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.
But I am in Madison Wisconsin at the annual Mediasite User Conference, Unleash 2013 where one of the topics I am exploring is Mediasite’s new Desktop Publishing Software also known as “My Mediasite“. I will be back next week with lots to show and tell so let me know if you are interested in hearing more about this software.
So are they watching, how long are they watching, how many times have they watched? Want those questions answered ask for a Mediasite report on your class recordings, analytics can be set up to email you weekly a report of activity. Contact this office to learn more about this feature of analytics in Mediasite!
I often blog about Lecture Capture and usually from the instructor view but just this morning had an interesting conversation with a student. Those of you who record your class lectures know that I monitor the start of all recordings and I have a portal from which I can view all classrooms in this building equipped with mediasite systems. I often joke that I can now get a job as a security officer who monitors cameras at different locations!
I was showing this student the portal and talking about what was being done and to quote this student “how great would that be to go back and listen again to a lecture. . .especially when studying”. Did you know that almost every room in this building has lecture capture capablity? There is also desktop capability with Tegrity and I will be testing Mediasite’s desktop capture soon. Just maybe there is something to this lecture capture model!
Another interesting article from E-Campus titled How ‘collaborative learning’ is transforming higher education. Here are ECU there are a number of tools you can use such as Yammer, Mediasite Lecture Capture, Tegrity Lecture Capture, Centra, Collaborate (still looking for instructors to participate in Spring Pilot), Second Life, Videoconferencing and Lync to name a few. Perhaps it is time to explore one of these tools for implementation in your Spring Courses! Contact OET to set up a consultation time.