Jumpstart Your Semester with Binder

BinderStudying on the go? No WiFi where you’re going?
Binder provides full access to all of your Springboard courses when and where you need them. With Binder, you are able to download all of your course materials
for offline viewing. Then, view, and annotate all of your courses’ material, without the need for WiFi. Binder allows you to easily find and organize course materials how you prefer. Binder is available for free on iPad, Windows, Android and, the web.

Go to http://binder.desire2learn.com to learn more and get started. Check out,
the Guide To Binder to get connected to Springboard and to start using Binder.

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Guide To Binder

After downloading the Binder app, this guide will show you how to start using Binder.
Step-by-step directions are easy to follow, helping you locate, explain, and use the options available to you. Use the directions below to help you connect your Binder to your Springboard courses and get a great jumpstart on your semester.

Table of Contents

Signing In and Accessing Springboard

  1. Sign in with your Facebook account is the most convenient way to log in. If you are unable to gain access with Facebook, you are able to make a free EduDentity account.
  2. Tap on Fetch to get started.Fetch
  3. Tap the + to add a new Connection.+-Connections
  4. Select Learning Environment to gain access to courses on Springboard.
    In the Web Address field, enter springboard.uakron.edu and then tap ConnectEntering-springboard.uakron.eduEntered-springboard.uakron.edu-
  5. Log into your Springboard account.Signing-into-SpringBoard
  6. You now have all of your Springboard courses available to you.SpringBoard-Courses

Adding Documents To My Binder

  1. Tap on Fetch to add content to My Binder.
    Fetch
  2. Tap on the course you would like to access.
    SpringBoard-Courses
  3. Your instructor may have organized the material into Modules. Tap the module you want to obtain a document from.Course-Modules
  4. Opening a module provides access to Topics. Each topic is a document or presentation available to you for viewing and downloading.Topics-within-Modules
  5. Selecting a topic opens a preview of that document or presentation. This is where
    you’ll see the Add To Binder button. Tap on Add To Binder to save the document to your binder.Course-Schedule
  6. To view content you have added, go to My Binder.
    Binder
  7. My Binder is where your documents will be collected. Recently added documents appear as unread, indicated by a purple edge. Documents in My Binder are saved directly to your device, making them available to you at any time with, or without, access to WiFi or Internet.Binder-page-notification

Organizing Documents In My Binder

  1. Documents in your binder are organized by Tags based on where the document
    is coming from (course or module) and, what the document is. Tags are completely customizable and allow you to organize your content however you like. By grabbing and swiping left on your documents, you reveal a Down Arrow next to each document. The down arrow provides more options to organize your documents. Binder-page-arrowDocument-options
  2. You can Read/Unread a document with the Dot button. Whenever an
    unread document is in your My Binder you will have a notification above it.Read_Unread
  3. Favorite a document with the Star button.Favorite
  4. You can Archive a document with the Filing Box archive box-01. Doing this places the
    document into your archive and can only be viewed in the archive, until unarchived.Archived-document
  5. Delete a document with the Trash Can button.Deleting-document
  6. Selecting the Tag button opens a window for quickly applying and removing
    multiple tags to a document.Tag button arrowTag-options
  7. You can completely Delete a Tag by selecting the Edit button, right of the Search Bar.
    Hit the Removal button, then confirm by tapping the Delete button. Tap Done, where Edit was previously located, when you have finished editing your tags.Organizing-Tags

Annotation In My Binder Documents

  1. Tap on the document you would like to view.
    Binder-page
  2. There are several tools to efficiently view and make notes on your document.View-opening
  3. The Dot marks the document as Read/Unread.View-read_unread
  4. The Star allows you to Favorite the current document.View-favorite
  5. Search Bar allows you to search for a word or phrase within that current view.View-search
  6. Cover Flow, next to the Search icon, lifts the page and reveals all your binder documents. You are able to switch between, or even delete, documents on the fly.Skirt
  7. The Export icon opens a menu for Open In another application, Print, or
    Email the document. The options to include your annotations and the ability
    to edit them are available.View-share
  8. Tap the Annotation icon to show or hide your annotations.View-on_off-annotations
  9. The Bookmark icon marks that page and adds it to your bookmark collection,
    for quick reference. Marked pages are indicated by a purple banner in the upper right.
    Bookmarked page
  10. The Left Arrow Tab contain a table of contents, annotations, and bookmarks.
    View-opening
  11. Table of Contents shows you specific pages to jump to, within the document.View-table-of-contents
  12. Annotations list all of your annotations, what page they are on, and what type it is.View-annotations
  13. Bookmarks is a list of the various pages you have marked for quick reference.View-bookmarks
  14. The Right Arrow Tab reveals the Notation Wheel. This allows you to
    add a note, highlight text, draw, underline, and put a strikethrough content.Right-arrow-wheel
  15. Located at the top of the wheel, a Note can be placed anywhere on a document.Note-placement
  16. Tap on the note to edit contents. Hide notes by tapping on minimize.Note-content
  17. The Highlight Tool is the second from the top of the wheel. You are able
    to change the color and scroll through the document for rapid highlighting.Highlight-menu
  18. The Draw Tool is in the middle of the wheel.Draw-menu
  19. Color palette gives you the ability to change color, opacity, and line weight.Draw-images
  20. Changes to color, opacity, and line weight can be made any time.Draw-changes
  21. Underline is located under the Draw Tool. You are able to change the color
    and scroll through the document for rapid underlining.Underline-menu
  22. Strikethrough, on the bottom of the wheel, strikes out text and gives you
    the option of adding a note to that strikethrough.Strike-through-note
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DDS Wheel of Fortune – See What Faculty and Staff Are Doing With WebEx

