Merging the Northeastern and NUOnline Blackboards for a Digital Learning Environment
Over the last two years, Academic Technology Services has been working with NUOnline Technical Services to merge Blackboard environments.
The directive to merge evolved from the recognition that virtual engagement, in-person or synchronous, and non-synchronous learning no longer require separate learning management systems. Bringing all Northeastern students and faculty together creates efficiencies and enables more opportunities for collaborative programming.
This project integrates Blackboard with other learning tools and apps to improve, customize and personalize the learning experience. Flexible integrations and improved data capture capabilities allow the new environment to integrate as needed with innovative teaching and learning tools in the Northeastern environment as they are developed and adopted. After the initial downtime December 22 – 31, the Northeastern community can expect fast access to the latest Blackboard features and fixes without the need for additional future downtime.
Find out more about the the new environment by visiting https://web.northeastern.edu/nle.
TEXPO – May 1, 2018
Special Event! Digital Storytelling: Producing Podcasts for Classroom Projects
Are podcasts an effective learning tool? Academic Technology Services (ATS) and Library Recording Studio staff will provide a roadmap for integrating podcasts into your classes and incorporating this technology into your assignments. Visit ATS’s Special Events page to register.
Winter is HERE!
Don’t let Snow Days get in the way of course work. Here are a few ideas for use of Northeastern-supported tools for snow days or make-up day alternative assignments delivery options.
Qwickly Jot is an assignment tool available in Blackboard. Using Qwickly Jot you can create assignments with diagrams, charts, maps and more for students to write on directly in Blackboard. Watch this Qwickly video to learn more.
PlayPosit Interactive Video Creator
We have officially launched the PlayPosit Interactive Video Creator service, which allows faculty to layer interactive activities such as multiple-choice questions, discussions, and images over video content. PlayPosit is a great way to add engagement and active learning opportunities into videos you’ve created or found online.
New this semester, PlayPosit has a Chrome extension that will allow you to embed a video from most any web page you’re viewing as a base for adding PlayPosit questions. You can also use the extension to start a screenshare that is imported directly to PlayPosit, ready for interactive questions.
To learn more, view the PlayPosit interactive video example below or visit the PlayPosit ATS support site.
Here’s embed code: https://www.playposit.com/play/638387/PlayPosit-Overview
Data Resource Portal
The Data Resource Portal is a gateway to discover tools, resources, and support available for every step of the data process from gathering to visualization. This portal represents the ongoing collaboration between Information Technology Services, subject matter experts, and data scientist throughout Northeastern. If you would like to be a collaborator on this project, please email email@example.com.
To visit the Data Resource Portal go to https://northeastern.edu/dataresources
Poll Everywhere – New Features
Poll Everywhere is Northeastern’s supported student response solution that allows students to respond to polling questions and display results in real time. During the fall semester, two new features were rolled out to Poll Everywhere users: Donut response charts and the ability to add images to questions and response choices.
To learn more about Poll Everywhere at Northeastern, go to the Poll Everywhere site.
Qualtrics – New Features
Qualtrics is Northeastern’s supported survey tool for creating, delivering, and analyzing surveys and survey responses for academic, administrative, and research-related purposes. Here are some of the new features available to Northeastern Qualtrics users:
- Offline App now available at Northeastern! Qualtrics Offline Surveys is a new application available for iOS and Android that allows you to administer surveys on your mobile device without an internet connection.
- New enhancements to Reports. Qualtrics introduced a new tool for visualizing survey responses. Within the Reporting tab, the Results option is great for at-a-glance reporting. Now you can add custom logos, specific letterheads, and customizable visualizations in the Reports option. Learn more about the differences, and explore the new reporting tool.
- Additional features that are fun and awesome! Ability to save filters, add custom colors to reports, define default visualization preferences in reports, create a Reusable Choice List, create and save layouts in Data and Analysis area, and file upload max file size increased to 100MB.