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Conducting an Online Survey? Qualtrics is the tool for you.

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October 3, 2013

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What is it?  Qualtrics’ Research Suite is an online survey software solution for WPI Students, Faculty, and Staff that allows users to collect, analyze and act on relevant data. Who is eligible to create surveys?  All WPI Community Members with an @wpi.edu email address! How do I get there? https://wpi.qualtrics.com Where can I learn more? […]

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WPI is making the switch to a new web conferencing tool!

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May 25, 2013

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Since 2008, WPI has been supporting Wimba Classroom for its campus web conferencing needs.   However, a couple years ago, Blackboard, which powers our myWPI system, acquired Wimba and also another web conferencing tool used in higher education, Elluminate.   As part of the acquisition, Blackboard is phasing out Wimba (and Elluminate) and has rolled out a new […]

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Rubrics and Blackboard

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March 20, 2013

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ru·bric noun \ˈrü-brik, -ˌbrik\ 4: a guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests  (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rubric) I know, you are thinking ‘again?’  We have had several discussions on Rubrics over the past few years, but I wanted to revisit this idea and include some exciting information on rubrics and myWPI! So lets start from […]

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Spaces

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January 17, 2013

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You’ve set up your profile in the brand-new release of Blackboard.  Great!  Now, what are you going to do with it? One option is to set up a “Space”, which is essentially a tiny social organization with very basic features.  Anyone can create a space if they have a Blackboard account—it doesn’t matter if you’re […]

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Hammering home your (power)Point – Presenting Part II

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August 1, 2012

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In my last post, I shared some ideas from EDUCAUSE’s Malcolm Brown on presenting.  I ran out of time and space before I had a chance to finish!  Here are some more of my thoughts on his tips. Idea 15:  Who do you think you’re talking to?!?  Though it is impossible to address your entire […]

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If Powerpoint is the hammer, is my presentation the nail?

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July 5, 2012

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Maslow said, “I suppose it is tempting, when the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”  We constantly hear phrases like “Death by Powerpoint”, but is it Powerpoint’s fault that it just happens to be a really good hammer?  I think not. I recently had the […]

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Paste from Word

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February 16, 2012

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So you’ve toiled on a lengthy piece of text, and now you’d like to make this available to your students as a new announcement, content item, or threaded discussion in your Blackboard 9.1 site.  And let’s say you’ve really outdone yourself this time, too.  Using Microsoft Word, your page looks like a veritable Mona Lisa […]

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Securing Your Mobile Device

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July 19, 2011

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During this busy travel season it is important to take some time and ensure that your mobile device is secure in case of loss or theft.  I know, no one wants to consider these possibilities, however unfortunate things can happen and having security measures in place on your device can help to make the experience […]

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Breadcrumb – Where Hansel and Gretel meet Google

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May 25, 2011

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This past week I was taking a quick look around at what cool new things Google has brewing in the Labs (http://www.googlelabs.com/).  While I was there I stumbled across this cool new project called Breadcrumb. According to Google: “Breadcrumb is a platform to develop branching mobile learning scenarios for smartphones… The Google Breadcrumb stories might […]

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Tools we use – Outlook Quick Parts

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January 13, 2011

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Do you find yourself sending the same email over and over again?  Maybe something like, “You can find information on the required readings in the syllabus, located at…” or “This class has the following grade scheme:  Labs – 20%, Quizzes – 20%…” Just a reminder that Outlook users can take advantage of a great little […]

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