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!
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
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!
And also at your students’ fingertips. Centra now known as SabaMeeting has recently completed an upgrade which allows you to use the desktop interface with all the new features that were added to the browser interface last summer!
You will need to install a small SabaMeeting program on your computer the first time that you join an event; however, as long as you have permission to install programs on your computer, this installation should be fairly straightforward. This will avoid the Java issue which occurred when using the browser interface.
Your students are also able to create SabaMeeting events themselves this year, so be sure to remind them to take advantage of this opportunity to virtually collaborate with others on group assignments.
Contact OET for a demo session and more information!