OCTET

Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching

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LMS players

Blackboard 9.1 (OWU)

Blackboard Ultra

Canvas (St. Johns, Middlebury)

Schoology (Wheaton)

Notebowl (Denison)

Google Classroom

Moodle (Kenyon, Wooster)

Sakai

 

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Survey of faculty and students who have used systems other than Blackboard

A recent survey was conducted via Blackboard (Nov 19-22) asking users if they have used other LMS products and what their impressions were of those relative to what we are currently using.

Here are some of the results: Read More

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How to create a successful flipped learning experience for you and your students

The Flipped Classroom: Strategies to Overcome Student Resistance and Increase Student Engagement

>>> Upcoming Seminar | October 18 <<<

Join Barbi Honeycutt, editor of the newly released book titled Flipping the College Classroom: Practical Advice from Faculty, as she provides strategies you can use to create a successful flipped learning experience for you and your students. You’ll find out how to identify the reasons that some students resist the flipped classroom model and how you can address those challenges to increase the likelihood that they will come to class prepared.

During this online seminar, you’ll learn how to structure preclass assignments so students are more likely to complete the work, and examine ways to support students as they discover what it takes to learn in the flipped classroom environment.

Here is some of what you’ll learn during this 60-minute seminar:
• How to get your students to understand their roles in the flipped classroom
• How fear and the “stages of grief” can affect student motivation—and how to reduce their impact
• Strategies to help your students overcome resistance to the flipped learning environment
• A three-part model that will help you design effective preclass assignments—and motivate students to do them
• The benefits of the flipped classroom and how to help students understand the value of this model from their point of view

DATE: Tuesday, October 18
PRICE: $247 (through 10/7/16, $297 thereafter)
LEARN MORE: http://bit.ly/flip2016LI

When you register, you get access to the live seminar, on-demand access for 30 days, a copy of the recording on CD, the complete transcript, and all handouts and supplemental materials. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

Questions regarding the program should be directed to the customer service department at Magna Publications: email support@magnapubs.com

Regards,
Mary Bart
Teaching Professor group manager

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Google Apps Rebrand

Google Apps for Education has been rebranded as G Suite for Education.  As time moves on, the visual appearance of the various Google apps will be updated. 
Google has also introduced some new “Intelligent Tools” to their apps based off of their Artificial Intelligence project.  For more information on the new tools for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, check out this link: https://docs.googleblog.com/2016/09/ExploreinDocsSheetsSlides.html
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Fwd: FridayLive! Next Steps to Flipped/Blended/… Teaching/Learning: FridayLive! Collaborative Development Series: September 30th 30 Sep 2016

This week’s FridayLive! is Next Steps to Flipped/Blended/… Teaching/Learning: FridayLive! Collaborative Development Series: September 30th on 30 Sep 2016. 

FridayLive!

Next Steps to

Flipped/Blended/… Teaching/Learning:

FridayLive!

Collaborative Development Series

Presenters: 
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
Beth Dailey, TLT Group
Dale Parker, Senior Faculty, Cambridge College
Penny Kuckkahn, Nicolet College, Instructional Designer
Robert Voelker-Morris, Faculty Technology Consultant, University of Oregon
Winona Hatcher, Instructional Designer, Augusta University

Description 

This is the first in our Flipped/Blended… Teaching/Learning Collaborative Development Series. Faculty considering the next steps toward flipping/blended..teaching/learning and instructional designers and design consultants will all find something of benefit from this series.

In the spring we explored what it means to flip a classroom and added to the flipped classroom toolkit.  Over the summer a team of instructional designers assisted a faculty member in designing a flipped lesson. This collaborative development process is the basis of the series. 

The first session in our series focuses on Phase 1 and the Curriculum Development Framework

NOTE:  Login instructions for the session will be sent in the Registration Confirmation Email. Please check your Junk folder as sometimes these emails get trapped there. We will also send an additional login reminder a few hours prior to the start of the event.

REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: You can become a TLT Group Individual Member for one year for $75.  You’ll be supporting just the sort of event you just registered for.  Please join us! 

Listen during the session for this week’s special membership offer.

As always, we welcome your attendance and your participation.

Register here.

Sally

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Using ZOOM – the Basics September 23rd TLT Group Event Announcement

Using ZOOM – the Basics September 23rd
23 Sep 2016 2:00 PM EDT

FridayLive!

Using ZOOM – the Basics

Presenters: 
William McMullen, Professor, Cambridge College
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
Beth Dailey, TLT Group 

Description 

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.

NOTE:  Login instructions for the session will be sent in the Registration Confirmation Email. Please check your Junk folder as sometimes these emails get trapped there. We will also send an additional login reminder a few hours prior to the start of the event.

REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: You can become a TLT Group Individual Member for one year for $75.  You’ll be supporting just the sort of event you just registered for.  Please join us! 


More information and online registration:
Using ZOOM – the Basics September 23rd


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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:  Bob Geitz, Roberto Hoyle
  • 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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Fwd: BbMH – Notification 1099228535 – Upcoming Datacenter Maintenance – Service Interruption Not Expected

Subject: Emergency Datacenter Maintenance – Service Interruption Not Expected
Date: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 02:00am – 06:00am EDT
Services: Clients with Server(s) at VA3

On Friday, August 5, 2016 between the hours of 2:00am EDT and 6:00am EDT, the Managed Hosting Engineers will be performing emergency maintenance at our internal datacenter. This maintenance is not expected to be service impacting. However we are notifying you in the event you experience any intermittent connectivity for few minutes during this maintenance window.

For questions, please contact Managed Hosting Support at 1.888.788.5264 (US/Canada toll-free), or 1.202.715.6019, or your local toll-free number found at http://www.blackboard.com/support/phonenumbers.aspx or submit a ticket through https://behind.blackboard.com.

Sincerely,

Blackboard MH Change Management

MH Operations Engineers

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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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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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