Using ZOOM – the Basics
William McMullen, Professor, Cambridge College
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
Beth Dailey, TLT Group
Dr McMullen has be led the effort at Cambridge College in exploring all facets of Zoom. He will share information about their journey and the basics of how to use ZOOM. Dr McMullen has met with TLT Members several times this summer and has been so valuable in our efforts to learn more about this tool.
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The integration with Blackboard will allow you to more easily manage the registration of a particular clicker to a particular student, create the roster that is used by the iclicker software to identify users and make results accessible to students via the grade center in Blackboard so that students can monitor their progress.
Who’s using them on campus:
Using the iclicker, polling software without a base station or clicker:
Additionally, i>clicker software can be used without a base station or clickers. Students simply use their phones, laptops or tablets. This is called REEF polling. To use this feature instructors need to create a course site that will accept answers that are not from the separate devices i.e. REEF polling accessible AND the students will need to register their device. The cost of registering the device is less then the cost of purchasing a clicker but not by much.
Clickers cost about $30-40 with a $10-20 buy back by the bookstore when the student is finished using the clicker. The REEF registration has costs associated with it.
For more info, visit the i>Clicker site at https://www1.iclicker.com/products/reef-polling/
If you’re interested in trying out a set, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about borrowing their set.
After fall and spring break, courses that are assigned to be evaluated using SmartEvals will be available for faculty via Blackboard. Simply log in to Blackboard using your ObieID (not email address but simply 8 character ObieID).
Once in Blackboard, click on the Survey tab and click on the link titled “Login to SmartEvals–>”.
Up until surveys are released to students, you can:
A Blackboard review is being conducted during the Spring 2016 semester. The process includes:
Begin the process of negotiating and moving forward either with Blackboard or another product (the hard stuff).
All EXCO courses have an instance in Blackboard. Users that are officially listed as instructors will see a link to the instance under the ‘My Online Courses’ module.
The courses are already pre-populated with anyone that officially signed up for the course. Therefore, the email function and class roster is ready to go.
Links to the course sites are not seen by your students because the course is ‘unavailable’ by default. The students will only see them if you make them available. If you do not intend on making material available to your students or do not have anything for them to do in Blackboard, don’t make it available. You can view the roster and send email without making the site available. Instructions for making it available
To learn more about what you can do with Blackboard, see https://en-us.help.blackboard.com//Learn/9.1_2014_04/Instructor
In some cases trying to access the photo roster is producing a page full of error messages. This is due to an interaction between the notification system and the way we've implemented the photo roster. While we ultimately would like to fix this, the quickest solution is to dismiss the notification (see the image below for details).
There are two ways to give librarians the ability to upload documents to your Blackboard site (eReserves).
Ask your librarian which is the most appropriate. Option 1 or 2 are for Art and Conservatory courses. Option 3 is for all A&S courses.
Option 1. From the Need Help tab from Blackboard, the right column has a series of request forms. Fill out the form “Give library reserves access” form. If you want to get it done quickly, go to Option 2.
Option 2. From your BB site, you can categorize a course as ERes. Under Course Management, click “Customization” and then “Properties”. Under “Categorize Course”, move “ERes (Library Support)” to the Selected Items box using the arrow pointing to the right. The box on the right hand side should now have ERes listed. Be sure to submit changes.
NB: IF YOU WANT THE ART LIBRARIANS TO HAVE ACCESS, USE THE CATEGORY: ‘ERes-ARTS (Library Support (ARTS))
Select the eReserves tool from the dropdown menu that appears.
Title the new menu area ‘eReserves’ or ‘Readings’ or anything else that will be useful to your students. Check off the ‘make available’ options and click on Submit. This will link directly to the content that was added by the librarian to your course eReserve folder.
Let’s say you wanted to teach about a city, including geography, history, culture, and more. Which software / online tools (aside from Google Earth) might you use to introduce a city to your students? I would think that maybe our geography department might have some pretty cool tools.
Your best bet is to use Google Earth but there are other options:
A mashup of travel sites, wikipedia pages, news articles and google scholar links. The mashup could be done in google sites, wordpress, tumblr …
David Rumsey's Map Collection (http://www.davidrumsey.com/view/google-earth) has a wide variety of historic maps from the scale of a single city to the whole globe for use in Google Earth. A little Google searching will bring up lots of other cool stuff.
Similar to Google Earth, ESRI's new Story Maps might be an option (http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/collections/). The topics are scattered (and often specific), but you can find some for most major cities around the world. Here's one about the history of inclines in Pittsburgh: http://peoplemaps.esri.com/inclines/
Another cool thing to check out is the Urban Observatory (http://www.urbanobservatory.org/). The application isn't working for me, but hopefully you won't have any problems (or they'll fix it soon).