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Now Accepting Project Applications for Animation, Simulation, or Interactive Websites

Do you have an idea for an innovative way to use technology to enhance your course content and improve student learning by explaining difficult concepts, providing a visual narrative for historical events or processes, creating an interactive timeline, or using a 3D model to describe a real life process? If you do, but don’t have the technical skills to create an animation, simulation, or interactive website, our multimedia experts can work with you to plan, design and develop a custom solution to meet your instructional needs.

The University Multimedia Center (UMC) is a faculty resource that promotes the use of instructional technology and enhances the technology-rich learning environment. The UMC provides assistance to faculty to support the planning, design and development of high quality multimedia components that enhance student learning, increase retention, and achieve efficient and cost-effective instructional methods.

To initiate a project, Submit a Project Application.

Links to Sample projects:

Think-In 2015 – Next week (3/18/15)

Think-In 2015 – Joyner Library – March 18th
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Student engagement…Universal Design for Learning…active learning global communities…lecture capture…learning communities…STEM…faculty development…and more
Registration Link

Join us for the 10th annual Think-In!  The Think-In highlights the innovative, creative and effective use of technology in education.

 Think-In is your Opportunity To:

  • Discover how ECU faculty are integrating technology to support student learning,
  • Generate new ideas for your own teaching
  • Ask questions in an informal environment
  • Learn more about ECU Learning Technologies

Visit the Think-In 2015 website to view the full program and to Register for the event.  We look forward to seeing you on March 18th!

Think-In 2015 Presentation List


Think-In 2015 – Joyner Library – March 18th

Student engagement…Universal Design for Learning…active learning
global communities… lecture capture…learning communities…STEM…faculty development
All this and more at the 2015 Think-In!
Registration Link

Invited Speaker Presentations

10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Digital Humanities and the Interactive Group Learning (IGL) Classroom

11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Effective Strategies for Online Discussion and Online Student Projects

Poster Presentations: 9am to 12 pm

  1. Read and Write Gold Software: Helping All Readers and Writers Succeed
  2. Pirate CREWS: Collaborating for Retention and Engagement with Ongoing Support
  3. Creating the Global Community at ECU
  4. Using My Mediasite and the Desktop Recorder with Students
  5. Building an In-House App to Promote Engagement and Assessment
  6. Crowdgrading for Collaborative Learning and Evaluation
  7. Getting Past Math Phobia in a Graduate Level Quantitative Research Course for non-STEM Professionals
  8. Supporting Faculty Development for Online and Face-to-Face Instruction
  9. Teaching Strategies in the Early College Second Life Program: Utilizing Camtasia and Google Drive
  10. From Reading Research Quarterly to Smore: Enhancing Student Learning through Authentic Digital Project Creation
  11. For your Convenience: Point of Need Library Instruction in Blackboard
  12. Student Readiness CREW: Improving Student Proficiency and Comfort Level with Technology and its Effect on Student Performance
  13. Advising the Online Learner
  14. Redesign a Computer Introduction Course Using the Replacement Model
  15. Toward Interaction and Communication through the Visual Arts: Using Tegrity for an Online Studio Art Course
  16. Enhancing Active Engaging Learning across Disciplines with Geospatial Tools
  17. Enhancing a Main Course with Raspberry Pi
  18. Multimedia and Technology Services
  19. Integration of Metabolism: an Interactive Approach
  20. Academic Technologies
  21. Classroom Technology
  22. *Think-In 2015 Sponsor: iWebfolio
  23. *Think-In 2015 Sponsor: Turning Technologies
  24. *Think-In 2015 Sponsor: Sonic Foundry

Visit the Think-In 2015 website to view the full program and to Register for the event. We look forward to seeing you on March 18th!

Please contact Ginny Sconiers at if you have any questions about Think-In 2015.

Call for Proposals: Think-In 2015

Deadline 2/9/15

ECU Faculty and Staff: There’s still time to submit a proposal for the tenth annual Think-In: Teaching with Technology Showcase. Whether you teach face-to-face or online, this is a great opportunity to network and share the innovative strategies and learning technologies you are using in your courses.

