Need to Know?

Is there some technology you need to learn about or that your students need to become familiar with?  Well check out’s library of resources. is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. ECU has a subscription and it is available to you and your students.

Request an account using this link

  1. Faculty will be able to share content with students using the playlist feature.  See the How to Use video to get started.
  2. Faculty and students sign in using their Pirate ID/passphrase.**If either your students or faculty have an existing account, we recommend that they merge accounts on the initial login.
  3. Faculty and students can contact the IT Help Desk for assistance.

Clickers Anywhere?

Anywhere Polling available via Turning Point application (available in all classrooms) lets you poll over any applications such as a web page, PDF< streaming video, etc.  

Anywhere Polling also allows you to poll verbal, on-the-fly questions at anytime during your presentation and it works on Mac’s or PC’s!

You do need a receiver and clickers, open the content to be polled, open Turning Point, Select Anywhere Polling, click open to start polling and close to display the results.  It is that easy!

Why not try it out these last days of the semester or include it this summer!  Stop by OET for a demo or to learn more!


Did you know? Just a couple of PPT Hints!

Turning Photos into PowerPoint Slide Shows

To turn your digital pictures into PowerPoint slide shows:

bullet Select Insert from the pull-down menu
bullet Click on the Picture menu option
bullet Click on New Photo Album
bullet Select pictures from the Photo Album dialog box
bullet Click the Create button

Using Hyperlinks in PowerPoint

When adding a hyperlink to a presentation, be careful that the target of the hyperlink is available. If you are giving the presentation offsite using a laptop, all the targets need to be on the laptop as well, unless your laptop is actively connected to the Internet. A good alternative is to copy Web site documents you think you will need to your laptop and hyperlink to those documents. The advantage is that you don’t have to depend on getting a good connection to the Internet at your offsite location


Blackboard Enhancements! and something for fun!

Some Blackboard enhancements you will find in May -

  • Build a profile, have students do this task and it completes the old homepage assignment and appears in all courses.
  • Calendar is intuitive, enter a due date on assignments, tests and will automaticallly enter on the calendar.  Drag and drop items as well!
  • Discussion Forum can be set up that until a student posts an item they can’t see what others have already posted.
  • Inline grading on files submitted.
  • Exceptions by students on test taking times, availability and attempts.
  • Retention center lets you set rules to follow student progress.

Faculty Intro/Overview Video (6 min)

Quick intro videos - 

and now that you have worked here are 15 things you didn’t know your IPhone could do!

Just for fun!

1. Passcode with letters instead of numbers
2. Siri can read your e-mails to you
3. Timestamps on texts
4. Find out what planes are flying above you
5. Shake to undo and redo texts
6. More detailed calendar
7. Double tap the shift key for caps lock
8. Use your phone as a level
9. Turn off in-app purchases
10. Burst photos
11. The em-dash exists
12. Shoot a photo with the volume button
13. Use your Apple earbuds
14. Custom vibrations
15. Airplane Mode = faster recharge


Staying Safe!

This article “The paranoid’s survival guide touched on some key points for keeping identity and data safe.
The basics: Six standard operating procedures for online behavior
Draw the line: Decide what’s personal
Don’t share your personal information — even when asked

Lie. About. Everything.
Create personal and professional personas
Understand how much you’re paying before signing up for “free” apps and online services
Delete your unused online accounts

Tips for surfing the Web silently

Block “third-party” cookies
Go private with your browsing
Use anti-tracking software
Use HTTPS whenever possible


So what’s next?

Interesting article from Campus Technology “The 6 Most Important Technologies To Impact Teaching and Learning in the Next 5 Years“.

These technologies include virtual assistants, flipped classrooms, gamification, the quantified self and 3-D printing.  Many of our faculty are using the flipped classroom mode check out the article for more information on using this teaching mode and those who are using it please share a comment on this blog!

Here is a interesting article on flipping! With lots of additional links!

Great info in this article.


Same question, new semester, how do I print my Blackboard Test?

This question pops across my desk every semester and the best answer I have found is to follow these steps -

1. Open Blackboard using the Chrome browser (if you don’t have it you can download it) 

2.  In test options set your test to “Open in Own Window”

3.  Open the test as if you were taking it.

4.  Go to customize Chrome settings, found on the far right 


5.  Select Print and print as PDF so you can save and print or send directly to your printer

Questions contact OET!


Lync – what does it do?

Or rather what does it not do?  This program which loads on many of our computers 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 more. Lync also allows collaborative desktop sharing 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. Click below to find out more or contact OET for assistance!



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-


Happy New Year and Happy New Rooms!

Many of our most popular classrooms were refreshed over winter break.  The refresh included a new monitor which is actually a “Smart Board” letting you annotate on any screen displayed on the computer, save your annotations and share!  

The new Document Camera by Wolfvision is much sleeker than the old one, has an enhanced camera that projects images amazingly accurate.  But remember it is a Camera so NO WRITING DIRECTLY ON THE SURFACE!  Please make sure you have paper on the surface before you start writing!

You now can use the in room cameras for Skyping or Saba Web Conferencing!

Air Media let’s your students share their laptop or even mobile device on the screen with the entire class.  Contact OET for training on any of this equipment!