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.
Blackboard is the learning management system (LMS, sometimes also referred to as a course management system) that has been selected by the University of Kentucky. Blackboard provides instructors with a web presence, but does not require them to know web programming.
How can I use it?
Blackboard is an asynchronous teaching tool, meaning that participants do not have to be simultaneously connected.
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!
Creating and teaching a course with Adobe Connect shouldn't be overwhelming, so we've divided up what you need to know into three simple sections. Start with Getting Access to Adobe Connect, then browse the other areas to get information and tips you can use before, during, and after your course. In each section, you'll find links to written instructions, video tutorials, and QuickStart guides that will help you get ready to go in no time!
This document has three main sections. To jump directly to a section, select a link!
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.
UKIT's Academic Technology Group has developed several poster templates to assist faculty, staff, and students with research poster design. In addition to the template, each file also contains an introduction slide or page with instructions and additional graphic elements that can be used as desired. All graphic elements, including poster headline and section header styles, may be mixed and matched to suit each researcher's needs and preferences.
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.
The Chronicle for Higher Education hosts a series of blogs ranging from administrative issues to athletics. Two of these blogs, Wired Campus and ProfHacker, are regular stops for me. Wired Campus has recently published an article detailing the results of a recent study on how students use (or rather do not use) e-textbooks. You can read the article here: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/students-find-e-textbooks-clumsy-...