Welcome back, everyone! As you have no doubt already noticed, this Fall 2012 brings a new website and lots of extra content for you! Feel free to take a look around and see what's new - this quick introduction to the website might give you some ideas!
Here are some of the highlights from our other updates for this semester:
One of the most important changes to note is that Blackboard has been upgraded. Don't worry; it's the same old Blackboard with a new look, quicker navigation, and more grading options. To learn more about some of the new features, please read our New in Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 page. If your students need help, feel free to refer them to our Student Information Guide.
Need help preparing your research posters? We've added a Research Posters page, which includes free poster templates, UK graphics and logos, preparation instructions, and local printing services.
We're constantly adding new videos to YouTube, so check out the UK TechClips channel to stay updated with the latest tutorials and event recordings. You can also find these videos at UKIT on iTunes U.
Finally, if you need account access, a secondary instructor added to a course, or a fresh development shell, we still offer a quick and easy self-service forms for requesting service for Adobe Connect, Blackboard, and TurningPoint ResponseWare!
Thanks for visiting! We want the new site to be as helpful and easy to navigate as possible, so let us know what you think! Give us your feedback by commenting below or by using our Feedback Form.
This week’s tech tips video is over Evernote; a cloud storage-based notetaking and archival software and service combination. This program allows the user to compile data collections of text, images, voice memos, and more. Whether you're looking for something to help take notes specifically, or simply looking for a program that can compile more than a simple word-processor; Evernote is sure to be something you'll find helpful.
This week's Tech Tips video, brought to you by the ATG Scholars, showcases an introduction to SlideRocket; a powerful presentation software that allows the user to animate and present slides unlike other popular software or services can. We cover the introduction, tips, and handy uses of the program, as well as information about how to obtain it.
The Scholars received an interesting email yesterday from an instructor who asked:
"The days of free-standing clickers are numbered. Why buy extra hardware and software when most everyone already has what they need? (The makers of GPS receivers are learning the same lesson.) About a year ago I asked my students, Can you access the internet in this room right now? In a room of 40, all but 2 hands went up. Between smartphones, laptops, netbooks, tablets, and eReaders with web browsers, you're hard-pressed to find someone who can't access the internet if you provide them with wifi."
This is a very good question - why, indeed, would instructors ask their students to purchase a $32 response device instead of allowing them to purchase a $15 software license for their laptop or mobile device? (Prices reference MSRP for TurningPoint device and 1 yr license sold at UK.) On the surface, it doesn't seem to make sense, but here are three common reasons why instructors do this.
This week’s Tech Tips video features Blogger, an online blogging tool available to all students and employees through their Google Education Apps account. We highlight potential uses for academic settings, and tips for how to successfully integrate Blogger into your class curriculum. This is a great tool to use in combination with traditional face-to-face classes, or online courses through Blackboard.
During a recent UKIT Talks Tech event on Apple Tools for Education, Tim Matheny, Senior Systems Engineer at Apple, Inc., shared his list of Top Ten Apps for Education. These apps save time and provide great functionality when it comes to note taking, presentations, and studying. The best part is that most of these apps are free or little to no cost to the user. Check out the list below and leave us a comment if you have a favorite app we left out!
This week's Tech Tips video, brought to you by the ATG Scholars, showcases an introduction to cloud storage. Cloud storage allows users to store files and data in a virtual storage drive to allow access anywhere they may need it. This video shows off some of the programs and services available to use and the varying functions and collaborative options among them.
https://download.uky.edu now has Adobe Acrobat X (Windows or Mac) available to students and faculty for free. For those of you who want to transition from reading paper copies of articles and book chapters, Acrobat X's text recognition tools will allow you to go completely digital. This suite of tools will even work for scanned images of documents and will transform a pdf full of images of pages to a pdf with searchable text that can be annotated (highlight, write notes, underline, etc.) and allows copying and pasting of text.
Curious about which questions students missed most often on a blackboard assessment? Or the answers a specific student made for each question on a test? Well blackboard can provide answers to these inquiries by using the Attempt Statistics and Download Results from the drop down menu on the columns found in the Grade Center. These tools are helpful by allowing instructors to see which questions students had more difficulty with, leading to either rewriting the question for future examinations or perhaps not counting it towards the end grade for the assignment.
This week's Tech Tips video, brought to you by the ATG Scholars, showcases the VirtualDen application available to UK students, faculty and staff. Use VirtualDen to gain access to programs on campus that you may not have at home, such as some Microsoft Office and Adobe Software. This video highlights which programs are available for use, and how to navigate the application for unexperienced users. VirtualDen is available for use at apps.uky.edu with a valid Link Blue ID and password.