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Transitioning from Student to Alumni for Graduating Seniors

Dear Senior:

As several of you convert from “Active Student” to “Alumni” status, we would like to inform you of a few things you can/should keep in mind. Let us be some of the first people to welcome you to the Malone alumni family, a group that numbers over 18,000 that lives and ministers in locations all over the world.

Blessings to you as you go out and serve the Church, Community, and World.

Sincerely,
Deb Robinson, Director of Alumni & Parent Relations, University Office of Advancement
Adam Klemann ‘01 , Information Technologies
Kris Owens, Reference/Systems Librarian, Malone University Library

In this Message:

Transitioning to Alumni Status

  • Alumni Benefits
  • Alumni News
  • Alumni Events
  • Download the free Malone U Alumni App!
  • You’re Invited: Malone Alumni Groups

Information Technologies Transition Info

  • How long will I be able to sign into my account?
  • More information on your alumni email account
  • Purchase software & hardware using your student discount!

Library Resources


Transitioning to Alumni Status

Welcome, Class of 2015!

The Malone Alumni Association is a non-dues paying group. All graduates of Malone and those who have attended for at least one year are automatically enrolled as members. Below you will find some of the services and benefits you retain as alumni of Malone University!

Deb Robinson
Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

Alumni Benefits

  • Visit the Malone Alumni web pages for more information on alumni benefits.
  • Alumni may use the Wellness Center for an annual fee of $120.
  • Alumni are welcome to use the Cattell Library during business hours (see more information in the Library section below).
  • Free use of our online Alumni Career Services job search resources.
  • Insurance Discounts: Malone Alumni qualify for discounted rates with a variety of programs offered through our partnership with the American Insurance Administrators, LLC. You will receive information about this opportunity soon by mail. Other insurance providers offer a discount if you belong to an alumni association. We will send a formal letter of confirmation to them for you if you request this from our office.
  • Group rate tickets when attending Malone Alumni and Friends trips to sporting events, concerts, museums, zoos and other attractions. Have an event idea? Let us know!

Alumni News

(You may expect to receive these if we have current email and home addresses for you.)

  • The monthly “Pioneer Spotlight” e-newsletter with news about Malone – including Homecoming, reunions, seminars, Worldview Forums, and news about campus updates, regional alumni events and travel opportunities.
  • The award-winning Malone Magazine is published twice annually.
  • We want to hear from you, too! Share your wedding and baby announcements or career and graduate degree news. We will post them in the Malone Magazine and in our online alumni news blog. Send news to alumni@malone.edu.

Alumni Events

  • Come back for Homecoming October 2 & 3, 2015. Members of the Class of 2015 are admitted free of charge as you celebrate your “0 Year Reunion” this fall. Watch your mailbox for the Homecoming brochure coming in August.
  • Join us at the 6th Annual Malone Mix on May 19, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. in the Brehme Conference Center. Network  with other young alumni and have a free professional head shot taken.
  • Check out other events and travel opportunities on our website.

Download the free Malone U Alumni App!

  • The alumni association provides a free app loaded  with humorous real-world tips on everything from engagement rings, insurance, loans, taxes, business dress and etiquette to retirement plans. You may also choose the Malone news streams you want to follow, and keep up-to-date with all things Malone.
  • Download the app by searching for “Malone University” in your app store or by visiting http://www.mycribsheet.com/malone to load it onto your desktop.

You’re Invited:  Malone Alumni Groups

If you haven’t created a LinkedIn account, this is a great way to professionally network with potential employers, current and former peers, and to organizations like Malone! Follow Malone University Alumni groups on other social sites too:


Information Technologies Transition Info

Here are some of the cleanup items you may want to complete, as well as information about how long you will retain access to which services.

How long will I be able to sign into my account?

While your email account will remain active as long as you continue to check it (at least once every six months), access to Malone Xpress and other on-campus resources (print balance, signing in to lab computers with your student account, H: drive storage) will cease 4-6 months after the end of your last semester. Before this happens, there are a few things you may want to do:

  • Download an “unofficial transcript” from Xpress. You can download an “unofficial” transcript from Malone Xpress after your final grades have been posted. Official transcripts can always be requested at any time from the Office of the Registrar.
  • Retrieve contents of your H: drive using remote access. Instructions for accessing your H: drive remotely are located in FAQ140.

