Academic Technology Services is upgrading two often-used teaching and learning tools. The Tegrity lecture capture tool now uses a new high-performance hosting environment that improves playback speed and responsiveness, and broadens supported browser configurations. Enterprise Blackboard will be upgraded on May 7, 2016. This upgrade will provide bug fixes and improved embedded video support. Check the Blackboard or myNEU home pages for the downtime schedule.
TEXPO 2016: Technology in Teaching Expo, held on March 15, 2016, was very successful again this year. The purpose of TEXPO is to connect faculty and staff, to provide a platform for them to share their successes with technology in the classroom and offer peer-to-peer mentoring on technology use. Faculty and staff in attendance represented 70 departments around the university. Topics included digital storytelling, open and shared educational resources, Zaption interactive video, mobile photo editing, and social media. Video captures of the presentations and workshops can be found at the TEXPO website: http://www.ats.neu.edu/incubator/texpo-2016/. ATS will be setting the date for TEXPO 2017 over the next few weeks. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate as a speaker next year.
New ATS Training Courses
ATS is now offering new courses including Technology for Accessibility and Diverse Learning Styles, Online Photo Editors, Mobile Device Photography, Video Editing with Microsoft Movie Editor, and Implementing Digication e-Portfolios. Based on the goals of faculty and staff, ATS also recently facilitated a number of custom group training sessions and workshops. Faculty and staff who are interested in custom training or workshops should contact email@example.com. Current courses can be found on our website: http://www.ats.neu.edu/workshops-seminars.
Lynda.com: New Blackboard Integration
Lynda.com is an excellent resource offering over 4,000 online training courses on a wide range of topics and disciplines to Northeastern students, staff, and faculty. Now, with the new Blackboard integration, instructors can find and load instructional videos from the lynda.com directly into Blackboard courses. To learn how to add Lynda.com courses to Blackboard courses, visit our Lynda.com support page.
ATS partnered with several vendors to offer special software seminars this spring semester. Our recent events with MathWorks, JMP and AutoDesk have been successful, and we’re working to add more workshops for the summer and fall of 2016. Check the ATS Special Events page for our complete schedule and registration links.
Academic Technology Services training courses are in full swing. Courses are offered on a variety of topics to help faculty learn about and use technology in their courses. In addition to the Introduction to Blackboard course, courses on other Blackboard features include the discussion board and the gradebook assessment.
Gradebook Assessment (click to enlarge image)
Other popular courses will introduce you to Tegrity lecture capture, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, and TurningPoint student response system (clickers).
As well, after success in a preliminary winter-summer pilot, we are increasing the frequency of the Articulate Storyline training series. Storyline provides a PowerPoint-compatible interface to help you create engaging and interactive online course materials that blend instruction, audio, video, and optional assessment – all in a visually interesting format. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to add engagement to voice-over-PowerPoint instruction that you already have, or you want to experiment with scenario-based learning activities (like this one), Storyline is a quick-and-easy solution.
Storyline Scenario (Click to interact)
Not sure what technology you’d like to integrate? Our Creating Digital Learning Objects course provides an overview of the most popular tools and offers lots of opportunity for you to talk with an instructional technologist about your specific needs. Click to see the full list of courses or contact us about private training options.
For fall, Academic Technology Services has made two major updates to some of the technology you use in classrooms: Tegrity lecture capture and the TurningPoint clickers.
HTML5 video playback is now available in supported browsers. This provides an improved viewing experience for students, along with greater search capability through the new video tagging feature for faculty. Instructors also now have annotation tools for Mac. We have also enabled an option for instructors to allow student recording uploads. For more information on these new features, please read the upgrade support documentation. Faculty can also register for hands-on training. For the newest release of Tegrity you may need to clear your cache for playback.
TurningPoint student response system (clickers)
For faculty, there is a new registration process with the release of TurningPoint Cloud. All classroom computers will be automatically updated to the new software, but faculty MUST update their accounts at account.turningpoint.com. And if you are using TurningPoint 5 on a personal computer, download the new cloud software in order to continue integrating with Blackboard; old versions will not work. For more information on the new software and registration process, please see visit the TurningPoint documentation and training center.
The upgrade will allow students to use both licensed clickers and ResponseWare accounts interchangeably in a course (instructor permitted). Whether students use ResponseWare or clickers, they will need to purchase a license. Please read and carefully follow the process for rebate information, and to ensure that any previous license for a ResponseWare or clicker device is applied correctly. New TurningPoint users can find information about this service here.
TurningPoint will be on campus this week and next for TurningPoint Cloud demos and Q&A.
- Thursday, September 4: 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Friday, September 5: 8:00am – 10:30am
- Monday, September 8: 9:00am – 3:00pm
- Friday, September 12: TBA
- Discovery Lab, 1st Floor Snell Library (Behind Argo Tea)
In an ongoing effort to improve the classroom experience at Northeastern, Information Technology Services updated several classrooms in Forsyth Building, Kariotis Hall and Richards Hall over the summer. The following classrooms were refreshed with newer/updated technology and now allow for HDMI inputs:
- 130 Forsyth Building
- 202 Forsyth Building
- 208 Kariotis Hall
- 225 Richards Hall
- 226 Richards Hall
- 458 Richards Hall
For more information about these updates, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357.