August 2013 – Fall Kick-Off

Welcome to Fall Semester 2013!

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News from Information Technology & Services

Welcome Back Faculty & Staff!

Client Services

USC Upstate ITS would like to welcome back faculty and staff for the Fall semester. Whether you worked over the summer or not, there may be a number of changes ITS has made which you may or may not be aware. For more information see the links below.

Quick Links:
•    Office 365 for Students
•    Turnitin (alternative to SafeAssign)
•    Computer Anti-Virus Protection
•    USC Upstate Wireless
•    Self Service Carolina

Turnitin:
Faculty now have access to Turnitin plagiarism protection and grading software. This software has been recommended by Academic Affairs. To request an account, please email the help desk.

Lectern Computers:
ITS has replaced half of the lectern desktop computers in classrooms with EVGA Zero clients. These devices will connect directly to Spartan GreenSky and instructors should see improved performance and ease of use. Instructions have been placed on all the lecterns for common tasks.

Self Service Carolina:
USC Upstate is now using my.sc.edu for all registration and financial records. VIP, IMS and other services are still accessible, but will have limited functionality.

Loaner Tablets:
The Help Desk will be offering loaner tablets to faculty, staff and students starting in the Fall! With a valid photo ID you can borrow an iPad, Windows 8 tablet or Samsung Note 10.1 for up to 7 days! The loaner program is on a first come basis. A classroom checkout option is still being finalized.

Anti-Virus Software:
ITS no longer supports Trend Micro Antivirus software. All University computers should have upgraded to Semantec anti-virus software, or be in the process of being upgraded. If you have Trend Micro installed on a personal computer, we recommend you replace it with Microsoft Security Essentials, which is free.

Office 365 Student Email:
We have successfully made the transition from Live@Edu email to Microsoft Office 365. If any students are having issues accessing their email, please direct them to the help desk. Faculty and Staff accounts have not yet been upgraded, but if you would like to get a preview of Office 365, we have the following test accounts available:

Facultydemo1@email.uscupstate.edu – Demo1
Facultydemo2@email.uscupstate.edu – Demo2
Facultydemo3@email.uscupstate.edu – Demo3
Facultydemo4@email.uscupstate.edu – Demo4
Facultydemo5@email.uscupstate.edu – Demo5

To test the account, log in at: http://outlook.com/email.uscupstate.edu

Visitor Wireless:
The login system has changed for the guest wireless. Instead of contacting the Help Desk for an account, visitors can now fill out a form to request instant access. For more information, watch this video: How to Connect to Visitor Wireless.

Printing Held Queue Reminder
Sometimes you will have to print to the held queue, either because you are using a virtual machine which does not have specific printers installed or you have sensitive data you do not want to be seen by anyone else before you can get to the printer. Held printing sends your print job to a “cloud”, ready to be released when you are at the printer. For more information, visit the “How to…” Held Queue Information Page.

As always, please feel free to contact the Help Desk with any questions or concerns at 864-503-5257 or email us at helpdesk@uscupstate.edu.


Media Services

During the summer months, Media Services was tasked with implementation of eight (8) Technology Fee-funded projects totaling $49,800.  Brent Abbott, AV Project Manager, coordinated these projects which included the first major rollout of Apple TV devices installed in 11 classrooms in the HEC and UCG.  Echo360 SafeCapture HD Appliances, cameras, and wireless microphones were added to HEC 2005 and The George 260 to enable lecture capture in these two locations.  New Promethean Boards were installed in HEC 2005 & 2007 and the boards removed from these two classrooms were re-purposed in Library computer labs 115 & 118.  Smith 212 was also upgraded to a full smart classroom replacing the TV and VCR (!) still mounted in this classroom.

Media Services also managed 13 additional projects:

  • upgrades to Nursing simulation rooms at UCG (114, 118, 404, and 405)
  • equipment upgrades in five smart classrooms (Hodge 254 & 268, Smith 203 & 210, and URC 247).
  • temporary upgrade of Smith 102C to a smart classroom for Fall music classes.
  • addition of an Echo360 SafeCapture HD Appliance, camera, and wireless microphone to Media 220 for lecture capture
  • addition of video conferencing to Media 217.

Derrick Hopkins, Echo360 Administrator, worked with Network Services to accomplish a major upgrade to the Echo360 lecture capture software near the end of the summer. Highlights of this upgrade include:

  • Students with slow Internet connectivity who are having trouble streaming videos can throttle down their connection speed to a lower bandwidth to enable viewing of Echo360 lecture captures.
  • Echo360 added support for Android mobile devices in addition to iOS devices that were already supported. Students should now be able to watch Echo360 lecture captures on their Android mobile devices.
  • Professors who have their Echo360 SafeCapture HD Appliances scheduled for recording by Derrick will now have the option of showing their content LIVE within the EchoCenter BlackBoard Edition. This capability is currently limited to these five classrooms:  George 260, HEC 2005, HEC 2039, Media 220, and Smith 320), but additional Echo360 SafeCapture HD Appliances are expected to come online in the coming year.

Aaron Pate, Digital Media Designer, spent his summer working on nine (9) video projects.  In addition to producing the Spring 2013 Commencement DVD, Aaron updated the Library tour video and the Conduct in the Classroom video.   New video productions that came out of the Digital Media lab this summer included the New Employee Orientation video for HR; a promo for the Watershed Ecology Center; a tutorial for making online tuition payments for the Bursar’s Office; Tips for Commuter Students for the Academic Support Center; and the “Agoge: Becoming a Spartan” video for Student Affairs.  If you’ve got a spare minute, check out the dramatic Agoge promo here!


Relocation Reminder:

All of Information Technology and Services (including the Help Desk, Client Services, Media Services, the Digital Media Lab,  Network Services, Information Systems, and Learning Technologies) has temporarily relocated to the second floor of the Administration Bldg.  Contact the Help Desk, or visit the ITS Directory.


Fall Learning Technologies Opportunities

Digital Storytelling Academy

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The Digital Storytelling Academy returns this fall!  The Digital Storytelling Academy is an intensive 4-session hands-on development opportunity featuring practice and exploration of a variety of media tools for capturing digital narratives – for storytelling as well as possible instructional/pedagogical applications. Learn about tools and techniques while creating your own digital story.
Registration is required and confirms a commitment to participate fully in all 4 academy sessions: Registration Form.

All sessions meet in HEC 2009, 3:00 – 5:00 on the following dates:
September 10
September 17
September 24
October 1

Academy Faculty includes:

  1. Dr. Lori Tanner, Assistant Professor & Director of the QEP
  2. Susannah Waldrop, Director, Academic Support Center
  3. Tasha Thomas, Senior Instructor & Director of Spartanburg Writing Project
  4. Brock Adams, Instructor and Director of the Writing Center
  5. John Long, Assistant Professor & Member QEP Faculty 2013 Cohort
  6. Cindy Jennings, Director, Learning Technologies

Learning Technologies Fall Webinar Series

Link for each webinar: https://breeze.sc.edu/ltwebinars/
Login as Guest by typing your name.

