Digital Measures Database (access and instructions)

Accessing the Digital Measures Database

Over the summer instructions were sent to all faculty showing everyone how to access and use the Digital Measures database.  The information in that email is posted on the right, titled “Digital Measures Activity Insight Database”, dated 5.20.14 under Recent Posts.

I want to remind everyone here how to access both the Digital Measures website, and this documentation website as well. I post links to all documentation that I create and provide information about changes and new ideas about using technology on a regular basis here, so I am hopeful that you will come back to this site to find out how to do things, or to see what is going on.  We hope this will be a location where you can get information on a regular basis that will be helpful to you.

To access the digital measures site directly: (all addresses lead to the same location)

Documentation for using Digital Measures is located in the Documentation portion of the Educational Technology website, under Communication, or can be accessed here: Getting Started Guide to Digital Measures . This documentation has been recently updated (10.2.14) to include instructions for how to use the reporting features in the Digital Measures database.

Accessing the Educational Technology Documentation and Training Website

You can access this website three ways:

When prompted, the password for this site is widenerlaw. Once you enter the password, your browser will likely remember it, but if you switch computers or browsers, or shut down your computer, you will need to enter the password again the next time you access this site.

Welcome Back – Classroom Updates Fall 2014

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful and productive summer.

We have made some significant changes to the technologies in the classrooms for fall 2014 and I wanted to give you a rundown of the changes now so that you won’t be caught off guard when you are in the classroom.  Below I have listed some of the major changes.  You can see the changes and detailed instructions for how to use all the classroom technologies in the updated and revised Classroom Technology Guide.  If you click on the link to Documentation in the menu above, you can also find separate detailed step-by-step instructions for each of the technologies that we have available for you.  When you click on the link to the documentation titles, it will open up a pdf, which you can then save to your computer for quick reference. Copies of the printed technology guide are available in each classroom.

*New Touch Screen Display Panels*

On the lecterns we now have a touch screen display panel to select among the components in the classroom.  When you touch the screen, it automatically turns on the projector and the television screens and selects the classroom computer.  When the computer is booted up, the display will be projected on those devices.

*Intercom System* 

We have installed an intercom system in each classroom.  They are attached to the left side of the lectern in all classrooms except 126 where it is at the back of the lectern.

The first button on the intercom will connect you with an AV staff member.  We have arranged that someone will be available at all times when classes are in session.  This will provide the ability to have a two way conversion so that you can get immediate assistance, or request that someone come down and assist.  The last button will connect you with Campus Safety in case of emergency.

**The intercom system is still being configured and tested and is not yet activated, but will be soon.  We will let you know when it is available**

*ELMO Document Camera*

All classrooms have new ELMO document cameras.  These cameras have much better lenses and it is easy to adjust the brightness so that there is no glare on the page or object you want to display.  They work easily with the Smart Board tools, so if you want to annotate an object or text using the camera, this is very doable.  These cameras also have a microphone built in, which means that every classroom now has a camera and mic that can be used for SKYPE or Panopto without having to bring in any additional equipment.

*Laptop Connection*

There is a new cable cubby on each podium, where there is a VGA cable, HDMI cable, Ethernet cable, audio cable, and power receptacle.  This makes it easy to connect your laptop right on the podium without having to bring in extension cords or other devices to connect your laptop to the classroom system.

These changes were dictated by the need to upgrade the wiring and electronic components in each of the classrooms, which has been completed.  In addition to bringing the classrooms up to current standards, these changes have allowed us to make some improvements in the systems we have available to you.

The training and practice room also has been configured with the same upgrades as the rest of the classrooms, so this is a perfect location to try out all of these new systems to make sure you are comfortable with the changes.

Let me know if you would like to use the practice room, or would like some assistance using any of the equipment or discussing how technology can help you in your teaching. The Delaware training and practice room is along the hallway behind Special Collections.

