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5 tools that make online teaching and learning fun and worry-free

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) webinar

When: November 2, 2016 @ 2:00 PM EDT

Presented by:

Naveen Ramnanan, Customer Success Advocate
Blackboard, North America Higher Education

Reserve your seat today

Do you want to deliver online courses that make students forget they aren’t in a physical classroom? Join us to learn about some easy-to-use tools that can help you do just that.

The top takeaways from the session include:

  1. Multiple ways to share content
  2. Diverse tools for promoting active learning and student engagement
  3. Online classroom roadmap development

This is a must-attend webinar for higher education professionals, including:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers
  • Academic technology professionals

Hope to see you there!

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Echo360 Changes

Echo360's Active Learning Platform: Capture and Remote Learning, Student Engagement, Instructional Content Management, Learner Analytics and Dashboard

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.