Archive for March, 2016
Starting with Summer 2016, UT will be transitioning to the Echo360 Active Learning Platform, which is a new cloud-based service. This new platform combines Classroom Capture and Personal Capture services with Student Engagement Tools (formerly known as LectureTools) and incorporates additional analytics tools.
Classroom Capture and Personal Capture software will remain the same, but instructors will now use a new portal for managing content. Additionally, the Echo360 player has been redesigned and will allow students to take notes, ask questions, or flag segments in captures that they find confusing. Also included are powerful new analytics tools that will allow instructors to monitor student progress, view how many students have watched videos, and evaluate student engagement. The new Student Engagement Tools will allow instructors to add interactive elements to their presentation slides, such as poll questions, a note-taking platform, interfaces for discussions, and a location for students to ask questions.
At this time, the automatic publishing of individual capture links to Blackboard is not possible. The feature is currently in development at Echo360. However, you can link your Blackboard course site to your Echo360 “course portal,” which is similar to the EchoCenter in the current version of Echo360.
Starting this Summer, all new content will be published to the Active Learning Platform, while existing content will continue to reside in the previous Echo360 environment, for now. Instructors can continue to link to existing content in the previous Echo360 environment, and UT Online will work to identify content that can be migrated to the new Active Learning Platform, if desired.
For more information about Echo360 and any of the aforementioned components, please visit the Echo360 How It Works page or contact the UT Online Help Desk. Trainings on how to use the Classroom Capture, Personal Capture, Student Engagement Tools, and analytics will be offered this Spring and Summer. Please register for these trainings on the UT Online Trainings and UTC Student Engagement Tools pages. Furthermore, step-by-step instructions will be available for instructors in the coming months on the UT Online Guides page. Please also watch email for future updates and instructions.
Overwhelmed by the idea of meeting Section 508 requirements? Not sure if you are truly addressing the five Specific Review Standards under General Standard 8? In this free webinar, participants will look at eight steps they can take toward making their digital content accessible for all users. High-level topics will be discussed, as well as nuts and bolts ideas such as heading levels, alt text, descriptive links, captioning and transcripts, and specific examples of how faculty can meet Standard 8. Takeaways will include a greater awareness of accessibility issues and a number of practical resources.
8 Tips for Addressing Standard 8
March 16, 2016
1 PM to 2 PM EDT
Catherine Artac, Instructional Designer and Technologist with Minnesota State University Moorhead, will facilitate this free event. Register now as space is limited to the first 100 registrants.
Can’t make it? This QM Success Story will be recorded and available to subscribers after the session.