Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug is not just last week’s concern and may still be affecting your favorite sites. Just changing your passwords may not be enough if the bug is still affecting a site. Find out for yourself which most visited sites have gotten a new patch for the bug, and which ones haven’t, here: http://www.cnet.com/how-to/which-sites-have-patched-the-heartbleed-bug/.

Content adapted from: Heartbleed bug: Check which sites have been patched – CNET

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ITS Workshops – April 7 to April 19

ITS has scheduled several workshops for the Spring semester.  The workshops scheduled for the next two weeks are noted below.   If you would like to see all of the details for a session and also preview the classes that are scheduled for the remainder of the semester, the full schedule and all class descriptions are located here.

Please be sure to register for each workshop you are interested in via the link in the course description here.  This semester we are piloting the use of a scheduling service to handle registrations so that you will receive confirmation of your registration and reminder emails.  You will also be able to change your registration if needed.  We welcome your feedback on this new process and the enhanced options available via the 25Live calendar feed.

Thu
Apr 10

12:00 pm

Blackboard: Test Options to Improve Academic Integrity
Nicarry 108

Ends @
1:00

Blackboard has several options to customize how and when online tests are deployed. This session will explore settings that help to ensure academic integrity is maintained during an online…
Mon
Apr 14

11:00 am

Blackboard Teaching Circle
Nicarry 108

Ends @
12:00

This teaching circle is a more informal learning community where specific questions posed by the attendees can be addressed and discussed. The teaching circle will begin with a mini-lesson on a…

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For Faculty: A New Way of Thinking About Learning Objectives

This Chronicle blog post describes a rationale for creating learning objectives that frame the course content more explicitly for you and your students.  Not only does this approach help faculty to plan a structured lesson, but also scaffolds the learning for students so they can realize success.  Check it out here.

Want to learn more about using iClickers to meet Learning Objectives?  Check out this webinar scheduled on April 3rd.

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Getty Images – Access for Non-Commercial Purposes

Did you know that there are thousands of stock photos available to embed on blogs, websites and via social media from Getty Images?  As long as you are using them for non-commercial or educational purposes, it is completely legal.  Check out how to use these high quality images, here.  Make those class presentations, portfolios and blog posts stand out with professional images!

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ITS Workshops – March 24 through April 4

ITS has scheduled several workshops for the Spring semester.  The workshops scheduled for the next two weeks are noted below.   If you would like to see all of the details for a session and also preview the classes that are scheduled for the remainder of the semester, the full schedule and all class descriptions are located here.

Please be sure to register for each workshop you are interested in via the link in the course description here.  This semester we are piloting the use of a scheduling service to handle registrations so that you will receive confirmation of your registration and reminder emails.  You will also be able to change your registration if needed.  We welcome your feedback on this new process and the enhanced options available via the 25Live calendar feed.

Thu
Mar 27

12:00 pm

Blackboard: Turnitin Assignments Overview
Nicarry 108,WebEx

Ends @
1:00

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Built into Blackboard is an assignment tool called Turnitin that allows students to submit their written work and have it checked for issues with plagiarism. This tool does more than enforce academic…

1:00 pm

Blackboard: Turnitin Create an Assignment
Nicarry 108,WebEx

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2:00

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This hands-on session will allow participants to create a Turnitin assignment in Blackboard, customize the settings and then deploy the assignment to students.

To register for this workshop, visit:…

Thu
Apr 3

12:00 pm

Blackboard: Turnitin Grading with the iPad App
Nicarry 108

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1:00

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This hands-on session will allow participants to grade a Turnitin assignment submission using the free Turnitin iPad App. Bring your iPad to the session.

To register for this workshop, visit:…

In addition, over the next few weeks, we have faculty presentations about projects completed as part of the 2013 Faculty Technology Institute during Wednesday @ 11.

Tools for Flipping the Classroom: Gabriella Sanchis –  - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tools-for-flipping-and-lecturing-registration-10513033767
March 26
E270

Using Clickers in the Classroom: James MacKay - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leveling-the-classroom-participation-playing-field-the-pros-and-cons-of-using-clickers-as-an-registration-10512417925
April 2
Thompson Gym 105

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For Faculty: Useful Strategies for Flipped Classrooms

This Chronicle blog post, one in a series on the flipped classroom model, contains useful tips and teaching strategies to help make this model of teaching and learning more effective.  Check it out here!

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Social Media Spring Cleaning

If you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or other popular social media sites, chances are that you have granted access to your information to other third party apps.  On this first day of spring, take a moment to do some “spring cleaning” of your accounts.  Check out this Chronicle blog post that explains why this is important and how to accomplish the task.  We promise it is easier than washing windows or decluttering your walk-in closet!

