Clearing the Static: Overcoming Misconceptions, Reluctance, and Objections to Capturing Lectures

When: October 4, 2010 11:00 am PDT
Where: ONLINE
Presenters: Robin Smith & Keith Freeman, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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The technical challenges of integrating a new technology can sometimes be the easiest hurdle to clear. Selling the idea of change is often the first challenge to implementation. At times you may feel as if you are working in the university’s marketing department instead of in educational technology. Being prepared to address faculty reluctance will enable you to succeed.

Classroom attendance, copyright concerns, and faculty anxiety are all common issues that arise when institutions begin to record lectures. In this presentation we’ll offer ways to overcome these common objections and address them head-on.

During this presentation Robin Smith and Keith Freeman will share their experiences and lessons learned throughout two years of integrating Wimba Classroom, and more recently the MP4 capability, into the curriculum of 5 colleges at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The ability to archive, download and distribute course lectures has elicited a variety of responses by users. The presenters will contribute ways they were able to foster acceptance when faced with a broad array of viewpoints.

At the end of this session, participants will:
Be aware of common misconceptions, reluctance, and objections to recording lectures.
Obtain an inventory of recommended responses.
Take home ways to focus support resources toward the big picture.

TILT Session: October 14 with CSU Chico Communications Professor, Vivi McEuen

Please note the new date, October 14; rescheduled from October 13. We apologize for any inconvenience.

CSU, Chico Communications Professor, Vivi McEuen will be presenting, Choosing & Using E-texts: Lessons Learned on Thursday, October 14, at 3:30 pm in Meriam Library 031. This Technology in Learning and Teaching discussion will focus on lessons learned from first thinking about an e-text, choosing the e-text, and finally using an e-text. Obstacles and successes from both faculty and student viewpoints will be shared.

Attendance can be done in three ways:

1. Come to room 27B in the basement of Meriam Library and be a part of our live audience to take part in the broadcast.
2. View the presentation online by entering the Wimba Classroom and viewing the session from an office or home, or anywhere there is Internet access.
3. View the presentation as an archive which will be available after the presentation.

To Attend Online
To attend online you will need a Web browser, the Java plug-in, and computer speakers to hear the audio. To enter the room click this link. In the next window add your name in the Participant Login box and enter. If this is the first time attending a Wimba session, it is advisable to run the Set Up Wizard before attending the presentation.

Viewing Recorded Sessions
Each session is recorded with the Wimba software for later playback online. To view an archive, click on the TILT session’s name on this page or view the TILT archive page to see recorded sessions from previous semesters. Remember, the archive is not available until after the presentation date.

TILT Session: October 12 with CSU Chico History Professor, Jason Nice

On Tuesday, October 12 at 3:00 pm, CSU, Chico History Professor Jason Nice will be conducting a Technology in Learning and Teaching presentation in the basement of Meriam Library. Professor Nice’s presentation, “Finding a Comfortable Fit: Reflections on Building an Online Course,” will detail tips and strategies used to transform a 15-week classroom section to a 4-week Summer or January online section. If you are looking for ways to make technology work for you, then please attend this session.

Attendance can be done in three ways:

1. Come to room 27B in the basement of Meriam Library and be a part of our live audience to take part in the broadcast.
2. View the presentation online by entering the Wimba Classroom and viewing the session from an office or home, or anywhere there is Internet access.
3. View the presentation as an archive which will be available after the presentation.

To Attend Online
To attend online you will need a Web browser, the Java plug-in, and computer speakers to hear the audio. To enter the room click this link. In the next window add your name in the Participant Login box and enter. If this is the first time attending a Wimba session, it is advisable to run the Set Up Wizard before attending the presentation.

Viewing Recorded Sessions
Each session is recorded with the Wimba software for later playback online. To view an archive, click on the TILT session’s name on this page or view the TILT archive page to see recorded sessions from previous semesters. Remember, the archive is not available until after the presentation date.

Turnitin2 Integrates Plagiarism Checking, Paperless Grading

According to The Journal, the latest version of iParadigm’s Turnitin, released in a few weeks ago, integrates three of their products: Turnitin: OriginalityCheck, PeerMark, and GradeMark. The integration allows users to view a paper while also checking results from all three of their products.
Some of the changes to Turnitin2 include:

* Interface tweaks to make some functions easier to access in the originality check;
* Support for landscape orientations and multiple layouts within a single document;
* A new commenting tool in PeerMark and GradeMark;
* A new side panel containing marks in PeerMark;
* A vertically oriented comment list in GradeMark;
* Simplified rubrics creation in GradeMark.

