Feb 26

#TechTipThursday: YouTube Capture App

While there are several ways for smart phone users to capture video on-the-go, the YouTube Capture app allows you to capture video and automatically publish to YouTube. Other features and options are available, as well, some of which are reviewed in our video tutorial below.

This app can fulfill several student learning outcomes requiring students to demonstrate a particular competency. For example, athletic training majors who need to demonstrate the ability to correctly wrap or otherwise treat an ankle sprain; music majors who need to provide a conducting demonstration; and the list goes on.

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YouTube Capture is a free app available for download through the App Store.

If you have any difficulty replicating the steps detailed in this blog post, or have questions that weren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Feb 17

*RELEASE* ITC Recruitment Video

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The Instructional Technology Collaborators, of spring 2015, are excited to release their recruitment video. Filmed and edited by the students themselves, you can hear from the students about the ITC program. If you’re intrigued by what you see and hear, we encourage you to apply! Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, February 27, 2015.

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Feb 12

#TechTipThursday: Protect Your Password (part 2)

Last week our #TechTipThursday post discussed LockNote, a Windows-based application used to encrypt and decrypt a document that stores passwords. Because LockNote isn’t supported on Mac, this post will discuss a Mac OS alternative, 7zX, a similar application which allows for greater functionality. With 7zX users have the ability to password protect any file type they desire. A user who wishes to create a password-protected document with all of their login information can do so using 7zX (on a Mac) or LockNote (on a PC). However, with 7zX, documents are not the only file-type that can be encrypted. With 7zX a user can easily encrypt a picture [file-format] using a simple drag-and-drop. This post includes a brief video tutorial and overview of 7zX’s Mac-user-friendly interface.

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If you have any difficulty replicating the steps detailed in this blog post, or have questions that weren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Feb 08

Now hiring ITCs for Fall 2015!

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The Digital Education Collaborative is currently hiring student staff workers to start this coming fall 2015 semester. Our student staff members, or Instructional Technology Collaborators (ITCs), assist the campus community in their use of supported instructional technologies. If any of these focus areas interest you, then you interest us!

  • The future of instructional technology and modern advances in online learning
  • Support for Canvas, Echo 360 (personal and classroom capture), video conferencing, smart technology, educational resources (such as Dropbox and Google Drive), iPads and apps
  • Computer languages (Java, CSS, HTML)
  • WordPress blogging
  • Graphic design
  • Public relations (physical and digital)

After becoming a member of the student staff team, ITCs will complete an in-depth training so they are prepared for all assignments and appointments. ITCs will provide support, as requested, via phone calls, emails, and during one-on-one appointments. During a shift, you may also be assigned to complete interesting tasks like researching new apps, program planning, program-specific badging tasks and exploring new technology to recommend for use in the learning environment.

Offers will be contingent on the student’s ability to be available for training, which starts on August 12, 2015 and runs through August 21, 2015 (no weekends).

If you want to nominate a student for this position, please contact the ITC Program Manager directly.

Click here for more information.

Feb 05

#TechTipThursday: Protect Your Passwords

Do you have multiple password-protected accounts that have the same password? Do you have trouble remembering your strong passwords? Using the same password for multiple accounts and/or using weak passwords makes your information vulnerable to hackers and social engineering techniques (e.g., the ability for an individual to guess your password). Steganos LockNote was designed to counter this common problem. LockNote is an application that offers a platform for PC users to store passwords in a password protected, text document. For example, you can store passwords for your social media sites, online banking, and educational platforms that are all different, and long enough to deter the possibility of hack, all while only remembering one password to access the document. This post includes a brief video tutorial and overview of LockNote’s user-friendly interface.

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For additional password tips please visit: http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/15-tips-to-better-password-security. Likewise, only one feature of LockNote was covered in this post. For additional support and information such as encrypting entire documents please visit: http://locknote.steganos.com.

If you have any difficulty replicating the steps detailed in this blog post, or have questions that weren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Jan 29

#TechTipThursday: Printing the notes from a PowerPoint presentation

Many professors use PowerPoint slides to present lecture information. Instructors will often add additional information, in the Notes section (see red box in the first graphic below), that is not visible during a PowerPoint presentation. This feature can also be useful when you, yourself, have to give a presentation. The ability to have notes to refer to, which aren’t visible during a presentation itself, can provide helpful reassurance. Knowing how to print PowerPoint slides with the notes can prove beneficial. This post will guide users on how to print the notes, along with the PowerPoint presentation, on both a Mac and PC.

