Dear Faculty - At this time of the semester with final exams being accessed in Blackboard, we have some tips that might help with successful test submissions by students:
- Please consider allowing extra time on the exam.
- During this high-traffic time on our servers, consider having all test questions show up, rather than one at a time.
- Consider not checking “force completion” in the test settings – in the event of a lockout for whatever reason, the student could log back in and finish (timer continues to run, so they are not allowed extra time).
If your students report issues please have them submit a helpdesk ticket. www.help.ecu.edu
ECU Faculty and Staff: In September 2012, we distributed a three question survey to collect your feedback about technology-enhanced classrooms, Blackboard, and wireless access for students. Now it’s time to share the feedback we received, beginning with a summary of the responses for technology-enhanced classrooms. Expect to hear more about Blackboard and wireless access for students in a separate email.
When asked “which classroom device do you use the most”, the most common answers included computer, projector and document camera. According to survey results, these technologies are used to present PowerPoint presentations, websites, demonstrate software, show video content, and more. The document camera provides the ability to display hard copy documents, images, or even small parts, as well as magnify the content for the audience. Additionally, displaying content with the document camera can eliminate the need to distribute paper copies.
When asked ”are there additional technologies you would like to see integrated into ECU’s technology-enhanced classrooms and spaces”, we received a wide range of responses such as an increase in the number of requests for Mediasite rooms, access to Apple TV and wireless printing capabilities for students. Here are some ways that we are already working to meet your Classroom Technology needs:
- Tegrity lecture capture software is now available in 17 classrooms located on both east campus and the Health Sciences Campus.
- We addressed all technical issues associated with specific rooms mentioned in the survey.
- The PiratePrint pilot is now available in the Austin building with plans to expand to additional campus locations. This service enables students to print from their personal computers directly to the print kiosk in Austin.
- Approximately 40 rooms are scheduled for new technology or a refresh in the next year based on College Requests, age and average usage. As classrooms are refreshed, new Classroom Technology Standards will include the following:
- Desktop computer with DVD drive, for ease of use and reliability
- VGA and DVI Laptop connections
- Document camera
- Ceiling-mounted projectors and screens
- Touch-screen control panel to simplify operation
- Annotation device for writing on presentation material with digital ink and the ability to save annotations.
- Revolabs wireless microphone for speech reinforcement in rooms with student seating exceeding 45 chairs
For those that inquired about using Apple TV in the classroom, Apple does not currently offer an enterprise level solution for deploying Apple TV on our network. We will keep you informed of any developments.
If you have any specific classroom technology requests, please contact us at email@example.com.
Normally at this time of year you receive a call for proposals for the Think-In Teaching with Technology Showcase. We have exciting news to share…we are redesigning the format to bring you even more, along with the ever popular poster presentations. The 8th Think-In will be held in the spring. So, watch for more details, including the call for proposals! If you have any questions about Think-In 2013, please contact Ginny Sconiers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you need to record classroom lectures, a few minutes of test review, or broadcast a live guest speaker, we have lecture capture solutions to meet your instructional needs. Or, maybe you are interested in flipping your classroom, where students view short video lectures before class – leaving you more class time for active learning and student engagement. We are pleased to share that ECU now offers over 40 Mediasite classrooms and 17 Tegrity classrooms! Using lecture capture, you can record your desktop activity, audio and instructor camera. Students benefit by having the ability to view and review content as needed.
Mediasite (Hardware Lecture Capture Solution)
To get started with Mediasite, contact the Instructional Technology Consultant (ITC) for your Academic Unit. Your ITC can add your class to Mediasite and schedule automatic recordings each time your face-to-face class meets. Your ITC can also show you how to use the microphones and equipment in the rooms and show you what information is captured by Mediasite. To find the ITC for your Academic Unit, please visit the Instructional Technology Consultant faculty resource page. To locate Mediasite rooms on campus, visit the Technology-Enhanced Classroom database and search for Lecture Capture (Hardware) rooms.
Tegrity Pilot (Software Lecture Capture Solution)
Tegrity is integrated with Blackboard and offers a simple upload and sharing process. Simply record your computer’s desktop activity from any location, whether it’s your classroom, office, or home and make the recording available to your students through Blackboard. Students access recordings on any computer with an Internet connection, iPad, iPhone, or Android device. Using Tegrity, you can even turn on Student Recording for your students to create presentations. To locate Tegrity rooms on campus, visit the Technology-Enhanced Classroom database and search for Lecture Capture (Software) rooms. Visit the Tegrity blog to learn more about the pilot and how you can get started using Tegrity in your hybrid or distance education courses.