Software Updates – October 2015

ITS continues to update the software available for students, faculty and staff on Northeastern-owned and personal computers around the university. New versions out now include:

SPSS and Amos 23

Updates to the predictive analytics and statistical modeling solutions include new rules, models, database capabilities and more. On personal and Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers the software is for academic use only.

  • Windows – SPSS & Amos – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Statistical and Computational > SPSS > SPSS 23. To install on Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers, submit a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow portal (sign-in may be required). To install on student/faculty/staff personal computers, go to myNEU > Software Downloads.
  • Mac – SPSS only – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Applications. To install on Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers, submit a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow portal (sign-in may be required). To install on student/faculty/staff personal computers, go to myNEU > Software Downloads.

Abaqus 6.13-2

In this release, this engineering simulation suite offers a wider range of functionality, particularly regarding the ability to capture edge behavior, and improves the modeling process of finite elements.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Department Applications > Engineering > Abaqus 6.13-2.
  • Mac – Not available

CES EduPack 2015

The latest version of the materials education resource focuses on enhancements that engage students with tools and features that provide real-world context.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Department Applications > Engineering > CES EduPack 2015.
  • Mac – Not available.

FileMaker Pro 14

Updates to this new version of the relational database application include the ability to access in a web browser the same tools and features as are available in the desktop solution.

  • Windows – Available for installation on all faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center > Software Center.
  • Mac – Available for installation on all faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Self-Service.

Storyline 2 – Update 6

This release of the interactive-teaching tool includes additional HTML5 support across browsers and new accessibility features. Visit the Academic Technology Service’s site for more on Storyline.

  • Windows – Available for installation on faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center > Software Center. Also available in the Digital Scholarship Commons lab.
  • Mac – Not available.

New Software Available – Summer 2015

New and the latest versions of software are now available to the Northeastern community in ITS-managed labs, on Faculty/Staff Northeastern-managed computers and for local install. Software availability is based on the Summer 2015 image.

If you are on a managed computer and are not seeing the latest software in Start or Software Center on Windows, or in Applications or Self Service on Mac, you may want to consider having your machine reimaged. You can do this by contacting the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or help@northeastern.edu.

Also check out the Spring 2015 new software for anything you might have missed, including:

  • Microsoft Project and Visio 2013
  • Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN
  • Dreamspark
  • New local install options for Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers

Mathematica 10

The latest version of this program introduces a number of new features, including machine learning, computational geometry, geographic computation, and device connectivity.

  • Windows – Available for all ITS-managed lab and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Start > All Programs > Statistical and Computational > Mathematica.
  • Mac – Coming soon to all ITS-managed lab  computers under Applications, and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers in Self-Service. This post will be updated to reflect when the software is available.

Storyline2, Replay and Character Bundles

This software, previously only available in the Digital Scholarship Commons lab, provides a PowerPoint-compatible interface to help create engaging and interactive online course materials that blend instruction, audio, video, and optional assessment.

  • Windows – Available for installation on faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center > Software Center. Also available in the Digital Scholarship Commons lab.
  • Mac – Not available.

SketchUp Pro 2015

The architecture and design software latest version provides new capabilities – from faster rendering to entirely new tools.

  • Windows – Available for all ITS-managed lab and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Start > All Programs > Design & CAD > SketchUp Pro.
  • Mac – Available for all ITS-managed lab computers under Applications.

FileMaker Pro 13

This new version of this relational database application includes new design, development and security features for all platforms, along with an improved client for both iPhone and iPad.

NOTE: As part of this update, ITS will be retiring FileMaker Pro 12 and 10, removing from all faculty/staff managed computers and ITS-managed lab computers in mid-May 2015. Faculty/staff who need to use the application, please follow the instructions below for how to install a local copy of the new version.

  • Windows – FileMaker Pro 13 is available for installation on faculty/staff managed computers through Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center > Software Center.
  • Mac – FileMaker Pro 13 is available for installation on faculty/staff managed computers through Self-Service.

Aspen Plus 8.6

This version of the chemical process optimization software includes advances in modeling, analysis and reporting.

  • Windows – Available for all ITS-managed lab and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Start > All Programs > AspenTech > Process Modeling V8.6 > Aspen Plus.
  • Mac – Not available.

Stata 13

This version of the data analysis and statistical software provides enhanced capabilities in many areas, from new treatment effects and models to greater options for sample sizes and forecasting.

  • Windows – Available for all faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Start > All Programs > Statistical and Computational > Stata.
  • Mac – Stata 13 is available for installation on faculty/staff managed computers through Self-Service (Stat & Comp).