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On a Mac:

  1. Select “File”, then “Print” to bring up the Print Settings Menu. Mac1
  2. Next to the “Print What” section, select the “Notes” option. Mac2
  3. Then, from the third menu option, select “Layout”. Mac3
  4. For the “Pages per Sheet” option, select how many slides you want printed on each page. Printing 1, 4, 9, and 16 slides will print portrait style, and printing 2 or 6 slides will print landscape style. Typically, 4 slides per page is the maximum number of slides per page you should print, otherwise the slides get too small to read. Mac4
  5. After selecting the number of pages per sheet, select “Print”. Mac5
  6. This is what the page should look like when printed: the slides with the notes underneath. Mac6

On a PC:

  1. Select “File”, then “Save & Send” to bring up the Save & Send Menu. PC1
  2. Select “Create Handouts” from the menu options, and then the “Create Handouts” on the right to bring up the handout menu. PC2
  3. Now, you can select either “Notes next to slides” or “Notes below slides”. Notes next to slides will place the slide on the left and the accompanying notes on the right. The number of slides per page will be determined by the amount of notes for each slide. Notes below slides will print the notes underneath the slide, but this option only allows you to print one slide per page. After selecting your preferred option, select “OK”. PC3
  4. This will then export your PowerPoint slides and notes into a Word document where you can print the handout. This is what a notes next to slides will look like: PC4

If you have any difficulty replicating the steps detailed in this blog post, or have questions that weren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Jan 22

#TechTipThursday: Making a feature request

Canvas, as Longwood University’s learning management system, is a versionless platform. This means that Canvas updates on, approximately, a 3-week cycle. Interested in user feedback, Canvas has a system through which users can request new or adjusted features. Canvas notes that

“the Feature Discussion Forum is only one of many inputs that we consider when choosing new features to build. Just because a discussion has a lot of votes, that is no guarantee that it will get built faster, but lots of votes will guarantee that your desires keep our attention” (https://help.instructure.com/entries/25693004-Feature-Discussion-Guidelines).

All users are able to submit a feature request to the Feature Discussion Forum. This post details the steps you can take to submit your feature request directly to Canvas.

  1. Log into Canvas by navigating to canvas.longwood.edu.
  2. After your successful login, click on “Help” in the top right-hand corner. feature1
  3. Click “Request a Feature”feature2
  4. Click “After Searching, Create a New Discussion” feature3
  5. Click the “Request a Feature” button that appears on the right-hand side of the screen feature4
  6. You can complete the feature request form, which asks for a title and description of your idea. Once these fields are complete, press “Add” and your feature has been officially requested. feature5

If you have any difficulty replicating the steps detailed in this blog post, or have questions that weren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Jan 06

DEC Workshops and Lunch and Learns 2015

Welcome back Longwood faculty and staff!

The DEC hopes you had a refreshing break and is here to help you make the most of your teaching and tech-related goals in the new year.

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Hands-on Workshops

If you are interested in learning more about Canvas, Echo 360, WordPress, Google Apps, or any one of the technologies the DEC supports, then come join us for a fun and engaging workshop experience in the Digital Den (Ruffner 146). Most sessions last an hour and are tailored to the specific interests of workshop participants.

 

Click here to check out our workshop calendar for spring 2015 >>>>>

 

Lunch and Learn Series

For all of you voracious learners out there who love to squeeze a bit of intellectual stimulation into your lunch break, make sure to check out our Lunch and Learn series, and the bill’s on us. Our Lunch and Learns cover a variety of topics related to pedagogy, policy, and scholarship in the digital age. Attendance comes with lunch through the line at the dining hall.

 

Click here to check out our Lunch and Learn series for spring 2015 >>>>> 

 

Nov 20

#TechTipThursday: Turn your presentation into a movie

Did you know that you could convert your PowerPoint presentations into movie files? Many faculty request our assistance with this conversion, noting it’s much easier to add movie files into Canvas (which students can watch directly) rather than asking students to download a presentation for full effect (e.g., slide transitions, narration, etc.). Similarly, students often ask for our help in converting their presentations into movies, which are then uploaded into YouTube. This blog post will take you through the process of saving your PowerPoint presentations as a movie, on both a Mac and a PC.

