New Feature to Help Students Get Registered Correctly in TurningPoint

You may find that some of your students have not properly registered their clicker licenses (AKA Subscriptions) and others may not have successfully made an account at all with Turning.

An easy way for you to reach out to these students is to use the new email feature in TurningPoint.  To do this, launch the software, and go to the Manage tab.  Then, select your course on the left panel so it is highlighted.

in the upper right corner is the envelope icon.

On the top right, there will be a little envelope icon.  Click that, and it will give you options to reach out to your students.   Do not check the Clicker ID box as students using mobile devices will get a message telling them they need to add a clicker ID.  But, do check the Subscription and Create Account boxes and then click Send.  Students who need to just add a subscription will get instructions to do so, and students who need to create an account will get the appropriate instructions as well.

Peer Review with Google Forms and Sheets 

I saw this on a list serve today and thought I would share.  Peer review can be so beneficial to students, and can also be of service to extra large classes when paired with a robust rubric.

Peer Review with Google Forms and Sheets 
1:  Assign each student a random number; make sure they can see it (text column in gradebook). <- this was for anonymous review
2:  Create a Google Form to collect feedback in. Populate the form with survey-style questions mirroring your grading rubric.
3:  Set up an Assignment in the LMS for the students to upload their papers; be sure to have them only sign it with their assigned number for anonymity.
4:  Download the essays and save them as .pdf files named with the assignment and number (ex: 5678 PR 1 for student number 5678’s first peer review essay).
5:  Create a Peer Review 1 folder in Google Drive and drag all the .pdf essays into it.
6:  Create a Google Sheet with columns for the student numbers and for the numbers on the essays they are assigned to review:
7:  Students input review scores and comments; instructor does the same using a recognizable number such as “9999”.
8:  Once the deadline has passed, sort the results sheet by student number, calculate averages, triple-check for anonymity, and share the form (“read only”).     (This formatting takes time but is still better/easier/more efficient than the Bb Peer Review tool, and free.)
9:  Enter scores in gradebook.

“It’s labor-intensive but the students benefit from seeing all the feedback”

credit to Judith Littlejohn from SUNY Genesee Community College.

echo360 Q&A (info change and general guide)

New Update:

Instructors can now hover over students’ names in the Q&A panel of the classroom, and in the Q&A tab, and see the email address of the student who generated the post. This allows instructors to more clearly identify students with the same name, or students who entered the system with no first/last name on their account.


To monitor classroom questions/discussions

  1. Go to the classroom.
  2. In the classroom toolbar, click the Discussions icon (shown below) to open the Discussions panel and view student posts and responses, pose questions, and respond to students’ questions.
    Instructor classroom view with discussion icon and open panel identified

To post a question from the classroom

  1. In the classroom toolbar, click the New Question icon.
    The Discussions panel opens to show a New Question text box, the same as if you had clicked New Question from the Discussions panel.
    Instructor classroom view with new question icon and panel identified
  2. Enter text into the New question textbox
  3. Click the paperclip icon to include an attachment with your question.
  4. Select whether to Reference class content with the question. This simply means that the classroom presentation will synch to the question when another user selects it.
  5. Enable the Post anonymously slider to post the question without your name. Instructors can see the authors of all posts; students cannot.

The question can now be viewed and responded to by students or other instructors of the section.

To respond to a question from the classroom

  1. In the classroom toolbar, click the Discussions icon (shown below) to open the Discussions panel.
    Instructor classroom view with discussion icon and open panel identified
  2. Click the question/post you want to respond to.
    The Questions panel changes to show a button for responding as well as any previously posted responses.
    Discussion panel with clicked question for responding as described
    The question panel changes to show a response text box.
    discussion panel with response text box shown for responding to post as described
  4. Enter your response in the text box.
  5. Click the paperclip icon to include an attachment with your response.
  6. Enable the Post anonymously slider to post your response without your name. Instructors can see the authors of all posts; students cannot.
  7. Click POST.

The Discussion panel changes to show you have responded to the question.

Click the menu arrow (also called a “chevron”) located to the right of a question/response to display the Edit and Delete commands. All users can edit their own (and only their own) questions or responses. Users can also delete their own posts.

