TOW: Using Qualtrics for Survey Research

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There are many ways to field a survey online including free services such as Google Forms and Survey Monkey. But what if your survey requires some complex logic or you need to track participants and automate the process of sending reminders and follow up emails? Trinity College has a subscription with Qualtrics, a powerful and flexible survey tool used by many top researchers. While it does take some getting used to it is easy to use and is powerful and flexible enough for any survey research you can throw at it.

To get started simply go to http://trinity.qualtrics.com and create an account using your Trinity email address. You will then have access to a sandbox area where you can design a survey and see if it is the tool for you. If you decide to use it for your research you should contact your department’s Instructional Technologist and we can help get you started. We will have to fully enable your account before you can activate your survey. To do this we will need some information from you especially proof that you have completed the Institutional Review Board process.

 

Winterize Your Course!

Tip of the WeekSince we are in the season of flu outbreaks and 18 inch snowfalls, it seems to be a good time to review how to “Winterize Your Course.” If you are not able to make it to campus, but would prefer not to cancel class – there are many options for presenting a lecture or interacting with your students remotely.

If you want to conduct a synchronous session during your scheduled class time, we recommend a variety of options including Skype, WebEx, Google Hangouts, Moodle Chat or a simple conference call. If you want to post materials for students to review in a self-paced format, there are a number of tools that can be used to create a video or narrate a screen-capture, such as PowerPoint and Camtasia.

If you are interested, review this handout that describes the different tools in more detail. Then, contact your Instructional Technologist to get started. Stay warm!

Visit the new Center for Educational Technology!

The CET is complete! Located on the south end of Raether LITC Level 1, the Center for Educational Technology is a newly remodeled space for collaborative and individual study using the latest in technology and applications.

The space is open 24/7; and staffed by Student Technology Assistants during both day and evening hours. (Hours available on the right.)

The CET is outfitted with large screens of various sizes that you can connect any device to; Mac minis with dual monitors, and some with Adobe’s Creative Cloud software suite; USB charging plugs in every outlet; 3D printers; virtual reality headsets; and of course – plenty of modern soft seating.

Visit us soon!

 

TOW: The Moodle Resource Website is Ready to Help!

Tip of the WeekAre you new to using Moodle at Trinity College? Or are you a Moodle veteran who suspects something simple has changed, or you’re missing a step?

The Moodle Resource Website, at commons.trincoll.edu/moodle/, probably has the answers you’re looking for, including:

  • How to make your course visible to students
  • How to add your TA
  • How to upload files
  • How to import materials from a previous semester
  • … and more!

Visit commons.trincoll.edu/moodle/ to get started. If there is a topic that you would like to see included on the site, email your Instructional Technologist.

If you need immediate help on your Moodle course, the STA desk is the fastest way to get help. Visit their information on the Trinity website at this link or contact them:

TOW: Digitization Service

Did you know Educational Technology provides a digitization service to faculty? Tip of the Week

You may have noticed VHS decks, 35mm slide projectors and overhead transparency projectors aren’t as common as they used to be. They are also becoming harder to replace and keep in working order. These items are going the way of the Dodo so what can you do to future proof your course materials?

If you have VHS tapes, 35mm slides or overhead transparencies you use regularly we can convert them to a digital format for you. We can convert VHS tapes to MP4 files or DVD or scan 35mm slides and transparencies to a variety of image formats.

To get started contact your Instructional Technologist!

 

TOW: Using Moodle Scheduler to set up student appointments

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If your class uses Moodle regularly, the Scheduler plugin is very useful for setting up appointments with students in your class, either individually or in groups. (Outside of Moodle, a handy way to schedule appointments is with the WASS scheduler.)

Start by turning on editing in Moodle, and then click on ‘Add an activity or resource.’ In the box under Activities, choose Scheduler and click ‘Add.’ SchedulerIcon

A new page will appear called ‘Adding a new Scheduler’ where you enter in a name (required). This page contains numerous options for setting up the appointments, including limiting how many times a student can make an appointment, whether there will be a grade assigned, and if appointments can be made by groups. Note that if you decide to use groups, the group assignments will need to be defined under Course Administration, and this plugin requires that the teacher or teaching assistant be a member of each group. Once you have finished with the settings, click on ‘Save and display’ located at the bottom of the page.

SchedulerAddSlots2To set up the times for the appointments, click on ‘Add slots.’ Under the drop-down, you can choose to add a single slot or repeated slots. The repeated slots option is recommended for setting up blocks of time where students can make appointments. Choose the appropriate days of the week, start and end times of the appointment block, and then the duration of the appointment (typically 15 or 30 minutes.) You can also activate a setting where an automatic email reminder will be sent to the student before the appointment. Once you have created the appointments, then click on ‘Save changes’ at the bottom of the page.

