Category: Online and Blended Learning

MET College Ed Tech Colloquium Series: Deterring & Detecting Plagiarism

October 5th, 2016 in Learning Management Systems, Metropolitan College, Online and Blended Learning, Plagiarism Detection, Tips & Tricks, Turnitin

On Wednesday, September 27th, Metropolitan College hosted the second in an ongoing series of presentations on the integration of various educational technology tools and techniques in online, blended, and face to face classes. This series has been organized by a group consisting of staff from Metropolitan College departments of Educational Technology & Innovation and the Office of Distance Education. Specifically, this session looked at a variety of methods and means for deterring and detecting plagiarism. We want to thank all who attended. If you were not able to attend the event, please feel free to watch the recording or view the slides from the presentation.

The presentation covered a range of methods, from more traditional strategies and best practices, to a demonstration of the Turnitin tool, its latest incarnation Turnitin Feedback Studio, and its integration into Blackboard. The questions and discussion that followed illustrated how important a topic this is for us to be focusing on at this time. Special thanks to Andy Abrahamson, Yuvaraj Gunasekaran, Emily Heffernan Helter, Dan Hillman, and Shannon Rose McAuliffe for presenting on such an important topic.

Be on the lookout for an announcement about October’s installment of this series on the topic of tools and techniques for incorporating video into your courses.

All presentations take place in Room 109 of the Fuller Building, 808 Commonwealth Avenue. Attendees who cannot come in person can attend virtually. Please direct any questions you may have about this series to Emily Heffernan Helter, Assistant Director of Educational Technology and Production, in the Office of Distance Education eheff@bu.edu.

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Scripting online videos

June 7th, 2016 in Flipped Classrooms, MOOC, Tips & Tricks

The BU Digital Learning Initiative has recently posted helpful guidelines about scripting videos for a MOOC (massive open online course). The guidelines may be of help for any use of prerecorded video in a teaching context, such as a “flipped” classroom. The infographic below identifies the multiple steps of the process.

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Posting YouTube Videos in Blackboard Discussions

April 26th, 2016 in Blackboard, Learning Management Systems, Online and Blended Learning, Tips & Tricks, Video Streaming

Do you currently use the discussion board tool in Blackboard? If so, you may be looking for ways to increase student engagement and participation inside your discussion forums. A common complaint about discussion boards is that unless they are graded or required by the instructor, students do not want to participate. The conversations between students are full of flattery and follow the leader, and often lack the depth that is found in the face-to-face classroom environment.

One possible solution is through the use of YouTube video postings to the discussion board in place of the traditional text responses. To set this up, students will need to create their own YouTube channel using a Google Account. Luckily, anyone can create a Gmail account or for added features, BU students and faculty are also able to set up Google Apps for Education accounts through BU: (http://www.bu.edu/tech/support/google/).

Once a YouTube channel is created, students can upload their video from either a smartphone or computer to their YouTube channel and copy the video’s Share URL into the Blackboard discussion board thread by clicking on the “Insert/Edit Embedded Media” button. Students who are concerned about posting personal information on YouTube have the option of saving videos as “unlisted.”

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School of Social Work wins Platinum Award for distance learning

May 8th, 2014 in Announcements, Case Studies, Online and Blended Learning, Social Work

The Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) was recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with a Platinum Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming. The USDLA, a nonprofit association and national leader in distance learning, presented its 2014 International Distance Learning Awards on May 5, 2014, in conjunction with its 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. More

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Four BU MOOCs open for registration

February 26th, 2014 in Announcements, College of Arts & Sciences, edX, General Studies, MOOC, Online and Blended Learning

Registration for BU’s first four MOOCs (massive open online courses) opened on edx.org on 2/25. The four BU courses — Sabermetrics 101 (Andy Andres),  War for the Greater Middle East (Andrew Bacevich), The Art of Poetry (Robert Pinsky) & Alien Worlds —  join the ranks of those offered by a select group of universities on the Harvard & MIT-founded platform, and hope to appeal to tens of thousands learners around the globe by offering a taste of some of BU’s best.

Supported by BU’s Digital Learning Initiative, MOOCs are a part of a larger campus-wide effort to encourage and support innovative faculty-driven projects in digital learning. As the DLI team wrote in a recent article in InsideHigherEd, now is the time to ask bold questions about the value of residential and online learning, about regional and interdisciplinary pedagogical cooperation, and meaningful metrics about students’ opportunities, agency and resilience in the higher ed ecosystem. It is our hope that MOOCs can be both an active part of and catalyst for engaging with these queries and their complex answers.

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Demystifying MOOCs in the Changing Educational Landscape

January 22nd, 2014 in Announcements, Flipped Classrooms, MOOC, Online and Blended Learning

DLI Associate Director Romy Ruukel discusses the history of MOOCs, their current status at BU, and digital learning beyond the MOOC-space.

Tuesday, January 28, 2013 / 12-1:30pm
111 Cummington Mall, MCS-180, Hariri Institute Seminar Room

Please visit the Digital Learning Initiative website for more information about Initiative projects or contact budli@bu.edu with any questions.

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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.

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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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Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks scheduled for Spring 2013

December 21st, 2012 in Announcements, Assistive Technology, Audience Response Systems (Clickers), Blackboard, Data Analysis, Digication, e-Portfolio, Echo360, Flipped Classrooms, Learning Management Systems, Lecture Capture, Mobile Learning, Online and Blended Learning, Plagiarism Detection, Read & Write Gold, Turning Point

CEIT has now posted its list of Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks scheduled throughout the Spring 2013 semester. The talks are scheduled on various dates and times to make it possible for faculty to explore some talks whatever their schedule. Some scheduled talks with an emphasis on new technologies include:

Databases for non-majors (Jan. 10)
The top 5 things faculty need to know about Blackboard Learn (Jan. 10)
Read & Write Gold (Feb. 6)
Flipped classroom and Echo360 (Feb. 13)
Collaboration tools in Blackboard Learn (Feb. 20)
iPad applications in the classroom (Feb. 25)
Google Apps in your classroom (Feb. 25)
Increasing instructional interactivity with clickers (Mar. 19)
Virtual student exchanges (Apr. 3)
High-tech cheating (Apr. 3)
How to use ePortfolios (Apr. 5)
Making grading easier and more transparent with rubrics in Blackboard Learn (Apr. 11)
Dimensions of online courses and student perceptions (Apr. 17)

The CEIT site has a complete list of talks. If you’re interested, please sign up and reserve a space!

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Blackboard Learn: What can it do for you?

December 5th, 2012 in Announcements, Blackboard, Blogging, Learning Management Systems, Online and Blended Learning

In continuation of CEIT’s and IS&T’s efforts to engage faculty in the LMS migration, CEIT hosted a presentation on Blackboard Learn that focused on how faculty can use it for their course. Participants from the Blackboard Learn pilot were present to share their ideas and experience with the new environment. Some topics included:

– Collaboration tools in Blackboard: With this new system comes new tools and features. In terms of student collaboration, the three that are most significant are blogs, journals and wikis. Blogs allow students to share their personal thoughts with their classmates and gives them their own voice in the class. Journals, on the other hand, are designed to be a private communication between an instructor and a student. Finally, wikis are collaborative documents that allow students to edit each other’s work.

– Assignments and Rubrics: Faculty now have the ability to attached rubrics to their assignments, making grading more transparent to the students and much simpler for the instructor. Additionally, assignments are the new and improved way of accepting documents from students.

For more information on the presentation, please feel free to reach out to CEIT (cent@bu.edu) or the presenter, Kacie Cleary (kmcleary@bu.edu).

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