For more information please check the iParadigms website.

Nine Important Trends in the Evolution of Digital Content in Higher Education

Recently, Rob Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief for The Xplanation, gave a presentation about nine important trends regarding the evolution of digital content.  His article, Nine Important Trends in the Evolution of Digital Content in Higher Education, focuses on the increasing availability of digital content, including ways in which users access and purchase it. 

One of the main points Reynolds addresses is the disaggregation of digital content and the break up of the traditional text book model.  Reynolds states, “disaggregated content has been seriously afoot ever since iTunes appeared and we started talking about songs instead of albums.”  This same principle applies for the sale of textbooks content and e-learning apps. 

Another important point mentioned in the article is the increase in the textbook rentals and the e-textbook market.  Reynolds mentions that the text industry is now realizing two important realities, cost and real need. According to Reynolds, even rentals will go away as less used texts become available and only digital will remain.

Lastly, the article pinpoints the move from evolution to innovation and revolution of digital content.  To access the full article on nine important trends in the evolution of digital content click here.

Sync Bookmarks with Xmarks Browser Add-On

Looking to sync all your bookmarks?  Xmarks bookmarks sync tool is a browser add-on that enables users to sync bookmarks from anywhere.  This is a great tool because it’s a simple browser add-on that can be installed to be used in conjunction with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer.  To use Xmarks, users download the add-on, create an account and it’s ready to use.  With Xmarks users can take their current bookmarks, store them on the xmarks server, which then allows them to be accessed from anywhere.  Once bookmarks are on the xmarks server, install the add-on and the bookmarks will sync directly from the server.  In conclusion, if users have bookmarks they want to access from anywhere, Xmarks is a great product to consider.

Turnitin Academy Workshops Available

The Turnitin Academy is a series of highly interactive Webinars geared toward taking instructors beyond just plagiarism prevention and toward a powerful pedagogy for “writing to learn.” Developed and taught by a college professor and Turnitin power user, each one-hour session explores practical elements of using the entire Turnitin solution in the instructional process. There’s no cost to participate in these valuable professional development sessions. Sign up online, http://turnitin.com/static/academy.html

Participate in one or all five different sessions:
• Teaching the Writing Process with Turnitin
• Teaching Students Accurate & Effective Source Integration with Turnitin
• Assessing Student Writing with Turnitin for Instructors & Writing Programs
• Managing Students & Coursework Online with Turnitin
• Best Practices for Teaching with Turnitin

Faculty Use of Student Feedback in the LMS

One of the categories of the Rubric for Online Instruction, Number 6 to be specific, Faculty Use of Student Feedback, is an area that is often neglected. It takes extra work for faculty to construct multiple opportunities for students to give feedback on course content and often students don’t participate in these surveys since they are “not for credit.” As a result, student opinions about the ease of the online environment and accessibility of materials go unheard and course glitches often go unfixed.

In an optimal situation, faculty should be surveying students after about two weeks into the course, at mid-semester, and finally at the close. If conducted at specific intervals, faculty can benefit from the information by refining the Vista section to be more efficient and smooth any issues before they become show stoppers. Faculty will also benefit directly by allowing technology to enable them to become more effective workers and time managers.

The assessment tool in Vista provides a quick way to create a survey and obtain timely feedback. To view a tutorial about assessment creation please view this web page, Creating and Editing Assessments. As always TLP is here to help. Appointments with a consultant or time with our student staff in the Empowerment Lab are always available.

Turnitin as Chico State Technology Tool

I asked the question of faculty using Turitin within their Vista class sections how they feel about using it. How would they feel about it going away? The responses I got the week before school started in August was impressive. I’d like very much to keep that conversation going. For the fall semester 2010, we have instructors using Turnitin powerlinked into 696 Vista classes. We have 7,604 students registered in those classes intending to use it to turn in papers and check for originality against a huge database of written work. Plagiarism being the question, how to cite resources properly, and determing originality of work, being the main reasons faculty use this software service. Let me include some comments from faculty below. Feel free to add your comments to this blog. If you are new to Turnitin and want to try it in your class, contact Claudine Franquet, our Turnitin administrator and TLP Instructional Technology Consultant at x5551. For additional conversations around Turnitin’s future with Chico State, feel free to contact me, Laura Sederberg, manager of TLP, x4326.