By Amod Lele
Educational Technology, Training and Outreach has a website available outlining our current investigation into options for a learning management system (currently Blackboard). The site will also have details about our related investigation into an ePortfolio system (currently Digication). This site should not be taken to mean that BU is dissatisfied with either Blackboard or Digication, only that we are undertaking a periodic review to confirm whether or not our current systems remain the best ones.
If you’re thinking about adopting NVivo in your classes, you can download the NVivo Teacher’s Guide from the official NVivo website. It contains modules introducing various aspects of NVivo to students, such as working with interviews and working with PDFs.
BU wants to hear faculty opinions about Blackboard and competing learning management systems. We are conducting a review project to determine whether we will stick with Blackboard in the years to come, or adopt an alternate system. We want your opinions as faculty members, and we have set up focus groups on March 18th and 19th so that we can hear them. Light refreshments will be served.
If you’d like to attend a focus group, please register online. Please pass this link along to any faculty member(s) who may be interested in participating. We welcome input from any faculty at all levels.
BU Google Apps (including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Sites and more) now include unlimited amounts of storage space. Google Drive makes an excellent space to store large files that are difficult to email or fit on a server. If you don’t yet have a BU Google account, you can sign up for one on our account creation page.
QSR International, the makers of NVivo, will be providing a free March 9 teaching session at BU built around the NVivo Teacher’s Guide. This resource is used by professors worldwide. To enhance the experience for both you and your students, QSR International is offering a more in-depth look into the pedagogy behind the guide as well as possible implementation options.
The NVivo Teacher’s Guide is designed by an educator to make it easier for teaching staff to incorporate NVivo into higher education coursework, and flexible enough to fit various teaching styles, approaches and disciplines. Delivered modularly, you can choose to work with the resources that best suit your course. And, each module is accompanied by a ready-to-go NVivo project, enabling practical learning. The currently available modules are built around NVivo 10 for Windows.
This session will be led by Dr. Stuart Robertson, the developer of The NVivo Teacher’s Guide. More
North America’s leading association for ePortfolios, AAEEBL (Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning) is holding its 2015 Northeast regional meeting right on the Boston University campus, through the College of General Studies, on March 12. Come and learn about different approaches to ePortfolios in education. If you would like the world to know about your ideas or experiences on ePortfolios, there is even room left for new presentations; the proposal deadline (listed as February 9 on the site) has been extended to February 28. You can find out more and register through the conference website. (There is a registration fee to attend.)
The Digication ePortfolio system will be unavailable because of scheduled maintenance on Sunday, December 14 between 2am and 6am EST. Please plan accordingly and inform your students if they are likely to be working late on Saturday night (for example if they have a portfolio-based semester assignment due on Monday).
Our Digication Portfolio about Portfolios now offers training videos with screen captures, to walk you through each step of the process of creating portfolios and courses. These are available in the various pages under Creating an ePortfolio in Digication and Courses in Digication. Some of them have already been posted on the student site www.bu.edu/eportfolio, but many are now available to the BU community for the first time.
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.