Students will see a listing of the available times (as shown below), where they use the “Book slot’ button to make an appointment. Additional time slots can be added by the instructor at any time, and statistics summarizing the appointments can be easily viewed and exported. (It is worth mentioning, however, that the Scheduler does not sync with calendar software, such as Outlook or Google Calendar.)

Scheduler

If you have any questions about using the Scheduler in Moodle, please contact your Instructional Technologist.

 

TOW: The STAs are here to help!

Have a question about Moodle? Tip of the Week
Not sure how to upload media for your WordPress post?
Want to know more about 3D printing?
Heard a rumor that we have an Oculus Rift you can use?

The Student Technology Assistants are here to help faculty and students with all your educational technology needs! Just a few of the things we can help with:

  • Moodle
  • WordPress
  • Multimedia projects using iMovie and Audacity
  • Photoshop
  • Charts and graphs in Excel
  • PowerPoint Presentations and Posters
  • 3D printing
  • Oculus Rift VR headset (yes the rumors are true)

We are here every day so stop in (LITC 113), call (860-297-2589), email (sta-help@trincoll.edu) or make an appointment online. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

3D printed Jack-O-Lantern   3D printed skull

3D printed Halloween fun!

TOW: Running lab applications on your personal computer

Tip of the WeekThere is the option on campus to run lab software such as Matlab, SPSS, STATA, Atlas.ti, ArcGIS, EViews and more, on your personal computer, rather than always having to go into a public lab. We have 30 seats of a virtual Windows 7 image that is running most of the applications you will find in the labs and classrooms. You can access this window image from virtually any device including Macs, and iOS and Android mobile devices. So if you need to run a lab application for an assignment and don’t want to come to a lab keep reading!

To set this up, VMHorizon Client software needs to be installed on your personal computer by downloading the latest version of the Horizon client. For Windows and Macs start at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/infoslug=desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_horizon_clients/4_0 for mobile devices find it (for free) in your app store.  Once the VMWare Horizon Client is installed and running, then add the new server “vdi.trincoll.edu” from the File menu.  Afterwards, click on the vdi icon to login, then use your trincoll username and password (as well as cmpcntr domain) to connect to the remote computer.  Select the “Labs” image for the connection, and after Windows 7 opens, the applications can be accessed through the Start menu.

The fine print:

  • This currently only works on campus, though you should be able to connect to the virtual image through VPN from off campus. Instructions on using VPN are found at http://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/its/computing/Pages/default.aspx .
  • The versions may be slightly different than what is installed in the labs. You shouldn’t have any issues but be aware there could be some slight differences.
  • This image resets on restart just like the labs so save your work to a flash drive, network/cloud space or email it to yourself.

 As always, please contact the Help Desk if you run into any problems.

TOW: The circulation desk lends more than just books!

Tip of the WeekForgot your charger? Need to secure a laptop? The circulation desk on Level A of the library has a wide range of gadgets, adapters, headphones and more.

Some of the more popular items are Chromebooks, phone chargers, presentation controllers, and headsets. Items can be borrowed on a short-term basis using your Trinity ID.

See the full list of equipment at the circulation desk and in other locations.

TOW: Audio Feedback in Moodle, with PoodLL

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If you’ve noticed a blue puppy dog icon as an option in Assignments, Quizzes and Forums in Moodle, you probably didn’t realize it was an indicator for a tool that will let you give audio files as feedback. Meed PoodLL, a Moodle plugin that lets you (and students) record audio directly in Moodle, without having to go through a separate upload process.poodll-audio

PoodLL can do a lot, but perhaps one of the most helpful features is the ability to provide audio feedback to student assignments. You just need to make sure the PoodLL option is checked in the Feedback Type area of the Assignment or Quiz you’re working with in Moodle.

Image showing PoodLL feedback option checked.

Make sure “Feedback PoodLL” is checked wherever you might want to include audio feedback.

This doesn’t mean you are required to leave feedback as audio, but it gives you the option to add audio. You can still leave comments just as you always could.

When you grade assignments, you’ll see a recorder bar below the feedback box. You may have to give PoodLL permission to record sound, but for the most part, you just need to click the record button, and talk into your computer’s microphone. (Just speaking normally should give you pretty decent results.)

Click the big red button to record your audio.

Click the big red button to record your audio.

As always, the STAs are equipped to help you get started with PoodLL, and you can make an appointment with them, or drop in during their regular hours.