(Note that there is a free Adobe Connect Mobile app for iOS and Android devices).

  1. Echo 360 Personal Capture Demo and Updates
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Thursday, September 5
  2. SpartanGreenSky Tour with Luke VanWingerden, Director of Client Services
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, September 11
  3. BYOD Devices in the Classroom (and Beyond)
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Monday, September 23
  4. Creating Accessible Learning Materials
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 3
  5. Blackboard Online Course Tours
    3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Monday, October 7
  6. Digital Tools for Creating Online Learning Communities
    3:30 – 4:30
    Monday, October 14
  7. Digital Content Tools – Create or Curate?
    3:00 – 4:00
    Tuesday, November 13

Please register for the sessions of you choosing using the Registration Form.

Interactive Workshops

  1. Introduction to the Tablet Loaner Program
    As noted above in the Client Services section, loaner tablets are now available to faculty, staff and students! Devices available for checkout include iPad, Windows 8 tablet or Samsung Note 10.1. Come to this session to see and handle devices, learn about pre-installed apps, and see possible uses to support teaching and learning.
    3:00 – 4:00
    Wednesday, September 18
  2. Stanford dschool Design Thinking Virtual Crash Course
    Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn about design thinking and to consider how it might apply to our work in higher education. The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the “d.school”) invites others to use their methods by sharing their materials and methods openly on the web: (Use Our Methods).
    Faculty in the QEP Faculty Development Institute experienced the Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking in July, and found the experience to be meaningful in different ways from traditional workshops and training sessions. The invitation to engage with manipulatives in a prototyping experience can be unnerving – and refreshingly enlightening. Join us for this fast-paced design challenge to experience the d.school process first-hand.
    3:00 – 5:00
    Wednesday, October 2
    Registration is REQUIRED in order to plan for sufficient materials.
    Registration Form.
  3. BYOD Devices in the Classroom Tools QuickFire
    This session will offer an opportunity for experimentation with a variety of tools and devices for a variety of teaching and learning purposes. Bring a device to join in the demonstrations.
    3:30 – 5:00
    Wednesday, October 9

Registration Form

Teaching Online Refresher

Join your colleagues for this opportunity to share successes and challenges of online teaching and learning. Topics will be determined in advance by registered participants. Both sessions are scheduled for 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Choose one).

  1. Monday, November 4
  2. Tuesday, November 19

Register for any or all of the events listed by visiting the online Registration Form.


Additional Virtual Opportunity

The Palmetto Blackboard Users Group is expanding and changing its name to the Carolina Blackboard Users Group (Carolina BUG) in order to better connect with all Blackboard users in both Carolinas. A virtual kick-off meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday, September 4, 2:00 – 3:00.
Blackboard Collaborate Login Information


August Featured Resources:

Take a look at the following selected resources as fall semester teaching and learning gets started:

  1. Browse this alphabetical listing of All Services available from ITS: All ITS Support Services.
  2. A comprehensive collection of tutorials on a variety of ITS tools and topics is available at ITS Tutorials
  3. Walsh, K. (2013). Dozens of Tips & Techniques for Creating High Quality Engaging Screencasts. EmergingEdTech.
  4. Learn more about the BYOD Digital Learning Initiative Main Page
  5. BYOD videos:
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 Coming next month….

Profiles of QEP faculty work
Quick Tips return
Twitter chat with the QEP faculty
and more!

 

 

 

 

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March 2013

Welcome to the March issue of TLT News!


Inaugural QEP Technology Symposium
May 14 & 15 – Save the Date!

Strategies-graphic-TechCampusWe are pleased to announce the first QEP Technology Symposium – the central feature of the QEP Strategy: Creating a Technology Fluent Campus.

Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend on May 14 – 15 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

The symposium will include presentations by faculty and students who have been teaching and learning in our first set of Technology Intensive Courses as a part of the Student Technology Enrichment Program Quality Enhancement Plan; as well as workshops, roundtable discussions and more.

burton_smThe symposium will feature as keynote speaker Professor Vernon Burton, Professor of History and Director of the Clemson CyberInstitute.

Watch for an open call for proposals (to include students and faculty) and consider a submission. The symposium theme is “Stepping Up: Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Classroom

For more information, contact Lori K. Tanner, director, QEP Student Technology Enrichment Program. (ltanner@uscupstate.edu, 864-503-5636)

Continuing Spring LT Opportunities

Echo 360 Live Demonstration – 4:00 p.m.
Admin. 116

  • April 24
  • April 25

Echo 360 Online Demonstration – 4:00 p.m.
Adobe Connect
Use this link to access the sessions live: https://breeze.sc.edu/ltwebinars/
Log in as Guest by typing in your name.

  • April 16
  • April 17

Teaching Online Certification Course – asynchronous, online

  • May 6 – June 9
  • July 8 – August 11

The course is hosted in Blackboard and requires asynchronous participation for 5 weeks. A variety of readings, media, and online discussions are included; as well as course design plans in the form of a course storyboard and a completing course design review. Work on designing an online course you plan to teach is preferred, but not required.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Distance Education & the Department of Learning Technologies. As a result of this partnership, faculty can earn official certification for completing the Teaching Online course. In order for faculty to receive this initial certification, all required assignments must be completed.

*Please note that effective August 15, 2011, all newly hired faculty must receive this certification prior to teaching an online course. This new policy was established by Academic Affairs with implementation by the Office of Distance Education and partner departments.

Tech Lunch – - 12:00 Noon
Admin. 102

  • March 28 – Putting mobile devices to work in the classroom
  • April 8 – Online learning assessment to promote academic integrity
  • April 22 – New tools for presentations – Prezi, Google Presentations, and iPad options

Please register for any of the opportunities of interest to you.
Your registration will be confirmed by follow up email/Outlook Appointment for convenient addition to your calendar.
Registration Form

Quick Tips

This month we continue with our Outlook Best Practice series with Outlook Best Practices 2: Folders (3:04)  from “How Harry got organized” video set.
Note options to select quality of the video playback and full screen mode on the lower right corner of the player.

Monthly Video Feature:

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February 2013

Welcome to the February issue of TLT News!

Our regular features continue, and we are pleased to share upcoming opportunities for the remainder of the semester. Scroll down for more…

ITS News

  • Office365 – Coming in March. More information will follow.

Office365Preview

  • New Help Desk Support Hours Beginning February 18th, 2012
    Walk-in Support:  Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm
    Phone and Email Support Monday through Thursday 8am – 10pm
    Friday 8am – 5pm
    Sunday 5pm – 10pm
  • Visit the ITS Webpage – Did you know there are over 50 pages talking about some of the different services that ITS offers you as a faculty at USC Upstate. There are also over 40 tutorials with instructions and step by step directions for fixing or addressing common computer troubleshooting requests ITS receives.

