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Create Competition with Clickers

Filed in How-to by on February 12, 2015 0 Comments
Create Competition with Clickers

Did you know that you can divide your class and form teams with clickers during your PowerPoint lecture? You can! Adding in teams, who will be competing through out the lecture, will add a heightened focus as our inner need to compete is strong. If you are already familiar with creating PowerPoint clicker questions – […]

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Check out these 3 great features of PDF Annotator!

Check out these 3 great features of PDF Annotator!

On the classroom podiums you will find 2 programs that will allow you to mark up PDFs as well as Powerpoint presentations and other files – Smart Notebook and PDF Annotator. Alright! So lets start with why I’m focusing on PDF Annotator and not Smart Notebook. At some point in the near future WPI will […]

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Compatibility Mode and myWPI

Compatibility Mode and myWPI

If you’re an Internet Explorer 11 user, you may have noticed that myWPI has the occasional tendency to look, well, odd. If you’re seeing errors like these scrollbars, or perhaps encountering other errors in Internet Explorer where things aren’t displaying or working correctly, you may need to turn off Compatibility Mode! Compatibility mode is a […]

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

Filed in How-to, In the Classroom, Tools for Teaching, Useful Tools by on October 3, 2013 1 Comment

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!

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

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

Filed in How-to, Interesting Technologies by on March 20, 2013 0 Comments

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

Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Spaces

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

Hammering home your (power)Point – Presenting Part II

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?

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

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

Filed in How-to, Interesting Technologies by on February 16, 2012 0 Comments
Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Paste from Word

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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