January 2015

ECU Faculty and Staff: Welcome back! We hope your semester is off to a great start. Below you will find information and updates for learning platforms, as well as upcoming spring showcase events and training.


Integrate tutorials on software, business, and creative skills 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.


Ensure your Microsoft Office Documents are Accessible

Creating accessible documents is about increasing the usability of your content. Watch the lynda.com Creating Accessible Microsoft Office Documents course to learn best practices and guidelines to help meet accessibility requirements. (You will be prompted to log in to the course using your ECU credentials.)


Blackboard: Spring Semester Tips

We sync the Blackboard enrollment feeds with Banner 2-3 times a day for the first two weeks of class, so adds/drops, new sections, new instructors of record are updated frequently.

We have Section Merge and/or Course Copy Information for you: Scenarios for Course Copies and Course Collapses. Remember, do not check the box during your course copy to include enrollments, because that means enrollments from the previous semester. There are many course copies in the Blackboard queue at this time of the year, please do not repeat the course copy process more than once or your content will double (or triple)! For section merge, our best tip is make sure your sections for spring semester end in 201530.

Teaching Tip: Create a direct link to a content area in your Blackboard course menu bar, or a tool link (e.g. My Grades). Simply click the plus + icon above the menu bar to add Content link or Tool link. Don’t forget to check the box to make it available to students.

Be sure to visit Spring 2015 – Prepare for Semester for the complete list of things to do for the Spring Semester.


An Update from the Tegrity Team

During the winter break, Tegrity released an update to the recorder for Mac & PC.
How to Update: http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/tegrity/?p=1498.

Are you a Tegrity user? Or do you want to be? Don’t forget to submit a ticket to request the Tegrity Classes link for your spring Blackboard course(s). You must request a “Tegrity Classes” link for each course, even if you have done a course copy. Here’s how:

1. Visit: https://ithelp.ecu.edu/ and log in.
2. On the left side under Online Forms, you’ll find Tegrity Course Request.


Classroom Technology Tips

ECU has over 400 technology-enhanced spaces including classrooms, labs and conference rooms. As you become familiar with the technology in the classrooms, here are a few important items to remember.

Who do I contact if I need help in the classroom?
For emergency classroom assistance on east campus call Classroom Technology Support at 252-328-9830. The Classroom Technology response time goal for east campus is 10 minutes. For assistance on the Health Sciences campus, please call MTS (Multimedia Technology Services) at 252-744-2903.

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 delivered through Blackboard. Your students can watch your recorded content as often as necessary, which increases accessibility and gives them active control over learning. ECU currently offers three lecture capture tools: Mediasite, Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) and Tegrity. Visit Lecture Capture – Live and Recorded Content to learn which solution will best meet your lecture capture needs.

What if I have a software request for the instructor station?
If you have additional software needs for a classroom, please submit an online service request at https://ithelp.ecu.edu.


Classroom Selection for Summer and Fall 2015: New Options

As you consider your future classroom technology needs, here is a description of some of the equipment you will find in the classrooms across campus. New options include AirMedia, which allows you to present wirelessly from any device, Desktop Recording with MDR or Tegrity, and Video Conference using Saba or Jabber. Visit the Classroom Technology Database for even more options and to see the complete list of equipment offerings per room.

*New* Present – Wireless with AirMedia. AirMedia is now available in a limited number of classrooms. Bring your own device (BYOD) and connect wirelessly to project course content from your PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone on the classroom display.

Record with Mediasite – Record class lectures and presentations in a classroom with a Mediasite hardware recorder. See Lecture Capture – Live and Recorded Content for specific features and to get started.

Record with Desktop using MDR or Tegrity – Record class lectures and presentations with a desktop recorder. Some Desktop rooms have built in cameras. Both solutions integrate with Blackboard. See Lecture Capture – Live and Recorded Content for specific features and to get started.

Video Conference with Cisco – Video conference with guest speakers or schedule group meetings using the Cisco hardware in the classroom. Schedule* up to 10 HD sites or 20 standard sites. See Videoconferencing for specific features and to get started. *Submit an Online Request to schedule your video conference.

Video Conference using SabaMeeting or Jabber – Video conference with guest speakers or schedule group meetings using SabaMeeting or Jabber. See Videoconferencing for specific features. Visit SabaMeeting or Jabber resources to get started.


Two Showcase Events, One Location: Joyner Library

10th Annual Think-In
Think-In 2015: Teaching with Technology Showcase
March 18, 2015
9:00 am to 12 pm

As always, the Think-In will showcase faculty integrating technology and innovative teaching strategies to enhance face-to-face, distance education, and hybrid courses. The call for proposals is now open. Visit the Think-In website for more information.

Complete your proposal form by 2/9/15.


1st Annual Digital Innovation and Scholarship in Social Sciences and Humanities Symposium (DISSH)

March 18, 2015
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

This symposium will explore the opportunities inherent in digital projects for interdisciplinary and collaborative research and education. Together, the speakers who will inaugurate this annual symposium point to the promise and potential of digital projects to bring people together from across the university setting, creating synergies across academic computing, libraries, departments and interdisciplinary programs. The call for lightning round proposals is open. Complete your proposal form by 2/9/15.


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.


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.


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