 

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14 Great Google Tricks

Love Google, but wish you were more efficient when using it for learning purposes?

Originally posted on the Edudemic Blog, this link contains a useful infographic detailing 14 awesome tricks to make searching with Google more productive for academic purposes.

http://www.edudemic.com/get-more-out-of-google/

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ITS Workshops March 10-22

ITS Workshops

Events for March 9 – 22

ITS has scheduled several workshops for the Spring semester.  The workshops scheduled for the next two weeks are noted below.   If you would like to see all of the details for a session and also preview the classes that are scheduled for the remainder of the semester, the full schedule and all class descriptions are located here.
Please be sure to register for each workshop you are interested in via the link in the course description here This semester we are piloting the use of a scheduling service to handle registrations so that you will receive confirmation of your registration and reminder emails.  You will also be able to change your registration if needed.  We welcome your feedback on this new process and the enhanced options available via the 25Live calendar feed.If you can’t attend at the scheduled time, but would like training or if you have additional training needs not reflected in the workshop schedule, please contact me or Kathie Kellie to schedule a convenient meeting time.

Tue
Mar 11

10:00 am

Atomic Learning – Blackboard Building Block

Ends @
10:30

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Did you know that we have a subscription to a technology tutorial video service called Atomic Learning? It is available 24/7 to all faculty, staff, and students both on and off-campus. There is also…

Thu
Mar 13

10:30 am

HTML – Simple Coding*
Nicarry 108

Ends @
11:30

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Working in Notepad, create a website incorporating text, graphics, links and tables for the purpose of understanding the underlying HTML code in programs such as WordPress and Dreamweaver. Easy to…

5:00 pm

Digication E-Portfolio Drop-In Support
Nicarry 108

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6:00

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This informal, drop-in session is a time for students, faculty or staff to come to get help with their e-portfolios.

To register for this workshop, visit:…

Mon
Mar 17

2:00 pm

WebEx Teaching Circle
Nicarry 108

Ends @
3:00

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This teaching circle is a more informal learning community where specific questions posed by WebEx hosts can be addressed and discussed. The teaching circle will begin with a mini-lesson on a WebEx…

Tue
Mar 18

10:00 am

Teaching Strategies for Student Success
Nicarry 108

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11:00

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This session is a more informal learning community where specific questions posed by attendees can be addressed and discussed. The session will begin with a mini-lesson on a teaching strategy and…

1:30 pm

Excel – Charts*
Nicarry 108

Ends @
2:30

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Charts explain numbers in an easy to understand format. Use data in a spreadsheet to quickly create a chart. Learn about the different types of charts, how to format and change them, use clip art to…

Wed
Mar 19

10:00 am

Excel – Formulas & Functions*
Nicarry 108

Ends @
11:00

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This class will introduce you to the power of Excel’s formulas and functions.
Formulas can be as simple as adding two numbers or can be complex calculations needed for high end business projections.…

Thu
Mar 20

12:00 pm

Preventing Plagiarism through Education and Assignment Creation
Nicarry 108

Ends @
1:00

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Learn more about how to be proactive about plagiarism through education and assignment creation and how the library can help.
This workshop will be facilitated by Beth Young Miller.

To register…

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For Faculty: Teaching Ideas to Avoid the After Spring Break Slump

The ideas in this blog post, originally posted to the GradHacker blog from Inside Higher Ed, detail 5 ways to keep students engaged in course content (and with each other) in the second half of the semester.

http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/reinventing-your-teaching-mid-semester

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Word Keyboard Shortcuts

Perhaps you know about using a keyboard shortcut to copy (CONTROL + C) and then paste (CONTROL + V). But there are lots more keyboard shortcuts that will increase your efficiency. Here are some of my favorites:

Shortcut What it Does
CONTROL + HOME Moves the cursor to the beginning of the document, no matter how many pages it is. Works in most programs.
CONTROL + END Moves the cursor to the end of the document, no matter how many pages it is. Works in most programs.
CONTROL + Right arrow Hops to the beginning of the next word.
CONTROL + Left arrow Hops to the beginning of the previous word.
CONTROL + A Selects everything in the document. Works in most programs & browsers.
CONTROL + C Copies the selected text or item. Works in most programs & browsers.
CONTROL + X Cuts the selected text or item. Works in most programs & browsers.
CONTROL + V Pastes the copied or cut text or item. Works in most programs & browsers.
CONTROL + M Increases the indent for the current paragraph.
CONTROL + SHIFT + M Decreases the indent for the current paragraph.
CONTROL + DELETE Erases text from the cursor to the end of the word.
CONTROL + BACKSPACE Erases text from the cursor to the beginning of the word.
CONTROL + Z Undo.
CONTROL + Y Redo. I prefer to call it Undo the Undo.

