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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

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Adobe course in digital creativity

October 3rd, 2016 in Announcements

Adobe is providing a free five-week online course introducing educators to the basics of digital media creation in an intensive, hands-on collaborative experience. Learn to create digital images, graphics, video, publishing and even a website using the latest Adobe tools, and explore best practices for integrating digital media into your classroom. The course begins today (October 3) and will continue until November 18.


Announcing the Learning Technologies Development Grant

September 27th, 2016 in Announcements

The Center for Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the Digital Learning Initiative, Educational Technology Group, and the Office of Digital Learning & Innovation, is pleased to announce a grant program for technology-enabled active learning classroom initiatives to be undertaken in the spring of 2017.

Funding will support faculty and staff and may be awarded at the following levels:

  • Up to $2,000 for 1-2 faculty to develop a short-term project impacting a small group of students.
  • Up to $10,000 for a small group of faculty working across two or more courses or sections to develop a project impacting students in several courses or sections.
  • Up to $50,000 for a group of faculty working across multiple courses and/or disciplines to develop a multi-year project impacting a significant number of students.

Successful proposals will involve the adoption, development, or integration of learning technologies and demonstrate a connection between the proposed project and teaching strategies that have been shown to enhance student learning. The course(s) may be offered at the undergraduate or graduate level. Proposals that demonstrate potential to improve teaching and learning broadly across the curriculum are especially encouraged.

More information and the proposal submission form can be found at The Center for Teaching and Learning website.

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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.