April 2015

LockDown Browser, Lecture Capture and Lynda.com

Blackboard Tip: Using LockDown Browser

If you plan to use Respondus LockDown Browser for the first time for your final exam, or for summer semester, consider adding a generic 5-question quiz (some easy/fun trivia re: ECU). This cuts down on students waiting to install LockDown Browser until the last five minutes of test availability, which adds undue stress to them (and you). If you have any questions about LockDown Browser, please send us an email at ecublackboard@ecu.edu.

Lecture Capture: Record your final exam-reviews

Lecture capture is on the rise. During Fall semester 5,045 presentations were recorded using ECU supported lecture capture technologies. These presentations were viewed 154,174 times by students, faculty, and staff in multiple colleges across campus.  Lecture capture solutions are available in many classrooms, as well as your desktop. Visit Lecture Capture to learn more about what you can capture and how you can get started recording and sharing instructional content.

lynda.com: video courses to expand your business, software, technology, and creative skills

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: ECU lynda.com.

Staff: Check out the lynda.com library for your training needs, including Microsoft Office, Adobe software, and much more. Visit ECU lynda.com to get started.

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Technology for Thought

NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education
The New Horizon Report contains six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology.

ELI Publication: 7 Things you Should Know about Universal Design for Learning

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 a 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,” must follow a process. We ask that you 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.