More information on your alumni email account

  • How long will my @malone.edu email address stay active? As long as it is being actively checked (at least once every six months), your malone.edu email account will remain active. If your account becomes inactive and you would like to reactivate it or if you need assistance with accessing your email account, you can contact the IT Help Desk at 330.471.8428.
  • If you would like to forward your malone.edu email to another address, you can follow the procedure listed here. Remember that even if you choose to forward your email, you will still lose access to the account if you do not log in at least once every six months.

Purchase software & hardware using your student discount!

University students are eligible for significant discounts on software. While you are still a student, you may want to take advantage of these discounts. Links and additional information for software and hardware discounts are located in FAQ96.


Library Resources

As an alumnus, you retain access to many of the library resources you had when you were a student. Stop in anytime just to say “Hi,” see what’s new, or check out new displays. The role of the library is changing everyday.

Remember, you always have access to the LibGuides, or Library Guides, accessible from the library homepage. They include information on a variety of subjects, as well as on library resources, including patron-specific topics such as new items being added to the library collection.

The library staff will always be there, happy to assist you. Feel free to contact us by phone at 330.471.8317, or e-mail us at reference@malone.edu if you have any questions or concerns.


 

 

Wifi upgrades and border routers and Virtualization

Hello Students, Faculty, and Staff of Malone University:

This entry is meant to be a brief discussion of the changes we have been, and will be, making to provide the best possible service that we can to you, our customers.

Campus Wifi Upgrades

In the survey we sent out to students in the fall, there was an overwhelming number of responses about the quality of wifi in Blossom Hall. We made some interim changes to the wireless in that building before you came back from winter break and have scheduled a complete overhaul of the wifi for early summer. It should be 1000% better when you return this fall.

The upgrade that we plan to complete in Blossom is the same “micro cell” design we piloted in Haviland this year. Each suite will receive its own, low power, wifi access point running on the 5GHz spectrum. This means that it will be super fast and the count of devices per access point will remain low so you do not have to share as much wireless bandwidth with your neighbor’s devices. This past year, we also made changes to Randall Campus Center (aka, the Barn), DeVol, and Regula Halls. This summer we plan to make wired and wireless changes to Centennial Center and review wifi coverage issues that have been recently identified in Heritage Hall.

Campus Border Router

Without getting lost in the techno-jargon weeds, we have replaced the campus border router (this is the device that handles ALL incoming and outgoing Internet traffic). The new router promises to service campus for the next seven to ten years and will allow for several opportunities for Malone to enhance campus research, connectivity, and provide for disaster recovery in the event of a major disaster.

Virtualization of our Campus Servers

The Information Technologies department is towards the end of a selection process to virtualize many of our campus servers into a single, but redundant, infrastructure. The project will allow us to be much more flexible in adjusting to campus service demand. It will also lower our power consumption in our [already green] data center, in addition to providing a cost savings by not having to purchase as much hardware as we have in the past.

Questions or comments? We’d love to hear them. Respond on this blog entry, tweet us @maloneIT, email us at helpdesk@malone.edu (from your malone.edu account), or call us at 330.471.8428. We pray you finish the semester strong. Have a blessed summer!

 

Internet Access Outage Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Update: Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 12:30 – The outage is now repaired. All three ISPs are routing Internet traffic for Malone’s campus.

 

Good morning, Campus!

At 12:21am this morning, one of our Internet Service Providers began experiencing an #outage that caused all web sites hosted West of Chicago to become unavailable to campus. Since Malone subscribes to several ISPs, we have temporarily rerouted all campus Internet traffic through our other two ISPs until our service provider can repair the issue.

All Internet access is up and running however we are operating with slightly less total bandwidth than normal. Other than noticing problems between when the outage began and when we made the routing change this morning, campus should not notice any difference with its connectivity during business hours (we ‘max out’ our campus bandwidth from around 4pm through 2am each day and anticipate that the problem will be repaired by then).

Campus Cable TV and Internet Survey Results

Hello Malone Campus Residents:

Thanks to each of you who took the time to complete the “Campus Cable and Internet ‘TV’ watching” survey. We had over 10% of campus residents respond. The cable TV service continues to be big part of many of our campus residents’ lives despite the significant increase that we’ve observed in the use of streaming services like Netflix in the residence halls. That is what we wanted to find out. Thank you for your response! Be assured that we do not plan to “cut the cord” anytime soon. We may change the cord or plug it into another source, but we are not eliminating cableTV in the near future! Whatever we do, we will get your feedback about it. Several of the responses that we received were from students concerned that we had already planned to disconnect the service.

