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The Perfect "Duet"

Faculty Content, EdTechBecky Hudson
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The new app “Duet” is an exciting way to turn your devices into a second screen for your Mac or PC. The app allows the user to double your workspace without having to purchase a second monitor. By giving the user a dual screen, Duet helps to increase the productivity of the user by almost 50 percent. The former Apple engineers that created this app designed it to be compatible with all desktops that use OS X 10.9 or Windows 7+, as well as all iPads and all iPhones running iOS 7.0+. With the use of a 30-pin or lightning cable, the second display is pretty easy to set up and can be very handy!

When setting up “Duet”, the user must first go to the app store and purchase the app for $9.99 on the device they wish to pair. After the app has been purchased and downloaded, the user then creates an account with an email address. Once the account is created, a link is emailed to the user to download the program on your Mac or PC.

Once you are up and running, what to do? If you plan on having multiple internet windows up, then you are fine. When testing, we found that it was easy to navigate between screens and websites to get your work done. Even websites like YouTube that have a complicated visual interface have no issue moving between screens and still offer clear uninterrupted video.

Next, we tied to do something a little harder. When trying to open programs like Final Cut Pro, the amount of information being transferred between screens seemed too much for the Duet app. Using the dual display in Final Cut Pro resulted in a frozen and distorted screen on my later model PC running Windows 10. It just seemed like the transfer couldn’t handle that much information. When we tried it on a newer MacBook Pro, though, the app worked beautifully. The resolution was on point and I really liked the ability to have a larger viewer window for my project.

The Duet app is a useful and fun app to play with. By giving the user double the workspace, it made for fun, effortless way to get work done. Depending on the processing power of the Mac/PC that you are working from, the Duet app can deliver a retina display at 60 frames per second with no lagging. If you are looking for a way to double your workspace with a device that you already own, the Duet app is definitely the way to go.

To learn more about Duet visit www.duetdisplay.com

Did you miss Canvas Demo Day?

DMP, LMS, EdTechRobyn Reese
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The Academic Technology Department hosted a live-streamed demonstration of the Canvas Learning Management System on Friday, February 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. A recording of this event can be found below. This demonstration is intended to provide faculty and staff with a first look at Canvas so that they can become more familiar with the LMS that the Faculty Senate has recommended for adoption by our institution in the coming years. 

The demonstration was facilitated by Dee Bohne, Canvas Senior Enterprise Director; Brian Yuhunke, Canvas Solutions Engineer; and Steve Brunner, Canvas Senior Director and Solutions Engineer. The live and remote audience had an opportunity to ask questions about the use of Canvas and its features. A copy of the chat transcript that was created during the broadcast can be found here. 

If, after watching the broadcast and reading the chat transcipt, you have questions about the use of Canvas, please contact EdTech@fscj.edu. For general information about the LMS, please visit our dedicated Canvas page by clicking here. Thanks for watching our broadcast! 

The Best and Brightest at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

NewsBecky Hudson
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Las Vegas hosted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show on January 9th, unveiling the newest technology that will soon hit the shelves. With over 3,900 exhibitors, 900 startups and more than 900 speakers, the CES was once again an innovative look into the future. The CES started off with a bang this year, that is a bang of transformers blowing, resulting in a 2-hour blackout! With a flood of light up of cell phone screens illuminating the showroom floor, the CES was already making headlines just a few hours in. Once the blackout ended and companies could start to show off their products, it was easy to see that some of the greatest minds in technology had come together to showcase their innovations.

There was a common theme between many of the products that were exhibited this year: to make every day processes faster, safer, and more user friendly.  The CES showcased the Lishtot TestDrop, a small device that can test the quality of drinking water by analyzing the electric field around it. Follow this link provided to secure your TestDrop now for $34.95.

There was an intelligent toilet by Kohler Numi. This smart toilet offers heated seating, heated flooring for your feet, gentle lighting and music. You can find more information here.

The Pelotron Tread combines workout machinery and videos by showcasing a treadmill with a large built-in LED screen which live streams workout classes. Now you can join a workout class without having to go to the gym! The Pelotron Tread can be pre-ordered here, for all of you fitness fanatics!  