To generate a list of all the keyboard shortcuts available in Word, please refer to the “Keyboard Shortcuts” ITS Knowledgebase article.

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For Faculty: Online Rubric Makers

This post, originally posted on the Edudemic blog, highlights some useful tools to create rubrics.  My personal favorite in the list is Rubistar.  Being able to save the rubric as an Excel spreadsheet allows me the ease of rubric creation via the website paired with the flexibility of editing and updating the rubric over time via Excel.

http://www.edudemic.com/online-rubric-makers/

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10 Awesome Tech Tricks

More productive technology use?  I’ll take it!

This post, originally posted on the Edudemic blog, highlights a TED Talk (https://www.ted.com/talks) that showcases some useful technology tips from which everyone can benefit.
http://www.edudemic.com/tech-tricks-david-pogue/

 

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Macs – How to Save to Network Drives

AppleLogoMac Computers can save to network drives such as  your Private folder. This Knowledgebase article explains how.

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ITS Workshops Scheduled Feb. 10-Feb. 22

 

ITS has scheduled several workshops for the Spring semester.  The workshops scheduled for the next two weeks are noted below.   If you would like to see all of the details for a session and also preview the classes that are scheduled for the remainder of the semester, the full schedule and all class descriptions are located here.

Please be sure to register for each workshop you are interested in via the link in the course description here This semester we are piloting the use of a scheduling service to handle registrations so that you will receive confirmation of your registration and reminder emails.  You will also be able to change your registration if needed.  We welcome your feedback on this new process and the enhanced options available via the 25Live calendar feed.

Mon
Feb 10

11:00 am

Blackboard Teaching Circle
Nicarry 108

Ends @
12:00

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This teaching circle is a more informal learning community where specific questions posed by the attendees can be addressed and discussed. The teaching circle will begin with a mini-lesson on a…

2:30 pm

Atomic Learning Tech Tutorials – Overview
WebEx

Ends @
3:00

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Did you know that we have a subscription to a technology tutorial video service called Atomic Learning? It is available 24/7 to all faculty, staff, and students both on and off-campus. All you need…

Tue
Feb 11

10:00 am

Online and Blended Learning Teaching Circle
Nicarry 108,WebEx

Ends @
11:00

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This teaching circle is a more informal learning community where specific questions posed by faculty regarding online and blended learning can be addressed and discussed. The teaching circle will…

2:30 pm

Excel – As a Database*
Nicarry 108

Ends @
3:30

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Wondering what to do with all that data? Turn it into information you can use. This course covers methods of filtering and outlining to display only relevant data in your spreadsheet. Learn how to…

Wed
Feb 12

11:00 am

Blackboard Grade Center: Weighted Grades
Nicarry 108

Ends @
12:00

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Blackboard’s Grade Center allows you to weight assignment grades in a variety of ways. This session will explore weighting individual assignments as well as by category. We will also discuss some of…

1:00 pm

Excel – Pivot Tables
Nicarry 108

Ends @
2:00

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Pivot tables use data from an existing sheet to summarize information in a meaningful way. If you don’t know about Excel’s pivot tables, summarizing large amounts of data can be a problem and take too…

Thu
Feb 13

12:00 pm

Atomic Learning Tech Tutorials – Overview
WebEx

Ends @
12:30

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Did you know that we have a subscription to a technology tutorial video service called Atomic Learning? It is available 24/7 to all faculty, staff, and students both on and off-campus. All you need…

2:30 pm

WordPress – Creating a Personal Website
Nicarry 108

Ends @
3:30

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Marketing and Communications has created a WordPress template that you can use to create a personal website hosted through the college. All you have to do is request a website at least a week before…

Tue
Feb 18

11:00 am

Atomic Learning – Blackboard Building Block
WebEx

Ends @
11:30

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Did you know that we have a subscription to a technology tutorial video service called Atomic Learning? It is available 24/7 to all faculty, staff, and students both on and off-campus. There is also…

Fri
Feb 21

12:00 pm

Atomic Learning – Blackboard Building Block
WebEx

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12:30

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Did you know that we have a subscription to a technology tutorial video service called Atomic Learning? It is available 24/7 to all faculty, staff, and students both on and off-campus. There is also…

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