 

a graph showing the self-reported hours per day of streaming services by Malone University campus residents

Here are some factoids we extracted from your responses:

  • While 40% of you would prefer to watch a show when it first airs, your busy schedules make it such that only 25% of you usually get to watch it when it is first broadcast.
  • 59% of you say that television watching is usually done socially while 40% report that you usually watch TV by yourselves.
  • 75% of you report watching, on average, less than an hour of broadcast TV per day while 45% of you report watching more than an hour per day of on-demand streaming content.
  • What you watch varies greatly from person to person. The top two channels of broadcast television were ABC and ABC Family at 62% and 50% respectively.
  • A whopping four out of five of you (78%) utilize Netflix.

On the Internet Front:

  • 61% of you are satisfied with the amount of Internet bandwidth we provide on campus.
  • 74% say that your Malone Internet connection is as fast or faster than your Internet connection at home.
  • A large number of you reported issues with wireless connectivity in your rooms. If you also gave us your email, we have already reached out to you to troubleshoot the issue. If you are having connectivity issues in your room, PLEASE contact us and let us know. You can also check your list of available wi-fi networks to see if there are other networks or printers showing up in that list. If you see anything other than “Malone” or “Malone-Guest” those networks are likely causing some or all of the trouble you are experiencing. If you can find the owner of the offending device, tell them to turn it off!
  • Another way that you can improve both your own and your neighbor’s connection to the Internet is to plug your device into the ethernet and turn off your wifi antenna if you are able to do so.
  • Remember that the ‘Malone’ network is your best wireless connection. The ‘Malone-Guest’ network is purposely throttled to 1Mbps; that means its good for checking email but terrible for streaming movies. If you have trouble connecting to the ‘Malone’ network, PLEASE CONTACT US!

Specific changes we’ve made or plan to make as a result of your responses:

  • Several of the comments indicated that the wifi in Blossom is poor. Firstly, thank you for specifying the building in which you are experiencing the trouble. In retrospect, we should have asked you to specify. So thanks to those of you who did! We are making adjustments to the wireless in Blossom over winter break to attempt to improve your coverage. We also plan to perform a major overhaul of the wireless in that building this coming summer.
  • We also saw specific reports about Internet in Penn. Just a heads up that we have identified and repaired a significant issue in your building that would have especially affected residents on the South half of Penn. Please keep us posted if you continue to see issues.
More complete survey results are found in the attached PDF:

Campus Cable and Internet ‘TV’ watching survey – Google Forms RESULTS for publish

Free Office 365 for Students, Faculty, and Staff coming soon!

Hello Students, Faculty, and Staff of Malone University:

We are pleased to announce that starting sometime in January, all current students and employees of Malone University will be able to download and install Microsoft Office 365 for free! This suite of applications will include:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • and more!

You will continue to be able to utilize the suite of applications as long as you are enrolled at or employed by Malone.

Note to Christmas Computer shoppers!: Make sure that you do NOT purchase Office when you buy the hardware!

Expect to hear more details about how to download and install in January.

Media Services Update

Hello Students, Faculty and Staff:

It has been a very busy fall semester in the Media Services and Converged Media Area of the Cattell Library (that is in the lower level if you don’t know where I am talking about). Read more below about the following:

  • Map of the space
  • “Scantron” bubblesheet scanners have moved (but just across the hall)
  • More info on the Media Services / Help Desk Split
  • Television Studio use
  • Scheduling the Video Editing & Recording Suites
  • Story Development Center sees increased use
  • Cell Phone Extenders have been installed
  • Updates to CL49 Classroom
  • Media Conversion Services
  • CL24 Windows Computer lab
  • CL46 Apple Computer Lab

Map

color coded map of the lower level of Everett Cattell Library

Each of the spaces we talk about in this entry are color coded on the map.

“Scantron” bubblesheet scanners have moved (but just across the hall) GREEN

Faculty and staff who utilize bubblesheets to grade student tests should know that the scanners have moved across the hall to CL34. These used to be located in CL47 but you had two separate light switches and some steps to climb.

