OCTET

Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching

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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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Blackboard Review Process outlined (2016)

A Blackboard review is being conducted during the Spring 2016 semester. The process includes:

  • Convening of a core group of individuals who make use of Blackboard. This includes reps from the faculty, ResEd, Deans Offices, Athletics and students:
    • Allison Gallaher, Ben Kuperman, Bill Denneen, Chester Andrews, Liz Clerking, Jan Cooper, Jason Hudson, Martin Hundley, Pam Snyder, Steven Wojtal, Zeb Page, Rebecca Mosely, Al Porterfield, Robert Thompson, Albert Borroni, Megan Mitchell
  • Development and deployment of a survey to assess usage, satisfaction and needs (week of Feb. 22nd, 2016).
    • development in Qualtrics
    • advertising via posters, image/notice in Blackboard and email
  • Analysis of survey data and review by committee 3/31/16
  • Reconvening the group to convey information from survey and Blackboard analytics
  • focus groups to address outstanding questions
  • Scheduling vendor demonstrations for Schoology, Canvas (May 10th, 2016), and Blackboard (May 9th, 2016).  Consider the use of google classroom and Moodle.
  • Reconvene group to form a recommendation.

Begin the process of negotiating and moving forward either with Blackboard or another product (the hard stuff).

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Staff Teaching, Technology and more: Jan 13th, 2016

Agenda:

Wednesday January 13, 2016 Mudd Library, Academic Commons

9:00- 9:25          coffee available

9:30- 9:45          Intro — Albert Borroni

9:45-10:15        Client Services — Chester Andrews

10:15-10:40     AMAM — Andria Derstine, Jason Trimmer, Liliana Milkova: Tumblr site   eMuseum

10:40-11:00     Library — Megan Mitchell

11:00-11:30     Curricular Coherence — Tim Elgren    Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 5.54.23 PM


11:30-12:10     Lunch


12:10-12:30     Buildings & Spaces — Steve Varelmann

12:30-1:00 OCTET – current projects

1:00-1:10 Break

1:10-1:30 Quick Hits –

  • Alison Ricker / Data Archiving
  • Bob Peters / Tools Used in the Languages
  • Linda Iroff, Scott Saluga / Oberlin Technology Store
  • Pete Naegele / Psychology / Research
  • Anne Salich / Ohio 5 data preservation initiative

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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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EXCO course shells in Blackboard

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

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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.

  • Create folders / Upload videos/files.Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 8.32.42 AM
  • 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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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.

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Student View

The way  an instructor or leader  views how a student  experiences their course or organization has changed.

OLD WAY:  Select the ‘Student View’ option from the Control Panel>>Tools area.  This option is no longer available.

NEW WAY: Click on the not so obvious icon at the top of the page.

StudentView