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Join a Webinar to Improve Your Course Outcomes with Echo360


The next school term is about to begin. Is your institution ready?

Echo360 is here with an updated series, developed to help instructors who want to engage their students with active learning. Join us for as many webinars listed below as you’d like.

  • How to Use Video to Personalize Learning in Your Course

Now, you’ve created all of these videos, but where do all the recordings go? How do you deliver your lecture content to students? Whether you want to send your students to your Learning Management System course page, your personal course website, or directly to Echo360—we’ve got the answer. See new and innovative ways you can manage, edit, share and assign content to students from the new Echo360 library.


August 13th, 1:00 PM EST

 

  •  How to Use Interactivity to Optimize Student Engagement

Are your students paying attention in class? When you ask the class a question, is there an awkward silence? Do you want immediate feedback on their understanding of concepts? Energize your presentations while engaging students with Echo360 polling activities and get immediate feedback on their comprehension. In this session, you’ll learn how to add polls to your presentations and launch them during or outside of class. We’ll show you how to leverage a discussion feed to drive interaction amongst students so you’ll have them participating in your lecture instead of socializing on Instagram in no time!

August 15th, 1:00 PM EST

 

  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Student Analytics

Do you know how to leverage student analytics to your advantage by tailoring the learning experience for each of your students? After you have mastered delivery and engaging students with Echo360, you will learn the student perspective and how to configure your Echo360 real-time analytics settings to create reporting based on the way you expect them to participate. Learn how to correlate engagement data with grades in the LMS to track if students are improving. Discover how to identify struggling students who may need remediation as early as the first class.

August 22nd, 1:00 PM EST

Register Now

Presented by:
Chelsea Jenkins
Training and Development Manager
Echo360

Release Notes for Echo360 – July 2019

End of Life for Classroom & Personal Capture

Echo360 Universal Capture is in general availability for both Mac and Windows, and for Personal and Classroom modes. Universal Capture replaces the existing applications Classroom Capture (CCAP) and Personal Capture (PCAP) for a better and easier capture experience. We are seeing excellent adoption rates for Universal Capture, so it is time to plan for the end of support for the legacy applications.

Echo360 plans on phasing out both technical support and functional support in the platform over the following timeline:

  • August 30th, 2019: The download links for both CCAP and PCAP will be removed from the platform. This is also the end of support date for these applications in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). While the applications will likely continue to work for the rest of the year, there will be no support available.
    Clients in the EMEA region should plan a full transition to Universal Capture before this time. Clients in other regions can continue to use existing CCAP and PCAP installations but will no longer have the ability to download it.
  • January 15th, 2020: This date marks both the end of life and the end of support for these applications globally. As of this date, CCAP and PCAP will cease to work with the Echo360 platform due to enhancements in the capture pipeline that will only work with Universal Capture.

It is of the utmost importance that all Echo360 clients complete their transition to Universal Capture by this time.

If you have any questions about your transition to Universal Capture, please contact your Echo360 representative and see our Universal Capture documentation.

Upcoming change in content delivery

We are in the process of transitioning the way we deliver content from HTML5 to HLS (HTTP live streaming) for both VOD (video on demand) and Live classes. This has been in selected beta testing with interested Institutions for several weeks and we are planning on making it GA (generally available) with the release scheduled for July 30-31, 2019.

For more information on the ongoing beta or the upcoming changes, see the HLS Beta Documentation available in our online help portal.

Enhancements

  • Clicking the Echo360 logo in the top left corner of the Classroom now directs the user to their Echo360 Home page, in the same way that clicking the logo from other places in the UI directs users to their Home page.
  • The media selection modals for embedding videos into LMS Content Windows have been updated with a new look. These windows will continue to evolve as we add more functionality to them over the next several months.
  • The Pod appliance can now be configured to use a wireless network where the SSID is hidden.

Fixes

  • Classroom playback now always starts at the beginning of the video for anonymous users viewing classes via a public access section links.
  • Addressed an issue surrounding scheduling conflict messages that can appear when capture schedules are generated very close to the capture start time indicated.

Blackboard Smart Views

Smart Views are a feature in Blackboard which allows you to create custom views of your students, grade columns and categories. Creating custom views allows you to set up new layouts of your information so that you can grade more effectively. These custom views can be favorited so they appear under your Grade Center menu for easy access.

Some of examples of Smart Views in action are:

  • Custom views for your TA’s – Do you have TA’s helping to manage your grading? Set up groups and give your TAs a custom view of their group so they can follow their students easier through the semester.
  • Attendance – Create a custom attendance view so that you can keep your grades and attendance columns separate and organized.
  • Managing Categories – Do you have a lot of tests? quizzes? assignments? Create a smart view to see only them and make sure your students are staying on track.
  • Cross-listed classes – Create groups for each section and you can display a custom group of students so that you know which students belong to which section. Great for joint undergraduate and graduate sections.
  • Keeping track – Want to keep track of how students are performing? Create a Smart View based on their grades to track if they are falling behind.

Interested in setting up Smart Views? Contact CELT for more information!

Do you use clickers in your class? Please make sure you let the new bookstore know

Follett Discover
Early today, the following email was sent from our Bookstore Liason to all instructors.   If you use clickers, please make sure  you indicate that you do when you submit your request trough Follett.
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Dear Faculty & Department Administrators,

We have begun to transition to our new official bookstore provider, Follett, and we invite you to select the course materials you need through Follett Discover Adopt, the online course material requisition tool.

Remember, there will not be a brick-and-mortar bookstore on campus. All of your “required and recommended” course materials will be available for students to purchase in time for the Summer I, II and Fall 2018 semesters on the stonybrookshop.com website with available shipping to their home, campus store or campus address.

Our goal is to have all of your course materials up on SOLAR by the time class registration begins. Providing your requisition on time ensures that the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) compliance is met and that students can shop early to obtain their course materials at the best prices. By letting Follett know if you will be using the same course materials in upcoming semesters, they can offer our students more money for their course materials at buyback.

The due date for submitting course materials requests for Summer and Fall 2018 is Monday, April 2nd. If you do not require any course materials for your class, please indicate “No Text Required” in the online portal. Additional information and reminders about placing your course material requisitions will be sent to you via subsequent emails.

Open House

Follett will be hosting an Open House event on Wednesday, March 7th from 12:00pm – 2:30pm at Charles B. Wang Center, room 301. We invite you to attend so that Follett can introduce you to the new course material requisition tool and how to log into the portal.

 
Please click the invite below to RSVP:

https://form.jotform.com/80514357000141

Book Buyback

Please remind your students that Follett will be hosting book buyback events at the end of the spring semester at Shop Red West and Shop Red East. When they sell back their textbooks to Follett, it helps other students get the best prices for used books next semester. Textbook rental returns through Amazon@StonyBrook can be dropped off at the campus pickup point location in the Melville library.

Desk Copies

If you would like a complimentary desk copy for the course you are teaching, you can request a digital copy of the book through the Follett Discover Adopt online portal.

The Bookstore Liaison’s Office is here to support you and will answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please reach us at Bookstore_Liaison@stonybrook.edu or call 631.632.9828.

Sincerely,

The Bookstore Liaison Team

Office of the Bookstore’s Liaison
We are located at the following address:

Office of the Bookstore Liaison — Faculty Student Association
East Side Dining
157 Circle Drive
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4180
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