MICA Teaching Technology How-to Guides

Addressing some of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), here are some How-to guides that take you step-by-step through tasks within the various online tools you use everyday – Google Apps for Education, Moodle, Online Evaluations and Adobe Connect for Web Conferencing.

Google Apps for Education @ MICA

Sharing files with Google Drive

This short guide walks you through the Google Drive sharing interface and what different things may be accomplished with Drive.

Syncing Drive to My Computer

Google Drive has an option akin to Dropbox, where you designate folder(s) on your
personal computer that are connected to an online version of that folder on Google
Drive. Syncing these folders will automatically reflect changes in both locations made online or on your computer.

Moodle@MICA

Adding your syllabus to Moodle

Syllabi are most likely to be the first thing uploaded to your Moodle course. Follow this short step-by-step guide to successfully upload any files that you might want to have online for students via Moodle.

How to add a GTI or teacher to your course page in Moodle

To grant your GTI access to things on your Moodle course page, they have
to be specifically assigned as GTI. This guide shows how to do that.

How to Import Old Course Material into a New Moodle Page.

If  you find yourself teaching the same or a similar class every semester and wish to
transfer course material from semester to semester, this tutorial will help you do just that.

Adding the Quickmail Block to your Moodle Page

Sometimes it is easier to email your students directly from your Moodle page without
switching to another browser window or email application. To have this function available to you, follow this quick how-to.

Online Evaluations with EvaluationKit @ MICA

Creating Custom Questions

Want to know what your student think about your course? This step-by-
step guide shows you how to add custom questions to the course survey.

Result Reporting for Instructors

This tutorial will guide you on how to obtain the results for end-of-semester evaluations.

Result Reporting for Administrators

This tutorial will guide you on how to access results as a departmental admin for end-of-semester evaluations.

Adobe Connect for Web Conferencing @ MICA

Adobe Connect Best Practices

Adobe Connect is a really great tool for web-conference calls with your students when
you are not physically in the classroom or have a guest lecturer/presenter call in from
off-campus. These are some best practices to keep in mind when working in
Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect Audio Troubleshooting

If you run into problems with sound while running Adobe Connect, this guide will help you troubleshoot your web-conference.

* Don’t forget to contact us for any help with these or other teaching technologies at MICA.

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Teaching Technology Center Events Calendar

Please RSVP to events by emailing: acadtech@mica.edu

Can’t make training? Request training here.

Guide to Adobe Connect at MICA

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Four Best Practices

Use Firefox  as your server. Safari and Chrome work but could cause playback errors.
Firefox can be downloaded for free here: https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/new/

There is going to a lot of information transferred to and from your computer. If possible, use a wired connection instead of Wifi.

It is also recommended that you use a microphone headset. If you need a headset, one can be borrowed from Pam Stefanuca in the Academic Technology Department.

Pam would also be happy to help test run your Adobe Connect presentation with you at least one week in advance: pstefanuca@mica.edu.


 

Troubleshooting Audio Problems

A common audio issue with Adobe Connect is a sound echo. It happens when the computer speakers play audio and the sound is captured by the microphone on the same computer creating an audio loop or echo. This doesn’t always happen in Connect sessions, but it can sometimes happen. Adobe Connect is designed to cancel any audio echoes in the default setting of Enhanced Audio.

You can find additional information about audio settings here: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/connect/9.0/using/WS5ae85155c1a0214d1172e08122cca5024c-7ffa.html#WS68BFD781-EF18-4782-A8DD-EF5CF7B5C9F9

If you choose to use a microphone headset, you may need to adjust sound settings on your computer speakers in the following way (MAC). Make sure you do this before going into a new Adobe Connect session.

  1. Connect your microphone headset to the computer.
  2. Go to System Preferences> Sound> Output. Here you should see your headset and internal speakers on the list for sound output.
  3. Select the headphone set (it is usually labeled as the brand of your headphones). Your headset earphones are now selected for sound output.
  4. Next, select the “Input” tab and select your microphone headset as your default Input. This will make sure your headset microphone is selected for sound input.


For other audio solutions, refer to:
http://agsci.psu.edu/it/how-to/stop-an-audio-echo-in-adobe-connect
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Troubleshooting-audio-echo-issues-Adobe-718517.S.5841536030020218880
https://experts.missouristate.edu/display/connect/Frequently+Asked+Questions

 

Sharing Documents, Images, and Presentations

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As a host or presenter, you can share the PPT, PPTX, PNG, MP4, F4V, Adobe PDF, SWF, FLV, JPEG, and MP3 file types from the Content library or your computer.

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When you are in a session, click on the “Share my Screen button in the middle of the presentation pod. 

For more information and problem solving, visit these sites:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/connect/9.0/using/WS11d1def534ea1be08a52b610b38bfaa95-7f60.html

https://experts.missouristate.edu/display/connect/Frequently+Asked+Questions

 

If you need more information or training, support is close by: pstefanuca@mica.edu

Upcoming events January and February 2014

Moodle Open Hours and an Adobe Connect Session Scheduled!

On the following Thursdays from 2-4 pm, we will offer Open Hours for Moodle Training in Bunting 205.

  • 1/2/14
  • 1/16/14
  • 1/30/14
  • 2/6/14
  • 2/20/14

On Tuesday, January 14th at 12 noon,  we will also be offering a brief lunchtime session called Using Adobe Connect for Guest Lectures. Location updated: Bunting 207.

Please RSVP for all events via email (pstefanuca@mica.edu)

Happy Holidays everyone!