To this blog, as it has been publishing now for 9 years. Through Blackboard, SABA/Centra, Mediasite, Turning Point and more upgrades as well as hurricanes, ice and flu and many changes over the years.
Today I will highlight some of the features available after our most recent upgrades.
Blackboard – Accessibility rating with Ally, multi column deletion in grade center and student receipt of assignment submissions, Collaborate availability.
Mediasite – Quizzing feature has been added, new interface with ability to favorite folders, Annotaton and we also have available a new software lecture capture system in classrooms without hardware.
Turning Point – better grade center integration
SABA to WebEx – a change to come by next year
Want to see any in action? Just contact this office.
As instructors you have a wealth of information but sometimes there is someone who may be an “expert” on a topic and having them share their experiences and knowledge can be priceless. Some things to consider when hosting a guest speaker, first will they be lecturing on site or virtually. Depending on their location please follow these guidelines –
On site – check if they are bringing their own laptop and whether it is a Mac or PC. If the class content is to be lecture captured there are certain “dongles” which must be connected to do this. Find out what else they might need in presenting their content. Ask if they can arrive 15 minutes early so that we can help get them set up prior to the start of class.
Virtually – all general classrooms have microphones and cameras to connect virtually. OET has webcams with tripods which also can be installed. ECU supports the use of SABA and WebEx for virtual meetings. Skype can be used with an online login and content can be presented using Skype. If the speaker is initiating the call there are many systems that can be used. Best practice have a practice call prior to the class session.
Need more information contact OET.
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Student Blackboard Support
Faculty Blackboard Start of Semester Tips
Embedding Mediasite into Blackboard
Video Release Form
Requirements for Viewing a Mediasite Presentation
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.
- Make sure Edit Mode is ON
- Click on the Users and Groups area of the Control Panel
- Click on Users
- Click on Enroll Users and select Find Users to Enroll from the drop down
- On the Add Enrollments page, enter the teaching assistant’s or instructor’s username (do NOT include their email address)
- Select the appropriate role from the dropdown (course builder, grader, student, instructor, student or teaching assistant)
- click on Submit