SBU Inspirations 2020 – Please nominate students to participate!

SBU Inspirations 2020

SBU InspirationsIn Fall 2019, CELT staff talked to students on campus who asked if there was a way that students could share with faculty ways that they use technology for academic purposes. We have partnered with the Career Center and are excited to announce the Spring 2020 SBU Inspirations Student Technology Showcase.

On February 24th, a call will be sent out to all students inviting them to submit videos (no longer than 4 minutes) that :

  • focus on experiential and applied learning pieces.
  • highlight assignments for EXP+, DIV or SPK course where technology is used to complete that assignment
  • showcase services Stony Brook provides that students can use to share their talents

If you have a student who you believe should submit a video, please nominate them!

If you are interested in participating as a judge, please self nominate via the nomination form at:  https://sites.google.com/stonybrook.edu/sbuinspirations

What’s New in Blackboard Webinars – Fri 1/31 1-2pm EST & Tues 2/4 12:30-1:30pm | Registration Required!

On Friday 1/31 from 1-2pm EST &  Tuesday 2/4 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST , CELT’s Instructional technologist will host a webinar via Adobe Connect on What’s New in Blackboard

This webinar provides a  brief overview of the new features in Blackboard:

  1. Attendance Tool
  2. Additional attempts – anonymous grading – instructors can now allow additional attempts from anonymous grader
  3. Specific privileges for TA’s – delegated grading

In order to access the webinar, you will need to register!

Spring Semester is quickly approaching….time to request Echo 360 Lecture recordings

Echo360 provides two tools instructors can use to record lectures:

1. Universal Capture from your personal device.

2. Lecture Capture in some Lecture halls** including audio, screen capture, on-screen notations, and/or a video feed of the lecturer.

**If you would like Echo to record your lectures in a classroom, CELT staff need to schedule recordings for you. Please submit your request online at: go.stonybrook.edu/recordmylecture

Editing ASR Transcripts from Echo360

If you asked for Automatic Speech Recognition to be turned on in echo360 for your course, you also agreed to edit them.  Here is some feedback from Dr. John True on the process that he used to edit them.  Feel free to comment to share your methods.

(1) download raw transcript file from Echo content as instructed by Echo360.org
(2) edit carefully in text editor, replacing only transcript text and keeping all carriage returns and blank lines
(3) save as .vtt by changing the suffix to .vtt in finder
(4) check format at https://quuz.org/webvtt/
This will produce a list of errors by line number. Paste entire text into MSWord and turn on line numbering using Line Numbers in Layout tab (ms Word for Mac 2019) to see the line numbering of the file. The line numbers will not be precise; they will be one or two lines off but this should be close enough to find the errors. My first file had three & symbols, which are not allowed and one deleted line break.  & symbols will be listed as incorrect escapes and deleted line breaks (timing cue abuts transcript text when this happens) will be listed as “Milliseconds must be given in three digits.”.
(5) make the changes in .vtt file in text editor and save (should keep the .vtt format)
(6) upload edited .vtt file in both transcript and caption areas as instructed by Echo360.org
(7) turn on closed captioning for video to see the captions

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.