Category Archives: Weekly Tips

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.

Tips for Successful Test Submission in Blackboard

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

Technology-Enhanced Classroom Feedback

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 classroomtechnology@ecu.edu.

Think-In 2013

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 sconiersg@ecu.edu.

What lecture capture solutions are available for your face-to-face, hybrid, or distance classroom?

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.