June 2015

Integrate software, business, and creative skills tutorials into your Blackboard courses

Faculty: lynda.com offers more than 2,900 video courses that you can add to any content area of your Blackboard class. If your students need to learn how to use software such as PhotoShop, Microsoft Office, GIS, and AutoCAD, be sure to check out the lynda.com library. Visit ECU lynda.com to get started.

Staff: Check out the lynda.com library for your training needs. Visit ECU lynda.com to get started.

Have Questions?  Please Contact the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081 or Submit a Service Request.


Blackboard Tip: Student View

A long awaited feature is now available for you in Blackboard: Student View! As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well designed and functions as intended. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered.


Classroom Technology: Lecture Capture  and Videoconferencing

How can I record my classroom lectures and instructional content?
Your class lectures, test-reviews, software navigation guides and course introduction videos can be captured and integrated with Blackboard.  Your students can watch recorded content as often as necessary, which increases access to your instructional materials and gives students active control over learning.  Visit Lecture Capture – Live and Recorded Content to learn which solution will best meet your lecture capture needs.

How can I video conference in my classroom?
ECU now offers Cisco Jabber; a powerful video conferencing tool that allows you to conference with anyone, anywhere using just your laptop and/or mobile device.  Jabber’s ability to share files and desktop also make it a great tool for distance education students.  Guest lecturers can join your class online in just a few clicks.  Jabber is Mediasite friendly, so you’ll be able to seamlessly capture your video conference along with your other presentation materials.  To learn more about Jabber and ECU’s other video conferencing tools, please visit Videoconferencing: Collaborate from Anywhere.  To Request an ECU Jabber account – call 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081 or enter an online service request.


Selecting Online Instructional Tools

There are many educational tools available to administer and collect assessments, capture and store files, provide innovative presentation methods and collaborate with students. Examples of these tools include publisher and portfolio tools that are often an entire learning management system similar to Blackboard. As you consider the appropriate tools and technologies to meet your respective course objectives, we recommend visiting the Supported Software website for a list of ECU-supported software and Learning Technologies. In addition, contact distributed IT support in your college for the availability of discipline-specific software.

If you have determined there is not an existing university-supported tool to meet your instructional needs, and you are considering implementing an online (e.g., cloud based) solution, you need to be aware that any data hosted external to ECU, or in the “cloud,” that is not purchased or approved by the university must follow a process, visit the Online Tools Guide provided by the Office of the Registrar, Department of Materials Management, Department for Disability Support Services, ITCS, and the Office of University Counsel.


Training and Professional Development Opportunities

Cornerstone is your access point to register for training and to take online training courses delivered by many of the departments on campus, including IT Training provided by ITCS.  Your personalized training center within Cornerstone provides access to your training transcript, upcoming sessions, and any online training in progress.  In the Browse for Training area you will see a link to ITCS training. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you Register for Training in Cornerstone.  Student registration for IT Training: June Courses.