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UMKC Moodle

By , September 8, 2010 2:43 pm

What is Moodle?

Moodle is an open source course management system. Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.  It is open source LMS. OK, enough of these web terminologies, in plain English. You can put your course material such as assignments, tests, quizzes, grade book online. Site material can be setup by week, or by topic. Moodle has unique ability to show what your students are seeing. Simply switch role from instructor to student to change permissions. Only instructor has ability, and students cannot switch roles. All course site tools and data are available on main page on small to medium course sites, meaning fewer clicks for users to click. Material can be divided into topics and then these separate topics can be presented to students. Instructors can turn off each block with one mouse click. It is these types of simplicity but very useful information rendering that make Moodle stands out with other LMS.

How do I get started on UMKC Moodle Site?

All UMKC course sites are already setup on Moodle site. Student enrollment data such as add/drop automatically updates each site. You can access the site at: https://moodle.umkc.edu/

How do I log on?

Please use your SSO account. If you have password issue then please contact call center.

How do I get help on UMKC Moodle?

You can call or email us. Our phone is 816-235-6700 and Email: ITS@umkc.edu

Like to read more on Moodle:

http://moodle.org/about/
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/learning-using-moodle.html
http://remote-learner.net/

 

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SharePoint site app for iPhone users

By , July 30, 2010 3:50 pm
SharePoint site app for iPhone users

Yes there is an app for SharePoint. I guess Apple and MS made up some point and we consumer did not even noticed. Apple renders MS product beautifully. This is great for consumers. This app works both on iPhone and iPad. It makes documents easy to read. User can open all MS office documents like word, XL etc. and Acrobat too. You can quickly move between multiple sites. What has really surprised me about the app is that it works great on iPhones and it is free. Search for iShare under Business category on iTunes and you will be able to find the free app. It rated pretty well.
If you like to read more on Sharepoint apps then visit these two sites:
App site on Apple: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ishare/id305862898?mt=8#
SharePoint magazine: http://sharepointmagazine.net/news/microsoft-sharepoint-on-the-iphone

Apps look and feel on iPhone, see picture below:

Wikis, Blogs, etc.

By , July 28, 2010 9:51 am

All of these tools are being updated for Fall 2010.  They are easier to set up and use and they now provide podcasts, personal learning space, community areas, RSS feeds and more.

Course Environment:  Campus Pack integrates social learning tools into Blackboard, making wikis, blogs, podcasts, and social media templates available for course assignments.  Instructors can use wikis for collaborative projects, blogs to foster communication skills, podcasts to enable learning on-the-go, and social media templates for easy assignment creation.  Campus Pack’s unique assessment tools give instructors insight into the students’ learning process and progress.  Engage students with the social media tools they already use, within the context of Blackboard, increase visibility of students’ work, facilitate collaboration and peer review, and access a community of social media templates.

 Personal Learning Spaces:  The personal learning space in Campus Pack is a hub for a user’s academic and co-curricular life. Here, users can create Web 2.0 sites and share them with peers, instructors, and others. The personal learning space also gives users ready access to course assignments and the groups to which they belong. Users have the ability to customize their own spaces, organize shared content alongside content of their own, and build a collection of academic work across time.  Users can maintain coursework after completion of the course, create a presentation portfolio or personal development plan, selectively share resumes, projects, and work samples, conveniently access course work, personal sites, and co-curricular groups from a single vantage point, push content to popular sites including Facebook, Twitter, etc.

 Community Areas:  Campus Pack enables departments, organizations, and other groups to build online communities. With easy-to-use social software tools, groups can collaborate on work, build and publish knowledge bases, and maintain websites. Campus Pack’s robust sharing features give users powerful options for sharing sites within the institution or beyond.  Campus Pack now gives academic departments spaces to collaborate on plans and curriculum, provide clubs, teams, and other groups forums to coordinate activities, allows administrative departments to easily share information across the institution, and enable users to create on-demand spaces for building, sharing, and editing social media content.

Go to our new web page for videos and guides:  http://www.umkc.edu/ia/its/LearningObjects/Index.asp

What is Maestro?

By , June 30, 2010 2:54 pm

Maestro is an email tracking software that tracks clicked URL’s. It is a quick way of learning about your web site hits. You still need your web site logs for in depth knowledge about your visitors, but maestro can help you show the most read pages quickly. This is how it works. You send an email with bunch of URL’s. Recipients open up the email and start to click the links that they are most interested in. Once they visit the page, maestro automatically sends a response back to listserv server. This response and others then complied into a report. This report presents you how many times the page was clicked and the URL. The report is produced in PDF format. Creating email and creating report do not require any IT knowledge. The interface is easy to understand.  

If you are interested in setting up a maestro account then please email ITS@umkc.edu or call Ali 816-235-1421.

Microsoft Live Docs

By , June 16, 2010 8:56 am

Microsoft’s Office 2010 suite is now on sale, but I wanted to be sure to remind our readers to take a look at Microsoft Office Live Workspace – A subset of the Office tools that is now available for free online.

To get started – sign up for an account here. or if you have a Live Mail account, you can simply login here

Once you are logged in, you can create Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint documents without having the Office suite installed on your computer.

While Live Docs looks like a great companion to Microsoft’s Office Suite, one might wonder if it is a little late to the game, with a number of folks already using Google Docs.

