July 2012

July 2012

ECU Faculty and Staff: Please take a few moments to catch up on the latest learning platform news….from LockDown Browser to iWebfolio to Tegrity and more!

In this edition:

  • Tegrity Lecture Capture Pilot
  • Tegrity Spotlight: Pirate Tutoring Center
  • Blackboard News: LockDown Browser
  • Joyner Library Offers New Service
  • iWebFolio
  • ECU’s Second Life
  • Utilizing Classroom Technology
  • IT Security: Avoid Use of External Storage Services
  • ECU Social Media Regulation and Guidelines
  • In the News
  • Upcoming Training and Conferences

Tegrity Summer Pilot

The next phase of the Tegrity Pilot is in full swing through the summer sessions, participating faculty are very excited about using this new lecture capture software. Between the 17 campus classrooms equipped with Tegrity recorders and the downloadable software for office computers, Tegrity has become a very useful and effective tool for learning, instruction and presentation. Users have found it very easy to access, record, and upload recorded content with the aid of Tegrity’s Blackboard integration. One of the features we have enabled during this phase of the pilot is Student Recording. Students now have the ability to make a Tegrity recording and upload it directly to their instructors for review and/or grading. We know many of you will take full advantage of that new feature! If you are interested in learning more about Tegrity please contact us at Tegrity@ecu.edu.

Tegrity Spotlight: The Pirate Tutoring Center

The Pirate Tutoring Center lead Physics tutors utilized Tegrity during the spring semester to record weekly chapter summaries and assist students with homework problem solutions. The Physics Lead Tutors narrated PowerPoint presentations that ranged from three to ten minutes. Physics 1250 students visiting the Pirate Tutoring Center were enrolled in a Physics Blackboard course that provided access to these helpful recordings. Students were able to access anytime, anywhere. Using Tegrity, students found it easy to navigate to the content they needed, bookmark where they had questions and take personalized notes. From February to April 2012, 28 videos were recorded and viewed 450 times over 38 hours! When surveyed, 25% of students indicated videos replaced using face-to-face tutoring services, 100% found the videos helpful to understanding course materials and 66.7% felt the videos had an impact on their class performance. One Physics tutee observed, “I watched all the physics tutorials the week before my final exam and it helped me score 96 on that final, my highest physics test grade of the semester.”

The Pirate Tutoring Center is open for summer tutoring and you can expect Tegrity recordings to supplement Physics 1250/1260, Chemistry 1120/1130, and Math 2283.

Blackboard News: LockDown Browser

We are excited to offer this new tool! LockDown browser is designed to help reduce test-taking issues. Email messages to instructors from students who report that Blackboard kicked them out of a test – and request a retake – will be greatly reduced. Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure, custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading! Look for this optional tool in your Control Panel. We do have some training sessions scheduled for LockDown. Read about the features that make LockDown a secure testing environment and how you can utilize it in your course(s) at http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/blackboard/?p=1666.

Joyner Library offers a New Service: More Blackboard Resources

Would you like to integrate more information about plagiarism, conducting library research, or evaluating resources into your Blackboard accounts for students to use? Joyner Library is pleased to announce a new service where librarians can embed resources directly into your Blackboard course to assist your students in learning how to conduct library research in your discipline. If you are interested in requesting this service, please contact Katy Kavanagh at kavanaghk@ecu.edu.


iWebfolio is an advanced electronic portfolio management system being used at ECU that helps students and institutions archive, organize, reflect upon and present information contained in documents, graphics, presentations, web projects, audio and video, or any other digital media. It is designed to help students, faculty, and professionals manage, reflect and share the results of their academic career, personal, and professional experiences, iWebfolio focuses on the learner, while helping organizations that need to acquire and present evidence of continuous improvement toward institutionally defined learning and performance outcomes. If you would like to use iWebFolio for your students, please contact Sharon Collins (collinss@ecu.edu).

Immersive World Teaching and Learning, ECU’s Second Life

ECU has been using the virtual world of Second Life since 2007. Who else is using virtual worlds?

  • Duke designs executive education through virtual worlds, visit Duke CE’s island in Second Life.
  • University of Washington
  • Ball State University
  • Clemson University
  • Miami University
  • University of Florida
  • Ohio University

Places to visit:

  • Northern Ireland conflict Memorial Island
  • Attend conferences on social media
  • Journal clubs
  • Midwifery education
  • Greek theatre performances
  • Art in the park
  • Learn how to perform the art of glass blowing and create a virtual piece of art

There are many simulated learning activities in SL and instructors are using simulations with specific learning outcomes in mind. Educational uses for SL continue to grow to include scientific research on applications through organizations such as SLACTIONS (http://www.slactions.org/2012/?page_id=2).

