We’re looking for a few brave groups on campus

Technology is constantly changing, and IITS is dedicated to making sure we all keep up. After years of softly nudging users toward cloud computing with Office 365, we want to turn that nudge into a light push. Get your departments, committees, and divisions into the 21st century by storing your documents online.

Reach out to help@kings.edu and tell them you want to get your group upgraded to cloud storage with Office 365!

It’s as simple as this quick video (which is best in fullscreen)…

Can’t I just keep using the G:, O:, and H: drives?

Sure, but what if you could do better?! Storing your files on H: means you can only get to them on-campus. Store them on OneDrive and get to them from anywhere! The G: and O: drives have become an unruly pile of files from decades of growth. And your departmental shared storage can’t be reached from off-campus, unless you use complicated techniques to connect in. What’s more, you can have real-time collaboration. No more “This document is being used by another user” or managing copies of the latest draft!

I use Google Drive or Dropbox. Why should I use Office 365’s features for this?

I use them too– for my personal files. But to separate my personal life from my business one, I use my work tools for my work files. If I develop a classroom piece outside of the office, I copy it over to OneDrive when I’m done because it’s so easy to get there from Moodle and email.

Retention & Auditing Tools in Moodle

How can your old pal Moodle help you identify at-risk students before it’s too late? Utilizing features like the gradebook, rubrics, reporting, attendance, completion tracking, and the progress bar block can help you quantify accountability and let students know how they’re performing. We tie these tools to the Early Alert Forms from the Registrar so that you can see how helpful it is to have evidence to back up those forms.

For more details on any tool covered here, contact us at moodle@kings.edu to meet up and cover how they can work into your plans!

Does your work study job have some slow periods?

You’re watching the clock wind down on your work study job, which has been pretty slow lately. You’re not short on homework, but you could also consider checking out the following training items on our Training/Professional Development System. We pulled the following training items that you could pursue to make you a better employee in your current job and far beyond:
(log in with your King’s credentials when you’re prompted)

  • Over the Rainbow Customer Service: In this online training series, you will gain insight into what creates not only great customer service, but “above and beyond” customer service.
  • Sexual Harassment Training: This training will provide both legal and practical information to everyone including those who are at risk of being harassed and those who may be intentionally or unintentionally doing the harassment.
  • Strategies for Working in a Group:  Find out how to set yourself up for success, resolve conflict, and communicate effectively with your fellow group members.
  • Leadership Styles: Learn about leadership styles from a variety of theories and prepare for the day when you’re in charge.
  • Effective Listening Skills: A dynamic online training series that explores listening vs. hearing, the listening process, and types and styles of listening, responding, questioning, and understanding.

What’s more, when you’re done, you can email or print a certificate of completion to share with your supervisor, archive for your resume skills, etc. So get to work!

Windows, Surfaces, Bluetooth, oh my!

IITS has deployed a number of new technologies in various parts of the campus this summer. Some faculty received Surface Pro 4 computer/tablets, for example, running Windows 10. Potentially, the library is also getting an upgrade to Windows 10, while all labs and teacher stations will be getting Office 2016.

If you’re one of the lucky faculty to be the first to test our Surface Pro adoption, here’s how to turn on the Bluetooth mouse that came with your machine– yes, there is a mouse, but you may not have been able to tell…

QAM tuners and 802.11-G-only devices: Orientation tech concerns

During our Summer Orientation process, we’ve informed incoming students that IITS has a few minimum requirements to access some services on-campus. While many won’t be too affected by these requirements, it seems fair to outline them a little bit so you can be more informed!

To get access to the campus cable system, your TV must have a QAM tuner

QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) is a digital television standard by which digital cable channels are encoded and transmitted via cable television providers. Most newer HDTVs will have a QAM tuner, but it’s best to check your manual. Can’t find the manual? That’s okay. If you can (even at home) access channels like 3.1, 3.2, 13.5, and others with decimals in them, then you have a QAM tuner and your TV is ready. Many value-brand televisions may not have a QAM tuner or may have a lower quality QAM tuner that may be unable to tune all of the channels. If you’re shopping, be sure to ask or check the specs!

If you love your TV, but don’t have a QAM tuner, you can always find a digital converter box to get access to the cable system!

To help, we borrowed this informal reference for newer devices.

  • Dynex – Only limited models have a QAM tuner
  • Insignia – Only limited models have a QAM tuner
  • LG – Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
  • Samsung – All models since 2009 have a QAM tuner (fifth digit of model number must be B or higher)
  • Sony – Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
  • Sylvania – Do not appear to have QAM tuners
  • Toshiba – Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
  • Vizio – Recent models have a QAM tuner
  • Westinghouse – Some models require QAM tuner activation

Be sure you’re buying a TV, not a monitor! The worst case scenario is that you bring a TV without a QAM tuner, and you run out to an electronics store to purchase a compatible QAM set-top converter.

We can no longer support 802.11-G-only wireless devices on our network

The 802.11G specification is a standard for wireless local area networks (WLANs) that offers transmission over relatively short distances at up to 54 megabits per second (Mbps), compared with the 11 Mbps theoretical maximum with the earlier 802.11B standard.

Many newer devices support G, but also support other standards, like AC, H, N, and S. You can check the specs on your computer:

  • Windows users can follow this tutorial.
  • Mac users can go to Apple > About this Mac > More Info > System Report > Network > WiFi and look channels listed that are above the number 11. If these are present, your computer will get online!

Turnitin updates coming our way soon

We just got some good news from Turnitin. If any of the following items have irritated you in the past, they have some answers…

  1. Manage collusion with confidence
    You asked: My institution’s academic integrity policy specifies that potential collusion should be dealt with by a central administrator, rather than by instructors. Can Turnitin help?
    We answered: Yes! We’ve added the option to email all requests to view potentially plagiarized papers to an administrator of your choice, so you can control the investigation process with confidence. Learn more→
  2. Crisp, clear view of student work.
    You asked: When I zoom in on a student’s paper, it looks a bit fuzzy. Can you fix that?
    We answered: We’re sharpening the resolution of student papers to make reading them easier on the eyes of hard-working instructors. Look for changes in mid-July.
  3. No more waiting for grammar feedback!
    You asked: Give students immediate grammar feedback so they can revise and improve their papers before teachers review their work.
    We answered:  We’ve deepened our partnership with ETS to make e-rater® grammar guidance available to students as soon as they submit a draft starting in mid-July. Instructors will still be able to choose whether to turn e-rater® on or off for each assignment. Learn more→
  4. Peer review, simplified
    You asked: PeerMark assignments are great, but creating them is far from intuitive. Can you simplify it?
    We answered: Instructors, get ready for fewer steps in PeerMark assignment creation. Students, get ready to see your peer feedback as soon as your classmates complete it.  *Note: For now, these PeerMark changes will apply only to native accounts starting in mid-July, but we look forward to extending them to LMS/VLE customers (that’s us!) soon. See what’s changing

Technology for Teaching Day 2017 Report

We’re proud to release this year’s Technology for Teaching Day 2017 report, full of supplemental links related to our annual CELT/IITS collaboration that focuses on developing our faculty’s relationship with technology in the classroom.

Download the report: https://goo.gl/X15ycU

If you’d like to work with us for next Technology for Teaching Day or in development sessions through the Fall & Spring semesters, contact us at moodle@kings.edu today!