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.
At a recent meeting with the Instructional Technology Consultant’s (ITC’s) of the university we were introduced to Microsoft Teams. Before I tell you what Teams can do think about this scenario you are involved in multiple projects with multiple people within and outside of ECU wouldn’t it be nice to have all correspondence, files etc in one spot which also allows you to quick chat/comment on something rather than sending emails? Well . . .
Microsoft Teams is a messaging app for teams where all conversations, meetings, files, and notes can be accessed by everyone, all in one place. It’s a place for collaboration and work to happen in the open.
Here’s why you should use it:
- It makes communicating one-on-one and with groups a snap.
- Collaboration happens in real time.
- Everything your team cares about (all your files, docs, contact info, and more) is in one place.
One college has been using it and here is a quote from their ITC “Now that the planner can be integrated into Teams, it is a great way to use both tools at once. I have also integrated a notebook into the team, which also helps keep everything in one place. I haven’t gotten everyone into the chat feature, but the organization part seems to be a nice way to at least get people started in the right direction, at least for us.”
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
During summer sessions many students are embarking on clinical internships and/or faculty may be traveling. ECU offers a number of ways to stay in touch synchronously such as Saba Meeting, Skype for Business (you can share screens), Cisco WebEx, Cisco Jabber and Dedicated Hardware. To find out what each can do click here. Want to try it out just contact OET for a demo or trial run. Don’t let distance keep you apart!
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!
InLine Grading with Blackboard
Smart Podiums in the Classrooms
Web Conferencing with WebEx
Skype for Business
Instead of my talking about a tool here is a faculty’s thoughts on using SABA Web Conferencing
“As far as Saba it has worked fairly smoothly, and some students use it for office hours, as much as students use it for office hours, but I have used it for study guide sessions and this week I have been using it for group presentations. As long as the student has a good internet connection there isn’t usually a problem. The issues I have run into are the following:
1. Sometimes the links Saba provides for the students to log in doesn’t work correctly or it won’t let the students in and they have to keep trying.
2. Right now it isn’t supported on the most recent Mac platform which is problematic for students with those computers. [it is supported now]
3. It is somewhat cumbersome to set up as an instructor but running the session it has been fairly smooth.
Hope that helps some. Of course I have the occasional student that complains just because they aren’t as good with technology but for online classes this has really helped me give a more connected class and availability, especially with being in a different state.”
Want to give it a try? Contact OET!
Or why not? I will admit I have not embraced this technology but I am exploring it’s use in higher ed and have found some articles which tempt me to continue in this endeavor. If you use “tweets” as part of your class or were thinking of incorporating them into class let me know and we can explore together.
Some articles which may help you get started:
10 Twitter Tips for Higher Education | University Business Magazine
Tweeting alternative to Discussion Board
Tweeting in Higher Education: Best Practices | EDUCAUSE
I often get the request to assist with enabling a guest speaker to present to a class from outside the college. We do have SABA web conferencing software which easily allows guests to share content but often the technology gets a bit frustrating for some guests. Did you know that in recent versions of Skype a guest can present their desktop i.e. PowerPoint, word files etc. Easy to use, and easy to test. Questions? Contact OET.
Software videoconferencing is ideal for one-on-one interviews, peer discussions, distance learning, CME programs, class lectures or guest instructors.
Conference with anyone, from anywhere, at anytime from your own Mac or Windows desktop or laptop using Cisco Jabber.
Features include video, desktop sharing and conferencing. Camera, microphone and speakers required.
Submit the Jabber Account Request form through the IT Help Desk online service request system. Approval processed within two business days.
Near and Far, Lync Keeps You Connected
Microsoft Lync 2013 is an easy-to-use and versatile communication tool.
Available to students, faculty and staff, Lync integrates seamlessly with email, calendar and the ECU address book* to allow instant text messages, video conferences, online presentations and even group conferencing. Lync allows true collaborative desktop sharing among attendees for quick project edits and live brainstorming.
One of the most-requested Lync features is the ability to invite non-ECU participants to a meeting or presentation.