More info on the Media Services / Help Desk Split DARK PURPLE

As was announced in September, the Information Technologies Help Desk is now located in Haviland Hall (residence hall near the track and physical plant (Strand) Building). Media Services equipment check out, media conversion services, craft paper, lamination, etc. is still being handled from the library in CL25. You should still call the IT Help Desk at 330.471.8428 for most requests. You can also open up requests directly through the web-based Help Desk system at https://helpdesk.malone.edu or email us at helpdesk@malone.edu but, if you have a question that Media Services can answer directly, please call us at 330.471.8429 (one number higher than the IT Help Desk).

What equipment is available for checkout?

Visit FAQ77 for an exhaustive list of gear available for checkout. There is a very high demand for camcorders during the semester. To ensure equipment availability, make a reservation by calling us (330.471.8429) or email us.

Help Wanted

We are still only partially staffed and are looking for student workers. If you are or you know of a student who is looking for a Federal Work Study position or has hours left on your contract, please stop by and talk to us.

Media Services Desk Hours

The desk is staffed by students Monday through Thursday  from 8am – 10am and from 3pm to 5pm Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. As we mentioned earlier, it is not staffed the entire day so if there is no one at the desk, please follow the signs and instructions posted to obtain assistance.

Television Studio use AQUA

The television studio and other rooms are schedule-able via calendar. The athletics department is recording its weekly football preview show which is streamed and hosted on malonepioneers.com every Monday. A two-person interview set is always set up and ready for use. Lighting is provided. BYOCM (bring your own camera and mics) or reserve and check them out from the Media Services desk.  As we continue to configure the space, other preset vignettes will be added. If you are interested in using the studio for recording, please contact us to make arrangements. The current schedule is shown below:

Scheduling the Video Editing & Recording Suites BROWN

There are three video editing suites and one audio recording suite available for individual reservation. Stop by and we will give you the tour. The spaces can be scheduled ahead of time by students in their Malone calendars (when creating a calendar item, select “resources” on the right).

Story Development Center sees increased use YELLOW

The Story Development room is a Communication Arts space configured primarily for student usage (see picture at right). This is schedule-able through Kerrie Evans in the Comm. Arts department office 330.471.8201.

Cell Phone Extenders have been installed UNMARKED

One of the frustrations of learning and teaching in the lower level was that there was little or no cellphone coverage. That is no longer the case. The Information Technologies Department has installed cellphone booster/repeaters in both the West and East ends of the library lower level. There is now [almost] complete cellphone coverage throughout the space. Special thanks to IT networking staff (Jim and Shawn) and special thanks to Physical Plant staff (Kris, Jon, & others) for providing power.

Updates to CL49 Classroom over fall break RED

We had mentioned this in an earlier helpdesk blog post. The CL49 classroom now has a cinema-class high definition data/video projector and surround sound system that was installed over fall break. The room will still be usable as a normal classroom but will now have extra features available for film/movie screenings. The chalkboards have been moved to the North wall (adjoining the hallway) and a larger screen is center-mounted on the East wall. Keep this room in mind if you are scheduling movie showings for a course or activity. Contact the registrar’s office to reserve.

Media Conversion Services DARK PURPLE

Media Services will continue to offer media conversion services to faculty, staff, and students. Please verify that the work you want us to convert is unencumbered by copyright or will be used in a legal fashion under the guidelines of the TEACH act and copyright fair use.

CL24 Windows Computer Lab BLUE-GRAY

This is old news to many of you. The CL24 computer lab was updated last summer so that the computers are on the perimeter of the room. The room is a scheduled classroom. Contact the registrar’s office to reserve.

CL46 Apple Computer Lab LIGHT PURPLE

Over fall break, the computers in CL46 received a memory (RAM) upgrade from 2GB to 8GB. They also receive updated Operating Systems and Applications.

Printing Posters or Large Pages


This Tech Tip answers a question that has been asked many times, “What are my options for printing posters or pages larger than the standard letter and legal pages?” Find out the answer HERE.

Setting up Secure Passwords

We invite you to take a quick moment to review the following Tech Tip on the Password Policy for setting up secure passwords.