Some of the things we have been doing with faculty this year include:

•             Using Panopto for lecture capture, makeup classes or to create short video clips for ‘flipping’

•             Using Skype for video conferencing or for special guest speakers

•             Using Adobe Connect for video conferencing or small group meetings

•             Creating online self-graded TWEN quizzes (with or without Panopto video or audio commentary)

I am available to provide individual training and assistance at your convenience.  Stop by my office in the library or contact me at blmindell@widener.edu t: 302-477-2118. I look forward to working with you this year.

Have a great semester!

Digital Measures Activity Insight Database

Hello Everyone:

We are pleased to announce the roll out of our new database product, Digital Measures Activity Insight.  With Digital Measures, all of our data about Delaware faculty teaching, scholarship, and service will be available in one centralized comprehensive and easily accessible database.  The implementation of this system will improve our ability to keep track of and report faculty activities for both internal and external purposes, including the publicizing of faculty accomplishments.

We have begun the process of populating the database. Where possible, we have entered your information that was available to us.  We used faculty resumes, publications (as listed on Bepress), and institutional data that we were able to obtain (courses and biographical information).   Now, we need you to verify and change anything that is not correct, and add information that we were unable to obtain. Please follow the directions here for accessing, verifying and supplementing your data.  WE ARE ASKING YOU TO PLEASE COMPLETE ENTERING YOUR DATA BY AUGUST 20TH (the first day of fall classes).  While this project will take an initial investment of time over the summer, in the future, if you continue to supplement your information in real time, the time commitment should be minimal.

Many, many thanks to Michael Slinger and especially Barbara Mindell who together did all of the heavy lifting on this quite complicated project!

Thank you very much for your help.

Andy

Andrew Strauss
Associate Dean for Faculty and Strategic Initiatives
Widener University School of Law
Wilmington, DE 19803

Harrisburg Room Renovations

Patricia Fox, Brian Fearnbaugh, and Bob Dolbin recently led efforts to renovate three rooms on the Harrisburg campus.  The Flex Room is located in the library building to the left of the campus safety desk.  This room is outfitted with updated technology, including: two 58” LED televisions, a PolyCom system with a ceiling microphone, a Teamwork system, Smart Podium and a touchscreen Extron.

Image of flex roomA Room Roster device is located outside of the Flex Room, which allows people to easily view the room’s availability for the week. Image of room rosterAdditionally, there are now two collaboration study rooms available in the main part of the library.  Each study room is equipped with a 42” TV and a Teamwork system.  Once a laptop or other device is connected, simply click the Show Me button to project the chosen screen on the TV.

                Image of six person collaboration study room Image of four person collaboration study room

Contact the Harrisburg library at (717) 541-3933 if you want to reserve any of these rooms!

 

Panopto Upgrade 3.22.14

All Panopto hosted servers were upgraded to their newest release on Saturday, March 22.

One of the changes implemented in this upgrade impacts the way we share our panopto videos.  When you go to share your video, under Share with More People, you have to click Anyone on the Internet,  instead of clicking the Public button.

When you click Anyone on the Internet, you can put in an email address, or leave it blank.  Then click on “Share”.  When you do this, the url will appear, which you can copy and share with your students.

More complete instructions for sharing your videos can be found here -  Advanced-Guide-to-Sharing-Panopto-Recordings.pdf.

Adobe Connect Upgrade 3.9.14

Adobe Connect will be upgrading the software that runs our meeting site on Sunday March 9-10. During the upgrade, you will not be able to host any adobe sessions. The upgrade will begin Sunday March 9 at 11pm, and will not be complete until Monday March 10 at 5am.

For any sessions AFTER the upgrade is complete, we recommend that you log into your Adobe room prior to the start to make sure that everything is updated and working properly on your computer.  There will be an upgrade to flash and a new add-in will need to be downloaded,

You will need Adobe Flash Player 12.  You can download that here, but for campus office computers, you will need ITS to assist you.

When you launch or join a meeting after the upgrade, a new version of the Add-In will need to be installed as well.  The new Add-in is version 11.9.959.0 and can be obtained here. This install requires that you have administrative rights on your computer, so you may need to involve ITS for any campus installation.

