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.
Digication has just announced major improvements to its ePortfolio download feature. The download feature has gone through a major update and is now more stable and reliable. The download ePortfolio features gives end users the ability to download their ePortfolio at anytime. The downloaded ePortfolio will include all the standard html pages of the ePortfolio as well as any files and media that were uploaded to the ePortfolio (including large format videos).
View the full announcement.
Exciting news for Mac users working with NVivo: the beta of NVivo for Mac has been released! You can download the beta version from the QSR company’s website. Because it is a beta, you do not need to enter a licence key; the beta is free for everyone and will operate until June, when the full release version is released. You will need to download a licence key from BU to operate the full release version; we will make that available when the version comes out.
Please bear in mind two important cautions about this current Mac version. First, it is a beta test version; that means you can expect some bugs. Make sure to back up all sensitive data regularly; if reliable operation is crucial to work, you should probably wait until the full version is available, and use the Windows version in the meantime. Second, because it is being built from scratch, even the release version will not have the full functionality of the Windows version to start with, though the intent is to add this in. More
Next week, Turnitin will host a free webcast to share strategies for enhancing student understanding of academic citation and integrity for multimedia presentations. It will be held at 1pm on March 5. Register to attend.
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.
COMSOL Multiphysics will be hosting a workshop directly on the BU campus on March 6. COMSOL is used by to engineers, chemists, physicists, biologists, and anyone else interested in modeling and simulation of real-world multiphysics systems. The planned speaker is Dr Jinlan Huang, who has a PhD from BU in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. More
QSR, the makers of NVivo, invite you to a complimentary webinar about using NVivo as a research tool. NVivo is software, available free of charge to the entire BU community, that helps you organize, capture, manage, explore and understand your unstructured qualitative and mixed methods data, like interviews, survey responses, website data, images, videos and social media posts, enabling you to uncover new insight and easily share your findings, individually or as part of a team.
This live webinar will provide an overview of what NVivo can do so you will have the knowledge to:
- set up a project
- import your text data
- organize your content
- begin the coding process to assist in identifying possible themes, topics and trends
To register just select one of the following dates from the list below. It’s that easy!
Date 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
QSR also offers many other free webinars.
How do instructors respond when they encounter plagiarism? And, how do these responses change if plagiarism continues? The makers of Turnitin, BU’s originality checking software, conducted a survey of over 1,600 U.S. instructors to find out how instructors are addressing plagiarism in their classes and what impact academic integrity policies and multiple infractions may have in informing instructor response. On January 30at 1pm, they will hold a complimentary webinar to review the survey findings and highlight key takeaways from the survey. Sign up to view the session.