A time for everything!

As the Educational Technologist for the College of Allied Health I am all about promoting technology but a recent article from Campus Technology caught me eye and perhaps yours.

“Research: The Proof is In! Multi-Tasking in Class Reduces Test Scores

Contrary to what students might like to think, when they multi-task in class on non-academic activities, their test scores go down. And that’s true for even the smartest students. Those are the initial results of a $439,000 study by a Michigan State University research project that was reported on in the September 2014 issue of Computers & Education.”

I still advocate for technology in the classroom BUT why not enrich the learning experience by providing lecture recordings for review and/or preview to course content?

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What is My Mediasite? Isn’t it Desktop Recording?

My Mediasite What it does

My Mediasite  provides tools for managing your recordings.  All faculty have access to My Mediasite and the ability to download the Desktop Recorder.  Even if you do not use desktop recordings you are able to manage your semester recordings via the  My Mediasite  web page. By clicking on the title of your presentation you can Edit its title, availability, add descriptions, external links and add polls.

Analytics on a recording can be found here which includes information as to who watched, how long, when, etc.

Editing of content is available via  My Mediasite , clip the beginning, end or middle of the presentation.  Add chapters for quick reference.

Contact OET for more information and to integrate with your course!

Mediasite Web Editor

 

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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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Students record, and where do they go?

I probably sound like a broken record but most of our classrooms here at Allied Health have the capability to record video and content.  Many students like to record classes and with the many mobile devices available it is quite easy to do.  But think about this once they have a recording where do they keep it?  Where might they post it?  Where is it?
Capturing your classroom lecture with our equipment keeps recordings locked down so that only students enrolled in the class can view the recordings and once the class is over they no longer have access (unless you want them to).

Contact OET for more information!

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Deja Vu . . .and a push for Lecture Capture!

I have a new student worker who on discussion and explanation of her tasks had the same comment as my first student worker (who graduated http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/OET/?p=1329 ) regarding lecture capture “why aren’t all the classes being recorded? . . .it would be so much easier to look back at a recording rather than trying to keep up taking notes.”

So I ask you “why not capture your lecture”?  There are lecture capturing capabilities in all of the general classrooms in this building and there are additional ways we can capture content if a room is not equipped.

Try it out, maybe for just the summer????

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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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No I am not here

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.

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Mediasite Analytics

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!

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An interesting conversation . . .

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!

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