Starting with this fall 2014 semester, our campus will utilize the national registration database hosted by i>clicker for clicker registration and discontinue hosting the local i>clicker registration database. This change will require that students register their clickers with the national registration database, using their IdentiKey, and that instructors update to the latest version of i>clicker software.
With summer winding down, it's time to prepare for your fall courses. If you're planning on using Desire2Learn, we have some helpful tips to ease you into the new school year:
In preparation for the start of the 2014 - 2015 Academic Year, Desire2Learn (D2L), CU-Boulder’s online learning environment, will undergo an upgrade on Saturday, August 16. This upgrade will make the service unavailable from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 16.
In contrast to major upgrades performed in the past, this upgrade does not involve changes to the look and feel or include significant changes to tool functionality. Rather this upgrade includes improvements to the usability and added functionality that will enhance instructor and student experiences.
We are very pleased to announce the COLTT 2014 keynote speaker: Steven Pollock, a U.S. Carnegie Professor of the Year for 2013 and Professor of Physics at CU-Boulder. The Carnegie Foundation honored Professor Pollock by recognizing his national reputation as an educator of excellence whose work is transforming physics education.
With VoiceThread, people can have asynchronous group conversations around images, documents, videos and presentations they upload to the site. Once a user shares a VoiceThread, others can comment on it verbally (with a microphone or telephone), with text, by uploading an audio file or by recording a video with their webcam. Additionally, others can review the comments and see who made them.
CU-Boulder offers a campus wide license of VoiceThread. To access this technology, go to https://colorado.voicethread.com.
To learn about the capabilites of VoiceThread including how to create, comment on, and share a VoiceThread, please visit one of the following guides depending on your affiliation:
All support for VoiceThread is provided by the vendor. When logged in to your VoiceThread account, you can use the Help and Tutorials link to access extensive online training materials. VoiceThread also provides e-mail and phone contact information on this page, should you need to contact them for individual support.
The CU-Boulder Foreign Language Technology Program (FLTP) periodically offers workshops on using VoiceThread. CU Faculty and Staff are welcome to sign up for FLTP’s VoiceThread workshops. To see the schedule, go to the FLTP website and choose “Workshop Calendar.” Click highlighted dates on the calendar to see which sessions are offered. Course details and instructions to register are available on their site.
Should you have comments or feedback about VoiceThread that will be helpful as OIT continues to evolve this service, please e-mail Aisha Jackson at Aisha.Jackson@Colorado.EDU.
Many instructors immediately see the benefit of using clickers to ask students questions about the material in the middle of lecture, providing both students and instructors with instant feedback on students’ understanding. Just how the clickers are used in the classroom can have a huge impact – on student learning, as well as how receptive they are to this teaching technique. This section provides some suggestions and ideas for the effective use of clickers based both on educational research and the experience of seasoned instructors.
In order to provide a rich media experience to Desire2Learn courses, Kaltura has been integrated with the online learning environment. Use the links below to learn more about the many capabilities of this integration.
In order to provide a rich media experience to Desire2Learn courses, Kaltura has been integrated with the online learning environment. Use the links below to learn more about how you use this tool to enhance the content of your courses.
|Kaltura Media Console||The Kaltura Media Console is the back-end interface for Kaltura. Only staff, acting on the behalf of a university department or group shall have access to the Kaltura Media Console, known as rich media administrators. More information below.|
Kaltura is a rich media streaming service that supports audio and video streams.
Kaltura has been integrated into D2L, CU-Boulder's online learning environment. This integration allows instructors and students to upload video and audio files into their D2L courses for sharing. Visit the Kaltura - D2L Integration page to learn more.
OIT strongly encourages you to make a backup copy of your course. Desire2Learn does not offer a single course backup feature, so a few different export processes are necessary to get all course data. The following information will guide you in how to backup your course data.
*Remember: Course and grade book information are protected by the Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and as such should stored be according to the CU-Boulder Restricted Data Security Requirements.
D2L allows users the ability to export their course contents and components. This means that any files that exist in the course content section and the the course structure can be exported in a single .zip file. To learn about this process refer to Export section of the Import/Export Course Contents and Components tutorial.
The instructions below demonstrate how instructors can export their Desire2Learn grade book information as a roster that can be used with CUClickers' i>clicker software. And then it demonstrates how to import i>clicker results into your Desire2Learn grade book.
There are many types of questions in the Desire2Learn survey creator. The information on this page will aid you in creating questions for a survey. To learn more about how to create a survey please visit the Create a Survey tutorial.
The Calendar tool allows you to arrange and visualize your course events in multiple views and enables integration of course content and your Calendar.
The Email tool allows you to send email from within Learning Environment. You can also organize received mail using folders and store email addresses using the Address Book.
The ability to compose an email message will be denoted by one of the three following icons:
Instructors who plan to use the Desire2Learn Email tool as their main means to contact students should add the tool to their course Navbar (learn about this process by visiting the Add a tool to the Navigation Bar tutorial). With the tool on the Navbar simply click on the Email tool to compose a message, as shown below.