The CES also showcased the worlds first smart swimsuit. Swim.com partnered with Spire Health Tag to create the small tracking device that can be placed in most swimsuits. The platform tracks the number of laps swam, the time per lap and much more. This summer you can sport your smart swimsuit for just $30 plus the price of the suit.

Sticking with the theme of making tasks faster and more user friendly, there were an array of gadgets to make your home hands free. The Lenovo Smart Display is a voice-activated assistant that connects directly with Google. It is like Amazon's Echo, but the Lenovo exceeds its rivals by offering a touch screen that is not only sleek and attractive, but it also can voice activate YouTube videos, search for recipes and much more. Click here for more information!

Honda showed up at this year's CES with not only one robot, but an array of robots from their 3E-A18series. One of the factors that makes this robot so unique is the ability to empathize with and understand its commander. Learn more about these compassionate companions here.

If you are into televisions, then Samsung’s newest creation THE WALL will not only astound you, it may make you cry. This television is a whopping 146-inches and literally takes up an entire wall.

One gadget that pulled at the heartstrings of many visitors at this years CES was the My Special Aflac Duck. A small and interactive toy that is a replica of the famous duck in all the Aflac commercials, it was designed and intended to be a companion to children diagnosed with cancer. The interactive duck not only expresses feelings through facial movements, it gives a child a companion during a time when they may feel alone. This toy is set to roll out in late 2018 and will be available at no cost to children diagnosed with cancer across the nation. The My Special Aflac Duck received the Tech For a Better World Innovation  Award for its efforts to raise money to cure childhood cancer. For more information on how you can help Aflac in their mission, visit this website. 

The CES 2018 was a gathering of some of the greatest minds, and biggest hearts, across the world. Although many of the gadgets and innovations will not be available to the public for some time, this showcase is a glimpse of what the future may hold. In a world of VR, assistant robots, smart technology, and self-driven cars, we have a lot to look forward to for the future.

Innovate to Educate: Professor Jeff Smith

DMP, Student Content, Innovate to Educate, EdTechRobyn Reese

Innovate to Educate is a series created by Educational Technology and Digital Media Productions to share information about innovative technology being used by our amazing faculty at each of our campuses.

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Jeff Smith, Program Manager for the college's Dental Programs, to discuss how he became interested in technology and the ways that the Dental Hygiene Program has used technology, including iBooks and iPads, to encourage student engagement and enhance academic performance. 

Turnitin Feedback Studio Videos

EdTechRobyn Reese
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Did you miss the Turnitin webinar on February 9? Not to worry! We have resource videos below that can help you to learn how to use the major features of this vital Blackboard plug-in. Turnitin has also created a video that can be shared with students to assist them in learning how to submit Turnitin assignments. You can use the embed codes in the viewers below to add these videos to your Blackboard shell or blog! 


Students: How to Submit a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard

Faculty:  How to Create A Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard


Faculty: How to read a Turnitin Originality Report in Blackboard


Faculty: How to provide feedback with Turnitin Feedback Studio in Blackboard

The First Day of Spring Semester

Becky Hudson
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January 8, 2018- Today is the day: The first day of spring semester is in full swing! Your hard work to prepare for the semester will pay off todaY. The scheduling and planning that is required to get your courses ready has undoubtedly left your office looking a little disheveled. We understand! With deadlines to meet and multiple syllabi to write, who has time to clean?

Coincidently, not only is today the first day of spring semester, it is also National Clean Off Your Desk Day! This national "holiday" is observed on the second Monday of January and just so happens to land on the opening of this semester. It is a reminder that while starting this New Year, and new semester, we should take the time to get organized. Cleaning out some of the papers from last semester will make it easier to store and find paperwork needed for the current semester. If desk clutter is not an issue for you, maybe take some time and clean out your email inbox, organize the folders on your laptop or hard drive, and go ahead and delete some of the older voicemails that are no longer needed. Starting off organized will help you to keep going throughout the semester.

