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’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?
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.