For the next few weeks, DDS will feature how faculty and staff are using WebEx. This week, we feature someone from the School of Law. Here’s what he has to say:

“We have used WebEx for a broad array of activities. From an interview that we conducted with a potential candidate from Japan, to hosting multi-school faculty scholarship presentations, to using it for continuing education for our area alumni and friends, it has been very stable and well accepted throughout.”

Who is he?
EUBANKS1

Did you solve the puzzle?
EUBANKS2

-Temi
~ Graduate Assistant, DDS

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Panopto will be upgraded to version 4.8 on May 12th

On Tuesday, May 12th, we will be upgrading to Panopto 4.8. We scheduled this upgrade after finals week to have the lowest impact on students who are viewing recordings. There are many new features and enhancements that will make things easier for both instructors and students.

The most exciting new features and enhancements are as follows:

    • Videos and webcasts will no longer require the Microsoft Silverlight plugin. The video streams will now use Flash or the functionality of HTML5 in the web browser.
    • Sessions recorded in the new version can be viewed on-demand in a multi-bitrate stream for smoother playback regardless of network speed.
    • Sessions can be viewed at slower or faster speeds.
    • Sessions can now be copied or moved in a bulk operation so it will be easier to add them to a new Springboard site.
    • Integration with Springboard will be enhanced.

You will need to upgrade to the newest version of the Panopto Recorder and should be prompted to do so if you launch the previous version. We will be updating the documentation and resources on our site following the upgrade.

http://www.uakron.edu/it/instructional_services/dds/services/technology/coursecast.dot

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Jamie Newhall

jnewhal@uakron.edu

x8290

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DDS Wheel of Fortune – See What Faculty and Staff Are Doing With WebEx.

For the next few weeks, DDS will feature how faculty and staff are using WebEx. This week, we feature someone from the department of Hardware & Operations Systems Services. Here’s what she has to say:

“I used WebEx to meet with other students in my class as a group to go over assignments.”

Who is she?
JONES1

Did you solve the puzzle?
JONES2

-Temi
~ Graduate Assistant, DDS

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DDS Wheel of Fortune – See What Faculty and Staff Are Doing With WebEx.

For the next few weeks, DDS will feature how faculty and staff are using WebEx. This week, we feature someone from the department of Curriculum & Instructions Studies. Here’s what he has to say:

“I use it to host guest speakers from around the state in my Educational Technology course and also to model what online & blended learning could look like in the K-12 classroom for my pre-service teachers.”

Who is he?
BREUCH1

Did you solve the puzzle?
BREUCH2

-Temi
~ Graduate Assistant, DDS

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Building Digital Credential Value | Thoughts from SXSWedu

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One of the big topics of conversation this year at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas was digital credentials. You may not have heard of “digital credentials” before, at least not in formal terms. However, you’ve most likely seem them. Anyone who uses LinkedIn knows a little bit about this. Remember that “Top Skills” list?

What I'm good at?

What I’m good at?

The idea is that your professional connections “endorse” what they think you’re good at. The problem is… how do they know? I could certainly put something like “Rocket Science” on my list of skills, but how can people verify that I’m actually good at launching rockets?

Before the digital revolution took hold, we may have seen the concept of credentialing or the certification of skills in something like boy scout / girl scout badges. Anyone who has been in the scouts knows that you don’t earn a badge unless you really can perform the task at hand. These badges don’t expire. Once you know how to swim, you know how to swim.

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Badges have been associated with the demonstration of skills for a very long time.

