Monthly Archives: February 2013

Clickers Software Upgrade to TurningPoint 5 (May 2013)

ECU Faculty and Staff:

In May we will be upgrading the TurningPoint Blackboard building block which will allow you to begin using TurningPoint 5 with Blackboard. TurningPoint 5 combines polling in PowerPoint, polling in any application, Self-Paced Polling and Results Manager all into one single program. Once we upgrade the TurningPoint building block, you must upgrade to version 5 of the software or you will no longer be able to upload clickers data into Blackboard.

 The TurningPoint 5 software can be downloaded for free at http://www.turningtechnologies.com/ in the downloads area of the website. You are encouraged to download the “PC – No Install Version” or the “Mac No-Install Version” and install it directly onto your Piratedrive. By doing so, your program settings and clickers data will follow you to any computer that you use on campus, regardless of whether it is a computer in your classroom or the computer in your office. **Please note: student clicker data should only be stored on Piratedrive or a secure encrypted USB flash drive. Visit the ITCS Data Encryption page in the ITCS Service Catalog to learn more.

 If you upload clickers data to Blackboard, we recommend that you go ahead and give the new version a try. Right away you will see the new enhancements and simplified interface changes between version 4 and version 5. Additionally, ITCS will be offering 4 trainings on TurningPoint version 5 in March and April on both East and West campus. To sign up for one of these TurningPoint 5 trainings, just login to https://training.ecu.edu/ and locate the training titled “New TurningPoint 5 Clickers Training”.

 

Blackboard Course Purge for 2009, 2010, 2011

February 20, 2013

ECU Faculty: Every year we purge old Blackboard courses. We do so to stay within our storage goals and business policy of keeping two years of Blackboard sites in our production system.  In a few short weeks, we will be purging the following courses (all of them) unless you submit a request to have your courses saved.

>>>>>The purge date is March 11th, 2013 <<<<<

  • 2009 Fall semester
  • 2010 Spring semester
  • 2010 Summer #1 semester
  • 2010 Summer #2 semester
  • 2010 Full Term Summer semester
  • 2010 Fall semester
  • 2011 Spring semester

You have 2 choices for saving your course site:

  1. Submit a request for us to save your Bb sites in Blackboard. If you choose this option you will need to list all FULL COURSE ID’s in your request submission. Here is the link to submission site:
    —>>>   https://ecu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8wyHalKtQRLOzlP
  2. Export or Archive your courses offline.  This is a suggested best practice for all Blackboard courses at the end of the semester.  Make sure you save all exported or archived sites on your ECU Piratedrive.

If you’d like to export or archive your own courses, it’s easy.

 Export: Only course content
Archive: All course content, student interactions and gradebook data

In either an export or an archive you will be saving a .zip offline for your records. Please save these files in a secure location like Piratedrive.

  1. Go to the Control Panel in your Blackboard course, click Properties and Utilities.
  2. Click Archive course.
  3. Include Grade Center History if you want to save student work.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Wait for an email confirming the archive process.
  6. Once you receive the email, go back to Export/Archive Course under the Control Panel. Click to download to a secure location (e.g., Piratedrive).

Please download the one-page PDF, How to Archive Your Course for further details, including FERPA and HIPAA regulations regarding privacy. Note: The .zip file is only useful once uploaded to the Blackboard environment.

 

Questions? Contact Matt, Cindy, or Allen

longm@ecu.edu or bowersc@ecu.edu or dennisa@ecu.edu

Blackboard Support Email: ecublackboard@ecu.edu

Think-In Call for Proposals Update

February 15, 2013

ECU Faculty and Staff: We have received a number of great proposals so far and there’s still one more week to go. Some of this year’s Think-In buzz words include community-engagement, transformation, interaction, collaboration technologies and assessment strategies. The call for proposals is open until February 22nd, and you are invited to participate in this exciting event.  The Think-In is a great opportunity to network with colleagues and see some of the innovative strategies and learning technologies faculty are using to teach.

Think-In 2013 will be held in Joyner Library on April 3rd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will showcase faculty who use technology to enhance their teaching in both face-to-face and distance education courses. This year’s format will include poster sessions, 40-minute presentations, and a few un-conference events.

The Think-In always proves exciting and draws a crowd. Comments from your peers illustrate the value of the Think-In technology showcase:

  • “There was a useful focus on specific innovation/applications, and very engaging, helpful presenters.”
  • “One of the obvious strengths was in networking and learning about the work of the other presenters.”
  • One of the strengths of the Think-In…“Diversity and collaboration of technology use. The chance to share my experiences and learn from others.”

 Mark your calendars and submit your proposal today!  To learn more, please visit Think-In 2013Presentation proposals are due February 22nd, and you can access the proposal form here.  If you have any questions, please contact Ginny Sconiers at sconiersg@ecu.edu. If you are new to ECU or have never attended a Think-In, check out the highlights and webcast on the Think-In website.

Think-In 2013: Call for Proposals

February 7, 2013

ECU Faculty and Staff: Information Technology and Computing Services would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the eighth annual Think-In! This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues and see some of the innovative strategies and learning technologies faculty are using to teach.

Think-In 2013 will be held in Joyner Library on April 3rd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will showcase faculty who use technology to enhance their teaching in both face-to-face and distance education courses. This year’s format will include poster sessions, 40 minute presentations, and a few un-conference events.

The Think-In always proves exciting and draws a crowd. Comments from your peers illustrate the value of the Think-In technology showcase:

  • “There was a useful focus on specific innovation/applications, and very engaging, helpful presenters.”
  • “One of the obvious strengths was in networking and learning about the work of the other presenters.”
  • One of the strengths of the Think-In…” Diversity and collaboration of technology use. The chance to share my experiences and learn from others.”

 Mark your calendars and submit your proposal today!  To learn more, please visit Think-In 2013.  Presentation proposals are due February 22nd, and you can access the proposal form here.  If you have any questions, please contact Ginny Sconiers at sconiersg@ecu.edu. If you are new to ECU or have never attended a Think-In, check out the highlights and webcast on the Think-In website.