Apple has already started to help its users be organized by launching the new “Files” app on the iOS 11 update. This app allows you to view all your stored files across multiple devices, in one area. You can view your iCloud drive, Google Drive, Dropbox OneDrive, and more, all in one place. Organization is essential to having a productive semester.

We understand that there is much to do today, and most likely you will have your hands full the entire day. Adding yet another task may seem a bit overwhelming, but have no fear.!Not only is today the first day of spring semester, or National Clean Off Your Desk Day, but today is also National Bubble Bath Day. So, keep in mind that through all the multiple tasks that you have set for yourself today, you can end the day in a hot bubble bath and celebrate your new burst of productivity.

We hope that you have a great First Day of Spring Semester, a happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day and a relaxing National Bubble Bath Day!

In Focus: 10 Tips for Spring Semester Success

Faculty Content, DMP, In Focus, EdTechBrandi Bleak

For this episode, the Educational Technology team reached out to members of the faculty and administration to gather 10 tips that will help faculty to have a great start to the Spring semester. So, let’s get started!  


#10  - Syllabus & Course Preparation Checklist

The folks at FSCJ Online have prepared a comprehensive checklist to help you make sure that you’re able to stay on top of all of the tasks that need to be completed before the start of the Spring semester.

This document lives in the Faculty Exchange and we've added a link below for ease of use and download.  

Syllabus & Course Preparation Checklist document


#9  –  Requesting Course Access

While you are preparing your course content, you may need access to a prior semester’s course for content copy. To request access to a course taught prior to Fall 2017, email EdTech@fscj.edu or submit a ticket via help.fscj.edu.


#8 – Course Availability

The PeopleSoft integration has changed the way that course shells are created within Blackboard. There are a few crucial points that you need to be aware of. 

Each course is shell is created and made available to the instructor 60 days prior to its start date. This means that A session, B session, and C session course are created at different times.

The instructor then decides when they would like the course to be available to students, and has the responsibility of closing it at the end of the semester. This can be done by either setting a date range for the course to be available, or by setting it to be continuously open. The instructor must then remember to close it manually at the end of the term. 

Here's a tutorial on making a course available within Blackboard.


#7 – Know the Important Term Dates

There are important dates that occur throughout the semester like grading windows and drop for non-attendance. These dates are communicated during the term via email from Academic Operations and are available on the fscj.edu site, and can be accessed here.


#6—How to Access the Grading Roster

During the Fall semester, many instructors had difficulty accessing the grade rosters with myFSCJ. 

To access the grade roster, users must navigate to the Faculty tab and click the ‘person’ icon. This is the best way to access the grade roster! Although there are other ways to obtain similar content, they don’t provide the full functionality of allowing you to enter grades.


#5 – Course Evaluations & Survey Results

There’s a new process for Course Evaluations. 

During the last portion of the semester, students have the opportunity to evaluate their courses. This process opens on the Friday before the last week of the class within the Student tab of myFSCJ. The evaluation reports will be made available to instructors and administrators five days after the last day of class.

Course Evaluations Training Document


#4 - Using Kaltura MediaSpace

You may have noticed that the Kaltura Mash-up button is no longer in Blackboard! To access MediaSpace to upload, edit, or curate videos, in the short term, you must use the link that it still located in the Artemis portal under the Technology tab. From there, you can acquire an embed code located in the bottom right-hand corner of the video that can be added to the Blackboard video function to link to your content.


#3 – Finding Information & Answers

With so many new processes and information to keep up with, there are a few spots we recommend that faculty view regularly in order to stay updated. 

The Academic Technology Blog is managed by the Educational Technology team, and contains information about system updates, articles about new technology, apps, and more. It also contains a student section with information that you may want to pass along in your classroom. 

The Blackboard home page is being redesigned to include faculty updates with relevant content, software keys, and important announcements.


#2 Report Issues So They Can Be Reviewed

Check your Blackboard course shells as soon as they’re available and report any questions or concerns through the help desk. The sooner we locate any problems, the easier it will be to fix them. Even if you’re unsure if something is a problem, let us know and we can do the research for you.


