July 11, 2013

UAB Clickers

UAB Clickers

In an effort to establish a well supported, cost-effective use of clickers ("classroom interactive response systems"), and to assist with their integration across campus, UAB has selected i>Clicker as the standard UAB Response System. The i>Clicker2 system was chosen for its ease of use, compatibility with UAB computing environment and technical support.


How Do I get Started?



How Do I Get Started?

Faculty interested in using i>clickers should request an instructor kit. Once requested, a kit can be acquired at the Center for Teaching & Learning. It includes a base receiver and USB cable, flash drive and instructor remote unit.

During Spring 2013, instructors will be asked to carry the i>clicker2 receiver to their classroom. The Receivers will be added to standard classroom equipment as of Summer, 2013.

A list of technology enhanced classrooms that will be equipped with i>clicker2 receivers is available HERE.

For use in other classrooms, faculty should use the individual receiver included in their instructor kits.

Allow 5 - 7 business days for shipping. When the kit comes in, we will send an email so that the requesting faculty may come by to pick it up.

Student i>clicker2 units are available through the Barnes & Noble UAB bookstore and Snoozy's. The current retail price is $45 per unit; there are no annual license fees. To register the unit, please review the following instructions. The unit can be used in multiple classes. Students who have already purchased an eps or Turning point clicker through the UAB bookstore will be able to exchange that unit for the i>clicker2 unit at no additional charge. This exchange option will be available until 8/31/2013.


Used properly with well-designed questions, clickers have been found to enhance learning through increased interaction and motivation, and with students engaged in what is happening in class. Clickers also provide on-the-spot valuable data about students' understanding of class material, allowing faculty to adjust instruction accordingly.
 
Benefits to Students

Students can...

  • Become active participants in class
  • Get instant feedback on their knowledge and/or comprehension
  • Receive instruction adapted to their immediate needs
  • Find out how they measure up to the rest of the class
  • Voice their opinion without apprehension or embarrassment
  • Express themselves in spite of shyness
  • Identify areas they need to improve on

 

Benefits to Faculty

Faculty can...

  • Gather data to gauge students' comprehension before moving on
  • Poll students and display class results instantly
  • Enhance large lecture class with increased student participation and interaction
  • Increase students' understanding and retention of topics by keeping them engaged
  • Allow anonymity on controversial questions
  • Provide feedback to students on their understanding
  • Check if students can apply a concept to a different context
  • Transform one-way teacher lecture into teacher-student interaction
  • Get a large volume of individual answers immediately
  • Reduce time on administrative tasks such as grading and taking attendance

 

For issues with the i>Clicker2 Response System units, software and features, please contact:

i>Clicker Technical Support Team
Phone: 866.209.5698

Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST

or e-mail: support@iclicker.com

For issues using the i>clicker2 Response System within your technology enhanced classroom, please contact:

AskIT at 205-996-5555 (6-5555 on campus) or submit a ticket.

Respondus and LockDown Browser

Respondus is a test authoring tool for generating and managing test questions and pools. This software is a desktop application; you can download from UAB Information Technology's software download website.

Document Guides
Respondus Quick Start Guide
Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide

Demonstration videos

Respondus:
Creating and formatting questions
Using publisher test banks

Lockdown Browser:
Introduction
Preparing an exam

Workaround for Uploading tests into Blackboard
Please Note: Currently, we have to employ a workaround for uploading tests created in respondus to blackboard. Please use this procedure until further notice.

Blackboard Collaborate Plan and Publish

Blackboard Collaborate Plan is a tool you can use to organize, script, and package a session prior to your real-time, online session. Unlike other products designed for self-paced viewing,

You can download plan here.

You can access a recorded demonstration on the plan tool, sample plans, and the user guide here.

The Publish tool allows you to create video and audio podcasts as well as standalone recordings.
Download the tool here. Click here for a recorded demo and the user guide.

Bb Collaborate Product Overview

Collaborate is a flexible product can that can be used in much the same way as Wimba as a virtual classroom, online meeting space, a location for virtual office hours, among other uses. Essential features include two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording.