Other News

Do you use Facebook, personally or professionally? Do you use Facebook groups with your students to host/share course information?
Did you notice the recent addition of Graph Search (still in Beta) and the new round of privacy concerns it has caused?
For a brief summary, visit Profhacker for a post today – Data Mining and Facebook Graph Search,  by Anastasia Salter.
Visit the EFF Summary for more on implications of Graph Search.
EFF also provides tips on How to Protect Your Privacy from Facebook’s Graph Search.


Spring LT Opportunities

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Echo360 lecture capture and blended learning software is available for
faculty use (…a little more about Echo360 here). The software makes it possible to capture and narrate whatever is on your computer screen, including PowerPoint presentations and more. A webcam split-screen recording option is also available.

Echo 360 Live Demonstration – 4:00 p.m.
Admin. 116

  • February 19
  • February 20
  • April 24
  • April 25

Echo 360 Online Demonstration – 4:00 p.m.
Adobe Connect
Use this link to access the sessions live: https://breeze.sc.edu/ltwebinars/
Log in as Guest by typing in your name.

  • February 26
  • February 27
  • March 5
  • March 6
  • April 16
  • April 17

Speedgeeking – QEP Style! – 12:00 Noon
IT Conference Room, Admin. 102

 

 

Reserve your space in this lively quick fire session to learn more about the work of faculty colleagues to develop Technology Intensive Courses created as a feature of our Quality Enhancement Plan.

  • February 25

Teaching Online Certification Course – asynchronous, online

  • May 6 – June 9
  • July 8 – August 11

The course is hosted in Blackboard and requires asynchronous participation for 5 weeks. A variety of readings, media, and online discussions are included; as well as course design plans in the form of a course storyboard and a completing course design review. Work on designing an online course you plan to teach is preferred, but not required.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Distance Education & the Department of Learning Technologies. As a result of this partnership, faculty can earn official certification for completing the Teaching Online course. In order for faculty to receive this initial certification, all required assignments must be completed.

*Please note that effective August 15, 2011, all newly hired faculty must receive this certification prior to teaching an online course. This new policy was established by Academic Affairs with implementation by the Office of Distance Education and partner departments.

Tech Lunch – - 12:00 Noon
Admin. 102

  • February 21 – Intro to Adobe Connect – Using the tool and why
  • March 7 – Twitter, Not just about cheese sandwiches
  • March 28 – Putting mobile devices to work in the classroom
  • April 8 – Online learning assessment to promote academic integrity
  • April 22 – New tools for presentations – Prezi, Google Presentations, and iPad options

Please register for any of the opportunities of interest to you.
Your registration will be confirmed by follow up email/Outlook Appointment for convenient addition to your calendar.
Registration Form

More Opportunities

EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar
February 21, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 ET
“The PressForward Project and Scholarly Communication on the Open Web”
The webinar is free, but does require registration.
Visit the EDUCAUSE Live page for details.

Visit the EDUCAUSE Live Webinars main page for information on upcoming sessions.

 


Quick Tips

With this month’s Quick Tip video, we begin sharing a series on using Outlook Best Practice & productivity features: “How Harry got organized”:

Starting a system for email, tasks, and calendar (4:09)
Note options to select quality of the video playback and full screen mode on the lower right corner of the player.

This video is one in a series available from office.microsoft.com


Monthly Video Feature:

Cathy Davidson: Now You See It: Why the Future of Learning Demands a Paradigm Shift
Published July 19, 2012
Talk given at “Conversations That Matter III: Research, Policy, & Practice: The 3rd International Conference on Service-Learning in Teacher Education,” June 21-23, 2012, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Cathy N. Davidson teaches at Duke University, where she co-directs the Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge and holds two distinguished chairs (Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies).

She served as Duke’s first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and helped to create the Program in Information Science + Information Studies and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is a cofounder of the global learning network HASTAC, which administers the annual $2 million HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions, and she was recently appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities.

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January 2013 – Spring Semester Welcome

Welcome to the January issue of TLT News!

We are pleased to continue to share opportunities and information about teaching and learning with technology. Also, new to this issue you will find news and information from Information Technology and Services and a new Quick Tips area.


ITS News

Client Services

Client Services would like to remind everyone about the availability of support services via the ITS Help Desk. No matter what your IT question or issue, the Help Desk can provide immediate assistance or route your question to the most appropriate person and/or ITS department for support. So, start first with a call, email or visit to the Help Desk! Visit and bookmark the ITS Help Desk Contact Information Page for details.(http://www.uscupstate.edu/campus_services/it/page.aspx?id=38437)

And visit the following pages for more information about other ITS products and services:

  1. Spartan GreenSky – (http://www.uscupstate.edu/campus_services/it/its.aspx?id=37976)  for “anywhere, anytime access to USC Upstate email, files and course-required software for all students, faculty and staff. Included in these services are email, cloud storage and virtual computer access. With Spartan GreenSky users can access any of these services via any computer with Internet access, including access to nearly all computer labs and specialized software previously only available in specific computer labs“.
  2. Network Printing – (http://www.uscupstate.edu/campus_services/it/its.aspx?id=37552)
  3. Echo360 Lecture Capture software
  4. Office365Preview


Media Services

  • Although the installation was accomplished during the summer of 2012, tweaking of the video conferencing upgrade to the Tukey Theater continued throughout the Fall semester.  This HD video conferencing upgrade, added a Polycom HDX 8000 codec, two Polycom HD cameras (one for the instructor and one for the students), 12 Audix M40W6S ceiling microphones, four 55” NEC monitors (two for faculty viewing and two for student viewing) one Panasonic PT-DW530U WXGA 4,000 lumens projector to this 100+ seat theater-style classroom.  Although heavily used for classes, when available, it is a good choice for presentations by candidates for administration positions, as these presentations may now easily be transmitted to the University Center in Greenville.
  • In December 2012, major AV upgrades were made the University Readiness Center’s Great Room.  Two Panasonic PT-DW6300 6,000 lumens WXGA projectors (standard smart classrooms have 3,500 lumens projectors) and two Draper 165” diagonal electric screens (16:10 format) were permanently installed to end the need for set-up of temporary projectors and screens for the many events taking place in the Great Room.  Additionally, a wall plate for connecting a laptop (VGA or HDMI) was installed and upgrades were made to the existing audio system.  These upgrades, along with the installation of window treatment film in 2012, greatly enhance the room’s capabilities for all users.
  • On January 16th, Derrick Hopkins began working full-time for Media Services.  For the past 16 months Derrick has worked part-time as our AV Technician.  In his new position as Media Support Technician, Derrick will retain his AV Technician duties (equipment delivery, set-up, and retrieval; classroom AV support), but will also provide support for Palmetto College faculty and students.  Derrick is a 2010 graduate of USC Upstate.

