August 13, 2013

Browser Information

Supported Browsers & Operating Systems for Blackboard Learn

Certified: fully tested and supported.
Compatible: partially tested but should function properly.
Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported: either impossible or not tested.

Microsoft Windows Operating System
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Apple Mac OS Operating System
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  • Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 are tested in Standards Mode. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior).
  • Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle. At the time of testing, Chrome 16.0 and Firefox 9.0 were the latest available versions. Since then, new stable versions may have been released and widely adopted. Blackboard is supporting all newer stable versions of Chrome and Firefox.

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.

July 03, 2013

Web 2.0 Tools

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Delicious.com-This online tool makes it easy to mark sites you find interesting to use for later research or to send to friends and project partners.

WordPress- WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

YouTube-Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos.

 

Google Groups-The new Google Groups is an improved way to participate in online discussions.

Google Docs- With this program from Google you can take notes online, save them, and even send them to your peers for collaboration.

Tumblr- lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme's HTML.

Diigio-Your all-purpose digital library on iPad - bookmarks, archives, annotations, notes, images, and screenshots. Collect everything, find fast, share easily, and access anywhere.

 

Blogger- a simple and quick way to get a blog up and running. You can use it for your own professional diary, to run a blog for your course or for your students to keep their own learning journals.

Voice Thread-a great venue for a presentation that allows docs, video, audio, photos; great for my students to teach their students; by the time students pass middle school, they are sick of creating PPTs; easy, flexible, shareable

Zoho Show-This great online tool allows you to create, edit and share presentations online making it easy to create interactive homework assignments or to organize your notes in an audio-visual format.

Thinkature-This site allows real-time collaboration on flow charts, diagrams and mind maps with features that include color organization and freehand drawing.

Jing Project-Simple and FREE, Jing is the perfect way to enhance your fast-paced online conversations. Create images and videos of what you see on your computer screen, then share them instantly!

Facebook- is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.

Wikipedia-is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable mode

Gliffy-Gliffy makes it easy to lay out ideas in flow charts and diagrams or to create floor plans and technical drawings to help you bettervisually understand information.

Empressr-The result is the first free online visual storytelling and presentation rich internet application that is so innovative and easy to use, we think it just might revolutionize the way presentations are created.

PB Works-PBworks Basic Edition is a great way to get started with a collaborative learning experience for your classroom or course. It's free for academic use by up to 100 students, teachers or parents.

 

Digital Vaults-The Foundation for the National Archives works in partnership with the National Archives to “open the stacks” of the Archives and enable millions of visitors to interact personally with the original records of our democracy through the National Archives Experience, filling the public spaces of its flagship building in Washington, D.C., with exciting exhibitions and varied learning opportunities.

Yahoo! Bookmarks is an online service that lets you save links to your favorite websites on Yahoo! and access them from any computer anywhere in the world.

Glogster-Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond.

FlowChart-Flowchart.com is an online multi-user, real-time collaboration flow charts service. It's Flowcharting made easy.

CiteULike-is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so there's no need to install any software. Because your library is stored on the server, you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection.

Flisti-create free online polls without signing-up

Google Video -Google Video is chock full of educational videos that can help explain everything from how to use Second Life to learn to explanations of psychological illnesses.

 

 

 

App of the Month for Mobile Device Users

There are over 500,000 apps in the Apple and Android Marketplace App Store. If you are like many mobile device users, going to the app store is like an online, endless mall—so many apps, so little time.

Although strolling through the App Store is a lot of fun, it can be overwhelming. So, the UAB Instructional Technology (ITIT) department invites you to attend our ‘Apps of the Month’ sessions where we share with you some of the interesting apps that we have found.

No mobile device, but still interested. No problem! ITIT has a limited number of iPads for use during these sessions.

Below you'll find summary information on some apps we've reviewed to date:

Sundry Notes Mobile Air Mouse Dropbox
Groupboard Zigzag Board screenchomp
ShowMe Educreations Flipboard
Screen Sync Screen Sync Readability
Go-to Meeting JabberPad Encore B2B
Groupworld Discovr Apps WebCapture

Nook Study

NOOKstudy is a feature-rich and easy-to-use software application that allows you to store and manage digital content for your classes – eTextbooks, class materials, personal notes, and teacher handouts - in a single location.

