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Engage Students in the Classroom

The first ResponseWare pilot is almost complete.  We would like to invite you to participate in the next phase of the pilot, spring 2015.

ResponseWare is an app that allows students to respond to polls during class from their mobile devices. ResponseWare works side-by-side with the Turning Technologies clickers, so students have the option to use either a clicker or the ResponseWare app to respond to polls.

One faculty member in the pilot shared that ResponseWare provided a “Big Advantage – courses like mine can use this technology to keep students involved and to measure learning”.

Are you interested in allowing your students to respond to classroom polls from their mobile devices? If so, ResponseWare may be for you. Students enrolled in a class participating in the spring ResponseWare pilot will receive a one-semester subscription to ResponseWare. At the end of the spring semester, we will send out a short survey to collect feedback.

If you are interested in participating in the ResponseWare pilot, please contact the Clickers team at Clickers@ecu.edu.

Blackboard Test Settings, lynda.com, Save the Date

 It’s that time of the semester already, time to prepare for final exams.  Here is a helpful review of Blackboard Test Settings. 

TEST SETTINGS: Force Completion requires students to complete the test during that session. If they have a brief internet disconnection, they are locked out of the test. That’s when the emails begin. If you set the timer and do not choose Force Completion, students can easily resume their attempt without contacting you.  The Blackboard clock continues to run, so the student is not rewarded with more time..

. . We recommend using the timer settings and Auto-Submit instead of Force Completion. Do not use them both at the same time. A running clock is a deterrent to looking up answers elsewhere.
. . . Force Completion with LockDown Browser (LDB)? No. LDB does not like Force Completion. Use the timer and Auto-Submit instead.
. . . Randomize questions. That setting is just fine, but do not choose this option if you have a random block of questions in your exam.
. . . Test availability for just one student. Example: Student requiring accommodations per Disability Services. See the next paragraph “Test Availability…”
. . . Test feedback to students. What do they see and how do you control what they see? See the next paragraph “Test Availability…”

TEST AVAILABILITY EXCEPTIONS AND TEST FEEDBACK: We’ve had a few calls lately about how to make tests available to only one student who missed the test for a legitimate reason, and how to give extra time to a student who needs extra time per Disability Support Services accommodations. This is a new feature as of May 2014 – Test Availability Exceptions – and it is easy to use. The web page link at the end of this section includes information on Test Feedback that you will find useful.

One instructor’s best practice: She allows the students to only see the score upon submission; in the second setting she allows them to see their incorrect answers after the due date. She does this so students look up correct answers in their text, rather than seeing (and possibly sharing) all submitted and correct answers upon submission. You have many options – take a look.

Test Availability Exceptions AND Test Feedback to Students

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

Integrate tutorials on software, business and creative skills into your Blackboard courses.
lynda.com offers over 133,000 video tutorials that you can add to any content area of your Blackboard courses.  Link to these popular resources as you review course content or prepare to add content to your spring 2015 courses.  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.  lynda.com provides both short tutorials, full-length courses, and hands-on project files. The lynda.com library also includes courses on job-search strategies, resume building, time management, and much more.To request access to add lynda.com tutorials to any of your Blackboard courses, please visit ECU lynda.com and submit the request form.Have Questions?  Please Contact the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081 or Submit a Service Request.
Save the Date: March 18, 2015
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10th Annual Think-In
Think-In 2015: Teaching with Technology Showcase
Information Technology and Computing Services
Joyner Library
9 am to 12 pm
 DISSH-2-01
1st Annual DISSH Symposium
Digital Innovation and Scholarship
in Social Sciences and Humanities
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Joyner Library
2 pm to 6 pm

Think-In 2014

Joyner Library – March 26th
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Registration begins at 9:30 am.
Join us for great presentations, prizes, refreshments and more.
Check out the full Think-In 2014 Program online.