PowerPoint on a Mac:

  1. Select “File”, then “Save as Movie…”, from the menu bar at the top of your screen. FileSaveAsMovie
  2. The “Save as” dialogue box will open and prompt you to identify a title and save-to location. You’ll also have the ability to define “Movie Options…”; click the “Movie Options…” button. MovieOptions
  3. A new dialogue box will open and it is here that you can define specific characteristics (i.e., size, quality, and media settings; create credits) for your movie file. Click “OK” after making the desired adjustments.
    1. In Office (for Mac) 2011, it is not currently possible to retain sounds or animated transitions when saving a presentation as a movie. As an alternative, you can follow the steps below to save your presentation as a movie on a PC. You may also want to consider a screen capture program (e.g., Screencast-o-matic).OptionsExpanded
  4. You will be returned to the “Save as” dialogue box; click “Save”. FinalSave
  5. You will see a progress bar appear as your movie file processes.

PowerPoint on a PC:

  1. Select “File”, then “Save & Send”, from the menu bar at the top of your screen. FileSaveAndSend
  2. Under the “File Types” section, select “Create a video”. CreateAvideo
  3. A new dialogue box will appear and here is where you can define the video’s size, whether or not you want to use recorded timings and narrations, and how much time the video will spend on each slide. VideoOptions
  4. Once you click “Create a Video”, a progress bar will appear at the bottom of your presentation. ProgressBar

If you have any difficulty replicating the steps detailed in this blog post, or have questions that weren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Nov 13

#TechTipThursday: Clearing stored browser data

Clearing your browser’s cookies and cache is a common troubleshooting step taken by most technical support as well as an aspect of managing your device’s security. Web browsers, on your mobile device or computer, store information from your browsing history. Your cache is information that your browser stores because it thinks those web elements may be needed in the future; cache is specific to individual browsers. Cookies are lines of code that allow websites to track your navigation history for advertisement purposes; cookies are specific to individual websites. These two pieces, taken together, enable a faster and customized browsing experience. On the other side of the coin, too much information in your cache will result in your browser loading inaccurate information; clearing your cache forces your browser to update the information it loads. Cookies, as they communicate with third parties (i.e., advertisers) in the background, can slow down your browsing and take up valuable hard drive space. In this post, we’ll review the steps to clear this stored browser data on your mobile device.

iOS mobile device: Safari

  1. Select the “Settings” icon from the device’s home screen. 
  2. Tap on “Safari”, from the left-hand menu, then “Clear history and website data” to clear Safari’s stored browser data . You can also choose “Advanced”, immediately underneath “Clear history and website data”. iOS_safari1
    1. Select “Website data” at the top of the list. iOS_safari2
    2. Select “Remove all website data” from the bottom of the list. iOS_safari3
    3. You will be prompted to confirm your choice. To clear all stored website data, select “Clear”. iOS_safari4

iOS mobile device: Chrome

  1. Open Chrome and tap on the button with three horizontal bars, immediately to the left of the address bar, and select “Settings” from the drop-down menu. iOS_chrome1
  2. Select “Privacy”. iOS_chrome2
  3. You’ll be given a choice to “Clear browsing history”, “Clear cache”, “Clear cookies, site data”, or “Clear all”; we recommend you “Clear all”. iOS_chrome3
  4. For each option you select (from step 3) you will be prompted to confirm your choice. To clear the browser’s stored data of your choosing, select “Clear”. iOS_chrome4

Android mobile device: Chrome

  1. Navigate to, and open, Chrome.
  2. Tap your device’s “Settings” button (on the bottom of your mobile phone) to open Chrome’s settings.
  3. Scroll to find, and select, “Privacy”. android_chrome1
  4. Select “Clear browsing data” from the bottom of your screen. android_chrome2
  5. You will have the option to select the browsing data you’d like to clear; we recommend selecting “clear browsing history”, “clear the cache”, and “clear cookies, site data”. Select “Clear” from the bottom-right of the window. android_chrome3

For directions on how to clear stored browser data, from a computer’s browser, please visit our FAQ page. If you have any difficulty replicating the steps detailed in this blog post, or have questions that weren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

 

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