CategoryTools

ToW: New Assignment Feedback and Annotation Tool

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Over the summer Moodle was upgraded to the latest release which includes a few new features. One of the more useful features is the addition of a reviewing panel  for giving feedback on assignments. When you grade an assignment that was submitted as a Word doc, PDF, or the online text option you will have the ability to add feedback and annotate the document right in the grading interface – no need to open or download the files first. You can add text notes, highlighting, or draw shapes on the document. This can be much faster than downloading Word files to add comments then re loading them to give the students feedback.

If you give feedback on assignments submitted in Moodle this tool should be a great time saver for you. More information on this feature can be found in the Moodle documentation at https://docs.moodle.org/33/en/Using_Assignment#Annotating_submissions.

 

 

ToW: Add course materials to Moodle from the new Library OneSearch

Tip of the WeekThe Library’s new OneSearch offers fast and easy access to library books, articles, films, audio, and more. Many of these materials are available online so that your students can access them directly from any of their devices. 

With OneSearch, it’s easy to build course reading and play lists by grabbing the permanent URL for items you find and pasting them into Moodle. 

 

To get started, go to the Library home page and enter your search term(s) in the OneSearch box: 

 

On the results page, you will want to sign in to be sure you are seeing all of your options. Also note the various ways you can filter your results on the left side of the page: by Library, article type, material type (video, audio, book, article), etc. 

 

When you click on the title of an item, you’ll see additional details. Click the Permalink button to reveal the permanent URL, and then “Copy the permalink to clipboard,” which will allow you to paste the link into your Moodle course. 

Voilà! 

TOW: Get organized with Evernote

Tip of the WeekEvernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to gather all of those scraps of paper, to-do lists, Web clippings, notes, etc. and put them in one, searchable online notebook. Notes can be organized by tags, and are stored on the Web, so they will sync between all your devices.

You can easily share your notes with others: students, faculty, colleagues at other institutions, and invite them to collaborate on documents if you wish.

Potential uses:

  • Collect research notes as you discover articles or Web sites. Evernote will let you take a snapshot of the Web site, file it in a particular notebook, and make a comment for your future reference.
  • Store ideas and reminders related to your courses.
  • Take notes during meetings. You can even take a photo of an item and upload it to Evernote directly.
  • Develop collaborative documents with colleagues from other institutions.
  • Make vacation plans!

Here are some other ideas for using Evernote academically, from Raul Pacheco-Vega.

Proceed to Evernote.com to get started.

TOW: Using Qualtrics for Survey Research

Tip of the Week

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.

 

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: 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: 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: 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: Transferring and receiving large files with dropbox.trincoll.edu

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We have all been there: You need to share a file with a colleague or friend but it’s over the limit for email attachments (which at Trinity is 10 megs). Maybe you have a folder of pictures you want to send someone. Sure you could attach a couple to each email and send a bunch of separate messages but there is a better way. Why not zip the folder (Windows right click -> Send To compressed (zipped) folder, OSX right click -> archive) and send it all at once?

There are many options for sharing these files including Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and third party file sharing sites. But at Trinity we have a home grown solution that is very easy to use and may be your best option.

Using dropbox.trincoll.edu any member of the Trinity community can share files as large as 2 gigs with anyone whether they have a Trinity email address or not. In the other direction anyone can send files to someone at Trinity. The only catch is that these files must be picked up within 14 days or they will be deleted but that’s OK , you don’t want your files sitting around on our servers forever do you?

Dropbox.trincoll.eduDropbox drop off

To get started navigate to https://dropbox.trincoll.edu/. If you are sending a file to someone at Trinity there is no need to login.

If you want to send a file to someone without a Trinity email address you will need to login with your Trinity username and password first.

Just click Drop-off and then enter the recipient’s name and email address and upload the file.

You could also upload a text file with a list of names if you want to send it to multiple people at the same time.

The recipient of the file will receive an email with a link where they can download the file.

Sounds easy right? it is!

 

 

Lynda.com

What is Lynda.com?

Lynda.com is a massive archive of video tutorials. It’s a great way students, faculty and staff can learn specific software (like every variety of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint), programming concepts and skills (like WordPress, HTML, CSS and Javascript) and design principles (like typography, color theory and typography).

How do I log in?

Every member of the Trinity community has access to Lynda.com, on campus or away!

First way:

  1. Click this link to go to lynda.com
  2. Log in with your Trinity College username and password.
  3. The first time you do this, you’ll need to verify that the information we’re using to authenticate is correct.

Second way: 

  1. Go to lynda.com
  2. Select “Log in” on the upper-right part of the screen
  3. In the dialog box that pops up, click on “organization login” then scroll down to “enter your organization’s URL.” This is trincoll.edu
  4. Log in with your credentials. Again, the first time you do this, you’ll need to verify your authentication information.

How do I find what I need?

There are a lot of videos on Lynda.com, and it can be hard to know what one you need. Fortunately, there are a few ways to find the content that will fit your needs.

  1. Use Lynda’s search feature. Start by entering the specific name of the software you’re looking for (like Microsoft Office 2016 – it’s important to include the version) and the phrase “essential training.” This will return a list of videos and courses that the Lynda.com editors have flagged as, well, “essential” for the software you are learning.
  2. Browse Lynda’s library. lynda_topicsIf you know the general discipline of the skill you’d like to learn, Lynda’s library has a nice interface for browsing their content. Clicking the “library” link next to the search bar will open a tray of all the disciplines Lynda covers. So if you want to learn about typography, you can probably find a lot of great tutorials in the Design category. Here’s what the library browse tray looks like:
  3. Take a look at one of Trinity’s curated playlists. Our curated playlists are works in progress, and we’re adding more all the time. Below are the ones we have put together so far, but if you’re looking for something different, make an appointment with the STA office, and they can help you find what you are looking for.

Curated Playlists