As an instructor, you can delete any questions or responses posted by students if they are inappropriate.

To endorse a particular post, click the “thumbs up” icon.

echo360 exceptions in the schedule and editing a schedule

This is for all of you echo360 admins that may miss the feature for being able to exclude dates while scheduling an otherwise regular schedule for the semester.  

(Note that if it is an exception that is for ALL classes, you can do this when you set up the term.)

But that isn’t what this is about.   This is for a regularly scheduled course, that perhaps doesn’t want two dates captured because there will be a guest speaker that doesn’t want to be recorded, or they have a day that they want to give an advantage to students that make the effort to actually attend class, or they will be having their exam that day and there is no reason to capture.

On the old self hosted model, there was a way to say when making the schedule, here is the schedule, and here are the dates that I want left out.  Easy.

On the new cloud scheduler, you make the schedule.

  (New Schedule)

Notice, no place to exclude dates….  so :  Save the schedule and then you will see what you did on the calendar, and the repeating event will appear once on the left side…

Open the repeating schedule up:

find the individual date that you do not want to record and click on the color bar that represents it in this day calendar view.

This pops up some info about the recording, with two small icons in the lower right corner.  A pencil and a trash can.  The pencil lets you edit the whole schedule, and the trash can lets you delete the recording.  If it is a sequence of recordings, you will be prompted as to whether you want to delete everything in the schedule, or just this one recording from the schedule.  If you are on a one shot recording, it will just delete the instance with no further prompts. (read: no “are you sure you want to delete this?”)

It then will close the schedule up — so to do a few deletions, you will have to open it up and hunt for the dates you want each time.  But it does work.




How to Set Up Test Exceptions in Blackboard (how to let a student take the test at a different time from everyone else…)

So you have a student who can not possibly take your online exam when the rest of the class will be taking it.  What do you do?

You can give them a different time to take the test.  Also, if you want you can have a few different times to begin with and put the students into groups – each group getting a block of time of your choosing.  Let’s walk through just giving an individual student a new time to take the test.

Go to your test in Blackboard.

Use the menu that shows up when you hover over the title of your exam, and choose Edit the Test Options.

Go to the Test Availability Exceptions area.

Click Add User or Group

Check the box next to the user that needs to take the exam at a different time. Hit submit.

Now click on the small Calendar icon and pick the date and time of the exam. Make sure the minutes are the same as you indicated for everyone else.

Click Save.  Click Submit.


Call for Proposals

Dear Teaching Colleagues,

Greetings from The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.  We are currently planning our annual Teaching & Learning Colloquium to be held  from 8:30-4:30 on Friday, November 2, 2018, and you are invited to participate.
The goal of this colloquium is to provide a dedicated space & time to engage the SBU teaching community in discussion of current teaching practice while also enabling faculty to discover CELT & DoIT services available that support their instructional mission.
To make the colloquium as authentic and pragmatic as possible, we are hoping to tap into your personal teaching expertise. That’s why we’re inviting you to present a 45-minute breakout session.
The breakout sessions are organized into four tracks:
  1. Experiential Learning
  2. Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning
  3. Academic Success
  4. SBOLD/TALENT Grant, Innovative, and Distance Learning Projects
We invite you to share your effective instructional strategies and passion for teaching. Please propose your presentation by completing this form by Friday, June 1.
Thanks in advance for considering this opportunity to collaborate with CELT’s mission of nurturing the teaching community here at Stony Brook.


The Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
Colloquium Planning Committee
631.623.2358 (CELT)

Open SUNY Summit

I’ve really enjoyed this conference in the past.  I find that the speakers are generally extremely well curated from the keynote circuit of this years best conferences.  If you, like me, haven’t gotten to attend many conferences, you should consider watching this event via the live stream.  There is no cost and no registration requirements.

Further information is provided here: 

including information for the ability to interact via     and via twitter (#OpenSUNYsummit)

It starts tomorrow at 10:00 am (Weds Feb 28th)

New Box View grading in blackboard

Just change the ending to “if you have any questions, please feel free to contact CELT at 2-2777 or”

If you want to be able to use these inline editing features, have your students submit MS Word .docx or .doc files.