Thus, a conversation has started about how we catalog these skills / credentials. Many organizations and web sites have started to come up with standardized ways of displaying these badges and providing a vetting process for their attainment.

Here are some good sites to check out:
http://openbadges.org/
https://credly.com/
http://openbadge.exchange/
http://www.digitalme.co.uk/

Ok, so badges seem nice, but how does this apply to my students in a college classroom?

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At SXSWedu, Michael Shawn Cordero, of the Urban Arts Partnership mentioned the importance of “showing students a visual trajectory of where they’re going.” The notion is that “you can put whatever you want on a resume, but digital badging allows you to see evidence of these skills.

That’s the key point here. Skills that are supported with evidence provide a much better picture of what someone can actually do. In addition, you can see the inter-relationships of how these skills fit together. Let’s think about it. When you are going through an academic program, you are provided with a syllabus, which most likely has learning objectives in it. “By the end of this class, you should be able to do A, B, and C.” Great! We also get prerequisites to know what skills I should already have prior to enrolling in this particular course. However, that’s often where it stops. The course is just one of many in a series, and I don’t necessarily have to take these courses in any particular order.

The problem is that students often can’t see the big picture of what they’re learning. How do all these courses and objectives fit together to make me a proficient in this field?

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There are so many pieces on the table. How do they all fit together?

Jonathan Finkelstein from Credly.com noted why it so crucial to “… not just build a badge, but to connect the dots to help them [students] see the value.”

Some good questions to consider are: Do we start badging everything? Who should be allowed to issue badges? Should badges be monetized?

Tracy Petrillo, Chief Learning Officer for Educause, had a good insight. “Badging platforms were meant to be open and free. This is not a threat to the certification industry. Badging is a complement.” In addition, “[It] helps us to think in smaller segments. You get more people to believe they’re good students.”

I think Tracy is right on. We shouldn’t badge absolutely everything, but rather, think about how we deliver content to our students and what they are expected to demonstrate back to us. We start off slow, providing a visual recognition of skills they’ve begun demonstrating in the course. This builds confidence. “Look! I’ve earned some beginner badges!” The next step is to help students build on those foundation skills, and through providing evidence, move them along from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced. We’re not charging for badges, we’re merely showing them that they have in fact learned a new skill.

As an example, in our Designing and Developing your Online Course Workshop, we provide badges for our faculty members when they demonstrate that they are able to complete or follow along on a specific task.

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These badges are really about basic proficiency, but in the future, we plan on introducing a more rigorous, evidence-based, application-level of badges. These badges could then be tracked over a lifetime and displayed on the faculty member’s online profile of choice.

Our end goal is to show our students (and our faculty) that the process of lifelong learning never stops. It’s not about seat time. It’s about the application of skills and their inter-connectivity that really empowers (and informs) what they can do.

– Steve K.
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Final DDS Family Feud!

Name one way WebEx has benefited faculty and staff.
Q4-1

Survey says…
Q4-2

Survey says 77% of the respondents find WebEx convenient. It saves travel cost and time for 60% and 57% of the respondents respectively. 46% of the respondents reported WebEx increases productivity while 14 % reported it enhances teaching experience.

You can learn more about WebEx here: http://www.uakron.edu/it/instructional_services/dds/services/technology/webex.dot

-Temi
~ Graduate Assistant, DDS

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Yet Another DDS Family Feud!

Name something faculty and staff can use WebEx to do on a snow day.
Q3-1

Survey says…
Q3-2

Survey says an equal 37% of the respondents use WebEx to teach synchronously and conduct meetings. Also, an equal 17% of the respondents use WebEx to conduct office hours, large-scale webinars and to host guest speakers. 14% of the respondents use WebEx for other purposes besides those listed above.

In upcoming posts, we will be sharing some of the more creative uses of WebEx reported by our inventive UA faculty and staff. So please check back again soon.

You can learn more about WebEx here: http://www.uakron.edu/it/instructional_services/dds/services/technology/webex.dot

-Temi
~ Graduate Assistant, DDS

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Are Your PDF Files Accessible as Text?

Many instructors upload pdf files into their Springboard classrooms as resources for their students. Just because a pdf file contains text does not mean that it can be “interpreted” as text by assistive devices used by learners who use text-to-speech software. If you created a digital file by scanning a document, chances are it is not accessible. Your document is an “image” pdf, meaning that it provides an image of the text and not access to the text itself.

It is, however, possible to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to open an inaccessible pdf or even an image file containing text and to make the text in those documents readable. For complete (and short!) instructions, view the document “Making a PDF or Image File Accessible as Text.”

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