Virtual world platforms are part of the growing efforts of using game-based learning to reach 21st century students, to learn in a community and collaborate, and to promote the importance of health literacy. The use of immersive virtual worlds can promote learning and productivity with the use of many educational tools such as “web on a prim” or new building methods such as Pathfinding and Artificial Intelligence. Second Life and other platforms now support Mesh, which enables 3-D models to be imported, bringing in more realistic graphics.

Join the American Education Research Association SIG for educators, scholars, and practitioners researching computer-mediated 3D communities, and belong to a community of educational explorers using virtual platforms to do research to understand the optimal uses of virtual environments.

Needs some stats on other grids? Visit http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2012/06/grid-numbers-rise-visitors-fall/

Create an avatar and discover the ECU Second Life community http://www.ecu.edu/ecusecondlife. Visit the campus and check out the many classes going on during the year: classroom simulations, English, Spanish, computer science, hotel management, project management, web site design and maintenance, personal finance, interior design, and much more.

Utilizing Classroom Technology

ECU has over 400 enhanced classrooms. Whether you need a classroom, conference room or an auditorium, a variety of technologies can be found in any of these locations. Classroom Technologies are those tools available to you in classrooms all across campus. Not only does this include the physical equipment located in many rooms such as touch panels, digital overheads and videoconferencing codecs, but this also includes other technologies that can be used in the classroom such as lecture capture, clickers and more.
With the increasing number of technologies available to you in the classroom, figuring out how to best utilize these tools can be a challenge. As a result, ITCS has developed a workshop designed to help introduce faculty and staff to the various technologies available in classrooms all across campus. If you would like to attend the Classroom Technology Workshop, log into SharePoint at: http://training.ecu.edu to view the ECU training calendar. Once you locate the “Utilizing Classroom Technology Workshop”, click on it and follow the prompts. Also, be sure to visit the Classroom Technology site for more information.

IT Security…Reduce the likelihood of data security breach, loss of critical ECU data, and non-compliance of State or Federal regulatory requirements by avoiding the use of external storage services

Use of services such as DropBox, Google Apps, iCloud, etc. offer convenient low cost storage options, but at what cost? Use of ECU storage options (Piratedrive, Privateer, ECU Outside) ensures university’s data security and regulatory compliance requirements are applied to protect the privacy and security of your information. Consider the following before storing information external to ECU:

  • External storage services may not provide appropriate security controls to protect your information and could possibly make it publicly available (advertently or inadvertently), and place the university at risk.
  • Sensitive or confidential information (patient, student, credit card, Personally Identifiable Confidential Information) must NEVER be stored external to ECU without appropriate university approval and information security assessment.
  • Do you know where your information is really stored? It could be stored in a foreign country.
  • What will happen to your information if the company changes hands or go out of business?
  • If you accept an online Click-to-Agree contract to store ECU’s information, you are entering into a contractual agreement with that service provider. When you agree to the terms and conditions of that service provider, those requirements may not meet or comply with the terms and conditions of the university. Per ECU regulation, “Delegation of Authority to Sign Contracts” only those individuals with delegated authority can enter into contractual agreement on behalf of the university.

Contact the ITCS Helpdesk @ 252-328-9866 before you place ECU information external to ECU or you need a consult if information has already been stored external to ECU.

ECU Social Media Regulation and Guidelines

While all ECU employees are welcome to participate in social media, we encourage everyone who participates in and contributes to online commentary to understand and follow ECU’s social media guidelines (pdf) and the university’s social media regulation (html).

In the News

Be sure to check out the newly redesigned EDUCAUSE website; it’s now even easier to navigate, connect with colleagues, locate resources and learn about upcoming events. http://www.educause.edu/

University Professors Believe Lecture Capture Makes Them A More Effective Teacher, Tegrity Survey Reveals: http://www.tegrity.com/node/331

Technology Driving Widespread Shift in Teaching Models http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2012/07/03/Technology-Driving-Widespread-Shift-in-Teaching-Models.aspx?Page=1

Upcoming Training and Conferences

Check out our IT training schedule. From Blackboard to Centra to Tegrity, we’ve got something for everyone! View all ITCS training at http://training.ecu.edu.

EDUCAUSE 2012 Annual Conference
November 6 – 9, 2012 / Denver, Colorado and Online

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premiere gathering for higher education IT professionals. It provides content and exploration of today’s toughest technology issues facing campuses around the world. http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference

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