Creating your course… and checking it twice…When you have a few minutes of down time, please take a look at the timely tips and useful information as you plan your course for spring.
TurningPoint Cloud Upgrade – January 2016
Turning Technologies released TurningPoint Cloud (the successor to TurningPoint 5, currently used at ECU) during the summer of 2014. ITCS has been testing the new version and working with Turning Technologies to ensure that the latest version is ready for deployment. ECU’s upgrade to TurningPoint Cloud is scheduled prior to the start of the January 2016 semester. Classroom Technology managed computers and the Turning Technologies Blackboard tool will be upgraded to TurningPoint Cloud for the spring semester.
What’s different in TurningPoint Cloud?
Not much. The TurningPoint software will function just as it did before. The difference is that faculty and students will need a Turning account. Students will still register their clicker in Blackboard.
Will students be able to use their existing clickers?
Yes, students who registered their clicker in Blackboard within the last two and a half years will receive a free license to continue using their existing clicker. A separate e-mail has already been sent to qualifying students, providing instructions on how to create their Turning Account. Existing clicker holders will also need to validate their e-mail address and register their new Turning account in the “Turning Account Registration” tool in Blackboard.
For more information on the TurningCloud update, please visit: www.ecu.edu/itcs/clickers/tp-cloud.cfm. If you have any questions about the update, please send an email to the Clickers Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blackboard: Spring Semester 2016 FAQ
The Top 4 Most Commonly Asked Questions from Instructors > Pre-Semester
- How do I make my course available to students?
Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability > Yes
- How do I log into Blackboard? I get a message that my username or password is incorrect.
Please submit a help ticket asking for assistance, and include your Banner number and your username.
- How do I copy my course from one semester to the next? Go here.
- How do I merge (or collapse) two or more course sections? Go here.
For any technology-related questions, please submit a help ticket or call the Help Desk @ 328-9866.
To search for Blackboard training sessions, please log into ECU’s Cornerstone Portal for training. If you do not see what you need, please contact one of us for a desk-side or small group departmental training session.
Creating Accessible Course Content
ECU supports learning platforms such as Blackboard, SabaMeeting and Lynda.com which feature built-in accessibility. Using these platforms, students access course syllabi, lecture content, assignments, quizzes, exams and a variety of other instructional materials. Faculty and staff are encouraged to develop materials that are well-designed and feature accessibility. Good instructional design always includes accessible content. Visit Creating Accessible Course Documents to learn how to make your course content accessible: http://www.ecu.edu/itcs/itaccessibility/accessibleContent.cfm.
The Online Tools Guide
ITCS supports a suite of learning platforms to meet your course management, communication, and collaboration needs. ECU hosted tools are all reviewed for FERPA, state contractual rules, ADA accessibility, and security compliance requirements. We recommend you work with the university to review products, pursue contracts, and confirm that tools are ADA compliant. If you have determined that there is not an ECU hosted solution to meet your course needs, please visit the Online Tools Guide. The Online Tools Guide contains the requirements for two scenarios: (1) when you ask students to upload course content into a non ECU hosted system, and (2) when you place student data in the cloud.
Faculty: lynda.com offers more than 2,900 video courses that you can add to any content area of your Blackboard class. 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: ECU lynda.com.
Staff: Check out the lynda.com library for your training needs, including Microsoft Office, Adobe software, and much more. Visit ECU lynda.com to get started.
Have Questions? Please Contact the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081 or Submit a Service Request.