OCTET

Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching

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Using the SmartEvals course evaluation system (info for faculty)

N.B.: SmartEvals will open multiple tabs so that you can move between screens of information without using the back button on the browser.

Before release to students

You will receive an email towards the middle of the semester informing you that you can view and add quesitons to your student evaluations.

Getting to the SmartEvals system:

  1. Go to Blackboard (http://blackboard.oberlin.edu) and log in using your ObieID.
    Your ObieID is 8 characters. It is not your email (e.g. aborroni@oberlin.edu), nor is it your alias (albert.borroni@oberlin.edu) or T#.  Mine would be aborroni. Use the same password used to log in to your oberlin.edu email.
  2. Once in Blackboard, click on the Survey tab/link at the top of the page and then click on the ‘Login to SmartEvals’ link.

Once in SmartEvals, various options are available.

  1. Preview what students will see (click on magnifying glass).
  2. CRN, DEPartTment-NUMber-SEction
  3. Course title
  4. Course Type
  5. The total # of students that will be receiving email reminders about the evaluation.
  6. Ongoing response rate as a percentage of the total number of students.
  7. The ability to add your own questions (up to 10)
    • Click on “Add Q’s.”
    • Click on paper and pencil
    • Ignore big red banner telling you there are no questions. This only means that there have been no questions ADDED.
    • Click on the Add question button at the bottom of the page
    • Fill in the requisite information
    • Click on ‘Create Question …’ at the bottom of the page.
    • When done, select ‘Done’ at the top of the page.
    • Video of process:
  8. The ability to view past results and download both summary and individual student responses.

If anything is incorrect contact evals@oberlin.edu asap.

 

After close of evaluation period (View Results)

Survey results will be available the day after the final grades are due.  An email will be sent out with a pdf summary of the data and instructions for viewing individual responses (similar to what you see in your paper results) but in case you missed them, here they are again.

Getting to the SmartEvals system:

  1. Go to Blackboard (http://blackboard.oberlin.edu) and log in using your ObieID.
    Your ObieID is 8 characters. It is not your email (e.g. aborroni@oberlin.edu), nor is it your alias (albert.borroni@oberlin.edu) or T#.  Mine would be aborroni. Use the same password used to log in to your oberlin.edu email.
  2. Once in Blackboard, click on the Survey tab/link at the top of the page and then click on the ‘Login to SmartEvals’ link.

Viewing results in SmartEvals:

Once logged in to SmartEvals, you will see a list of courses where the online evaluation system was used. Click on the little graph icon at the end of the row under the ‘See’ column to view the results.

Once you’ve accessed the results for a particular course, the tabs at the top of the page will provide access to several different reports.The system defaults to a ‘Custom Report’ which is summary of how each question was answered by your students.

Clicking on the ‘Individual Evaluations’ tab will give you the responses submitted by an individual student (without providing their name) — very similar to the format you are accustomed to seeing.

To PRINT the Individual reports for pretenure or tenure review …

  • click on the ‘Export Report to PDF’ button.
  • Then look in your downloads folder for the reports.

More info

  • Custom Report – This is the default view, i.e. the window will open to a ‘Custom Report’ that gives means and standard deviations of the Likert-scale responses and lists the prose answers to all question.  What you see by default should be similar to the pdf attached to this email.  However, the Customizable Report also allows you to create your own built-in metrics dashboard with drill down functionality.
  • Individual Evaluations – View like paper evals: Very similar to what you are accustomed to seeing with paper evals where each student’s responses appear in a single report.

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Converting video/audio files

Since we are mostly a Mac campus, most of our video and audio is saved in a .mov format. Many Windows machines and browsers are not very good at automatically displaying these files. Therefore, we’ve been asked if there is any way to easily convert .mov files to something more compatible e.g. MP3 or MP4 format.

Here is one approach that seems very simple:

1) Place all files you want to convert into the same folder. If they are in Blackboard use the Shared Location Setup function in the FILE section of the control panel to map the course files to a folder on your desktop.

2) Choose the file you wish convert (hold “shift” while selecting the file to select multiple files)

3) Select the desired converted format and adjust quality settings. For audio or stripping the audio from a video file, MP3 with the default settings will work.

4) Hit the “convert” button. This will do the conversion on each file and, when done, zip the files into a single compressed file.

5) Download converted files.  This will be a 1-step process because all the files will be in 1 zip file).

6) Open the zip file on your machine.
7) If these are to replace files already in Blackboard, go to the Blackboard>>File option in your course. Don’t just replace the .mov files in the Shared Location folder on your desktop. If you do this, you will lose the connection to the quiz question or item where the file is deployed.
8) To overwrite Blackboard files, once in the content collection/Files area, click on the down carat next to the appropriate  file you want to replace and select ‘Overwrite File.’  This method will retain all the connections that particular file has to any item, quiz, posting etc in your site.

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Add Questions to your SmartEvals Course Evaluation (info for faculty)

Instructions to add questions to your course evaluation.  To view a screenshot larger, click on it

  1. Login to SmartEvals using your Blackboard username and password

  2. If you are an instructor, you should land on this page.  If you are a department head, on the top bar, click on Account, and choose “View as instructor”.  That should take you to this page.  Click on Add Q’s

  3. Click on the pencil “edit” symbol beside the survey you want to add questions to

  4. Click on Add Questions

  5. Here you can either create a new question or add a question you’ve made before.  Use the upper box to make new questions, and use the lower box to add existing questions.