Think-In 2015 will be held on March 18th in Joyner Library from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Comments from your peers illustrate the value of the Think-In:

  • “The variety of presentations was outstanding.”
  • “There was a useful focus on specific innovation/applications, and very engaging, helpful presenters.”
  • “I learned a great deal that day, things that I can use in my teaching responsibilities.”

Visit the Think-In website for more information.

Complete your proposal form by 2/9/15.

(ELI) Virtual: ANNUAL MEETING 2015

Designing our Thinking: Crafting New Directions for Digital Engagement
Online February 9 -11
Joyner East 204

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI’s) annual meeting is the premier event for those committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology. Visit the full conference site for more information: ELI ANNUAL MEETING 2015.

ITCS will host the following online sessions in Joyner East 204 (one session in Self-Help 300G*). Join us to participate in any or all sessions, which will also give you access to on-demand sessions recordings. Register in Cornerstone to reserve your seat.

ELI Virtual Annual Meeting 2015 ECU Online Agenda for ECU Participants
(download or print the agenda)

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Bob Heterick Memorial Lecture: Online Learning: Shaping the Future of Higher Education On and Off Campus
4:00 pm to 5:15 pm
Joyner East 204

Eric L. Grimson, Chancellor, MIT

The landscape of higher education is changing, with the advent of digital tools that support immediate feedback, enable news modes of communication, and provide opportunities to mine massive data sets to create more personalized learning experiences. These changes hold the promise of providing better learning experiences for students, through more individualized access to material, flexibility in scheduling, and opportunities to access educational material anytime, anywhere. But these changes also raise challenges. What is the role of traditional classroom space in this new domain? What types of learning spaces best provide hands-on, context-driven experiences to complement online acquisition of knowledge? How do we encourage communication and team building when increasingly a student’s access is online? How do we restructure curriculum to better support modularity in degree design, and what impact does this have on financial models of higher education? How can we use flexible degrees to meet the interests of students, while ensuring adequate disciplinary depth?

OUTCOMES: Learn how online tools that support immediate feedback can substantially improve students’ acquisition and retention of knowledge * Understand how online educational tools provide a basis for more modular design of degrees and courses * Learn how online tools create opportunities for learning environments with different spatial needs from traditional classrooms.



Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Designed to Engage
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Joyner East 204
Diana Oblinger, President & CEO, EDUCAUSE

The next generation of digital learning is emerging, integrating formal and informal experiences, personalizing learning, and providing clear pathways to student success. The digital environment of social, mobile, cloud, and big data creates unique settings that go beyond replicating offline activities online. Digital learning uses the best that technology has to offer, combining the physical and the virtual, engaging each learner to maximize student success.

OUTCOMES: Explore the concept of “digital engagement” * Learn how physical and virtual environments can be used in new ways * Consider how communities beyond the campus can benefit from digital engagement with colleges and universities.

Faculty Mentoring Faculty: Lessons Learned from a Formal Learning Technology Mentorship Program
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm
Joyner East 204
Carin Chuang, Annette Coates, Karen Klosinski, Christabel Rogalin, Anastasia Trekles, and Sarah White
Purdue University North Central

In an effort to improve the quantity and quality of online and blended courses taught at Purdue University North Central, a new program was put into place in fall 2014. Based on research in the value of peer mentoring in academic settings, a group of faculty mentors with extensive experience teaching with technology were paired with others who are just getting started. This presentation will describe the program structure, as well as the successes and challenges of the program from the faculty point of view, in order to assist other institutions in exploring similar models for improved faculty development.