#1 – You Have Help!

So, what’s number one? You! Being there when you need us is a top priority for all of us!

There are lots of resources available to assist instructors so you can keep your focus on your students and the classroom. 

Help.fscj.edu is the Information Technology Help Desk site where users can search the Knowledge Base for answers to common issues, submit a ticket that will be routed to the department that can assist, call and speak to a representative, or email in an issue to service.desk.@fscj.edu.

Dedicated Faculty Development Specialists are available on campuses for in-person assistance with Professional Development, Blackboard, myFSCJ, video and photography needs, design work, and much more. Discover more about the Faculty Resource Centers.

Training.fscj.edu is the newly redesigned site by the Training and Organizational Development team where professional development and training content can all be found.

And Faculty members can always contact the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Union, or the Academic Technology Committee to report issues that may need additional review or evaluation.


Thanks for tuning in to this special Spring Semester edition of In Focus! We look forward to supporting you as we work together to make this a great semester!

Making a Blackboard Course Shell Available

Faculty Content, Tutorial, EdTechBrandi Bleak

When an instructor has prepared their Blackboard course shell and are ready to make the course available to their students, there are a few steps that need to take place. If no steps are taken, the course will become available to students upon the first day of the session.  

To make a course shell available, select Customization from the course menu. Next click Properties.

 

As a reminder, course shells will not be available to instructors until 60 days prior to their start date. 

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Set Availability

When instructors are ready to set the availability of a course, first scroll to Set Availability and ensure that Yes is selected.

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Set Course Duration

Instructors can decide whether they would like the course to be available immediately or to become available on a specific date in the future.

By default, course shells are set to become available to students enrolled on the date the course begins. To make the course available in advance, either change the date or select Continuous for the duration to make the course available immediately.  Note that courses with continuous enrollment will NOT close automatically at the end of the term. If continuous enrollment is selected, faculty must remember to make these course unavailable at the end of the term.

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If you have any questions or issues with course availability, please submit a ticket at help.fscj.edu or email EdTech@fscj.edu.

Online Syllabus Builder - Deployed Updates

EdTechBrandi Bleak
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This week, the developer of our Online Syllabus Builder deployed an updated version that addressed a number of recent issues. Here is a list of the expected fixes: 

Self Developed and Word Documents

  • An issue causing the Spring courses to not populate has been resolved.
  • If a user revisits a page after creating their syllabus, it did not show the syllabus status. This has been resolved.

Edit Screen

  • Flagging now enabled if user edits two different syllabi in the same session
  • Issue with save button not functioning as expected has been fixed
  • Deans employee ID has been added to transaction for backend processing 

Portrait Screen 

  • Checked to make sure session not timed out before deleting portrait
  • Checked session before trying to change image
  • When a session times out, it will now redirect user to the login screen

Office Hours 

  • Issue with saving office hours has been corrected
  • It was reported that Tuesday auto-selects. This should no longer happen.
  • College logo updated to match the new standard
  • Bullets removed from template page

Blackboard Inline Grading is getting a refresh!

LMS, EdTechRobyn Reese

Even if you often use the inline grading feature in Blackboard, you probably don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about how it works (and if you don't use it, you really should--it's amazing). Inline grading uses a technology called Crocodoc to allow instructors to provide feedback such as comments, highlights, and even drawing/annotation, directly on a document while grading it. 

Over the Winter Break, the inline grading service is being upgraded to replace Crocodoc with more powerful Box technology. Instructors should not notice much of a difference in how they access and use the tool, but it will have a few new features, as detailed in the chart below. 

Taken From Blackboard Help (https://help.blackboard.com/)

Taken From Blackboard Help (https://help.blackboard.com/)

The upgrade will take place prior to the start of the Spring Term, so it will not interfere with the grading of work at any time. All prior artifacts that were annotated with Crocodoc will still be fully accessible within past terms' course shells. 

For more information about this change, or to find out more about inline grading, click here. For further questions, please contact Educational Technology (EdTech@fscj.edu).