Strong passwords are the front line protection for all user accounts at Malone.  A poorly chosen password may result in the compromise of Malone University’s entire network. Therefore, the Malone University community–including faculty, staff, students, contractors and vendors with network accounts and/or any form of access that supports or requires a password for any system within Malone’s network–is responsible for taking the appropriate steps as outlined HERE to select and secure their passwords.

Back up [and recover] your files!

Hello Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Blessings to you as you finish this semester. We have had a number of people contacting us about recovering lost files in the past couple weeks. We wanted to share some tips about how to prevent the loss of these important files.

Strategies for keeping your data safe.

Save files to an alternate location

As a Malone student, you have access to a couple places to back up your files. The first place is your “H:” or personal network “Home” drive. When you are working in a computer lab on campus, you can save directly to the H drive. Your H drive is backed up nightly and will follow you to whatever Malone computer you sign into on campus. It is a great option especially if you use the computer labs or classroom computers a lot. You can also access your H drive from your personal computer– on or off campus– using the “Remote Access” service. Instructions on how to use Remote access can be found in FAQ140 and FAQ40.

A secondary option is to upload your file to your Google drive account. You can upload files without having to convert them to Google format. Google provides an overview of using this feature if you are interested in using it.  Each student is allocated 30GB of space for this purpose.

Set up a cloud-based backup of your files or of your entire computer

There are a few options for doing this. There are free and paid versions of this type of service.

“Magic Folder” Services

There are several out there. Our favorites are dropbox.com and box.com but there are many others. There are advantages and disadvantages to these services. In these sorts of services, you typically choose a folder on your computer that will be “synchronized” to the service. Be careful to review and accept the company’s privacy and copyright/data-ownership policies before proceeding with a particular service. Many have free accounts available and you can purchase additional space as a yearly subscription.

Magic folder services are handy because the backup is done without you having to intervene. As long as you save the file to the synchronized folder on your computer, the service will automatically copy the file to “the cloud” when you have an Internet connection. When you are away from your computer, you can then retrieve the file by visiting the service’s web site and signing in with your account.

Backup your entire machine

Internet Cloud-based options are often subscription based services, the likes of Carbonite or Mozy. These will back up your entire hard drive rather than some select folders. This is very handy if you have a large music collection or want to make sure that you have EVERYTHING. Remember that the first time you back up to one of these services it will take a LOOONG time. Subsequent backups are quick because it only tracks the files that have changed since the last time you backed up.

You can also opt for an external hard drive back up. Apple users can back their computers up using a service called “Time Machine.” For Windows-based computers, most external hard drive manufacturers will have utilities that can be downloaded or used for backing up your machine.

Looking for a reliable external hard drive? We have had very good luck with Western Digital mybooks. For added safety of your data, use an external dual-drive that copies data to both disks. This is called a mirrored RAID in geek speak. Shop around for the best price and beware of reconditioned drives as they normally do not carry a long warranty.

Email a copy of your files to yourself

One of the easiest ways to make sure you have a copy of that important paper is to email a copy of the file to yourself. Just be careful to keep track of which version is the latest version– you don’t want to turn in an older draft as the final paper.

Tip: When you download a copy of the file from email to edit it, remember to “Save File to Desktop” rather than opening and editing it directly. If you don’t save the file to your desktop or to some other known location on your computer first, you might not be able to find it again. This one tip can save you hours of heartache 🙂

Recovering lost files

Inevitably, your computer hardware will be lost, stolen, or will suffer some catastrophic failure (otherwise we wouldn’t have bothered writing about backing your files up). When this happens, it is time to recover your data. The amount of time and pain this will cause is directly related to how much attention you paid to backing up your files and having a plan.

From your backup service

If you have a backup service, you can usually sign into their service web site and browse and retrieve your missing files. Backup services will often keep multiple versions of your files too, so if your file was overwritten or corrupted somehow, you can look at the document history and try earlier copies of the file.

From temp files on your computer

Sometimes when an original file cannot be found, there will be pieces of, or older versions, of the file still on your computer. You can look for temporary files that have similar names to the original. In Microsoft Word, these files will sometimes have a tilde (~) in front of the file (this changes from version to version, you can do an Internet search to find more strategies for recovering a file from temporary files.)

