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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
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.
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.
Joseph Bizup, Director of BU’s CAS Writing Program, was recently featured in the monthly newsletter for Digication, the ePortfolio software BU uses. We’re including the text of the interview here, by kind permission of Digication:
Professor Joseph Bizup is currently Associate Professor in the Department of English at Boston University, and Assistant Dean and Director of the CAS Writing Program. His outstanding career encompasses distinguished scholarly contributions to literary criticism and rhetorical theory, as well as academic service positions, and writing program administration in some of the country’s most prestigious institutions: Yale University (97-99, 2001-2002), Columbia University (2002-2008), Boston University (2008-present).
Digication Learning Director: Professor Bizup, let’s start by talking a bit about your career’s trajectory. You started as a scholar of Victorian literature, but your research took you close to questions about technology, and the ways in which technology is relevant to human culture more generally. You discussed the often-invoked divide between technology and culture, and explained how the opposition can be dissolved. These questions are more than relevant in the present cultural and educational context. Could you tell our readers how you see the current interplay between technology and culture in general, and especially, what you consider to be the benefits of technology for humanistic education? More
If you’ve been using NVivo through BU over the past few months, you may have noticed that current NVivo licenses will be expiring in just over a month. Renewal licences are now available to all BU users: just go to the NVivo TechWeb page, scroll down and click “Renew/Replace A License”, and follow the instructions. Your new license will be good for another year, and similar instructions will be available the next time the licenses turn over.
The social networking site Google+ is now officially available as part of BU’s Google Apps, accessible through your BU and Kerberos accounts. This includes the popular service Google Hangouts, which allows free group video conferencing. Google Hangouts provides a way to hold virtual office hours, even for multiple students simultaneously. Video conferences can also be streamed and archived to a wider audience via Hangouts on Air.
Please be aware that Google+, including Google Hangouts, is not governed by BU’s main service agreement with Google; as a result, confidential information such as student grades and comments should not be shared over these services, even privately, without the student’s express written consent. Further information is available via the TechWeb page for Google Apps.
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.
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
Boston University has something new to offer those who use a survey tool to conduct research or course evaluations, offer tests and quizzes, get student feedback, and analyze data. A group of IT Partners from SED, CAS, ENG, SMG, and BUMC, together with IS&T, have purchased a site license for Qualtrics, a highly advanced yet easy to use survey tool. This means you should not have to pay for your own or a department survey tool license as long as the site license is renewed. It’s provided at no charge — to students, faculty, staff, students, even guests sponsored by a department.
To access Qualtrics, visit www.bu.edu/qualtrics and enter your BU login name and Kerberos password. On-line, you can create a survey, collaborate with others in and outside the University, distribute to anonymous or invited participants, view results, and build reports. Response has been very good. It’s a simple and productive tool. Introductory courses are now offered; you can sign up online.
Many new tutorials on educational technology tools are now being offered through the training calendar within TechWeb. In July and August there are sessions available on Blackboard Learn, WordPress, Qualtrics survey design, NVivo, Digication ePortfolio and BUworks (SAP). Sign up for hands-on sessions to learn how to use any of these tools.