At this, the beginning of a new semester, we thought we would address two topics that garner many calls at the beginning of a new academic year – how to make your course available in Blackboard and how to provision your course for Panopto. This brief video tutorial will walk you through the steps necessary to get you started!
Google has a myriad of tools to make daily tasks simpler. Google Forms is a fantastic option for collecting and organizing data. Whether you need to create a survey, an exit ticket for a course, an equipment checkout form, document when supplies need to be restocked, or any other use you can come up with, Google Forms is a quick and easy solution. It will take all of the data from the form, input it into a spreadsheet for you, and offer additional analytics. With recent updates, you can now embed videos and pictures into the forms. Google has also allowed a number of third party add-ons that expand the uses for Forms including one, Flubaroo, that will automatically grade quizzes and assignments done through Forms.
Here is a brief introduction to this tool:
myHistro is a web-based timeline tool. It allows for not just dates and events to be entered, but to tie each of those events to a specific location using Google maps. Beyond that, you can add photos and notes to each event to create a more immersive and detailed experience. Once created, you can create quizzes from the timeline or export it as a pdf, csv, Google Earth, or other file.
Beyond implementing as a presentation tool or assignment for a course, my Histro could be used as a journaling tool for your life history, to plan your next vacation, or document the history of your department.
Check out this video for a short introduction:
When making mini-lectures, sharing interesting “found” videos with students, or when creating online training – there is always the concern that just watching a video is so passive that your target audience will not stay engaged. eduCanon is an easy-to-use cloud-based app that allows an instructor to insert reflective pauses, multiple choice questions and more, right onto a video you wish to share.
eduCanon uses videos that you have uploaded or found on YouTube. The free version has a number of different kinds of questions you can add. If you are active about posting new videos, they will add features from the paid version to your account at no cost.
Find out more about this great tool for making videos more involved by watching the following:
Remind is a fantastic tool that allows for sending group or individual texts to an entire class, set of student workers, department, or other combination of people. Even better, it does not require ever collecting the participants phone numbers. This means that you gain all of the advantages of texting without having to cross those professional barriers of exchanging private numbers with students or others.
Remind is simple to set up. All you need to do is create a group or class and then send the invite via email to all of your participants. They can then submit their desired phone number to Remind (which remains unseen by anyone) and the process is complete. Sending a group text is as easy as typing it in to the web page and clicking send. You can also set texts to go out at specific times. Many more features are available through their mobile app.
To learn more about Remind, please watch this brief video: