Category: Announcements

Trainings for Mac NVivo now available

July 15th, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

Boston University now offers introductory trainings for the Mac version of NVivo qualitative data analysis software. If you’ve been interested in qualitative data analysis but don’t know where to begin, we’ll show you where to start. We have scheduled trainings on August 12 and August 20 to start; you can sign up via IS&T’s training calendar site. More trainings will come available.

We are still holding Windows intro trainings as before, which you can also sign up for via the training calendar.

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Get WiFi at other universities through eduroam

July 11th, 2014 in Announcements, eduroam

Using the Internet at other colleges and universities will now be easier for the Boston University community. BU recently joined eduroam, a roaming access service for educational communities. Now, if you visit any of a large number of participating institutions, you will find the eduroam wireless network available, and will be able to log on with your BU credentials by following our instructions. You will only need to configure it once.

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Important news for TurningPoint users: TurningPoint is changing

June 25th, 2014 in Announcements, Audience Response Systems (Clickers), Turning Point

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.

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Commercial release of NVivo for Mac

June 10th, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

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.

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School of Social Work wins Platinum Award for distance learning

May 8th, 2014 in Announcements, Case Studies, Online and Blended Learning, Social Work

The Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) was recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with a Platinum Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming. The USDLA, a nonprofit association and national leader in distance learning, presented its 2014 International Distance Learning Awards on May 5, 2014, in conjunction with its 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. More

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NVivo training page

May 6th, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

QSR Software, makers of NVivo, has developed an Education Center for BU with videos and other training resources – for the new NVivo for Mac as well as NVivo for Windows.

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ISTE Ignite 2014

April 3rd, 2014 in Announcements

At its annual conference in June, ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, is holding a series of fast-paced “Ignite” sessions for educators to present a series of innovative ideas in rapid-fire succession. They welcome proposals; the initial application form is due April 25.

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ePortfolio download improvements

March 27th, 2014 in Announcements, Digication, e-Portfolio

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.

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NVivo for Mac beta is available!

March 13th, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

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

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Webinar on plagiarism in student presentations

February 28th, 2014 in Announcements, Plagiarism Detection, Turnitin

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.

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