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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.

Lynda.com Demonstration (12/5)

ECU Faculty and Staff: ITCS is collaborating with distributed IT and colleges to investigate a Lynda.com pilot.

What is Lynda.com? Lynda.com provides students access to high quality, just-in-time training for widely used software platforms, operating systems, and even general courses for developing creative and business skills.  There are currently 2,273 courses available and you can access a sample of videos on the Lynda.com website.  Courses are searchable by subject, software, and author.

Using Lynda.com, faculty can supplement course material to support a flipped classroom model, promote student readiness, deliver instructional content from industry experts, etc.

Where can you learn more?  Join us for a presentation on December 5th in Mendenhall 221 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm to learn how faculty can integrate Lynda.com into course curriculum.

Please register on the ECU Training Calendar to reserve your seat.

SabaMeeting Survey – Submit your Feedback by 11/6

November 4th, 2013

ECU Faculty, Staff, and Students:

 There’s still time to submit your feedback about SabaMeeting web conferencing. Over the last year, SabaMeeting (formerly Centra) has hosted more than 5,300 meetings for 500+ faculty & staff and over 5,000 students. We are continuously working to improve the services provided by SabaMeeting in order to help you meet your educational objectives. With that in mind, we would like to hear about your experiences using SabaMeeting. If you are a SabaMeeting user, please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. All responses will be kept confidential; however, if you would like to be contacted regarding SabaMeeting, please do feel free to include your contact information in the space provided for the last question. Your feedback on this survey will help us to better serve you.  Thank you!

 >> Click here to start the SabaMeeting Survey <<
Please submit your survey by November 6th

Or copy and paste the following link into your browser:
https://ecu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1zhdIUrNF5aVdZP

SabaMeeting Survey: Help us better serve you

October 17, 2013

ECU Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Over the last year, SabaMeeting (formerly Centra) has hosted more than 5,300 meetings for 500+ faculty & staff and over 5,000 students. We are continuously working to improve the services provided by SabaMeeting in order to help you meet your educational objectives. With that in mind, we would like to hear about your experiences using SabaMeeting. If you are a SabaMeeting user, please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. All responses will be kept confidential; however, if you would like to be contacted regarding SabaMeeting, please do feel free to include your contact information in the space provided for the last question. Your feedback on this survey will help us to better serve you.  Thank you!

 >> Click here to start the SabaMeeting Survey <<

Or copy and paste the following link into your browser:

https://ecu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1zhdIUrNF5aVdZP

Blackboard Course Purge: 2011 Summer and 2011 Fall courses

October 2, 2013

Every year we purge old Blackboard courses. We do so to stay within our storage goals and business policy of keeping only 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  October 23rd, 2013  <<<<< 

  • 2011 Summer #1 semester
  • 2011 Summer #2 semester
  • 2011 Full Term Summer semester
  • 2011 Fall semester

You have 2 choices for saving your course site. 

1 – Request 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_6fDLG6V2h2F9lLD  <<<

2 – Export or Archive your Bb courses offline.  This is a suggested best practice for all used Blackboard courses at the end of every semester. Make sure you save all exported or archived sites on your ECU Piratedrive.

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

In both 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., Pirate Drive).

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 us at ecublackboard@ecu.edu.

Classroom Technology Standards: Please Share your Input

May 1, 2013

 

We are reviewing classroom technology standards and would like your input. Please take a few moments to complete a four-question Classroom Technology survey.  This is your opportunity to share configuration recommendations and any new technologies you would like to see in the classroom. Your feedback will help us in our planning efforts and in meeting your academic technology needs.

Please share your input today or by May 24.

 >> Click Here to Start the Survey <<

 

Thank you for your time,
Information Technology and Computing Services
www.ecu.edu/itcs