By Amod Lele
The Educational Technology Blog has now moved to BU’s new educational technology website, associated with Educational Technology’s move into the office of Digital Learning and Innovation. Please change your links to www.bu.edu/edtech/blog and come join us at our new home. The Facebook and Twitter feeds will now come from the new site automatically. If you’re following by email, you’ll need to resubscribe at the new page (it’s a simple process). If you’re following by RSS, you should update your feeds.
Adobe is providing a free five-week online course introducing educators to the basics of digital media creation in an intensive, hands-on collaborative experience. Learn to create digital images, graphics, video, publishing and even a website using the latest Adobe tools, and explore best practices for integrating digital media into your classroom. The course begins today (October 3) and will continue until November 18.
The Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award recognizes the faculty member or team that best exemplifies innovation in teaching through the use, development, or adaptation of technology. The award celebrates innovation that results in positive learning outcomes for undergraduate students and that is recognized or adopted by faculty colleagues within or outside Boston University. Each year, the Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) select a Gitner Award recipient, who receives a $10,000 prize. An overview of the award, general guidelines and instructions for nominations, and information about last year’s recipients may be found on the Gitner Award page on the Office of the Provost’s website.
Please submit all nominations and supporting materials for the Gitner Award to CTL at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are due Friday, October 7, 2016.
Welcome back to BU! Turnitin has now moved to the new Feedback Studio interface, combining the Originality Check and GradeMark features into a single screen. Your experience with Turnitin (whether you use it through Blackboard or through Turnitin.com) will remain the same for everything except viewing papers. If you missed Turnitin’s presentation at BU on last week, you can now watch it online to get comfortable with the new system. You can also view Turnitin’s online Feedback Studio manual for instructors and manual for students.
Turnitin is providing BU with a free-of-charge training session on Turnitin Feedback Studio, Turnitin’s newly revised user interface. The new system promises to make it easier for faculty to streamline and speed up their grading of written assignments. The demonstration will be held on campus on Tuesday August 30 from 12:30 to 2:30. It will also be streamed and recorded; you can watch the stream through an Adobe Connect link. BU faculty and staff are welcome to attend in person; please contact Amod Lele (information available via the BU Directory) if you would like to attend.
QSR, the makers of NVivo, offers a variety of free webinars for those interested in learning more about qualitative data analysis with this software. As well as regular introductory webinars, there are sessions on using NVivo for literature reviews, students using NVivo to organize course information, and analyzing social-media content. You can see a listing and sign up on their website.
Interested in recording video lectures and other digital content but want higher quality than what you can make on your phone? As BU faculty, you have access to a studio in Mugar Library with high-quality recording equipment and software such as Camtasia. You can learn to use it by signing up for a consultation with an educational technologist. Once you’ve done that, you can book and reserve the room to use it at your convenience.
If you’d like your students to use ePortfolios but you don’t want to go through the setup process for assignments, there’s a simpler way to track what your students did when. Every Digication portfolio has a site map, accessible in the upper right of the portfolio below the BU logo. You can look at this site map to see all the pages in the portfolio, when they were last updated, and which student last updated them.
The process of reporting program assessment is about to get easier. After a long process of faculty consultation, the office of Program Learning Outcomes Assessment, in conjunction with the Educational Technology office, has selected the Planning module from Campus Labs to assist in coordinating program outcomes assessment. This fall, instead of sending Word templates back and forth, we will have a streamlined web-based cloud interface for entering assessment options. This will make it easier for departments to record their processes as required by NEASC, BU’s accreditor. It will also allow departments to generate reports about their own learning goals in order to improve their own teaching, if they wish.
Are you interested in Turnitin, for academic integrity or the time-saving GradeMark features, but do not want your students’ papers added to the company’s proprietary database? There is a simple way to accomplish this. When creating a Turnitin assignment within Blackboard, press the Optional Settings button, and then select Submit papers to:. Change the drop-down option to no repository and papers will no longer be added to the database.