August 12, 2013

Sundry Notes

SundryNotesSundry Notes (free)

Sundry Notes is a free app that provides you with the ability to import pdf files, format writing, make quick drawings, run searches on wikipedla, google, and google books, snag images off the internet, make recordings, among other functions. You can use this application to organize all of your course content and store it in one place. Math instructors might also enjoy the ability to work on ‘virtual graph paper'.

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.

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:
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Select the type of assignment.
There are three options: paper assignment, peermark assignment,
and revision assignment:
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Create instructions and specify 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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Computer Setup

UAB's Department of Instructional Technology recommends the following for optimal performance of Blackboard Learn on your computer. If your computer is not set up correctly, you will experience errors in feature functionality.

    1. You should use a browser that is fully certified by blackboard.  Check for supported browsers here. To learn how to check which version you are using click here.
    2. You should have the recommended version of Java installed.

NOTE: Multiple versions of Java installed on the same computer can cause errors to occur. It is highly recommended that you remove all Java versions and only have the UAB-recommended version of Java installed.

To learn how to check your Java version click here.
To learn how to determine and remove multiple versions of Java click here.
To learn how to install Java click here.
To learn how to turn off automatic updates click here.

  1. Disable all pop-up Blockers. To learn how to disable your pop-up Blocker click here.
  2. Your Microsoft Office must be up to date with the latest patches. To learn how to check and update Microsoft Office click here.
  3. Plug-ins that must be installed: RealPlayer, Adobe Reader, Flash Player. To learn how to check for Plug-ins click here.
  4. You must Accept/Run the Security Certificate when prompted at logon. To learn how to Accept/Run Security Certificates click here.

UAB Telecommunications is implementing our new voice mail platform on November 15th, 2012.

Your new voice mail box has been created on the new system and we need you to setup your new voice mail box prior to the cutover on November 15th.

Please go to our IT Telecommunications website for complete directions in setting up your new voice mail box.

You will be able to access archived voice mail messages on your old voice mail until December 15th, 2012.  To access archived messages dial (6-6001) and follow the prompts.

For any questions or concerns please contact our help desk at  Repaircomm@uab.edu, or call our Telecom help desk at 4-7777 with any issues or questions.

*Please note that UAB Health System Cisco VoIP phones will not be affected by the cutover to the new voice mail system.