you will find in the classrooms across campus. New options include AirMedia, which allows you to present wirelessly from any device, Desktop Recording with MDR or Tegrity, and Video Conference using Saba or Jabber. Visit the Classroom Technology Database for even more options and to see the complete list of equipment offerings per room.

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A New Year, a New Semester and there is cold and flu out there!

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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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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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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