Teaching with Laptops

If you missed an opportunity to attend a faculty development workshop on teaching with laptops, you can still take a look as some brief instructional videos about it below. As always you can discuss teaching and technology strategies at the Teaching Technology Center anytime!

Presenting with your Laptop from Teaching Technology Center on Vimeo.

Plugging in to teach from Teaching Technology Center on Vimeo.

Check out other instructional video projects produced by the MICA Teaching Technology Center!

How to Upload Your Moodle Syllabus

Soft Circuits with Karyn Lao

Woodshop Safety Videos
(need MICA log on to view)

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.

Reminder Restoring and Importing into Classroom (Moodle)

Last semester the Office of Academic Technology started archiving all Moodle courses on classroom.mica.edu with the exception of the current (running) semester. On February 27, 2015 all Fall 2014 courses will be archived. Courses will not be deleted – only archived! If you reuse content on Moodle from past semesters you will have many options available to you going forward.

You may choose one of the following ways to prepare to teach using Moodle if you use past semester materials:

  1. Manage course files outside of Moodle and use the easy drag and drop function to create and organize your Moodle course each semester.
  2. Manage course backups independently by backing up and downloading course backups at the end of each semester, and restoring them to future course iterations. This takes a few steps and may require you to attend brief training, review documentation, or request support at the beginning of the semester.
  3. Contact Academic Technology at the start of the semester to receive a back up file from a previous semester. You can meet with me, attend training or follow instructions to restore the file to your new course.
  4. Contact Academic Technology at the start of the semester to restore a course for you.

Please allow for a turnaround time of 5 business days for Academic Technology requests, especially at the start of a semester.

Here is a link to the policy: http://www.mica.edu/Faculty/Academic_Technology_Training_Center/Academic_Technology_Policy.html

Feel free to schedule a consultation by contacting the Director of Academic Technology at acadtech@mica.edu.

Events:

https://academictechnologymica.wordpress.com/category/academic-technology/events-academic-technology/ 

Moodle Browser recommendations

Keep the following in mind when using Moodle for teaching. Keeping your browser updated is important for Moodle to function properly.

Recommended minimum browser: recent Google Chrome, recent Mozilla Firefox, Safari 6, Internet Explorer 9 (IE 10 required for drag and drop of files from outside the browser into Moodle).

  • IE8 and Safari 5 are no longer fully supported. They should still work but they are not tested regularly and there might be some problems. Like most of the world’s Web sites and browser producers, we encourage you to keep your browsers current to improve security and functionality while saving us valuable time. (For example see what Google is doing.)
  • IE6 and IE7 are not recommended for Moodle 2.6 at all. You will encounter difficulties trying to use those old browsers in today’s Internet.

Restoring and Importing In Moodle

How to Restore a Moodle Course

http://clickables.moodlerooms.com/s/steps/m/joule2/l/27985-how-to-restore-a-course-in-moodle-2

 How to Import Content into your Moodle Course

http://clickables.moodlerooms.com/s/steps/m/joule2/l/82563-how-to-import-course-data-in-moodle-2

What’s the difference between Importing and Restoring course content?

In short, there isn’t a significant difference except that Restore can bring in users & user data, and Import cannot. You can import content from an existing course as long as it is visible on your account. In the future, we may only be able to guarantee access to a course for a year after it has run. In that case, Restore will allow you to bring content into a new course that is from an older course – provided you saved a backup of that course. Restore also allows you to bring user data from an existing course, provided you included that data in your backup. 

We conduct regular backups of content in Moodle each week, but we encourage faculty to back up their courses regularly to avoid unexpected loss of course content.

If you have any questions about this or anything else as you use Moodle, please contact Pam Stefanuca at pstefanuca@mica.edu.