We started off by discussing a few of our favorite tools, and the following is a list of these and what they do:
- turn on and off courses
- email students in all courses
- make announcements in all courses
- go straight to needs grading of course(s)
** Attendance feature available within the courses, but it does cost a fee whereas Qwickly itself does not cost
- integrates with Blackboard
- create links in courses
- serves as a multifaceted solution
** Mentioned to check Connors State's setup with ITV because they have really optimized things in reference to video conferencing-- can also talk to Erik Harris at NSU because he's been out there and experienced their setup as well as is the technologist at NSU.
- use for holding and creating digital texts for classes
- Lecture Capture and videoing options
Discussion about how the colleges were developing materials and approaching the issues of accessibility. It was mentioned that it would be nice to share materials and development as we get them.
Two links shared:
- New for Google Slides: Automatically Add Closed Captions to Presentations - Updates | Zapier
- Accessible Instructional Materials
Many publishers are now adopting a "Netflix type" model. It was felt that Cengage was taking the lead on this and others were following suit.
Users were asked about issues with this content, but noone expressed any real experience in the licensing of materials like Netflix except Randy's brief mention of students paying a fee to McGraw Hill and being able to access all the content updated/etc. to computer concepts via Simnet and its suite of materials.
Schools were asked to share their Bookstores, and the following are the ones I gathered from our session:
- Barnes and Noble
Please feel free to share and add to the list of our discussion and keep our "Favorite Things" going as we love to learn new and creative tools for working with our Faculty and Blackboard.