After the upgrade, Internet Explorer 7 and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) will no longer be supported.

Faculty Workshop Day 3.19.14

Faculty Workshop Day will be Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  Please join us in Vale Courtroom beginning at 9am for a series of presentations utilizing technology in the classroom.

We will be rolling out our new Educational Technology Resource Center website which consolidates information and instructions on how to use all of the technologies we have available to the law school.  We have pulled together resources for assessment, collaboration, communication, presentation, and recording and have articles and instructions for flipping, chunking, online quizzes, lecture capture, creating videos for use in the classroom, as well as articles on new trends and ideas for how you can best utilize technology to accomplish your pedagogical goals.

We will also have a number of breakout sessions focusing on either advanced uses of TWEN, or using Panopto to create flipped components in your course.

Please join us for refreshments and conversation while we show you what is available and how to get the most our of the resources we have available.

Campus Cruiser Face Lift May 10

In May, Widener will be rolling out a new look and feel to Widener’s Campus Course Management System, Campus Cruiser.

This is a much needed change and besides giving it a fresh new look, everything is reorganized in order to make it easier to find information and to eliminate the need to scroll up and down constantly.

All the data is still where it belongs, it is just in a different location.

Important changes:

The log in screen is at the top right.  You will log out here as well.

All the menus all have dropdown submenus, which appear when you mouse over them, which aids navigation.

The link to the new interface is https://prod.campuscruiser.com/widenertest

Two different logins have been created for evaluation of the separate modules.  The password for each login is widener1.

For Employees the login is:   employee

For Faculty the login is:   faculty

For comments or questions about this change, please contact

Joanne Caione-Keating
Widener University / ITS
Instructional Technologist
jcaione@widener.edu
(610)499-1345

Getting Help

For assistance learning about or using technology, please contact the Educational Technology Specialist, Barbara Mindell at blmindell@widener.edu.

For installation of software on your computer, or assistance with a computer problem in your office, please contact the ITS office on your campus: DE phone: 302-477-2221, Email: dehelpdesk@widener.edu; or HB phone: 717-541-1979, Email: hbhelpdesk@widener.edu.

For assistance with Library instruction contact your library liaison.

To reserve clickers or request recording equipment, contact Media Services. Also, to report problems with classroom equipment, or get immediate help, contact the Media Services Director on DE’s campus: Reza Amin, ramin@widener.edu, (302) 477-2104, and on the Harrisburg campus, call Brian Fearnbaugh, bmfearnbaugh@widener.edu,  (717) 541-3963.

 

PowerPoint Dos and Don’ts

Create a great PowerPoint presentation by following these simple guidelines. PowerPoint can be a powerful presentation and organizational tool for the presenter and the audience.  But overuse has created a fear of ‘Death by PowerPoint’.  Here are some quick best practice tips to keep in mind to get the most out of PowerPoint. (More information can be found above under Instructional Tools/Presentations Tools)

  • Keep the lights on.  If you dim lights so the audience can read what you wrote, it will trigger a sleep response.
  • Put very few bullet points on a slide. Many excellent presenters advocate only using one idea per slide, which is no bullet point at all. Slides are best when limited to a single image, chart, graph, or catchy phrase.
  • Keep the focus on you as presenter.  If the audience can read your presentation on the slide, the focus has shifted.  Minimize or eliminate transitions and animations.

Alternatives to PowerPoint:

Prezi – presentations with zoom.  Interesting program, but it can easily overwhelm your audience. The basic program is free.

Keynote – Apple’s answer to PowerPoint.  Keynote is limited to apple devices but is similar to PowerPoint.  It has different themes and ways of putting the presentation together, but it follows a familiar format. Keynote is available from Apple as a download (@$20).

Haiku DeckHaiku Deck is designed for the tablet and its focus is on graphics.  One incredible image to illustrate your slide’s point. HD is also available as a web based tool downloaded to PowerPoint so it can be used even without a tablet.  One great feature is it has a storehouse of superb free images to help illustrate your points.  It also has numerous examples to help provide you with ideas.