Leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and, once again, it is time for Denison students to register for spring classes. Along with course registration comes opportunities for students to make advising appointments with faculty members. Gone are the days when you had to email students back and forth 20 times to find a perfect time for an advising session.
Creating interactive videos for your class offers a different learning experience for students, increases student engagement with media content, and provides a way to gauge student comprehension of content through checking in on what they understand. Check out this post “Interactive Videos for your Classes” to see some of the options that ETS recommends for creating these videos.
Back in classrooms does not mean we have to leave behind the opportunities to create meaningful asynchronous class discussion in Notebowl. This summer, ETS hosted a workshop titled “Engage Students with Meaningful Discussion Boards.” This ETS blog post covers the main takeaways from the workshop, and it also includes resources for creating discussion boards in Notebowl (on the ETS YouTube Playlist).
Want to know what Denison faculty and staff think about Equity? Watch this week’s ETS Word of the Week: Transformation. You can also catch the last three weeks of videos on community, technology, and equity on the playlist here. ETS used these interviews to design the August sessions for faculty, which started last week and continue for the rest of this week.
We all know that names are important and pronunciation matters. In a recent Times Higher Education article, the authors discuss just how important correct pronunciation can be for our students, and also provide tips for Chinese names in particular. If you struggle with name pronunciation, you might be interested in one of the newest Notebowl features available for students and faculty.
As you polish your syllabus and prepare for class, Educational Technology Services (ETS) is here to help you get ready for the fall semester. In addition to a new and improved website, ETS will be hosting sessions in August. In preparation for these sessions, Denison EdTechs interviewed faculty members and are featuring interview clips in our ETS Word of the Week video series.
In her video this week, Jane Saffitz refers to a creative digital project she did with her class that involved them using a tool called Storyboarder. You may be wondering how Jane was able to support a project like that for her class. Well, she emailed someone at ETS and asked if they could help.
It’s that time of year! With the end of the semester quickly approaching, here are some Tips for Wrapping Up Your Semester from ETS. This video was made last spring, but it is a good one to bookmark and watch at the end of each semester. Keep in mind that Notebowl feature updates occur during the semester breaks, so always backup your grade books. The next Notebowl update will take place in late June 2021.
With finals just around the corner, some faculty might be conducting these exams remotely again this semester. If you are one of them, read over the ETS blog post from the fall semester titled “Tech Recommendations for Remote Exams.” It provides three clear options for how to conduct exams in a remote setting. If you are using Notebowl for your exams, it is a good idea to watch this video that covers how to best setup tests and quizzes in Notebowl.
Have you ever wondered why some of your colleagues seem to be obsessed with Google Drive when you just cannot get it to work how you want? In this ETS blog post, Kelli Van Wasshenova lists the top 5 reasons she is a fan of Google Drive, and explains why you might want to try using a “hidden gem” called Google Drive for desktop (formerly File Stream), which allows you to access Google Drive files right on your computer.