Academic Technologies Training Update

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)

grade_center_weighting

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)

storyline_scenario

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.

Classroom Technology Updates

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.

Tegrity

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.

Classroom Updates

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.