Adobe Spark for Presentations

We have an exciting new presentation tool available for you and your students to use at OSU:  Adobe Spark!  As of July 1, you can log in to Adobe Spark Premium with your OSU credentials to create beautiful presentations with video, images, and buttons that take you to web sites. Find out how to get started (it’s easy!) and learn more about using Spark at Adobe.com, or email us at con-it@osu.edu (students please email con-s-help@osu.edu) and we’ll be happy to assist.

How can I use it?

Adobe Spark presentations can be used for student assignments, conference presentations, and everything in between! Check out the presentation below to see what a Spark Presentation can be:
Exploring GBD
View additional example presentations from education in the Adobe Spark gallery.

Microsoft Exchange Online is Coming to the College of Nursing

By the end of this fiscal year, Ohio State Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) will migrate our email accounts from local servers to Exchange Online from Microsoft (MS).  This will increase email storage, simplify integration with other MS Office services and improve stewardship of university resources by leveraging the high-quality cloud services that are now available.

Your email, calendar items, contacts, tasks and notes will be migrated to the cloud after university business hours on July 16, 2018. Please close your Outlook and Skype for Business/Lync clients at the end of your work day on July 16, 2018.  After migration, OCIO will send a follow-up email to confirm your account was migrated to Exchange Online successfully. Because email accounts will be migrated in nightly batches, if you access other calendars and email accounts (in addition to your primary lastname.# account), you may notice a temporary disruption in permissions.  Any interruption will be temporary and will only occur if some accounts that you access have been migrated online, and others have yet to be migrated. To help you prepare, an Exchange migration checklist and additional Skype tips are available online. Your Outlook client or device should automatically reconfigure after your migration. If it did not reconfigure, be sure that you are using a supported client and/or mobile application.

You can check Microsoft’s online system requirements for Office. These requirements also apply to Exchange Online. If you have additional questions, please contact the IT Service Desk via online Self Service, or by phone at 614-688-4357 (HELP).  If you run into any issues after the date of your migration, please also feel free to contact the CON IT team at con-it@osu.edu.

 

Choose the Best Answer:  (a) Multiple Choice Quizzes or (b) Specification Grading

If you’ve ever felt the tension between multiple-choice tests and more complex assessments of learning, you are not alone.  Read this EdSurge article on specification grading and its potential advantages over multiple choice exams for student assessment.

The grading tools in CarmenCanvas might make specification grading an efficient approach to engaging your students and finding out more about the course content they have learned and can apply to problems.  The article also makes a case for the right time and way to use multiple choice tests.  If you would like to explore CarmenCanvas tools (rubrics, SpeedGrader, etc.) for specification grading, please contact the mailto:con-it@osu.edu for more information.

H5P for interactive course content

Brad Thompson, CON IT employee and grad-entry nursing student, introduced H5P in our most recent Flash Friday.  He showed us how to create content such as flashcards, interactive video, and self-assessment quizzes with H5P.  He described H5P features and functions, provided examples, and demonstrated how to integrate H5P learning objects into a Carmen course.
H5P is a free and open-source application you and your students can access online in a web browser. See Brad’s previous blog posts on H5P for more information.
View a recording of Brad’s H5P webinar.

 

Submit your Final Grades for Spring ’18

You’ll be submitting final grades for SP18 soon. If you need a reminder of how to submit final grades, or a step-by-step tutorial, we’ve provided some resources you might find helpful below. Please contact the CON IT instructional design team if you need additional assistance.

Additional resources

Zoom in the College of Nursing

The College of Nursing IT Department has added Zoom to their learning technology tool set!

Zoom is a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing, mobile collaboration, and simple online meetings. Zoom’s web-based conferencing uses high quality video and audio and is accessible on Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android mobile devices.  Zoom is very similar in functionality to Adobe Connect (CarmenConnect), but because it is hosted in the cloud, it does not appear to have the same problems that arise occasionally in CarmenConnect, such as frequent disconnects and audio dropping in and out.  The College of Nursing has obtained a limited number of Zoom accounts for College of Nursing faculty teaching online who are seeking an alternative to CarmenConnect.

To reserve a Zoom meeting room for your meetings and classes, visit go.osu.edu/conzoom.

On April 13, Awais Ali presented a webinar to CON faculty and staff on getting started with Zoom.  View the recorded webinar.

Carmen Tips and Tricks

Our 4/6/18 Flash Friday presentation covered a number of CarmenCanvas tips and tricks, including:

  1. A different way to work with default due dates while setting up an assignment
  2. Checking to make sure a rubric will be used for grading
  3. Making sure peer reviews require a submission (even something as simple as a text entry) so students can easily see who they need to review
  4. A note about regrading quiz questions that came from a question bank
  5. Deleting calendar items that don’t have any dates attached to them
  6. How to change a single person’s grade when working with group assignments
  7. Adding your actual syllabus to the Syllabus page
  8. Downloading multiple files at one time

View the recording at http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p271p9hcwxo/