Quick Tips

Welcome to the new Quick Tips feature! We will share tools, tips, and tricks we are often asked about. In this issue, learn about how to use the Automatic Replies feature in Microsoft Outlook. (Note that you can select quality of the video playback on the lower right corner of the player).

 

Direct link to video at Office.com: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/use-replies-with-an-exchange-server-account-3-42-RZ101863387.aspx?CTT=1&section=2&videoId=33095dab-a2ef-4719-abcd-e42d96ad7888&from=sharepermalink&src=v5:share:sharepermalink:&from=mpl_en-us_MOD_OfficeCom__pl_en-us_VA102605460_RZ101863387


Learning Technologies

Blackboard Update:

Our Blackboard Learn course management system was upgraded in December with the install of Service Pack 9 to our version 9.1. The new design and style provides for a cleaner interface and includes pre-built course themes. New customizations to look and feel are available.  The new features are summarized in the following document:

whats-new-in-bb91-sp9-new-features-quick-reference

As always, contact the ITS Help Desk (ext. 5357, helpdesk@uscupstate.edu); Cindy Jennings (Ext. 5470, cjennings@uscupstate.edu); or Tom Davis (tdavis@uscupstate.edu) for individual assistance with Blackboard.

Some of the interactive features and editing tools continue to experience issues since the upgrade (primarily the Campus Pack Blog and Wiki Tools – involving the upload of images). The Columbia UTS Blackboard Admins. are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it. Until image upload is repaired, text editing remains unaffected so students can still use the interactive spaces.  An update will be provided as soon as the issue is resolved.

As you continue to interact with the new Blackboard environment, we are happy to assist. It is also very helpful to identify issues directly with Blackboard Support so they can document and manage most efficiently at: bbsupport@sc.edu .

The Blackboard Mobile App is now available for purchase. Most popular device operating systems and carriers are included. Visit the Blackboard Mobile Learn site for more information and pricing: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx


Can We Talk?

In the November issue of TLT News, the first edition of the ‘Can we talk’ feature debuted. A small but thoughtful dialogue was shared in response to the topic of Academic Integrity in Online Teaching and Learning. The Google Doc for that conversation is available for review (and is still open for comment).

The invitation to comment for this issue is a bit different. First, a bit of context. Today, my online feeds and spaces lit up with tweets and posts about “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age”. The genesis of this document is described by Steve Kolowich at The Chronicle (January 23, 2013): ‘Bill of Rights’ Seeks to Protect Students’ Interests as Online Learning Rapidly Expands

The document is also available at The Chronicle (described as “…drafted by a dozen educators”…and…”proposes a set of ‘inalienable rights’ that”… its  authors say students and their advocates should demand from institutions…that offer online courses and technology tools).
A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age

The document is being shared and circulated openly and widely with an invitation to join the discussion around it. Just a few of the postings, commentaries and invitation to comment by some of the document signatories is listed below:

  1. at HASTAC: http://hastac.org/forums/forum-bill-rights-and-principles-learning-digital-age  (Read the “…Back Story” by Cathy Davidson)
  2. From Audrey Watters at Hack Education
  3. From Bonnie Stewart at theory.cribchronicles.com

I invite you to review the document and comment in whatever way you prefer. Our Google Doc is open for our own local conversation, but do join in the broader dialogue at one of the other outlets.

Click over to contribute to the Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iu47wYT7IuTqB2g2I6vcrg07S7MB7bg-cev2U87-BIE/edit


Monthly Video Feature:

Published on Nov 8, 2012

Cultural anthropologist Mimi Ito was the featured speaker at the 2012 John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society at the University of Michigan School of Information. In her talk, she described “connected learning” environments that effectively support what JSB has called “entrepreneurial learning,” and considered some of the new kinds of learning pathways and relationships that can make these forms of learning scalable and accessible.

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In Our Next Issue:

Watch for a listing of Spring Semester opportunities in our next issue.

 

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November 2012

Can we talk?

Welcome to a new regular feature in Upstate TLT News, ‘Can we talk‘? We invite you to join in conversation with colleagues about topics related to teaching and learning with technology. We will even ask you to suggest topics for upcoming issues. (See below).
How does it work?
We will introduce each topic with references as background. You might review these, or you might already have your own opinion. Then, you can click over to add your questions and/or comments to a Google Doc created to host our conversation. We will compile a summary of the comments and suggestions to share in the subsequent newsletter issue. Simple. Easy.
And here goes our first topic:

Academic Integrity in Online Teaching and Learning

This is indeed a prickly issue, and most certainly a challenge in the design of effective online courses. First, some background:

  1. Kitahara, R. T. & Westfall, F. (2007). Promoting academic integrity in online distance learning courses. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 3(3). Available at: http://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no3/kitahara.pdf
  2. WCET, UT TeleCampus, and Instructional Technology Council. Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education. (CC Licensed-BY-NC-SA). Available at: http://wcet.wiche.edu/wcet/docs/cigs/studentauthentication/BestPractices.pdf

Click over to contribute to the Google Doc by responding to the prompt (https://docs.google.com/document/d/16CUgE2K_vLnxvvrHaq7RQ3E5iYjQuAPgUWz3UJiPW3I/edit)

Suggest a future topic
(https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG4ybUxuNmpGRklwdmh4X3JDSGhrbnc6MQ#gid=0)


Continuing Opportunities

Fall Semester Webinar Series

Join the remaining fall sessions live on the following Thursdays at 3:00
Use this link to access the sessions live: https://breeze.sc.edu/ltwebinars/
Log in as Guest by typing in your name.

Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing here: http://www.uscupstate.edu/campus_services/it/instruction/default.aspx?id=36817

  • November 29 – Intro to the Creative Commons – This session will feature basics about types of licenses and how they support creativity and knowledge sharing in digital environments.
  • December 6 (Re-scheduled from November 8) – Blackboard Beyond Basics – Collaboration and Assessment - Join for a quick look at Group tools and others and integrated rubrics. (Others as determined by participants in the session.)

Echo360 Personal Capture Demos

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Live Demos:

  • November 27
  • December 4

Live sessions meet at 9:30 a.m. in Admin. 116 for a demonstration/walk-through of Echo360 Personal Capture lecture capture and blended learning software.  The software makes it possible to capture and narrate  whatever is on your computer screen, including PowerPoint presentations and more.

New!
Additional demos – Adobe Connect Web Sessions:

  • November 28 at 2:00 p.m.
  • November 30 at 2:00 p.m.
  • December 5 at 3:00 p.m.
  • December 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Use this link to access the sessions: https://breeze.sc.edu/ltwebinars/
Log in as Guest by typing in your name.

Teaching Online Virtual Open Mic

Join these monthly open online sessions in Adobe Connect for a virtual ’open mic’ time for brainstorming, sharing, trouble-shooting or generally asking questions about on teaching online. If you currently teaching an online course or are considering teaching an online course – this is the session for you! We will begin the conversations with a suggested theme, but any topic related to teaching online if fine.

Use this link to enter the sessions by logging in as Guest (type your name): https://breeze.sc.edu/ftt/

All sessions are at 3:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:

  • November 20 – Creating faculty ‘presence’ in an online course
  • December 4 – Planning an online course – All in or drop-by-drop?

Blended Learning/Flipped Classroom Mini-Course

This asynchronous and self-paced opportunity is offered to accompany use of Echo360 and other lecture capture tools and will include resources and materials related to effective pedagogy in design and conduct of blended courses and the ‘flipped’ classroom.

Participants can enroll anytime at your convenience  and through summer.

For a preview, visit 7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms, (released 2/17/12) from EDUCAUSE.:
Register here
(https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFp5X0c4b0YwQ2lNZ2RXRUZSb3NxSkE6MQ#gid=0)


Visit These Handy Additional Resources

  • Did You Know archive from the Office of Distance Education (http://www.uscupstate.edu/academics/distance/default.aspx?id=36793)
  • Learning Technologies Webinar archive                                                   (http://www.uscupstate.edu/campus_services/it/instruction/default.aspx?id=36817)

Monthly Video Feature:

USC Upstate Information Technology & Services 2012

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September 2012 – Fall Welcome and Opportunities

Welcome Back!

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We are pleased to join this academic year with the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Distance Education to offer a variety of opportunities aligned with our QEP – STEP-UP – the Student Technology Enrichment Program. In July, faculty participating in the inaugural QEP Faculty Development Institute spent intensive time learning about ways to support pedagogy with technology and redesigning their selected courses in innovative ways.

In future issues we will feature their work and initial student experience. Note that you can now follow the group’s Twitter conversations via the project hashtag (#FDI12) in the right navigation bar of the newsletter.

In this first TLT News issue for the academic year, we are pleased to focus on and provide details on a wide variety of online and face-to-face opportunities related to teaching and learning with technology.

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend any/all of the sessions as your schedule will allow.

**Download the full calendar:  LTCalendarFall2012 (pdf)

To inquire or register for any of the events or sessions, call Cindy at 5470 or message  at cjennings@uscupstate.edu


Fall Semester Webinar Series

Join the sessions live on the following Thursdays at 3:00
Use this link to access the sessions live: https://breeze.sc.edu/ltwebinars/

Sessions will be recorded and archived for later viewing

  • September 13 – Copyright Refresher – Join this session with Karen Swetland, Assistant Librarian & Reference Coordinator for a timely refresher on copyright, especially in digital environments.
  • September 27 – Putting Mobile Devices to Work – Creating an Active Learning Classroom – In this session we will have a look at ways to use mobile electronic devices in the classroom to support student engagement and participation.
  • October 4 – Intro to the Spartan Green Sky Virtual Desktop – Join this session with Luke Vanwingerden, Director of Client Services in ITS for a demo of our virtual computing environment.
  • November 8 – Blackboard Beyond Basics – Collaboration and Assessment - Join for a quick look at Group tools and others and integrated rubrics. (Others as determined by participants in the session.)
  • November 29 – Intro to the Creative Commons – This session will feature basics about types of licenses and how they support creativity and knowledge sharing in digital environments.

Strategies for Teaching with Technology Workshops

This three-part hands-on workshop series is offered in partnership with the Office of Distance Education and focuses on teaching strategies enhanced or supported with technology for F2F, blended, and online learning.
Each session meets at 3:00 p.m. in HEC 2009.

  • September 20 – Effective Use of Student Response Systems
  • October 16 – Creating Positive Learning Communities
  • November 15 – Engaging Students in Required Reading

Networked New Media Faculty Seminar

We are very pleased to share that we have been invited by our good colleague, Dr. Gardner Campbell at Virginia Tech, to join with colleagues around the country in a joint reading and distributed conversation on new media. The seminar conversations will center on selected readings from Wardrip-Fruin & Montfort (Eds.) (2003). The New Media Reader following the suggested schedule at the Seminar Syllabus Main Page. A few additional pieces are available from the syllabus. We may make adjustments to the selections depending on preference of the group who assembles for the first discussion on September 12. (If you can’t complete the first (or any) reading prior to a seminar, please don’t stay away. The discussion will be rich nonetheless.

From Gardner’s invitation, this seminar is intended to be “…a very exploratory, low-threshold, imagination-awakening experience“. Your ‘deliverables’ should you decide to join are reading and attending the Wednesday sessions, participating in discussions, and sharing your experience – preferably through blogging.

Our local seminar is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the QEP/STEP-UP, the Library and the Department of Learning Technologies.
We will meet on the following Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the IT Conference Room, Admin. 112:

  • September 12, 19, 26
  • October 3, 10
  • November 7, 14, 28
  • December 5

 Echo360 Personal Capture Demos

echo360 logo

 

Meet at 9:00 a.m. in Admin. 116 for a demonstration/walk-through of Echo360 Personal Capture lecture capture and blended learning software.  The software makes it possible to capture and narrate  whatever is on your computer screen, including PowerPoint presentations and more.
The demonstrations are available on the following Tuesdays (9:00 a.m.).
Please bring your laptop with the Personal Capture software installed.

  • September 25
  • October 2, 30
  • November 13, 27
  • December 4

Teaching Online Virtual Open Mic

Join these monthly open online sessions in Adobe Connect for a virtual ’open mic’ time for brainstorming, sharing, trouble-shooting or generally asking questions about on teaching online. If you currently teaching an online course or are considering teaching an online course – this is the session for you! We will begin the conversations with a suggested theme, but any topic related to teaching online if fine.

Use this link to enter the sessions by logging in as Guest (type your name): http://breeze.sc.edu/techtalks/

All sessions are at 3:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:

  • September 11 – Academic integrity in online courses
  • October 30 – Student collaboration in online  environments
  • November 20 – Creating faculty ‘presence’ in an online course
  • December 4 – Planning an online course – All in or drop-by-drop?

Teaching Online Certification Course – Fall Session

October 29 – December 3, 2012
The course is hosted in Blackboard and requires asynchronous participation for 5 weeks. A variety of readings, media, and online discussions are included; as well as course design plans in the form of a course storyboard and a completing course design review. Work on designing an online course you plan to teach is preferred, but not required.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Distance Education & the Department of Learning Technologies. As a result of this partnership, faculty can earn official certification for completing the Teaching Online course. In order for faculty to receive this initial certification, regular, consistent, substantive participation is expected and all required assignments and must be completed.

*Please note that effective August 15, 2011, all newly hired faculty must receive this certification prior to teaching an online course. This new policy was established by Academic Affairs with implementation by the Office of Distance Education and partner departments.


Additional Opportunities

Palmetto Blackboard Users Group (Palmetto BUG)

Winthrop University
DiGiorgio Campus Center
Friday, September 21st, 2012
9:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Free, but registration is needed.
To Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3989821664

Free, Open, Online Courses:

  • September 24 – October 29 – BlendKit 2012

This course is an excellent follow up to the CTE Fall Kick-Off Event with Dr. Scott McDaniel. Don’t miss this timely opportunity to learn more about planning an entire course featuring inverted or blended design.

From the course site: “The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning available for self-study or for group use. Periodically, these materials will also be used as the basis for a facilitated open, online course…The goal of the BlendKit Course is to provide assistance in designing and developing your blended learning course via a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and practical step-by-step guidance in helping you produce actual materials for your blended course (i.e., from design documents through creating content pages to peer review feedback at your own institution).

Details and registration: http://blended.online.ucf.edu/blendkit-course/

  • October 8 – November 16 – The Current/Future State of Higher Education

From the course site: “An open online course, Current/Future State of Higher Education, offering in fall 2012 will evaluate the change pressures that face universities and help universities prepare for the future state of higher education”.

The course is sponsored by Desire2Learn and the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University. Organizers include the Georgia Tech Center for 21st Century Universities, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), University of Prince Edward Island, University of Hawaii, the Society for Learning Analytics Research, National Research Council Canada, University of British Columbia, EDUCAUSE,  University of Queensland Center for Educational Innovation & Technology, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Don’t miss this opportunity for dialogue with colleagues from quite literally around the world on matters of concern for the future of higher education.

Details and registration: http://edfuture.net/blog1/

 

 

 

 

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June 2012-Summer Opportunities Issue

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Teaching Online Certification Course

The final 4-week session of the TOC for the summer will begin on July 9.

The course is co-sponsored by the Office of Distance Education & the Department of Learning Technologies. As a result of this partnership, faculty can earn official certification for completing the Teaching Online course.
(In order to receive this initial certification, all required assignments must be completed).

*Please note that effective August 15, 2011, all newly hired faculty must receive this certification prior to teaching an online course. This new policy was established by Academic Affairs with implementation by the Office of Distance Education and partner departments.

To inquire or register, message Cindy at cjennings@uscupstate.edu

As always, individual consultation and design support are available.
Just contact Cindy or Tom Davis.

Summer Webinar Series Returns

The Summer Webinar Series returns on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month beginning on June 14. Sessions will run ‘live’ at 3:00 p.m. on the dates below – allowing you to participate from the comfort of home (or the beach, or mountains, or where ever you may be)! All you need is a computer with speakers, and an internet connection. Sessions will also be recorded and archived for convenient access later.

To inquire or register, message Cindy at cjennings@uscupstate.edu

Use this link to access the sessions live: http://breeze.sc.edu/summertech/

  • June 14 – Getting Started with Echo360 Personal Capture Software – Join this session to learn more about lecture capture software now available to all Upstate faculty and students.
  • June 28 – Using Echo360 Personal Capture to Flip Your Class – Learn more in this session about ways to use Personal Capture recordings to enrich and enhance your courses.
  • July 12 – Update and Transform Your Presentations – Learn how to update PowerPoint presentations and take a brief look at presentation alternatives including Google Presentations and Prezi.
  • July 26 – Basic Digital Image Management and Sources – Join this session to learn tips for managing digital images of your own, or others you use for presentations, etc. The session will include a basic introduction to flickr Creative Commons and other image sources. Aaron Pate from the Digital Media Lab will be joining us!
  • August 9 – Basic Video File Management – Learn some basics about video file types and management. Aaron Pate from the Digital Media Lab will be joining us!

Blended Learning/Flipped Classroom Mini-Course

This asynchronous and self-paced opportunity is offered to accompany use of Echo360 and other lecture capture tools and will include resources and materials related to effective pedagogy in design and conduct of blended courses and the ‘flipped’ classroom.

Participants can enroll anytime at your convenience  and through summer.

For a preview, visit 7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms, (released 2/17/12) from EDUCAUSE.

For more information or to enroll, message Cindy at cjennings@uscupstate.ed

Other Opportunities

CNI: Key Trends in Teaching & Learning: Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today’s Learners

 

Phil Long is Professor of Innovation and Educational Technology in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering in the School of Psychology, founding director of the Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (CEIT) at the University of Queensland (UQ). This is an archived session recording from May 31st at the Coalition for Networked Information’s Spring membership meeting. More information and additional session videos are available from the CNI site: http://www.cni.org/news/new-video-key-trends-in-teaching-learning-by-phil-long

Universal Design for the College Classroom

Visit this online resource for more on universal design and accessibility.

 

Spotlight on…

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This issue’s spotlight feature is a little different.

Introducing:

The Wikipedia Education Program.

Yes, I said Wikipedia.

Here is the link: http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Education_Program

Put aside what you may have thought about Wikipedia before, and consider this new teaching strategy and opportunity for authentic engagement and assessment. And more information for you to explore:

  • And finally, a recent blog post from Prof. Tina Loo from the University of British Columbia…her reflections on experience with using Wikipedia this way. http://niche-canada.org/node/10397

Check it out!!

Summer Reading Suggestions

 

 

 

 

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March 2012

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Opportunities

Third Tuesday Tech Talks Logo

Third Tuesday Tech Talks

T4 started last semester as a virtual ‘open mic’ time for brainstorming, sharing, trouble-shooting or generally asking questions about on teaching online. So, if you currently teaching an online course or are considering teaching an online course – this is the session for you!

The Department of Learning Technologies and the Office of Distance Education partner to offer this monthly teaching online forum.

When:  Two sessions remain on the following Tuesdays: March 20; & April 17  at 3:30 p.m.; (30min. or until all conversations are completed)

Where: Online – use this link to access the meeting the day of the event (no login needed – click “guest”) http://breeze.sc.edu/techtalks/

Who: Any interested faculty

Teaching Online Certification Course* – Next Offerings

May 7 & July 9, 2012
The course is hosted in Blackboard and requires asynchronous participation for 4 weeks. A variety of readings, media, and online discussions are included; as well as course design plans in the form of a course storyboard and a completing course design review. Work on designing an online course you plan to teach is preferred, but not required.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Distance Education & the Department of Learning Technologies. As a result of this partnership, faculty can earn official certification for completeing the Teaching Online course. In order for faculty to receive this initial certification, all required assignments must be completed.

*Please note that effective August 15, 2011, all newly hired faculty must receive this certification prior to teaching an online course. This new policy was established by Academic Affairs with implementation by the Office of Distance Education and partner departments.

To inquire or register, message Cindy at cjennings@uscupstate.edu

New! Syllabus Revitalization Workshop

May 7: 10:00 – 12:00 (or until)
May 8: 1:00 – 3:00 (or until)
Both sessions meet in Admin. 116

BYOS (Bring Your Own Syllabus) to this ‘working’ workshop:
If you have an assignment you want to repackage in a new format, a strategy you want to try, a technology you want to use with an assignment, or if you simply want to reorganize your actual syllabus format as a “one stop shop”/ all-encompassing syllabus (to include details with important dates, assignments, rubrics, guidelines, etc…) – this is the workshop for you! Or, if you just want to brainstorm with other participants to hear new ideas, that is fine too!

