Category: Tech Tools

Sep 10 2015

Harvesting The Commons: Finding & Using Open Images for Teaching

CTL recently hosted a lunch and learn workshop, called Harvesting the Commons: Finding and Using Open Images for Teaching (slides). In the session, we discussed open images: what they are, what Creative Commons licenses are, how to locate openly licensed images, and the importance of continuing to contribute to the pool of open resources. For those who missed it, here's a link to the 60-minute recording from the session. 

One of the key takeaways was the ease with which you can limit searches on Google Images or Flickr by license type, so that you can locate openly licensed images. Here's a handout on to do this, as well as the Open Image Resources handout from the Johns Hopkins Open Education Lab, which lists a great number of other possible places to find open images. 

To participate in upcoming workshops, please visit the CTL Events and Workshops page, and follow @courseplus and @jhsphctl on Twitter for all the latest news and updates.

 

 

0 comments - Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 8:45 AM - Categories: Course Tools | General | Innovation & Inspiration | Online Courses | OpenCourseWare | Teaching Tips | Tech Tools

Dec 23 2014

VoiceThread Gets an Upgrade

A new version of Voicethread has been released, and is now the official active version in use by JHU. This version has some notable new features and a greatly updated user interface. (Catch a good glimpse of what it looks like in this short video.)

Read more...

0 comments - Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 7:30 AM - Categories: Course Tools | Distance Learning | General | Innovation & Inspiration | Online Courses | Teaching Tips | Tech Tools

Oct 14 2014

Update Your Flash Player to Fix the Problem with LiveTalk Crashing When You Adjust Your Sound

A release of the Flash Player in early October introduced a bug that caused the Flash Player, which powers LiveTalks, to crash on the Mac OS any time you adjusted your sound volume on your computer. This was hugely annoying to many students, and rightfully so.

Adobe just released an update to the Flash Player which fixes this problem. If you do not install this update and you are on the Mac OS, you will continue to have crashes any time you adjust your spealer volume during the LiveTalk. Go get the updated Flash Player now!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 12:17 PM - Categories: Tech Tools

Jun 2 2014

Two Things all JHSPH Faculty and Students Should Do...

With all of the recent migrations and changes to @JHU email and CoursePlus, there are a couple key things that we should all do:

1. Update your Email address (to @jhu.edu) on the CoursePlus eLearning Account page. Once you have been migrated on email, this important step will help ensure that your emails come from and go to the correct address.

2. Change all bookmarks and/or reference links from distance.jhsph.edu to courseplus.jhsph.edu. This will help ensure that students or others attempting to reach a particular class or destination will be able to. Keep in mind that your saved passwords will also be tied to the old address, so you will likely want to re-save any passwords in your preferred browsers.

Also, if you experience oddities or abnormalities while using CoursePlus, here are some tips to try before contacting CTLHelp:

  1. Clear your browser cache: http://ctl.jhsph.edu/help/index.cfm/go/faq.display/faqID/75/
  2. If that does not work, please ensure that you don’t have any kind of “on startup, pick up exactly where I left off” settings turned on. Google Chrome has this in the Chome Preferences, under “Settings” -> “On Startup.”

Of course, if trouble persists, please use the CTL Help resources or open a help call

0 comments - Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 2:02 PM - Categories: Course Tools | CoursePlus | Distance Learning | General | Online Courses | Tech Tools

May 7 2014

New Poll Everywhere Features

Attention Poll Everywhere users. Some new features have been introduced this past year that you may want to incorporate into your upcoming classes. Here are some highlights, along with instructions on how to implement.

  • Clickable image polls.  Clickable image polls allow you to ask your audience to respond by clicking or tapping the area of an image you upload.  You can use it for photographs, illustrations, charts etc. Test it out!
  • Graphical instructions for open-response polls. Sometimes your audience doesn’t quite get which code to put in front of their message. Or perhaps you want a dramatic unveiling of the responses. You want to show the poll question, but not the results until they’re all in.  Instructions.
  • HTML5 charts.  Improves PowerPoint reliability, better navigation between polls, customizable fonts, improved appearance on tablets and phones.  Instructions.
  • Scheduling polls to automatically start and stop. You can start and stop your polls at a time you schedule in advance. Instructions.

To see more new Poll Everywhere features, visit the website.

0 comments - Posted by Kathy Gresh at 11:22 AM - Categories: Tech Tools

Mar 13 2014

March Workshops: 3/19 Peer Learning, 3/26 Plagiarism Prevention

You are invited:

The 2014 JHSPH Faculty Symposium: Peer to Peer: Engaging Students in Learning and Assessment
Wednesday, 3/19/14 12-4:30 in Feinstone Hall and online via Adobe Connect

The Office of Academic Affairs and Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to the 2014 JHSPH Faculty Symposium. The symposium will feature:

  • Lunch
  • An introduction to peer learning
  • a virtual presentation and Q&A with Howard Rheingold, Stanford lecturer, author of Net Smart: How to Thrive Online and editor of The Peeragogy Handbook (Peeragogy.org),
  • hands-on peer learning in science activity with Laura Foster, Assistant Director of Academic Support at JHU Krieger,
  • a panel of JHSPH professors on their successes and challenges with peer learning and assessment in the classroom and online
  • data from thousands of student participants in JHSPH Coursera course peer assessment assignments
  • an introduction to the new CTL peer assessment tool that will be available in CoursePlus for Summer 2014

Register for this event

 



Turnitin and Plagiarism Prevention
Wednesday, 3/26/14 12-1 pm in W4013 and streaming online via Adobe Connect

Plagiarism is a problem that has affected all of us at some point. The School is pleased to announce the general availability of Turnitin -- a website with tools that can help you detect plagiarism in your courses and which and helps students improve on their source referencing and source paraphrasing. CTL and the Office of Academic Integrity are partnering on this workshop to introduce you to Turnitin and how to most effectively use the tool. We strongly encourage you to attend to get a solid understanding of what Turnitin does and does not do, and to get a better understanding of the School's policy on Turnitin usage. The CTL team will also discuss how to help prevent plagiarism in assignments by creating assignments which make it fundamentally difficult for students to plagiarize.

Register for this event

 

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
http://ctl.jhsph.edu

Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 8:51 AM - Categories: Teaching Tips | General | Online Courses | Distance Learning | Tech Tools

Feb 12 2014

Teaching During Inclement Weather

The polar vortex has been taking a toll on our time and class schedules! With eight week terms, losing one or two class sessions can make a big dent in our time with students. So the CTL has put together a page with some information on ways to keep the continuity of instruction in spite of the snow and ice...

Teaching During Inclement Weather - this page outlines several options for using previously recorded class sessions, recording new lecture materials using Voicethread, Audacity or Adobe Connect, as well as some information on how you can hold live virtual class (from your home or office) using Adobe Connect.

Stay warm, well, and connected :)

 

0 comments - Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 2:13 PM - Categories: General | Teaching Tips | Tech Tools

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