NOOKstudy is a free download, and can be used on either a Mac or PC. You should note that it is not available on nook readers - a little confusing and a cause of some irritation if you check out discussion boards - this is due to the nature of textbook presentation and something that Barnes & noble is working on for future iterations.

Some Key features:

  • The ability to create course specific files where you can maintain and organize all electronic content related to your courses: syllabi, hand-outs, scanned written notes, links to content
  • The flexibility to electronically highlight and take notes in a variety of colors for easier recall and improved organization
  • Tools that allow you to tag content for future reference
  • The option of having multiple eTextbooks open simultaneously to make studying more efficient
  • One click access to complementary online reference materials and resources (e.g. Google, Wikipedia, dictionary, etc.) directly from the eTextbooks

Review these videos to learn how to take advantage of Nookstudy's features.
You can find additional support information here.

Download Nook Study
Feature Information
FAQs and Support

Submitting Assignments using Turnitin

Some of your instructors might use Turnitin to manage written assessments. The document below walks you you through the process of submitting work to this system.

Submitting Turnitin Assignments


Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses. It is the result of a merger between the elluminate and Wimba systems.

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 participant perspective. If your course uses Bb Collaborate, please use these links to familiarize yourself with this tool.

Collaborate Online Orientation Check System Requirements
Participant Reference Guide Quick Start Guide
July 03, 2013

Using 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.

Purchasing the i>clicker2

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 instructions provided in your course. The unit can be used in multiple classes.

 

Swap out your existing Clicker

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. The exchange dates for Summer and Fall 2013 terms will be posted to this page.

Please Note: i>Clicker will exhcange eps and turnign Technologies clickers only; they will not exchange previousversions of the i>clicker.

To register your i>clicker:

1. Your instructor will create a link to the i>clicker registration page in your course:
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2. Click on this link to access the following page, then enter your clicker remote ID in the box shown below:
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Self-paced Polling User Guide

Checking Your Version of Java

What is Java?

Java is a programming language and is critical for running a number of web-based programs and utilities. The java run time environment (which is commonly shortened to JRE, or Java) allows java-based applets to run in your browser.

Why do I need Java
A number of Blackboard tools require java to run: the text editor, collaboration tools such as the chat window and whiteboard, and other tools such as the Wimba live classroom, all run using Java applets. A lot of web-based content that you can link to from your course will also require Java to run.

How to Check your Version of Java
You can check the supported Java version on the same page that identifies Blackboard's supported browsers.
To check the version you have on your computer:

  1. Click on the Start menu (lower left corner of your screen)
  2. Click Control panel
  3. Double-click Java; then click About in the Java control panel.
  4. Click Close.

How to clear Java Cache

Windows

  1. Close all browser windows.
  2. Go to Start, then choose the Control Panel.
  3. Click on the icon named Java. On the General Tab, under the section labeled Temporary Internet Files click the button Delete Files.
  4. Then choose to delete all the types offered.
  5. Close the control panel by clicking OK and restart your web browser.

Mac OSX

  1. In Finder search for Java Preferences.
  2. Open Java Preferences and click on the Network tab.
  3. Click the Delete Files button.

About Browser History and Caching

A cache is a temporary storage area where frequently accessed data can be retained for rapid loading. A web browser cache holds copies of pages that pass through it - all items you have accessed or downloaded from the Internet, including images, sounds, Web pages, and cookies. These items are stored on your computer, usually in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Why clear your cache?
You may occasionally encounter an error message, a "Page Not Found" display, a "Momentarily Unavailable Message" etc. This could be due to a problem with the system, maintenance, or a number of other reasons. If you decide to go back to this url later, you may see this same message even though the problem is corrected because your browser has pulled the page from your cache.

How to clear your cache:

  1. In Internet Explorer:
    1. Click on the Tools menu, click Internet Options. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
    2. On the General tab, in the Browsing the Internet section, click the Delete button. This will delete all the files that are currently stored in your cache.
  2. In Firefox:
    1. Click on Tools, Options, then select the Advanced panel. In the Offline Storage section, click Clear Now.
  3. In Safari (Mac OS X):
    1. Click on the Safari menu, select Reset Safari. Select the items that you want to reset, then click Reset.


You can set your browser to automatically clear cache, and you can re-size your cache storage to maintain more cached files to speed up performance; this, however, increases the likelihood that you will access stale content.

How to set your browser to automatically clear cache:

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the Tools menu, click Internet Options. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
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