OCTET

Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching

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Accessing the results of your SmartEvals student evaluations of teaching (for faculty)

logoPuzzle_Web_250pxIf you go into Blackboard (http://blackboard.oberlin.edu — log in with your ObieID & password) you will see a tab titled ‘ Survey .’  On that tab is a module that will have a link titled ‘ Login to SmartEvals.’  Clicking on the link will automatically log you into SmartEvals Survey Center for this semester.

Once in SmartEvals there will be many links to click on, focus on the ‘Reports’ link at the end of the line describing your course.

SmartEvals

On the Report page for that course there will be a summary of how each question was answered by your students.  Also, note that at the top of the page is a tab titled ‘Individual Responses.’  Clicking on this tab will give you the responses given by each students — very similar to the old format.

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Sending reminder email to your students that haven’t filled out their SmartEvals evaluations (for faculty)

A. Log into Blackboard. Click on the ‘Survey’ tab.

B. Click the ‘Login to SmartEvals’ link.

C. Once you’re in the SmartEvals product, select the ‘not set’ link in the AutoEmail column.

D.  You can either email the students in ALL your course that have still not filled out the survey OR only the students who have not filled it out in a specific course.

E. Follow the 4 steps below to prepare, test and send your email. There is a mechanism in place that does not allow you to send a second email within 24 hours of the first.  This is done to prevent the ‘spamming of your students.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preview Your SmartEvals Course Evaluations (for faculty)

Once logged in to SmartEvals (do so through Blackboard — click on the ‘Survey’ tab), you are able to preview your surveys.

  • Click on the “Evaluation Center” tab at the top of the page.  You will see a list of all your evaluations.

Click on Eval Center

 

  • Click on the magnifying glass icon to the left of the survey you wish to preview

How to Preview

 

  • The survey will open as if you are a student taking it.  You can go through and answer all the questions and submit (it will not record your submission from the preview)

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Classroom response system (i>clicker) available as a stand alone or integrated with your Blackboard course

$_3The i>clicker, student response system is now integrated into Blackboard.

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:

  • Computer Sciences: Ben Kuperman, Bob Geitz, Tom Wexler
  • Classics: Naomi Campa
  • Chemistry:   Albert Matlin, Matt Elrod
  • Biology: Yolanda Cruz
  • Physics:  Dan Stinebring, Rob Owen, Melinda Keller, Stephen FitzGerald, Jason Stalnaker

Why and how to use clickers in your course. Short Video Explanations from i>Clicker.

To use the technology, the Instructor will need some software on their laptop. Links to Oberlin specific i>clicker software (Ver 7.8) is provided below.  These packages also include the instructors guide on how to use the software.  If you have trouble installing the software, simply give us a call (775-8345) or email octet@oberlin.edu.
Students will need clickers (but see below).  Clickers can be ordered through the bookstore in the same way that faculty indicate which book they will be using for the class. Students can then purchase an iclicker.  They do not need a different iclicker for each course.  They can register their iclicker through Blackboard and use the same iclicker for multiple courses.
This software is compatible with version 5.04 on the base station. If you have an older version of the firmware on your basestation you can either upgrade the firmware using the utility provide by iclicker or download a previous version of the desktop software.
Instructions for getting your software connected to your Blackboard grade book can be found here.

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 octet@oberlin.edu to inquire about borrowing their set.

 

 

 

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Where can I find my SmartEvals course evaluations? (for faculty)

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:

 

 

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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 King 125 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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Online Timeline Software

If you want to create a timeline project in your class or organization, there are many free tools online that make this process easy. Highlighted here is a list of free timeline software that we recommend.

If the assignment is a group project, then the simplest tool to use and edit with groups of students is Timeline JS. Students can enter their data or event into a shared spreadsheet. Once the spreadsheet is filled out by all participating students, it can be uploaded to the Timeline JS site and is automatically converted into a timeline.  Information on the format of the spreadsheet can be found here.

 

There are other options where the creation tools are in the software itself. Some of these have paid versions, or can only be accessed by individuals, so these tools are best for individual projects.

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In-class engagement –> polling / clickers

There are many ways to engage students in class, one can create better ways to present material, ask direct questions, create small group activities, employ ‘active learning’ techniques, mix teaching styles, use polling tools …

This post addresses tools for polling your students. There are hardware solutions, solutions that work via mobile devices and those that work as hybrids.

Some options for polling in classes

  • plickers – probably the simplest and cheapest way to set up class polling. Your phone is used to collect responses,  each student has a card with encrypted A, B, C and D answers. The cards can be printed from the website. Both app and cards are free.
  • iClickers – Standard around Oberlin used by a number of faculty.
  • Socrative by MasteryConnect – web interface (Chrome web browser), mobile apps
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  • Poll everywhere – txt messaging polls
  • Turning technologies – polling and response systems. Similar to iClickers