Panel Discussions

  • Exploring the Flipped Classroom Model
    10:00 am to 10:45 am
  • Strategies and Tools for Engaging Students
    11:00 am to 11:45 am
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Poster Presentations: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

  1. Cornerstone: ECU’s New Training System
  2. Using Wikis to Examine Information Presented in Legislator Statements, Press Releases and Other Media: A Critical Step in the Critical Thinking Process
  3. Collaboratively Developed Interactive E-books Improve Secondary Teacher Candidates’ Instruction
  4. Digital Driving Question Boards: Getting at Student Context, Current Conceptions, and Checkpoints
  5. Grand Rounds via Wiki and Blog
  6. Centering Spenser: A Digital Resource for Kilcolman Castle
  7. Using Automated Grading and Feedback to Improve E-Learning in Information Technology Lab Experiments
  8. Using the Mediasite Desktop Recorder
  9. *Think-In 2014  Sponsor Table:  Sonic Foundry
  10. Creating Fit between Student Learning and Information Technology in Distance Education
  11. Multimedia & Technology Services – ITCS
  12. Using Technology to Support Faculty Development at a Distance and On Campus
  13. Our Course (Re) Design Journey: From Boone to Greenville to More Engaged Students
  14. *Think-In 2014 Sponsor Table: Turning Technologies
  15. Flipped Classroom Pilot in General Chemistry II
  16. A Survey to Assess Student’s Attitudes and Self Perceptions of Online Technologies
  17. More than Lecture Capture: Using Tegrity as a Course Supplement
  18. Creating the Global Community at ECU
  19. College STAR Online Faculty Development Modules
  20. Pirate CREWS Faculty Learning Communities
  21. Read and write Gold Software
  22. MOOCs – Using the edX platform to reach thousands of students online
  23. Predicting plagiarism in medical student personal statements
  24. Is content really king? An objective analysis of the public’s response to medical videos on YouTube
  25. 3D Printing
  26. A template for Blackboard courses: The MSITE model
  27. Integrating iPads into Library Instruction
  28. Digital Whiteboarding – The Flip Side
  29. Results of a Study Using Tegrity to Provide Feedback to Student Writers
  30. Academic Technologies/ITCS
  31. Blackboard Refresh
  32. *Think-In 2014 Sponsor Table: Blackboard

Visit the Think-In 2014 website for more information and to Register for the event. We look forward to seeing you on March 26th!

Please contact Ginny Sconiers at sconiersg@ecu.edu if you have any questions about Think-In 2014.

© 2014 ITCS at East Carolina University. ECU Learning Technologies Digest is published by Information Technology and Computing Services.

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Think-In 2014

March 12, 2014

Think-In 2014 – Joyner Library – March 26th

Flipped classrooms…wikis…student engagement…desktop recorders…course (re)design…MOOCs…3D printing

All this and more at the 2014 Think-In!  Come join us to see what all the buzz is about.

Panel Discussions

  • Exploring the Flipped Classroom Model
    10:00 am to 10:45 am
  • Strategies and Tools for Engaging Students
    11:00 am to 11:45 am
Poster Presentations: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

  1. What is Cornerstone?
  2. Using Wikis to Examine Information Presented in Legislator Statements, Press Releases and Other Media: A Critical Step in the Critical Thinking Process
  3. Collaboratively Developed Interactive E-books Improve Secondary Teacher Candidates’ Instruction
  4. Digital Driving Question Boards: Getting at Student Context, Current Conceptions, and Checkpoints
  5. Grand Rounds via Wiki and Blog
  6. Centering Spenser: A Digital Resource for Kilcolman Castle
  7. Using Automated Grading and Feedback to Improve E-Learning in Information Technology Lab Experiments
  8. Using the Mediasite Desktop Recorder
  9. *Think-In Sponsor 2014 Table:  Sonic Foundry
  10. Creating Fit between Student Learning and Information Technology in Distance Education
  11. Multimedia & Technology Services – ITCS
  12. Using Technology to Support Faculty Development at a Distance and On Campus
  13. Our Course (Re) Design Journey: From Boone to Greenville to More Engaged Students
  14. *Think-In 2014 Sponsor Table: Turning Technologies
  15. Flipped Classroom Pilot in General Chemistry II
  16. A Survey to Assess Student’s Attitudes and Self Perceptions of Online Technologies
  17. More than Lecture Capture: Using Tegrity as a Course Supplement
  18. Creating the Global Community at ECU
  19. College STAR Online Faculty Development Modules
  20. Pirate CREWS Faculty Learning Communities
  21. MOOCs – Using the edX platform to reach thousands of students online
  22. Predicting plagiarism in medical student personal statements
  23. Is content really king? An objective analysis of the public’s response to medical videos on YouTube
  24. 3D Printing
  25. A template for Blackboard courses: The MSITE model
  26. Integrating iPads into Library Instruction
  27. Digital Whiteboarding – The Flip Side
  28. Results of a Study Using Tegrity to Provide Feedback to Student Writers
  29. Results from a Study of Faculty Use of Clickers at East Carolina University
  30. Academic Technologies/ITCS
  31. Blackboard Refresh
  32. *Think-In 2014 Sponsor Table: Blackboard

Visit the Think-In 2014 website for more information and to Register for the event. We look forward to seeing you on March 26th!

