In ITS we often get asked about tools for creating videos for flipped or blended classrooms. Here are our current favorite five tools:
1. Movenote (free – PC, Mac, iOS, Android) – very easy tool for annotating PPT, PDF, or images with audio/video. Very low learning curve, and it generates a link or MP4 output.
2. Screencast-o-matic (PC, Mac) – awesome tool for creating screencasts with or without webcam. Allows you to annotate recordings of any area of your screen for talking over PowerPoint or any software you’d like to demo. It generates a link or MP4 output. (sample)
3. Camtasia (PC, Mac) – the “swiss army knife” of screen capture and video editing. Allows inline quizzing as well. The feature set is extensive and may overwhelm some users, but it is powerful and a good option if you plan to do more than just a few videos or wish to do longer videos.
4. Jing (PC, Mac) – an oldie but a goodie. It is a free application that lets you quickly record video.
5. Explain Everything (iOS, Android, Win8) – for tablets, this is our pick. Whiteboard app with the ability to record audio and/or video from your tablet camera and manipulate slides and objects on-screen. Generates an MP4 to your Google Drive.
Last year the college purchased a subscription to an online learning company lynda.com. This software is available to ALL faculty, staff, and students.
What is lynda.com: lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
If you have never logged on go to: iplogin.lynda.com. Click “create a profile”. One note, you must be on campus the first time you logon the lynda.com. After that you can login anywhere.
Along with the videos, most sessions have sample files you can download. For more details and suggestions check out the Augustana.edu website at: http://www.augustana.edu/x59124.xml
Have you ever encountered a situation when you needed to use a lab computer, but you arrived and all of the computers were already in use? Looking for a quiet corner to study?
Well, thanks to a software program that was installed on our lab computers earlier this year, you can check computer availability before you leave for the lab. This will be especially useful during busier times such as midterms and finals week as you can choose where to study by how many computers are available.
Microsoft has changed their agreement so that schools like Augustana with a Microsoft Campus agreement may offer Office 365 including Office Professional Plus (2013) or Office Professional 2011 (Mac) to current students.
To sign up, students may follow these steps:
1. Go to www.office.com/getOffice365 and click on the Find out if you’re eligible button.
2. Enter your Augustana email address.
3. Open your email and verify your address by clicking the link sent by Microsoft.
4. Choose an Office 365 password.
5. Click “Install Now” to download a setup application for Office Professional. (You can install on up to 5 PCs or Macs)
6. When prompted, choose that you are an Office 365 subscriber and enter your email address and Office 365 password.
That’s it! As long as you continue as an Augustana student or employee you will have access to this Office 365 benefit.
It’s about that time again. Finals week is approaching and students are working on papers and projects right up to the deadlines. This is the worst time for data loss on campus, so take a minute from studying and consider the following tips for protecting your files:
- Know where your file is saved – sometimes when you download a file from your email, it is saved in a temporary location. Once it is downloaded to the computer, make sure to Save As and follow tip #2.
- Save your file in a safe place – campus lab computers have deepfreeze on them, so all files saved on the C:drive will be deleted upon restart.
Safe places include:
- Save early and save often
- Save your file in two places – consider downloading Google Drive to your computer for automatic cloud backup
- Make sure to eject flash drives and other storage devices before you remove them from a computer!
Once again, ITS has received reports of a phishing scam that is being sent around campus. It is similar to a phishing email that had gone around earlier this year in that it provides a link for you to submit your username and password to “upgrade your email.” This is not a legitimate email, so please do not do this. If you have already given away your username and password, please change it immediately. Continue reading
Once again, ITS has received reports of a phishing attempt that is going around campus. This attempt appears like a message with a link to a file in Google Drive:
Some details that should make you suspicious of this email:
- Misspellings and grammar errors (i.e. space before the question mark, misspelling of doc in “view dock here”, its when it should be it’s, etc). Especially when the sender usually pays attention to these details
- The email asks you to sign to Google Apps to view the document when you are already signed in to read your email.
- When you hover over the link, you can see that it is a shortened link and not a docs.google.com link.
ITS now has a YouTube channel! Why, you ask? So we can share insightful how-to videos as well as videos about new IT resources here at Augustana. We hope you find them informative and useful. Our channel: http://www.youtube.com/ITSAugustana
ITS has moved to Sorensen Hall. You can find Support Services directly to the right as you enter from the first floor. If you enter the building from the bridge, take the stairs down one floor and turn right.
At the end of May, ITS began our move from the F.W. Olin Center to Sorensen Hall. If you get a chance, please stop by to say hi or to get help with a technology-related problem. See some pictures of our new offices below! Continue reading
There will be some official changes to our password policy that will take place on July 8th in order to increase security across campus. These changes were previously recommendations, but will now be automatically enforced for our network passwords (Note: this is not the same as your email password. Your email password will stay the same.
Below is a summary of the changes that will be made on the 8th and what will be required of our users: