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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CC Licensed (BY) flickr image shared by shuttermonkey

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


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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