By Amod Lele
BU’s WordPress system will undergo scheduled maintenance this Sunday, October 12, between approximately midnight and 6 am. The sites will be viewable during this time, but for most of the period you will not be able to log in and edit their content. Gravity Forms (the standard WordPress forms) will also be unavailable during this time. For questions about this project, please contact the IT Help Center.
Digication, our ePortfolio tool, now has a new feature where PDF files can be displayed within an ePortfolio – you don’t have to click on a link to download them. The Digication site has instructions on how to do this.
Interested in capturing your lectures on video? The University of Ottawa is hosting a free webinar on the lessons from their more than six years’ experience with lecture capture technology, and from their use of learning analytics. The webinar will be September 23 at 2pm EDT. Their press release promises to discuss the following:
- How a single early adopter transformed a lecture capture experiment into a world-class operation reaching more than 15,000 users per term, with an 88% satisfaction rate
- See how lecture capture can help low-achieving students improve outcomes by as much as half a letter grade
- Find out how video usage analytics reveals the differences between “deep learners” and “surface learners” in their study habits
- The secret to inspiring a +90% class participation rate and the drastic post-test learning gains resulting from active learning
uOttawa uses the same Echo360 technology we use at BU, so their lessons are likely to be directly applicable. Register to participate in the event.
We have dealt with the login problems on Digication and everything should be resolved. There was a brief disruption in the login system for all systems this morning, but it has been resolved as well.
The Digication ePortfolio site at BU is currently experiencing a large number of intermittent login difficulties. Our team is in contact with Digication and they are working on getting the problems fixed as soon as possible. We apologize for the difficulty.
Faculty are invited to a session to learn more about TurningPoint 5, the audience response (clicker) solution currently supported by IS&T. Whether you are a current TurningPoint user, or someone interested in learning more about audience response systems, this session will be informative and interesting. We will end the session with Q & A and new users will have an opportunity to pick up a starter instructor kit. Please spread the word to any of your colleagues who might be interested in TurningPoint 5.
Lunch will be provided.
Topic: TurningPoint 5 and ResponseWare — Demo and Q & A (Lunch will be provided)
Presenter: Jeff Mihok, Senior Account Executive for Turning Technologies
When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: Charles River Campus – Hariri Seminar Room room MCS-180 (111 Cummington Mall)
Boston University now offers introductory trainings for the Mac version of NVivo qualitative data analysis software. If you’ve been interested in qualitative data analysis but don’t know where to begin, we’ll show you where to start. We have scheduled trainings on August 12 and August 20 to start; you can sign up via IS&T’s training calendar site. More trainings will come available.
We are still holding Windows intro trainings as before, which you can also sign up for via the training calendar.
Using the Internet at other colleges and universities will now be easier for the Boston University community. BU recently joined eduroam, a roaming access service for educational communities. Now, if you visit any of a large number of participating institutions, you will find the eduroam wireless network available, and will be able to log on with your BU credentials by following our instructions. You will only need to configure it once.
On July 1, Turning Technologies, the maker of BU’s audience-response system (clicker) software, will make a major change to its approach. The company will update us to TurningPoint Cloud, which is designed to make audience-response technology work better with mobile-phone apps (to make it less necessary to purchase standalone clickers). The TurningPoint software will not change; there will need to be an update, but it will run the same. The main change is that as of July 1, students and instructors will need to get Turning accounts (akin to Apple accounts), via the TurningPoint site. The site requires a “school code”, which will be assigned to us before July 1.
Please read TurningPoint’s official PDF announcement for more details.
The full commercial (stable, non-beta) release of NVivo is now available for the Mac. It includes features not found in the beta, such as word-frequency queries. Members of the BU community may download it and get a licence to activate it from the NVivo TechWeb page.
The Windows version contains the ability to convert files from Windows to Mac. If you had the Windows version and no longer intend to use it, please deactivate your Windows licence so that we have an accurate count of licences in use.