The Flipped Classroom (TED-Style Presentation)
2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Joyner East 204

Beyond the Flipped Classroom: Using Problem-Based Learning to Teach Millennials at the JMP
Jessie Heminway, Business Analyst/Curriculum & Technology Integration Specialist
University of California, Berkeley

Students don’t need to come to class to obtain information. Information is readily available and ubiquitous. So how do we keep students engaged and the classroom relevant? At the UC Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) the answer is problem-based learning (PBL). Through a progressive disclosure of information, role-playing, simulations and instant availability of information students teach each other the foundations of medical sciences. They not only learn the material, they learn to think deeply and creatively, solve problems, work in teams, integrate new knowledge into complex systems, and retrieve and synthesize information as doctors. And they love it.

OUTCOMES: Learn the UC Berkeley- UCSF Joint Medical Program method of delivering PBL in order to teach students how to work in teams and think like doctors, * Learn how PBL increases engagement in the classroom and promotes lifelong learning, * Learn how the Y Generation or Millennials are uniquely served by the intersection of the PBL model and current technologies.


A Math Class Flips over Blended, Team-Based Learning
Abby Grace Drake, Assistant Professor, Biology, Skidmore College


Math 100, a remedial class at Skidmore College, traditionally has been taught using a lecture-style format. With the assistance of Academic Technologies, the course was redesigned using elements of team-based learning extended to blend with a flipped classroom approach. All of the lectures were prerecorded and posted, and student preparedness was ensured using individual and team readiness assessment tests (iRATs and tRATs). After receiving an interactive lecture, the students would immerse themselves in team applications. Come hear how this innovative approach freed students from their math anxiety by creating a class atmosphere of empowerment and enthusiasm.


OUTCOMES: Learn how to capture lecture video using Surface Pro and Ink2Go * Learn how to use RATs to ensure that students complete preclass work * Learn how to leverage successful teams to increase student enthusiasm and engagement.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

 Ignite Session: Announcing the 2015 ELI Content Anchors
11:30 am to 12:15 pm
*Self Help Building 300G

 Kyle Bowen, Director of Education Technology Services, The Pennsylvania State University
Lois Brooks, Vice Provost / CIO, Oregon State University
Melody Buckner, Director of Digital Learning, The University of Arizona
Adam B.A. Finkelstein, Educational Developer, Teaching and Learning Services, McGill University
Susan E. Metros, Interim CIO, Associate Dean, Professor, University of Southern California


Come listen to a set of fast-paced, five-minute talks from thought leaders in teaching and learning! Since 2011, ELI has surveyed the teaching and learning community annually to determine the key themes and opportunities in postsecondary teaching and learning. We call them content anchors, as they serve as the framework, or anchor points, for our discussions for the coming year. A record number of community members voted to determine the content anchors for 2015. At this session, we will announce the results of the content anchor survey for 2015 and, in a series of Ignite-style presentations, you’ll hear what some of your colleagues think about these key themes and their significance for our work for the coming year.

OUTCOMES: Hear what teaching and learning thought leaders are doing within each of the top content anchors * Learn about the leading themes and opportunities in postsecondary teaching and learning * Learn about the ELI content anchor project


Announcing the NMC Horizon Report: 2015
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Joyner East 204
Samantha Adams Becker, Derek Bruff, Veronica Diaz, Laurence F. Johnson

 Join NMC and partner ELI for the official release of the Horizon Report. This free report reaches nearly a million higher education educators across the world, is the result of a longtime collaboration between these two organizations and is released at the ELI annual meeting in this special session each year. Join collaborators Larry Johnson and Veronica Diaz in this session exploring the trends, challenges, and emerging technologies that will be impacting higher education teaching and learning over the next five years. We’ll also be announcing the winners of the Horizon Report Video Competition.


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

Blackboard Test Settings,, 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. 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 library. provides both short tutorials, full-length courses, and hands-on project files. The library also includes courses on job-search strategies, resume building, time management, and much more.To request access to add tutorials to any of your Blackboard courses, please visit ECU 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
10th Annual Think-In
Think-In 2015: Teaching with Technology Showcase
Information Technology and Computing Services
Joyner Library
9 am to 12 pm
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
 think in logo
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 if you have any questions about Think-In 2014.

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