Category: Announcements

COMSOL event at BU

February 10th, 2014 in Announcements, COMSOL

COMSOL Multiphysics will be hosting a workshop directly on the BU campus on March 6. COMSOL is used by to engineers, chemists, physicists, biologists, and anyone else interested in modeling and simulation of real-world multiphysics systems. The planned speaker is Dr Jinlan Huang, who has a PhD from BU in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. More

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Gitner Awards for teaching with technology

February 6th, 2014 in Announcements

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (CEIT) have just announced the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award, open to most BU full-time faculty members. The Gitner Award recognizes the faculty member or team that best exemplifies innovation in teaching by use, development, or adaptation of technology 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 an award recipient will be selected and receive a $10 000 prize. More

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Webinar: Using NVivo as a research tool

January 31st, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

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

February 6, 2014        Register                         Register

February 13, 2014      Register                         Register

February 20, 2014      Register                         Register

QSR also offers many other free webinars.

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Webinar: How instructors respond to plagiarism

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

How do instructors respond when they encounter plagiarism? And, how do these responses change if plagiarism continues? The makers of Turnitin, BU’s originality checking software, conducted a survey of over 1,600 U.S. instructors to find out how instructors are addressing plagiarism in their classes and what impact academic integrity policies and multiple infractions may have in informing instructor response. On January 30at 1pm, they will hold a complimentary webinar to review the survey findings and highlight key takeaways from the survey. Sign up to view the session.

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Demystifying MOOCs in the Changing Educational Landscape

January 22nd, 2014 in Announcements, Flipped Classrooms, MOOC, Online and Blended Learning

DLI Associate Director Romy Ruukel discusses the history of MOOCs, their current status at BU, and digital learning beyond the MOOC-space.

Tuesday, January 28, 2013 / 12-1:30pm
111 Cummington Mall, MCS-180, Hariri Institute Seminar Room

Please visit the Digital Learning Initiative website for more information about Initiative projects or contact budli@bu.edu with any questions.

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Registration open for NERCOMP 2014

January 14th, 2014 in Announcements

Registration is now open for the Annual Conference of NERCOMP, the North East Regional Computing Program. NERCOMP is the Northeast’s main organization for technology in higher education. The annual conference will be held in Providence from March 24-26, and will feature many events related to educational technology.

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NVivo license renewals now available

December 13th, 2013 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

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.

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Google+ (including Google Hangouts) at BU

December 2nd, 2013 in Announcements, Collaboration Tools, Google Apps, Web Conferencing

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.

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MOOC webinar

November 22nd, 2013 in Announcements, MOOC

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) announces a new online webinar, “Quality Matters for MOOCs: Results and Implications of the First QM MOOC Reviews”, held December 2 at 1 pm, at no charge to any member of the Boston University community.

Steps to connect:

  1. Establish an Educause username and password at https://www.educause.edu/user/register
  2. Register for the webinar at http://net.educause.edu/Registration/ELIWEB1313

For more information, visit the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s page at http://www.educause.edu/eli/events/quality-matters-moocs

 

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Submit directly from Google Drive to Turnitin

November 19th, 2013 in Announcements, Blackboard, Collaboration Tools, Google Apps, Learning Management Systems, Online and Blended Learning, Plagiarism Detection, Tips & Tricks, Turnitin

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.

Cloud Submit

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

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