We will meet roundtable, discuss your needs, play with ideas and options, then get to work.
To register or for more information, message Cindy Jennings at cjennings@uscupstate.edu or Pam Wash at pwash@uscupstate.edu .

Blended Learning/Flipped Classroom Mini-Course

This asynchronous and self-paced opportunity is offered to accompany use of Echo360 and other lecture capture tools and will include resources and materials related to effective pedagogy in design and conduct of blended courses and the ‘flipped’ classroom.
Participants can enroll anytime at your convenience beginning May 1 and through summer.

For a preview, visit 7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms, (released 2/17/12) from EDUCAUSE.
For more information or to enroll, message Cindy at cjennings@uscupstate.edu 

Other Opportunities

NMC Horizon Connect Session-Howard Rheingold is Net Smart

Details for registering via Facebook, and connecting with the session are provide on the NMC information page.
Thursday, March 22, 11:30 ET
Net Smart Trailer with Howard Rheingold:

TLT Group FridayLive!

FridayLive! is a free, interactice, online event each Friday from 2:00 – 3:00 Eastern sponsored by the TLT Group. The sessions are an ongoing discussion about change, improving teaching,  learning and the role of technology in higher education and are moderated by Steve Gilbert.

The sessions are free but do require registration. For more information, including the upcoming session on Friday, March 23rd, visit the FridayLive! Home Page.

John Seely Brown Keynote at DML Conference: Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Learner in the 21st Century.

From the Digital Media and Learning Conference, March 1-3 in San Francisco, CA, view the conference keynote by John Seely Brown, author, visiting scholar at USC (the one in California!) ;-) and co-chair of the Deloitte Center for the Edge (read more about John Seely Brown on his web site.)

This session provides excellent follow-up to our year long emphasis on the 21st century learner launched with our keynote last fall from Gardner Campbell.

New Open Online Peer-Reviewed Journal!

Visit the journal’s first issue:
JiTP-The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy
Learn more on the Journal’s About Page.
Subscribe via the journal’s RSS feed.

TED News:

Last year we shared information about the TED-Ed vision. Well, TED-Ed launched last week! Here’s the preview:

For more information, read Chris Anderson-TED Curator’s blog post : Behind today’s TED-Ed launch (March 12).

Notice opportunities to nominate an educator, an animator, or suggest a lession.

 

Spotlight on…

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Digital Storytelling

We have provided opportunities to learn about digital storytelling as a pedagogical tool before. Information and resources are still available online from the Digital Storytelling Academy.

This month’s spotlight is an opportunity to revisit digital storytelling with an online session from the University of Mary Washington with Bryan Alexander. Bryan is Senior Fellow at NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 2012 – Spring Semester Welcome

New this spring:

Blackboard Upgrade to Version 9.1

The Blackboard upgrade to version 9.1 was completed successfully in December. Information to help you continue to explore the new environment and functionalities is available:

Also available, additional sessions in February:
Tues. Feb 14th at 9:45 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Wed. the 15th at 10 a.m.
Thurs. the 16th at 2 p.m. in A-116 and online at: http://breeze.sc.edu/bb9intro/
RSVP to Tom Davis (tdavis@uscupstate.edu) if you plan to attend.

 Echo360 Now Available

echo360 logo

Reminder from the December issue:
Echo360 lecture capture and blended learning software is now available for faculty use (…a little more about Echo360 here). The software makes it possible to capture and narrate  whatever is on your computer screen, including PowerPoint presentations and more.  A webcam split-screen recording option is also available.
(Notice the Help button available from the startup panel – lower left corner.
Find excellent step-by-step assistance for using the software)

Echo360 Personal Capture Welcome ScreenEcho360 Personal Capture

To access the ECHO360 Personal Capture software:

  1. Download and install the software directly from:   Apps (L: drive /Echo360),  or
  2. Contact the Help Desk, 503-5257 email: helpdesk@uscupstate.edu for assistance with download and installation.

Echo360  personal capture recordings are saved directly to your computer’s hard drive and can be published for sharing at the time of creation or later. (It is suggested that you remove/backup files from time to time).

Echo360 My Recordings Screen Sample
Echo360 My Recordings Screen Sample

For more information, visit the IT Echo360 Product Information Page.
New tutorials and instructions are being developed and added as they are available.

Blackboard Publication Integration:

For  course-related publication integrated directly into Blackboard, first contact the Help Desk to make sure course and sections are enabled in Echo360. Then, create a Content Area in Blackboard named ‘Class Capture’ (via the Control Panel, Manage Course Menu) to receive the files as they are published. When you select and publish a presentation, you will need to log in using your network user ID and password to access the Echo server.

Non-course related space for publishing and sharing can be set up on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Help Desk.

 

7 Things You Should Know About Lecture Capture

 

The full Quality Enhancement Plan proposal for the Student Technology Enrichment Program (STEP-UP) prepared as a part of our USC Upstate SACS reaffirmation is complete and available from the project website. Take time to visit and familiarize yourself with the project details in anticipation of our on-site peer review February 28 – March 1.

 

Spring Opportunities

Third Tuesday Tech Talks Return!

T4 started last semester as a virtual ‘open mic’ time for brainstorming, sharing, trouble-shooting or generally asking questions about on teaching online. So, if you currently teaching an online course or are considering teaching an online course – this is the session for you!

The Department of Learning Technologies and the Office of Distance Education partner to offer this monthly teaching online forum.

When:  Every 3rd Tuesday of each month:
Tuesday, February 21; March 20; & April 17 – all at 3:30 p.m.;
(30min. or until all conversations are completed)

Where: Online – use this link to access the meeting the day of the event (no login needed – click “guest”) http://breeze.sc.edu/techtalks/

Who: Any interested faculty

Teaching Online Certification Course* – Next Offering
Co-sponsored by the Office of Distance Education & the Department of Learning Technologies

May 7 & July 9. 2012
As a result of this partnership, faculty can earn official certification for completeing the Teaching Online course. In order for faculty to receive this initial certification, all required assignments must be completed.
*Please note that effective August 15, 2011, all newly hired faculty must receive this certification prior to teaching an online course. This new policy was established by Academic Affairs with implementation by the Office of Distance Education and partner departments.
To inquire or register, message Cindy at cjennings@uscupstate.edu

Spotlight on… 

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In this issue we begin a new monthly feature: ‘Spotlight on…’ For this January first post the spotlight is on:

Blogging

For this first spotlight feature, we’ll begin with two brief pieces from Campus Technology:
Demski, J. (2012). Strategies for Blog-Powered Instruction.

Campbell, G. (2011). “Narrate, Curate, Share:” How Blogging can Catalyze Learning.

