MOOC webinar

November 22nd, 2013 in Announcements, MOOC

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) announces a new online webinar, “Quality Matters for MOOCs: Results and Implications of the First QM MOOC Reviews”, held December 2 at 1 pm, at no charge to any member of the Boston University community.

Steps to connect:

  1. Establish an Educause username and password at https://www.educause.edu/user/register
  2. Register for the webinar at http://net.educause.edu/Registration/ELIWEB1313

For more information, visit the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s page at http://www.educause.edu/eli/events/quality-matters-moocs

 

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Submit directly from Google Drive to Turnitin

November 19th, 2013 in Announcements, Blackboard, Collaboration Tools, Google Apps, Learning Management Systems, Online and Blended Learning, Plagiarism Detection, Tips & Tricks, Turnitin

Turnitin, BU’s supported software for academic integrity and faster grading, has recently introduced a “Cloud Submit” feature that allows students to submit assignments directly from Google Drive or Dropbox, convenient for students who are working on collaborative assignments in Google Drive or who do not wish to pay for Microsoft Word.

Cloud Submit

We recommend accessing Turnitin through its Blackboard integration. To create an assignment that will work in Turnitin: in any of your Blackboard course’s content areas (“Assignments”) or the like, go to the Assessments menu and select Turnitin Assignment, and follow the instructions. You’ll then be able to see the assignment’s results by going to Course Tools in the lower left corner of the course and selecting Turnitin Assignments. If Turnitin Assignments doesn’t appear under Course Tools, you can turn it on by going to Customization.

Note that while students may use Dropbox to submit assignments to Turnitin, faculty should never return student grades or comments through Dropbox. Because BU has no service agreement with Dropbox, Dropbox does not count as a school official for purposes of FERPA, and sharing student records with

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NERCOMP event on learning strategies for large lecture classes

November 15th, 2013 in Announcements, Audience Response Systems (Clickers), Lecture Capture

What is the first thing you think of when thinking about large lecture courses? A sea of lost faces? Students falling asleep, facebooking, texting or cheating on exams? Large lecture courses are sometimes treated as the neglected sibling or a “necessary evil” in higher education.

What if it were possible to make large lecture courses more engaging while maintaining a sustainable workload for faculty and staff members who run them? What lessons can we learn from MOOCs that might be applicable back at home on campus?

These questions are the topic of an event to be held December 9 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst by the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP). For more details, seeĀ nercomp.org/index.php?section=events&evtid=298

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COMSOL Multiphysics event

November 4th, 2013 in Announcements, College of Arts & Sciences, COMSOL, Engineering

We invite faculty who are interested in COMSOL Multiphysics to a local event and encourage them to share information on this potentially great learning experience with students.

COMSOL is used by to engineers, chemists, physicists, biologists, and anyone else interested in modeling and simulation of real-world multiphysics systems: simulations that involve multiple physical models or multiple simultaneous physical phenomena. More

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