What do you think? Is this a service you could see yourself using?

Blackboard 9 Upgrade

By , June 8, 2010 1:02 pm

The upgrade to Blackboard 9 brings many changes, most notable is the appearance. The change that comes with such an upgrade can be scary and frustrating.  But I think it is safe to say that anyone who has used a Commodore 64 would agree that the growing pains that have occurred over the years have been well worth it.

So what makes the upgrade to Blackboard 9 worth the growing pains of learning how it works? The overall end-user experience has been improved and much needed options have been added. Across the board, fewer clicks are required to complete most tasks increasing efficiency. The course menu can be edited from any page in the course site through inline editing and drag and drop ordering. The appearance of Blackboard has been modernized and is more like other technologies today’s students are using. It is also integrated with current technologies such as Facebook, Kindle, iPhone and the iPad.

Two of the most welcomed improvements include the Groups and Assignment tool upgrades. The Groups tool has more features including multiple enrollment options and automatically created group homepages. The Assignment tool now allows multiple submissions, groups submissions with group grading and allows instructors to give students an additional attempt.

To learn more about using Blackboard 9, instructors can use the UMKC Blackboard 9 Faculty Support site or Blackboard, Inc.’s On Demand Learning Center.  Students can refer to the Blackboard 9 Student Support site.

New way of managing your list

By , May 19, 2010 2:11 pm

Users have now option of using web interface to manage their lists. List managements traditionally relied on commands that were sent via email. The web interface makes it easier for user to manage lists, and the best part is you do not need to know any commnads. Few clicks will update the list in a short time. Watch the short clip on how to’s like:

Log on to web interface
forgotten your password
Subscriber’s management
List reports

For more information on how to setup list or UMKC Listserv help, please vist: http://www.umkc.edu/ia/its/listserv/

WIMBA 6.1 is here!

By , May 13, 2010 9:35 am

Learn about the new features in Wimba 6.1.
Wimba 6-1
Learn more about Wimba-how to use it, announce it to your class, give students an orientation, etc.
http://www.umkc.edu/ia/its/wimba/Classroom/

Promote Collaborative Learning with Pronto

By , March 26, 2010 9:42 am

Have you heard of Pronto?

Pronto is an instant messaging (IM) and voice chat tool that allows you to communicate with others with Pronto accounts such as classmates, instructors, or groups anytime.

Pronto integrates with Blackboard to automatically add courses that you teach or are enrolled in to your Classmates list and populates your contact list each semester with the names of every student in your classes and social organizations.

To get started, you must register and download Pronto from within Blackboard!  After that, you can use it from your tool bar.

Why would you want to use Pronto?

Pronto is a tool that provides secure, campus-based Instant Messaging integrated with Blackboard and if someone uses Pronto to contact you, you know it is a legitimate contact.  Students are accustomed to using an instant messenger so it will be a natural way of increasing interaction between faculty and students or classmates as well as providing immediate feedback to students while they are studying.  You can even hold online Office hours and answer just-in-time student questions or problems.  Other uses could be to:

  • Facilitate group work among students
  • Give online students a feeling of connectivity to the UMKC community through study groups, community groups, etc
  • Extend informal communication 24/7
  • Colleague to Colleague, staff to staff contacts without waiting for email replies

What Features:

Unique features that benefit students, teachers, and UMKC include:

  • Auto-Population of Courses, Organizations & Rosters
  • Text Chat
  • Group Chat
  • Presence Awareness
  • VoIP Conferencing (unlimited)
  • User Profiles:  photo, contact information
  • Customizable availability status
  • Privacy Features:  blocking and invisibility
  • Emoticons
  • Choice of Spanish or English language
  • Meets Accessibility Guidelines

For More Information and Help:

  • UMKC Wimba Page at:

                       http://www.umkc.edu/ia/its/wimba/Pronto/

  • Wimba:  24/7 support—866-350-4978

–        E-mail:  technicalsupport@wimba.com

–        Wimba Knowledge Base:    wimba.com/technicalsupport/

  • Faculty:  ITS—235-6700 M-F 7-6

All the tools that are fit (or not fit) to be found!

By , March 25, 2010 1:43 pm

If you are like most of us, you don’t have time to look for the latest Web 2.0 tool to hit the internet. We generally wait for the good tools to come to our attention through newsletters, articles and seminars.

Well, if you’d rather go straight to the source, try a website called Go 2 Web 2.0.

This web site doesn’t *say* that it catalogs all Web 2.0 apps on the web, but after a few minutes in the site itself, you might wonder whether it actually does. You will find standbys such as Google Apps alongside free software for creativity such as StoryJumper (create your own children’s book to share or sell online, and order a hard cover copy for just under $25.00), as well as random software such as ToonDoo (create and edit your own cartoons, again – free!).

If you see a software listed that you think might be applicable to your teaching, but you just aren’t sure – no worries. Simply click the link to that software and Go 2 Web 2.0 will provide you with a one-paragraph description of the service offered by the website. One down side of this description – cost of the site (even when it is free) is not consistently listed; therefore, if there are sites that charge for their service, you will have to click through the description to the site itself to find out.

Still in all, in this crazy world where new apps are being created every day, it’s nice to know there is a place to go where they are being cataloged to some extent.

Enjoy!

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