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
I am reposting as we enter the last week’s of the semester your inbox may be put on the back burner but you might want to implete the “Four D’s for Decision Making” model (4 D’s) is a valuable tool for processing e-mail, helping you to quickly decide what action to take with each item and how to remove it from the Inbox.
Decide what to do with each and every message
How many times have you opened, reviewed, and closed the same e-mail message over and over? Some of those messages are getting lots of attention but very little action. It is better to handle each e-mail message only once before taking action—which means you have to make a decision as to what to do with it and where to put it. Under the 4 D’s model, you have four choices:
- Delete it
- Do it
- Delegate it
- Defer it Read more
So why not make a quick video using MDR to explain?
I blogged about this before but recently had a question come across my desk about creating a calendar to avoid “an organizational nightmare”? As we head into the final third of the semester it may come in handy when setting up presentation times/dates for students as well as meeting times/dates.
According to the website “Doodle offers a wide selection of online solutions that radically simplify the process of scheduling appointments, ranging from the group event “poll” that doesn’t require registration to the professional appearance with own branding.”
Check it out!
Last week I went to a demonstration of Mursion Virtual Lab which I shared an article about from Campus Technology and is a very cool project taking place at our College of Education here at ECU.
“Mursion is an immersive learning experience that provides our education candidates a safe space in which they can practice what they have learned in the classroom with an opportunity to get direct feedback from virtual students, peers, and their professor.” [from http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/oaa/Mursion.cfm]
It not only can be used in Education but could also be used in Healthcare Training and Hospitality Settings.
Interested? from COE “Beginning Fall 2017
If you belong to another college or university, we would love to work with you to see how we might provide the same services mentioned above for our faculty to you. In addition to faculty using Mursion for classes, it can also be used to give students an opportunity to practice interview skills and other soft skills that may otherwise be neglected. If you would like to learn more about using Mursion at your college or university with our help, please email us at email@example.com.”
or private at least.
This article states “It’s easy to forget that convenience can also leak information about you to anyone who can touch your iPhone or iPad.”
Here are some of the tips the article offers
“Although Apple generally positions itself rightly as privacy conscious vis-a-vis the information about yourself that it allows itself and others to see, there’s no one-stop-shop for dialing up or down what appears on the lock screen. You have to visit several places in Settings: 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!
No it’s not football season and the baseball team has just started back practicing. But many of you are giving first exams and/or projects and now it is time to grade. Rubrics help and Blackboard enables you to add rubrics for grading. You can also use inline grading directly in Blackboard. Perhaps you would rather give more personal feedback using audio and video then try one of the newest tools available directly in Blackboard, Voice Thread.
Need information on any of these tools contact this office for a demo.
Found your own tool that works, share it here!
As Spring Semester is in full swing I have been exploring the technology buzz of 2017, in between recordings, that is!
This is a long article from Campus Technology but raises some interesting possibilities, one of which is in the last suggestion one that I particularly like “Consider moving toward team-based methods of creating and delivering content — including the use of students on such teams.” (https://campustechnology.com/Articles/2017/01/18/11-Ed-Tech-Trends-to-Watch-in-2017.aspx?Page=7)
Another article on the 10 most-needed apps for 2017 mentions a neat collaboration app called Trello.
Please share any apps you may have discovered that may help your colleagues or students. “What’s in your wallet?”