New features include:

  • a redesigned user interface;
  • an object-based whiteboard that is more flexible and in which annotations persist throughout a session;
  • audio buffering to improve audio quality and echo cancellation that eliminates the need for headphones
  • up to 6 simultaneous video streams
  • multimedia presentation tool
  • private chat monitoring
  • mobile access to sessions for students

In addition, two desktop tools are available to develop content and activity before a real-time session: Plan and Publish.

The Plan tool will help you organize and script session content ahead of time, allowing you to devote more session time to interaction with your students. Publish allows you to create standalone recordings or video files from session recordings to allow for asynchronous review.

Features of the Wimba system that are not available in Collaborate include:

  • persistent settings and content
  • content organized by presentation
  • tracking information available to moderator
  • open ended polling

The Pilot program began in the summer 2012 term and will continue through spring 2013. Both systems will be deployed for use in Blackboard for the summer 2013 term, and the full switchover will be made at the beginning of the fall 2013 term. Wimba will be disabled at the end of the summer 2013 term.

 

Click for the Collaborate implementation timeline

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard purchased the Elluminate and Wimba systems in 2010 and announced its intentions to merge both products into a single solution. As result, Collaborate will be the online classroom solution for UAB as of Fall 2013 (See Timeline). We are preparing for this transition with pilot projects, which began in Summer 2012, a series of communications to ensure that everyone is made aware of the transition, and extensive workshop events to ensure that all Wimba users can successfully transition to the new software.

Much like Wimba, Blackboard Collaborate is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses.

This system is being used on a pilot basis on some UAB courses during the Fall 2012 term. It provides many of the same features and functions that Wimba does, and will be the UAB online classroom tool from Fall 2013 forward.

The following links provide information on using the system from the moderator perspective. The student support page contains information on how Collaborate works from the participant perspective.

General Resources Wimba - Collaborate Comparison Summary
Check System Requirements Quick Start Guide
Moderator Guide System Overview
(Will require that you download the Collaborate client)
The whiteboard Application sharing
Introduction to web tour System feature demos

 

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Visit the Turnitin instructor training site for more information.

July 11, 2013

Turnitin 2

Turnitin 2

Turnitin provides originality checking services, class management tools, and paperless digital grading products. This most recent version of the product includes Peermark, a student-to-student review and feedback tool; and Grademark, a new grading interface.
Students submit assignments, papers, and other written through the Turnitin tool. Once submitted, these papers are compared against various repositories which are used by Turnitin. Papers are examined for matches and/or similar content to articles, websites, and even other student paper submissions. The results of these comparisons are collated and delivered to the instructor through a tool called an Originality Report.

Create An Assignment
Using Peermark
The turnitin Assignment Inbox
Using GradeMark

Creating a Turnitin Assignment

Create a Link for the Assignment
Click on the + sign at the top of the course menu in your Blackboard course and add a Content Area:
create an assignment 2
Select the type of assignment.
There are three options: paper assignment, peermark assignment,
and revision assignment:
Create an assignment 2
To begin with, select paper assignment: Create an assignment 2
Create instructions and specify options: Create an assignment 2
Additional assignment options: Create an assignment 2
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Using Peermark
Peermark assignments are based on existing assignments. i.e. assignments that you have already created in the system. With the advanced options in PeerMark instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed, decide if students should be excluded from reviews, or pair students to assign students specific papers to review.
Peermark assignments are created using the following three distinct steps:

Step 1: Create a Peermark Assignment Peermark
Step 2.a: Distribute a PeerMark Assignment Peermark
Step 2.b: Pair Students for Review Peermark
Step 3: Add Questions to the Review Peermark

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The Turnitin Assignment Box
You can access, grade, download, and organize submitted assignments using the assignment inbox:

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Using GradeMark
GradeMark allows you to edit and grade student papers online. You can develop a database of comments, create rubrics, and check spelling and grammar using the functions within grademark.

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Supported Technology Tools

Instructional technology provides training and support on the following tools. Click for online guides and/or additional information on using any of these tools.


blackboard cc iclicker2 cc respondus
ldb Wowza taskstream

The Sloan Consortium Workshop Series

UAB is an institutional member of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C). Sloan-C supports the collaborative sharing of knowledge and effective practices to improve online education in learning effectiveness, access, affordability for learners and providers, and student and faculty satisfaction.

