Category: Technologies

Want to EXCEL this semester?

January 13th, 2016 in Announcements, Microsoft Office, Office Software

IS&T has partnered with our preferred training vendor, New Horizons, to offer three levels of Microsoft Office 2013 Excel classes this semester (Windows only)! Classes are available to BU faculty and staff for a fee of $75 per person, per class; this fee is due to the high cost of training (typically, an individual would pay $688 to attend a New Horizons Excel class).

It is recommended that you visit TechWeb before registering to review important information, including syllabi, so you know which training is right for you: http://www.bu.edu/tech/about/training/online/documentation/excel-2013-training/. (New Horizons is also also offering an Introduction to PowerPoint 2013 training this semester; we may add a two-part Access training – updates will be posted here.)

Once you have reviewed the syllabi, cancellation policy, and payment information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/tech/about/training/ to sign up for training; sessions begin in late February and continue through May. Sessions may be added throughout the semester based on demand. Happy Excel’ing!

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Digication Blackboard building block now available

December 17th, 2015 in Announcements, Blackboard, Digication, e-Portfolio, Learning Management Systems

Digication, BU’s ePortfolio system, now offers an integration with Blackboard. You can work with Digication portfolios from within a Blackboard course. This allows Digication to collect the students in your course together without having to enroll them separately. It also greatly simplifies the process of creating assignments and of having students create their own portfolios, especially from templates.

Detailed information on how to use Digication in Blackboard is available within our portfolio about portfolios. If you’d like an in-person consultation on how to do it, you can contact us to ask.

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Social Media Pub Lunch

November 4th, 2015 in Announcements, Facebook, Social Media, Twitter

Are you interested in using social media for teaching and learning? Please come to an informal gathering of BU faculty, graduate instructors and staff to share thoughts, ideas, tips and tricks about using social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Wikipedia and YouTube) in the classroom. Our first gathering will be at the BU Pub. We’d like to schedule it for your convenience, so please let us know what times you could make in our Doodle: http://doodle.com/poll/s6byvq2k2he9v3yw

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NVivo 11 is available

October 22nd, 2015 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

The new version of NVivo is now available! The new NVivo for Mac now allows you to import pictures and code regions of the picture (allowing you to code handwritten data, among other things), and allows you to import social-media data from Facebook and Twitter. The new NVivo 11 for Windows has a simplified query interface similar to the Mac version, and new tools for diagrams and mental maps. It is available in a “Starter” version that removes from features for a simpler interface, as well as the “Pro” version most similar to previous versions. You can switch back and forth between the Starter and Pro versions at any time. (A “Plus” version with additional features has also been introduced, but is not part of BU’s NVivo agreement.) The QSR company website has a comparison of the various versions.

The company has provided a guide to what’s new in NVivo 11 and in the new NVivo Mac. You can download the latest versions from the NVivo TechWeb page. We recommend backing up your project files before installing NVivo 11.

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Password protection now available on ePortfolios

September 25th, 2015 in Announcements, Digication, e-Portfolio, Tips & Tricks

Students (and other users) can now make their Digication ePortfolios available to users outside of Boston University without worrying about privacy, by adding password protection. For example, if they wish to have different portfolios tailored to different kinds of employers, they can set up multiple portfolios, and provide each employer with the password for a different one. To use password protection: go to the Portfolio Tools/Settings page; set the portfolio’s Permissions to Public and check the box underneath it labelled Require password for access; enter a password, scroll to the bottom and press Save.

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We now offer high-level WordPress training

September 16th, 2015 in Announcements, Blogging, e-Publishing, WordPress

Boston University now offers the long-awaited Level 2 (intermediate/advanced) WordPress training on the Charles River campus, for those who want to go beyond the basics of website design and learn to work with BU’s array of custom-designed plugins. Currently one training class is offered in each month this fall; more may be added if there is additional demand. You can sign up for a session on our training registration page. Topics covered include section editing, Gravity Forms, design options, slideshows, profiles, widgets and video embedding.

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NVivo site licence

July 8th, 2015 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

BU IS&T is happy to announce that we have moved up to a site-wide, unlimited-user licence for NVivo, our software for qualitative data analysis. Formerly, we were limited to 500 licences. It is now available to the entire community, and you should feel free to download it as many times as you like as long as you remain affiliated with BU. We highly encourage you to inform your students about Nvivo as well.

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Possible user group for data analysis

May 8th, 2015 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo, Qualtrics

IS&T ETTO is exploring the possibility of a user group for faculty and staff working with NVivo, and perhaps other data-analysis software such as Qualtrics, to meet and share ideas and experiences. We’re trying to gauge interest in this possibility. If you think you might be interested, please take our survey and let us know what you think.

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Live Demonstrations of Learning Management Systems

April 17th, 2015 in Announcements, Blackboard, Learning Management Systems

As part of the Learning Management System (LMS) investigation, the LMS Steering Committee will be conducting several live demonstrations from vendors, including our current LMS, Blackboard. All faculty and academic staff are invited to attend these sessions, but we ask that you register in advance so we can plan accordingly.

Canvas by Instructure Demonstration
Date: Friday, May 1
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: Questrom Room 222, Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd floor

Blackboard Demonstration
Date: Monday, May 4
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Terrace Lounge, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave

Following the Blackboard demonstration on Monday, May 4 we will be hosting our fourth annual Blackboard Boot Camp. This annual event gives faculty an opportunity to hear from their colleagues and to learn more about what our current Learning Management System has to offer. Seating is limited, so please be sure to register in advance.

We look forward to seeing you! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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ePortfolio Platform Investigation Survey

March 23rd, 2015 in Announcements, Digication, e-Portfolio

As part of our ongoing investigation into our platforms for learning management and ePortfolio, IS&T is conducting a survey about the Digication ePortfolio system and the extent to which it meets faculty and other user needs. Please take the survey and let us know your thoughts. We want to hear from you even if you don’t use Digication; we’d like to know why.

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