  6. Feel free to email (octet@oberlin.edu), call (x58345), or visit our office (Mudd 052) if you have any questions!

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Outline for Academic Departmental Blackboard Training

Feb 16, 2017 1:15-2:15

Types of Sites 

  • Departmental Sites – Banner (faculty, majors, minors)
  • Committees – General Council
  • Advising Sites for faculty
  • College and Conservatory Dean
  • GF, CF, & ConF
  • OCOPE
  • A&PS (Administrative and Professional Staff)
  • Conservatory (Banner – faculty)
  • Program Review
  • Progress Toward Tenure
  • Tenure Review
  • Other sites: All students, all instructors, all faculty, conservatory students,
  • Options Creating Sites

Administrative Assistants Items to Cover

  • Departmental Sites
    • Adding / removing users
    • Automatic Enrollment vs manual enrollment
    • Communications / Announcements vs. Email
    • Creating and using groups
    • Organizing / Navigation of folders and menus
    • Changing Roles
    • Surveys / Senior Surveys

Share Ideas of streamlining procedures

 

 

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Letter to Faculty (based on student data in survey)

To all faculty Blackboard users:

This letter is written by a Student Tech Assistant in OCTET and is meant to reflect views from the survey, personal opinions withheld. Please direct any questions and concerns to octet@oberlin.edu
The complete survey results can be found here.
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Common Themes in BB Survey Answers

The survey referenced in this article was administered in Nov or 2015 as a due diligence assessment of our current system, Blackboard.  The process is outlined in another post.

Broad stroke summary of results:

Faculty are definitely frustrated by some aspects of Blackboard. However, they are not so frustrated that they are willing to move to another system.  Students are frustrated more with how the tool is being used than how the tool works. We’ve put together a short ‘letter to faculty‘ that is based on the responses given by students.  In this ‘letter’ we’ve also included some advice on how to deal with some of the ‘problems’ students reported. Read More

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How to build a website

There are many tools where you can build a website online with no coding involved. While the options are similar products, there are key differences that need to be explained for you to choose the tool that best fits your needs.

If you want guidance in creating your own website for personal use or a project, visit the OCTET office in Mudd 052 during the Student Tech Assistant’s work hours and we will be happy to help! Hours are listed on the About Us page in the Who We Are section.

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Owncloud access

For files that you want to retain on campus and protect (this is usually for large, copyrighted  files), we provide a service called own cloud.  Before requesting that this be set up for you, please explore other avenues such as the library reserve, Youtube, Blackboard, vimeo …  While these are off campus services i.e. in the cloud, they have useful safeguards and can be streamed.

To request an owncloud account contact octet@oberlin.edu to get set up with an account.

Basic instructions:

Once the account is set up, log in to your folder by going to https://octet1.csr.oberlin.edu/owncloud using the credentials you were given by the OCTET staff.

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  • Get the shareable link and paste it into your website or Blackboard site.  You may want to password protect the link (add the password directly to Blackboard post). Without the password, anyone that stumbles across the link would be able to view the item.

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Screen Recording Software

There are various ways to record your screen while giving a presentation and share that video with others. Many of these programs are online, free or have a nominal cost.

 

The recommended cross-platform solution at the moment is Google Hangouts on Air. This method works with both Windows and Mac, allows you to record webinars as you give them and is free. It is important to note that currently, with Hangouts on Air, to record a powerpoint presentation successfully you will need to select the “Screen Share” option instead of choosing the powerpoint application.

For a step by step tutorial on how to set up Google Hangouts on Air to record what is displayed on your computer screen, use this guide: http://www.eduhacker.net/technology/google-hangouts-lecture-capture.html

  • NB: You will need to have activated  youtube  for your particular google account you want to use for the instructions at Eduhacker.net to work.

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User Directory w/photos

Only  users identified in Banner as ‘students,’ ‘faculty,’ ’emeriti’ or ‘staff’ have the ability to search the Blackboard directory.

Searches will only bring up current student, faculty, staff and emeriti.  Users with Non-Obie role in Blackboard won’t appear in the directory. This includes trustees, outside reviewers, high school students and a few others. They will however show up in any courses they are explicitly enrolled in.

Different information is displayed if a student is search or a faculty/staff person is searching for information. In ALL cases a search will show the users photo, their name (preferred first name if available), and their email address.

In ALL cases a search will show the

  • user’s photo,
  • their name (preferred first name if available),
  • their email address and
  • OCMR.

Additional information is displayed if person searching is searching for a …

Person searching Student Faculty or Staff
Student
  • none
  • position
  • department
  • office phone
  • office location
  • website
Faculty/Staff
  • major
  • class dean
  • advisor
  • year
  • current courses being taken (that are in Blackboard)
  • position
  • department
  • office phone
  • office location
  • website

 

  • Note that while text information is available to users logged into Blackboard from off-campus, the photos are only visible from a 162.132.XXX.XXX address. Therefore, someone off-campus will only see the photos if they are using a VPN connection.

NOTES:  Future adjustments:

  1. Adjust listing for those that have directory listing restrictions
  2. Create the ability to not show photo in directory but continue to show it to faculty/staff in courses and orgs.