Please contact Ginny Sconiers at sconiersg@ecu.edu if you have any questions about Think-In 2014.

Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications/DELTA’s Annual Report (NCSU)

March 11, 2014 

ECU Faculty and Staff:  The North Carolina State University DELTA (Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications) Annual Report is now available.  DELTA’s Annual Report showcases their efforts to transform teaching in order to improve student success at NC State.

You can view the report at delta.ncsu.edu/annualreport.

What’s Inside the DELTA Annual Report?

  • Letter from the Vice Provost
  • The Mane Event: Developing an Educational Game to Teach Horse Care
  • Blurring the Lines: Examining the Impact of the DE Tuition Change
  • OOC Experiment: Exploring New Frontiers with Digital ASIC Design
  • Redesigning Courses: Flipping Precalculus to Improve Student Success
  • Sharpening Our Tools: Improving NC State’s Enterprise Learning Technologies
  • Supporting Faculty: Examining One Instructor’s Experiences with Instructional Support Services
  • Service that Scales: Recording Distance Education Courses-From a Distance
  • Making Education Matter: Transforming Educational Videos to Engage Students
  • Sharing Best Practices
  • By the Numbers
  • Looking Forward

Think-In 2014: Posters, Panels, and Prizes

March 5, 2014

 You are invited to Think-In 2014!  This Teaching with Technology showcase highlights the innovative, creative and effective use of technology in education with presentations by ECU faculty and staff.

Think-In 2014 is your opportunity to:

  • Meet colleagues from other disciplines
  • Discover how ECU faculty are integrating technology to support student learning
  • Generate new ideas for your own teaching
  • Ask questions in an informal environment

Presentation topics include student engagement, exploring the flipped classroom model, student readiness, course re-design, lecture capture for supplemental content, global community, MOOC’s, 3D printing, enhanced student feedback, and much more.

Visit the Think-In 2014 website for the complete list of presentations and Register for the event.

We look forward to seeing you on March 26th!

Please contact Ginny Sconiers at sconiersg@ecu.edu if you have any questions about Think-In 2014.

Clicker Survey

February 7, 2014 

Clickers in the Classroom @ ECU

Audience Response Systems (clickers) are designed to actively engage students during class, gauge their level of understanding, and provide prompt feedback.  Turning Technologies is our current supported clicker, based on a campus recommendation from IT support, faculty, and students.  The purpose for maintaining this recommendation is to prevent students from having to purchase multiple clickers for different courses. The clicker recommendation/support includes integration with the Blackboard gradebook, as well as campus training and assistance.

As many of you know, last year Turning Technologies released Turning Point version 5, which was a major upgrade to combine multiple programs into one.  Now it’s time to check in with our clicker users and ask for feedback.  Please take a few minutes to tell us about your experiences using clickers in the classroom. Your feedback will help us in our planning efforts and in meeting your academic technology needs.

>>>Click Here to Start the Clickers Survey<<<

Think-In Call for Proposals (due 2/14/14)

February 3, 2014

ECU Faculty and Staff: Information Technology and Computing   Services (ITCS) would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the ninth   annual Think-In! This is a great opportunity to network with   colleagues and share the innovative strategies and learning technologies you   are using to enhance your classroom, both face-to-face and online.Think-In 2014 will be held in   Joyner Library on March 26th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This year’s format will include poster sessions, complemented by a few presentations.The Think-In is always energizing and draws a crowd. Comments from your peers illustrate the value   of the Think-In:

  • “I learned a great deal that day, things that I can use in my teaching responsibilities.”  
  • “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.”

Mark your calendars and   submit your poster proposal today!  To learn more, please visit Think-In   2014.  Presentation proposals are due February 14th,   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 website.                                                                     

© 2014 ITCS at East Carolina   University. ECU Learning Technologies   Digest is published by Information Technology and Computing Services.

Think-In 2014 Call for Proposals

ECU Faculty and Staff: Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the ninth 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 2014 will be held in Joyner Library on March 26th from 10:00 am to 1:00 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, complimented by a few presentations.

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

  • “I learned a great deal that day, things that I can use in my teaching responsibilities.”  
  • “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.”

Mark your calendars and submit your poster proposal today!  To learn more, please visit Think-In 2014.  Presentation proposals are due February 14th 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.