Link Validator in Carmen, and other tools to double-check your course

At the beginning of each semester, instructors often wonder if the pages and links they copied from their previous semester’s course transferred in good working order to the new, current-semester copy of their course.  There are many reasons a link that worked perfectly last semester might not work this semester, so it is best practice to check your Carmen course links at least once per term. Carmen has a handy link validator that will do this (mostly) automatically for you.  In your Carmen course, go to Settings > Validate Links in Content. The link validator will cause a process to run that identifies links in your course that may be problematic, and it will even tell you the reason for the problem.

If you have questions about using this tool, please let us know in the CON-IT department.  Also, check out the additional ways you can double-check your course for errors and usability according to the Canvas community.

Course Link Validator

Course Link Validator

Assessing the Quality of Multiple Choice Questions

I am often asked about how one knows whether a multiple choice question is “good” or not. Expertise in the field always makes the final decision, but there are guidelines and statistics that can provide very helpful support in writing and refining multiple choice questions.

Nikole Hicks, PhD, RN, CNE, wrote a Fairness of Items tool (FIT) to guide writing and assessment of multiple choice questions. Read more about her development of this tool. I have her permission to share it with OSU College of Nursing faculty, so email me (Joni) to obtain a copy.

If you are somewhat familiar with statistics and need a quick guide to quiz item analysis, refer to this PDF from Anne Schoening, PhD, RN CNE.

A more detailed explanation of item analysis of quiz questions is presented in this article McGahee and Ball (2009). You can access the full text of the article through the OSU Health Sciences Library.

As always, please consult with the your instructional design experts on the CON-IT team if you need additional assistance with question writing and evaluation.

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