Want to learn more? Give us a little information first to help us plan for additional offerings. Click to complete a 3-minute survey and watch for more details in the February issue:
Quick Survey on Blogging

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December 2011 – Spring Preview

Important reminder about Blackboard upgrade in December:

The University of South Carolina is upgrading the Blackboard course management system to version 9.1 beginning at midnight on Friday, Dec. 16th.
Blackboard will be unavailable from then until Wed., Dec. 21st.
You might want to use the download option under the Manage menu in the grade center to download and save a copy of your grades in case you need them while Blackboard is unavailable. The Blackboard administrators have informed us that material from both old and new courses is expected to transfer to the new version, but it is a good idea to plan to review your courses after the upgrade to make sure everything works correctly before the semester begins. There is no digital dropbox in the new version so if you have used it in the past please plan to use the “assignment” feature instead. You can go ahead and copy courses or course material to new courses for next semester before the upgrade or you can wait and do it afterwards.

Additional information about the upgrade can be found on the USC Information Technology web site at: http://uts.sc.edu/itbulletin/newsarticle.php?nid=7670 

In order to help faculty and staff make the transition to this new system there will be a variety of one hour training sessions offered as listed below. Some will be held on campus in room 116 of the Administration Bldg. and others will be conducted online using the Adobe Connect meeting program which allows viewers to participate from their computers with Internet access by clicking the links below and logging in as a “Guest.”
Registration is required. Please email Tom Davis to register to attend.

Short video demonstrations of the features of the new version at: http://www.blackboard.com/quicktutorials/quicktutorials.htm 

Blackboard 9.1 Introduction – learn about the new version of Blackboard that we will begin using on Dec. 21st. Find out about the differences and the new features.  If you would like an account on the “test server” to experiment with the new version before the upgrade please include the password you would like to use for your temporary username. 

Tues., Dec. 13th, 10 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. – live online at (http://breeze.sc.edu/bb9intro/)
Wed., Dec. 14th, 10 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. – live online at (http://breeze.sc.edu/bb9intro/)
Thurs., Dec. 15th, 10 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. – live online at (http://breeze.sc.edu/bb9intro/)
View a recorded Adobe Connect session here: 
http://breeze.sc.edu/p271p8d831h/
Tues., Jan. 3rd, 1:30 p.m. – Administration Bldg. 116
Wed., Jan. 4th, 10 a.m. – Administration Bldg. 116
Thurs., Jan. 5th, 1:30 p.m. – Administration Bldg. 116 

Something New!

echo360 logo
Introducing Echo360

Echo360 lecture capture and blended learning software is now available for
faculty use (…a little more about Echo360 here). The software makes it possible to capture and narrate  whatever is on your computer screen, including PowerPoint presentations and more.  A webcam split-screen recording option is also available.

Echo360 Personal Capture Welcome Screen

Echo360 Personal Capture

To access the ECHO360 Personal Capture software:

  1. Download and install the software directly from:   Apps (L: drive /Echo360),  or
  2. Contact the Help Desk, 503-5257 email: helpdesk@uscupstate.edu for assistance with download and installation.

Echo360  personal capture recordings are saved directly to your computer’s hard
drive and can be published for sharing at the time of creation or later.
(It is suggested that you remove/backup files from time to time).

Echo360 My Recordings Screen Sample

Echo360 My Recordings Screen Sample

 

For  course-related publication integrated directly into Blackboard, first
contact the Help Desk to make sure course and sections are enabled in
Echo360. Then, create a Content Area in Blackboard named ‘Class Capture’
(via the Control Panel, Manage Course Menu) to receive the files as
they are published. When you select and publish a presentation, you will
need to log in using your network user ID and password to access the
Echo server.

Non-course related space for publishing and sharing can be set up on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Help Desk.

To learn more, plan to attend a demo and introduction to Echo360:

  •  January 4 at 3:00
  •  January 6 at 3:00
    Both sessions in Admin. 116

And more:

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Do you YouTube?

I remember very well ‘way back when’ – in 2005-ancient history on the interwebz - my own children introduced me to YouTube (I thought it was ‘UTube’…first #wrong on my part). Read more history of YouTube here; and yes, gentle readers, that is a link to Wikipedia. My young ones got a big kick out of watching those crazy videos of all sorts that people shared there-funny cats included. In fact, they preferred watching those brief clips to other…shall we say…’more traditional’ media entertainments… like TV. At the time I recall wondering what on earth would motivate people to do that (along about the same time I was wondering the same thing about ‘blogs’). “Really people? Is that all you have to do?” As time went on, I saw their use change and I saw the content change. I even watched as they began to use YouTube as their search engine. What??

Well, the ‘rest is history’. Now, there can be no denying the media and cultural force that is YouTube. Whatever you might have thought about it then, or think about it now, have a look at those stats about views and uploads and you know that our students are most certainly ‘there’ in that space.

This month, I am sharing a few items here that might make you think differently about YouTube. I invite you to view – and use the newsletter comment feature to share your thoughts.

First, have a look at what Chris Anderson (of TED) suggests about YouTube as a possible driver of innovation:

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How about it? Would you agree with Anderson’s assertions about the (global) power of YouTube?

Now, let’s look at a couple of ‘local’ examples. You have been seeing our departmental YouTube channel for a while. Here is the link as a refresher: http://www.youtube.com/user/tltupstate.  We have been using this channel since last year to highlight ways colleagues around campus use technology in teaching and learning.

Next, let’s see another example from Dr. Sebastian van Delden’s robotics work:

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Fun, huh?

Of course, this only barely scratches the surface. Our colleagues in business could tell us how YouTube is becoming a ‘go-to’ marketing channel. Our colleagues in math could tell us about the phenomenon of Khan Academy and how it all started on YouTube. Our colleagues in fine arts could tell us about amazing ‘virtual choirs’ that are moderated/mediated/created via YouTube.

How about you?
Do you YouTube?
Take a few moments to tell us about it by completing a 2-minute survey.

A little more
YouTube recently shared a new Creator Playbook. While the focus is on audience-building, you might find things of interest to you and your students in your creative process.

Ever wish for a way to avoid those annoying ‘related’ videos on YouTube? Check out ViewPure. Yes, there is an add there, but much less cruft than on the YouTube page….

And finally, have a look at a way to sort YouTubes over at You Tube Time Machine (YTTM)

A friendly reminder about ‘substantially equivalent ease of use’…
We shared a new online tutorial last month (check it out here at Creating Accessible Instructional Materials). You can learn more about YouTube Captions and Subtitles, including how to search for videos that are already closed-captioned, and how to add captions to your own videos… here.

And finally…a little light holiday reading…a few suggestions  from the Department of Learning Technologies! ;-)

  • Alexander, B. (2011). The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media. Praeger.
  • Charon, R. (2006). Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness. Oxford University Press.
  • Palmer, P. & Zajonc, A. (2010). The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal. Transforming the Academy Through Collegial Conversations. Jossey Bass.

 

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