Since last week’s post was a repost you get 2 this week!

We are 3 1/2 weeks into the semester and here is a Best Practice that is included for Distance Education content but is a great idea for all classes to check in on “How is the course going?” and “Do you have any suggestions?“

Early feedback surveys or just informal discussions ask students to provide feedback on what is working well in a course and what might help them have a better course experience. This early feedback is done early in the course so corrections and modifications can be made. It is an easy opening for students who might have comments or suggestions or questions.”

You could use discussion board, or a doodle poll, or a round table discussion!

There have been a couple of emails inviting you to Mursion Demonstration. I went to one last spring and wrote about it http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/OET/?p=2370 It is a very cool tool available to you.  “Mursion is a great opportunity we have available at ECU for Read more

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A few years ago it was E, F or G now it’s I, J or K

Hurricane Season is in full force this year.  And last year’s letter M is not a distant memory for most of us.  Nor was I(rene) a few years ago. So I will repeat myself this week and remind everyone that with technology you can keep up with lecture content and delivery.  See this post from 2010 as it is still applicable this season

http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/OET/?p=636

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No needles needed for this thread!

Voice Thread is one of the newer tools available for faculty to use.  It was piloted Fall and Spring semester and now will be available campus-wide!  VoiceThread is a web-based platform available through Blackboard, which allows instructors and students to upload slides, images, video, or documents, record audio, video, or text comments, and then invite others to view and record comments as well.

To find out more about this tool check out these resources

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Coming soon in the next release . . . (fingers crossed)

I recently shared an article Why Gamification in Healthcare is the Next Big Thing  and now to follow up here is a Q&A: How Gamification Increases Learning Outcomes with this partnership I am hoping to see the availability for us to add quizzes, feedback etc to our Mediasite Recordings.  I will be attending the Mediasite User Conference the first week of May and if you have any thoughts or feedback you would like me to share at the conference please comment below.  They do listen to their customers and there is always an “I wish” board to post on!

Speaking of lecture what about feedback, here is an article about a new way to deliver feedback, which can be done with Voice Thread a new product we have been piloting here at ECU!

 

 

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Who’s counting?

Yes there are less than 10 class days left of Spring Semester 2017 classes.  So I have some housekeeping items to share

Blackboard Downtime during break – Monday May 8 – Thursday May 11 click here for a list of upgrades.

Tuesday, April 25 is a Friday meeting day according to the academic calendar.

Wednesday, April 26 is Reading Day, time to catch up!

Summer Session starts May 15.

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, Read more

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Our own Easy button! or what to do when students are out sick

Well it is not as big as Staples but it is just that Easy.  Apparently the flu has decided to roar it’s ugly head again and students are missing class.  As we are getting into mid-semester they may miss some crucial information.  So make it a little easier for them to catch up and when in one of our general classrooms press sources on the small Crestron panel, select Mediasite and press the round button to start a recording.  One caveat please put the microphone on and press the button on the front until it is blinking green.  We do have ceiling mics but the microphone gives a much better audio experience.

When class is over, press the square button on the Mediasite source window to stop the recording and let me know what room you recorded in and I will publish and send you the link or place in your course.  Or just ask me to press the button before class starts!

It is that EASY!

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Happy New Year and Spring To Do!

Some quick reminders and links as we start a new semester in a new year!  Startup tips from BB can be found here. 

Course Copy, Merge, – Merge and Copy

Make Available –

  • Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability > Yes

Add instructor, TA to course –

  • Control Panel > Users and Groups > User > Find User to Enroll > type username only in the box > change role if needed, and then Submit.
  • If that does not work, please send an email to ecublackboard@ecu.edu with the username and role (TA or instructor). The Blackboard team will add your TA or instructor.

Mediasite Desktop Recording – click here

Embed Mediasite into Blackboard – click here

Saba Web Conferencing – click here

Turning Point Cloud – click here

Using Turning Point 5 in Allied Health – contact OET

Tegrity – click here

Yammer – click here

Lockdown Browser – click here

Some new tools to consider Voice Thread  and Blackboard Collaborate, Collaborate is a web conferencing program which enables a group of people to interact with one another in a virtual online meeting environment. Collaborate can be accessed “live” anytime from anywhere attendees have access to a computer and an Internet connection. Meetings in Collaborate can be recorded, so those unable to attend the live meeting are able to play back the meeting at a later time.

Anything else?  Contact OET for assistance!

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Resources which may help you and your students!

Student Blackboard Support

Faculty Blackboard Start of Semester Tips

Embedding Mediasite into Blackboard

Video Release Form

Requirements for Viewing a Mediasite Presentation

DE Orientation

SABA Web Conferencing

Using Pirate Port

Using VPN to Connect Remotely

Using Online Tools

Just to get you started! and here is the answer to one of many questions how to add an Instructor or TA to your BB course.

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is ON
  2. Click on the Users and Groups area of the Control Panel
  3. Click on Users
  4. Click on Enroll Users and select Find Users to Enroll from the drop down
  5. On the Add Enrollments page, enter the teaching assistant’s or instructor’s username (do NOT include their email address)
  6. Select the appropriate role from the dropdown (course builder, grader, student, instructor, student or teaching assistant)
  7. click on Submit
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Break in the heat, summer session has been put to rest and fall is just around the corner!

A few years ago I did the countdown to fall semester.  I received various comments and some groans but in less than 3 weeks we have many new students and returning students headed into our classrooms so are a few resources to check out!  Some BB tips and some connecting with others in and around the classroom!

Profiles

Blackboard Calendar

InLine Grading with Blackboard 

Smart Podiums in the Classrooms

AirMedia Tool

Lecture Capture

SABA

Web Conferencing with WebEx

Skype for Business

 

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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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