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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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SafeAssign gets a makeover!

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Showcase by on April 30, 2014 0 Comments
SafeAssign gets a makeover!

In a previous post we discussed the how and why’s of using plagiarism detection software: https://wp.wpi.edu/atc-ttl/2010/03/18/avoiding-plagiarism/, if you have not read this post it is highly recommended to acquaint you with the world of plagiarism detection.  In this post we focused predominately on the detection tool available here at WPI called Safe Assign. Safe Assign […]

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Discussion Board Enhancements

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Showcase by on January 28, 2014 0 Comments
Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Discussion Board Enhancements

About Discussions The latest version of blackboard 9.1 brought with it several enhancements including a facelift in the Discussion Board.  The Discussion Board has all of the old features we know and love with an all new interface! According to Blackboard: Highlights include: All posts on one page – all of the posts in 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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Blackboard Feature Spotlight: Date Management

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Showcase by on September 19, 2013 0 Comments
Blackboard Feature Spotlight: Date Management

Setting availability dates manually has always been a bit of a hassle—you’d have to click the contextual menu for an item, edit it, and change the date there. That’s really time-consuming, especially if you’ve just migrated a whole new course site. Thankfully, a new Blackboard tool helps us shorten that process. The Date Management tool […]

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Test Exceptions

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Showcase by on September 11, 2013 0 Comments
Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Test Exceptions

The latest version of Blackboard 9.1 introduces a long sought after feature – Test Exceptions! Have a student who needs extra time? Would you like to control the way feedback is displayed in a granular fashion? Well now you can all on one screen! When deploying a test you will now have access to two […]

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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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Echo360 Acquires ThinkBinder, an online collaboration tool for student project teams

Echo360, the company that powers WPI’s lecture capturing technologies, published a press release late yesterday announcing their acquisition of ThinkBinder, an online collaboration tool intended for student project teams.  ThinkBinder allows teams to have private, group-only discussion boards, file repositories, whiteboard space, and video chats – all hosted in the cloud – for managing project-related work.   This news is hot […]

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Taking Classes with Google Glasses: Wearable Computers and Higher Education

Ok Glass, show me the future. With the first set of Google’s shiny new specs being sent out to the handful of lucky applicants, it’s only a matter of time before students and instructors end up with a pair over their eyes in a class.  And while it’s tempting to label the lenses as just […]

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