All faculty and staff can access resources provided by the consortium, the most valuable of which is free registration for (a limited number of) professional development workshops designed to hone your online and blended learning capability.

How to Access Sloan-C:

  1. Click here to create a free user account.
  2. Once you complete your registration, you will be forwarded to your profile page.
  3. Enter your name and University of Alabama at Birmingham as your organization in the space provided (Please ensure that your enter our institution name precisely as it appears in the membership list).
  4. Go to the member resources page for details on the resources available to you.

If you already have a user account, make sure that you have associated your user profile with UAB.

To register for a workshop:

  1. Complete your member registration on the Sloan-C site
  2. Fill out the workshop registration form
  3. We will register you for the workshop and Sloan-C will forward workshop details to you directly via email.

**Please Note:

  • There are a limited number of free registrations for workshops available.
  • Once exhausted, members can register for workshops at a discounted price.
  • Sloan-C controls the registration procedure and sets its own enrollment caps, UAB ITIT cannot guarantee enrollment in any given workshop.


Additional resources available through UAB's Sloan-C membership include:

 

Typical workshop structure:

  • 2 – 4 weeks in length
  • primarily asynchronous – you determine the time and place of your participation.*
  • Workshops require an estimated 5 - 10 hour commitment each week

 

*Some workshops may have a minimal synchronous (real-time) component using elluminate, a web conferencing program that you access online – no special software will be needed, but you will need to ensure that you have an up-to-date version of Java installed to download and access elluminate components. For those unable to attend a synchronous meeting, the live sessions are recorded and can be accessed online.


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The knowledge you acquire in completing a Sloan-C workshop could be valuable to your colleagues in a variety of ways: At a minimum, opinions on the value and validity of each workshop you attend provides a signal on the potential value of the workshop to others; your assessment of the key points drawn from the workshop could also spark an idea for lecture, content delivery, or assessment.

We would like to collect information on the key takeaways, merits, deficiencies, and any other pertinent information related to the Sloan-C workshops so that we can provide information on relevance to colleagues, potential avenues of research in the field of online and blended learning that could be relevant and valuable to UAB, and create a database of tips gleaned from completing these workshops.

If you elect to participate (by selecting "Yes" on the registration form), we will follow up with you after the end date of your workshop and ask you to fill out a brief questionnaire that covers the following questions:

  • The most significant points you learned from the workshop
  • The most pertinent questions for further study that arose from participation in the workshop
  • The least clear point or learning objective of the workshop
  • Any significant changes you would make ot the content of the workshop
  • Your personal recommendation on the value of the workshop


Participation in this project is entirely voluntary and can be anonymous if you so choose. This project is internal, and entirely separate from any post-workshop assessment that Sloan-C may conduct. Our aim is to assess the value of the workshop series and establish a clear communication of that value to the UAB teaching community.

 

 

Barnes & Noble Nook Study

Nook Study is a free e-reader application for both PC and Mac that allows you to read purchased digital texts on your desktop computer or laptop, make annotations, highlights, create notes, and tag key paragraphs and passages.

You can also create course folders to help you organize e-textbooks, notes, and related electronic documents for different courses.

Features and Benefits

Students Faculty
  • Cost - etextbooks are significantly cheaper than paper copies
  • Easy integration into your Blackboard course
  • Easy note-taking, highlighting, searching and side-by-side reading
  • Organize research and course-related material into a single location
  • Helpful course organization tool
  • Save students some coin
  • Single-click web access to look up key terms and definitions
  • Teach directly from text using laptop and projector when needed


Download the app and 1) as a student, try their free titles and test out the study and organization tools; 2) as an instructor test out the Blackboard integration.

You should note that Nookstudy is an application for your desktop or laptop, it is NOT designed for use on the nook reading tablet.

Required Operating Systems

Windows Mac
XP, Vista, or Windows7 ccccc OS 10.6 or higher

 

Check the FAQs for additional important information related to this tool.