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Attend the 1st Teaching with Technology Festival

September 20th, 2016 in Announcements

Help shape the future of learning at BU by attending The Teaching with Technology (TwT) Festival, October 11th, from 9:30 – 3:30 pm. A collaboration of the Center for Teaching & Learning, Educational Technology (EdTech), the Digital Learning Initiative, and Office of Distance Education, TwT embraces and fosters the purposeful use of emerging technologies and digital innovation in the BU classroom and beyond.

TwT offers a collaborative learning space for BU educators to create technology-enabled active learning environments, experiment with digital tools and platforms, explore media production capabilities and discover new pedagogical techniques. We do this by offering a combination of BU faculty showcases and hands-on workshops that embody new modes of learning, from using BU’s learning management system (LMS) to creating flipped classrooms and residential MOOCs.

For: BU Faculty & Staff
When: October 11th 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor
Details and registration form:

Sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost for Digital Learning & Innovation.

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Nominations open: Gitner Awards for teaching with technology

September 13th, 2016 in Announcements

The Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award recognizes the faculty member or team that best exemplifies innovation in teaching through the use, development, or adaptation of technology. The award celebrates innovation that results in positive learning outcomes for undergraduate students and that is recognized or adopted by faculty colleagues within or outside Boston University. Each year, the Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) select a Gitner Award recipient, who receives a $10,000 prize. An overview of the award, general guidelines and instructions for nominations, and information about last year’s recipients may be found on the Gitner Award page on the Office of the Provost’s website.

Please submit all nominations and supporting materials for the Gitner Award to CTL at Nominations are due Friday, October 7, 2016.


Turnitin Feedback Studio is up and running

September 6th, 2016 in Announcements, Learning Management Systems, Plagiarism Detection, Turnitin

Welcome back to BU! Turnitin has now moved to the new Feedback Studio interface, combining the Originality Check and GradeMark features into a single screen. Your experience with Turnitin (whether you use it through Blackboard or through will remain the same for everything except viewing papers. If you missed Turnitin’s presentation at BU on last week, you can now watch it online to get comfortable with the new system. You can also view Turnitin’s online Feedback Studio manual for instructors and manual for students.



Boston Campus Technology Conference, August 1st-4th

August 31st, 2016 in Announcements

I had the pleasure of attending the Campus Technology conference at the Hynes Convention Center on August 2,2016.  My main goal was to gather CE credits for my InfoComm CTS certification, but to also network with colleagues from various colleges in the area, as well as investigate emerging classroom technologies that may be of interest to BU.  The talk I attended was a day-long conference on the “Classroom of the Future”, and had several representatives from regional colleges and universities detailing some of the work they have done at their respective instititutions.  Highlights included a fully digital, automated studio space for faculty to create video, as well as a ‘Pinterest’-like application for the sharing of ideas in room design and construction.  Later in the day, I perused the exhibit hall and met with several vendors including Top Hat, Wacom, and FocalCast.  We will be exploring these vendors and their products for possible solutions to many of the issues and ideas we come across in Educational Technology.  In particular, the Wacom tablets seem especially promising, as I have been using a few demo units the vendor sent me over the past 2 weeks and am very happy with what they have to offer.


The Content Collection in Blackboard Learn

August 26th, 2016 in Blackboard, Learning Management Systems, Tips & Tricks

The Blackboard Content Collection is an area of the blackboard server where files are stored. A unique characteristic of the Content Collection is that the files “saved” and/or “stored” on the server are accessible via the Internet. If you were to upload a file, e.g., a syllabus or a paper that you are writing to the content collection, you would have access to those documents as long as you have access to the Internet. These files can be linked into courses and/or shared by the owner with other users on the system.

Instructors use the Content Collection to store, share, and publish content within personal user folders, course folders, and Institution Folders throughout Courses in Blackboard. In Blackboard Content Collection, you can

•   Store content for multiple courses you teach.
•   Share content across courses and with other users.
•   Students may have access to store or share files.

The Content Collection contains multiple repositories for users and courses to organize and share their content. Detailed information about the about the structure of the Content Collection is addressed in Blackboard Help. If you’d like an in-person consultation on how to do it, you can contact us to ask.


Turnitin Feedback Studio training session

August 9th, 2016 in Announcements, Learning Management Systems, Plagiarism Detection, Turnitin

Turnitin is providing BU with a free-of-charge training session on Turnitin Feedback Studio, Turnitin’s newly revised user interface. The new system promises to make it easier for faculty to streamline and speed up their grading of written assignments. The demonstration will be held on campus on Tuesday August 30 from 12:30 to 2:30. It will also be streamed and recorded; you can watch the stream through an Adobe Connect link. BU faculty and staff are welcome to attend in person; please contact Amod Lele (information available via the BU Directory) if you would like to attend.



Free webinars on using NVivo

August 2nd, 2016 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

QSR, the makers of NVivo, offers a variety of free webinars for those interested in learning more about qualitative data analysis with this software. As well as regular introductory webinars, there are sessions on using NVivo for literature reviews, students using NVivo to organize course information, and analyzing social-media content. You can see a listing and sign up on their website.



Recording studio for all faculty in Mugar Library

July 26th, 2016 in Announcements, Echo360, Flipped Classrooms, Lecture Capture, Tips & Tricks


Interested in recording video lectures and other digital content but want higher quality than what you can make on your phone? As BU faculty, you have access to a studio in Mugar Library with high-quality recording equipment and software such as Camtasia. You can learn to use it by signing up for a consultation with an educational technologist. Once you’ve done that, you can book and reserve the room to use it at your convenience.




Digication Site Map

July 19th, 2016 in Digication, e-Portfolio, Tips & Tricks

If you’d like your students to use ePortfolios but you don’t want to go through the setup process for assignments, there’s a simpler way to track what your students did when. Every Digication portfolio has a site map, accessible in the upper right of the portfolio below the BU logo. You can look at this site map to see all the pages in the portfolio, when they were last updated, and which student last updated them.

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New Campus Labs Planning module to coordinate program assessment

July 13th, 2016 in Announcements, Assessment Management Systems, Campus Labs

The process of reporting program assessment is about to get easier. After a long process of faculty consultation, the office of Program Learning Outcomes Assessment, in conjunction with the Educational Technology office, has selected the Planning module from Campus Labs to assist in coordinating program outcomes assessment. This fall, instead of sending Word templates back and forth, we will have a streamlined web-based cloud interface for entering assessment options. This will make it easier for departments to record their processes as required by NEASC, BU’s accreditor. It will also allow departments to generate reports about their own learning goals in order to improve their own teaching, if they wish.