Teaching & Learning Updates – Summer 2015

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Academic Technology Services (ATS) is offering a number of resources for learning about and exploring the use of technology in the classroom, as well as a big enhancement to the tools available to use through Blackboard.

 


Technology and Teaching Resources

Print

TEXPO
Information Technology Services is excited to have hosted TEXPO, the first annual Technology in Teaching Expo, on March 17th. The event was quite successful. To listen to or watch some of the sessions, go to the TEXPO site.

  • Faculty and staff shared their experience with technologies used for teaching and learning in and out of the classroom, and new projects in development.
  • Training and support departments discussed the technology and tools available for faculty.
  • Professor Lyrical gave a lively keynote on student engagement.
  • ATS Director Stephanie Trowbridge presented an infographic (PDF) on tool use at Northeastern.

We look forward to hosting this great event next year, and have tentatively scheduled March 15, 2016 – save the date. If you have topics of interest or ideas for technologies that should be explored next year, email your suggestions to ats@northeastern.edu.

Course Development Technology Training Series
Beginning the summer semester, Academic Technology Services is offering the Online Course Development Technology Training Series on an ongoing basis. The series is designed to help new faculty and those who would like to refresh their knowledge of online teaching tools, and consists of three courses:

  • Blackboard Course Management – A two-hour, hands-on session focused on the course management aspects of the tool, which will make your life easier.
  • Tools for Creating Online Content and Interactions – A short session that offers an overview of engaging applications that faculty can use to move course content and student interactions online. Q&A will help you narrow in on tools to follow up on in more detail.
  • Storyline Basics – A two-hour, hands-on session in Storyline, a flexible and full-featured tool that faculty can use to create interactive e-learning content.

The courses can be taken as a series, or individually as desired; dates will be posted on the ATS training website. Customized and small-group versions are also available. Please contact ats@neu.edu with questions about individual or group registration.

New Tools

VoiceThread Available for Blackboard Integration
VoiceThread is a third-party tool that can be integrated into Blackboard, which allows you and your students to create multimedia presentations and group projects, and discuss via text, voice, or video. Discussion is asynchronous, so students can enter the discussion at their convenience, and you can watch the discussion as it unfolds.

Because Northeastern has purchased licenses for faculty and students, all faculty are granted Pro accounts when you log in through Blackboard. When the VoiceThread is created through Blackboard and linked correctly, sharing settings are easily managed. The integration will also automatically create a gradebook column, so that faculty can grade in VoiceThread and have the grade sent directly to the Blackboard gradebook.

Voice Thread Screenshot

Learn more about how VoiceThread works, and the proper way to create and link VoiceThread elements through Blackboard. A new training course, “VoiceThread Multimedia Discussions,” is also available beginning this month; specific dates are on the ATS training website.

Storyline 2 Now Available for Free Installation on Northeastern-Imaged Computers
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, Storyline is a quick-and-easy solution.

While the software can be quite costly and it was previously available only in the Digital Scholarship Commons lab, a new enterprise license means that faculty and staff can use it for free on your Northeastern-imaged computer. Go to the ATS website for instructions for downloading the software and other resources. Training in Storyline functionality will be offered throughout the semester, and you can see course listings and register at the ATS website.

Teaching & Learning Updates – Spring 2015

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Academic Technology Services (ATS) is constantly upgrading and adding to Northeastern’s teaching and learning tools. ATS also offers teaching technology courses and on-campus events in support of faculty and staff.

To start off 2015, Academic Technology Services has a number of updates for classroom technologies, and is offering training on new solutions for student engagement.


Technology

Tegrity

Faculty can now enable remote proctoring in Tegrity, to ensure student integrity for online assessments. Students can start remote proctor at the beginning of an exam to capture audio, video and desktop activity for the duration. When the assessment is complete, captures are uploaded to Tegrity for instructor review at up to 8x speed.

Instructors also now have the option to make Tegrity recorder available to students. Assign video projects, blogs or presentations after enabling this feature in your course options. Student recordings are always submitted for instructor review and approval before they are published to a course.

For more information on using the new Tegrity recording features, see the full documentation on the ATS Lecture Capture page.

Storyline

Articulate’s 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 (click through on the example below).

learning object exampleStoryline has been available in the Digital Scholarship Commons for the last year, but beginning in early spring, it will also be available for download via the Software Center on your Northeastern-managed faculty/staff Windows computer.

Learn more and see example projects at the ATS Storyline page.


Training

Top Hat

ATS is now working with Top Hat to offer and support an innovative online alternative to classroom clicker devices. Welcome Top Hat to Northeastern on January 13, 2015, and learn how you can use Top Hat to engage your students and liven the learning experience.

Register for this special event, or schedule an individual training session with Top Hat representative Allison Scholbe.