|Trouble reading this? Click here.||Number 124 - October 12, 2011|
NBC Learn Survey
On Tuesday, October 11 we emailed a survey to all faculty asking for your opinion on the NBC Learn product we have been piloting this semester. The pilot test will be ending on October 31, 2011, so we need to get your input now to help us in making a purchasing decision. The email you recieved contains the survey link. Please take a few minutes (there are only three simple questions in the survey) to let us know what you think about the product. If you wish to express a longer form response, just send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, once the trial period for this product ends, any links you have made to NBC Learn content will no longer function.
Wireless USB Microphones Available for Checkout
Thanks to funding through the PRP cycle, we have had funds to invest in some technology to distribute for faculty use. Among the investments we have made are several Revolabs xTag™ USB wireless microphones. The microphone is about the size of a tube of lipstick with a metal clip to attach it to shirt or blouse, or alternativley, a lanyard to wear it around the neck. It solves the problem of how to record audio in the classroom without wearing a USB headset.
For years we have checked out Olympus digital audio recorders to faculty members who wished to record their lectures for upload to Blackboard, but the new mics are intended for recording of PowerPoint presentations or other demos that can be captured on the classroom computer while delivering them in class. They provide excellent sound quality and have a range of about 20m (65 ft.). For more information, see our review.
Blackboard with Cream & Sugar
We have concluded our Blackboard with Cream & Sugar sessions for this semester. Thanks to all those who took the time to attend. This does not mean that our Blackboard techs are not available to assist you. Drop in in-person to our offices on the ground floor of the library (LL-110 and LL-111), submit a help request ticket, send us email, call us at (760) 744-1150 ext. 2862, even Live Chat with our techs when you see the Live Chat button on our web site say "ONLINE" or when the Live Chat button on the Blackboard login page is bright green. These are all ways that you can contact our Blackboard technicians to receive help with your Blackboard or other academic technology problems.
We are planning a late semester Blackboard with Cream & Sugar session in December to help faculty members with end of semester Bb chores (archiving, grade center export, prepping next semester's Bb shells, etc.) and we hope to combine it with a fun, e-reader petting zoo, where we will have various ereaders on display for hands-on trials. Watch our November newsletter for the announcement.
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