From a paper copy

If you don’t have a backup but you happen to have a paper copy of a draft, you can save some work. Short of typing your paper back into the computer manually, you can scan the draft using a copier on campus and then use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to translate the picture of text (the scanned copy) into text that can be edited in a word processor. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to the closest public copier (library has one and so does Media Services in the lower level of the library) and scan-to-email your paper draft. If you need help with this, ask the nearest librarian or come the IT Help Desk located near the Media Services copier. You can scan using the “text/line art” settings, no need for color here.
  2. Retrieve the file from your email. You now need to “OCR” the scan. You can use Adobe Acrobat Pro — this is installed on the computer lab computers– using the “Recognize Text” option or you can upload and convert the document into Google docs. In the upload options, specify “Convert text from PDF and image files to Google documents” option.
  3. Once the conversion is complete, you can copy and paste the text into your preferred word processor.

With the help of the IT Help Desk!

If you are unsure how to proceed, we will do our best to assist you. Please stop by the IT Help Desk “garage door” in the lower level of the library during business hours.

Resources for Presentations

Hello Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Learning how to discover, develop, and share ideas and then doing it is what higher education is all about. When we work within the context of Malone’s Mission Statement, that means that we could be changing the lives of the people who surround us. Presenting concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent way is how we “close the loop” in our personal, academic, and professional endeavors.

We hope that what you see below will help you in your quest for delivering content clearly and effectively.

Improving “the look” of Presentations

Malone University Presentation Templates

Especially if you are representing Malone at a conference or to an outside group, you may want to use a ‘Malonified’ PowerPoint or Keynote template. You can download these from the Information Technologies tab of Malone Xpress.

Poster Presentations: Wide-format printing and tools for authoring

There are a thousand different methods for putting together a poster presentation. The Information Technologies and Media Services Help Desk can assist you in the creation of items for your board. You might also choose to create your presentation using a layout program like Adobe InDesign available in several of the computer labs and can be installed on other Malone-owned computers.

When you have completed your file, you will need to PRINT IT. You can print up to 11″x17″ full color prints on campus. We have partnered with a local company called Repros to do larger. Visit FAQ183 to get pricing information and contact information. They can print 24″x36″ or even 36″x48″ posters in less than 24hours turn around time.

Alternatives to PowerPoint

That data projector can show things other than PowerPoint. There is a variety of presentation software out there. Some of them are web-based and others are installable programs. If you are in a classroom that has a SMARTBoard, you may want to checkout SMART Notebook.

The Worst PowerPoints Ever

Winner of the "Worst PowerPoint Slide"

The projector manufacturer InFocus had a contest to find the “Worst PowerPoints” ever. Check out the winners here. My favorite is the winner for worst powerpoint slide. I am happy to say that it was created by an IT department!

Improving the Delivery of Presentations

Use of Kensington Wireless remote

One of the worst things about using PowerPoint is being tethered to the computer in the room when it is time to advance your slide. You can overcome this through the use of a wireless presentation remote.

We like the models from Kensington. They are inexpensive and ultra-reliable. They also stow easily in your satchel, pocket, or purse. We sell these (at cost) through the IT Help Desk or you can purchase them online or at stores. One of the great features is that they are omnidirectional. This means that you can put the remote in your pocket and click to advance your slides without having to take it out or point it at the computer. Don’t forget to grab your receiver when you leave the room!

Backchannel Communication

We and others have written about backchannel communication before. There are tools that can be used to pull these conversations into the foreground. My new favorite tool for live tweeting during an event is Twitterfall. You can give your audience a #hashtag and set up twitterfall to monitor any posts that use that tag. You might also use the freeform text poll in a service like PollEverywhere.com. Read more about that in the next section.

For more information on using Twitter in the face-to-face and online classrooms, take a look at Dunlap and Lowenthal’s article in the Journal of Information Systems Education titled: Tweeting the Night Away: Using Twitter to Enhance Social Presence. This is a link to the journal through EBSCO, if you are off campus, you will need your library barcode off your id to access it. Many thanks to my classmate Adonis Baptista for sharing this with me.

Poll the Audience

Using technology to poll the audience is another popular trend in the classroom. You can use hardware solutions like TurningPoint. There is a 25 user TurningPoint kit available for checkout from the IT Help Desk. You might also use a web service like PollEverywhere.com. You can sign up for a free account for educators to use the service or pay a yearly subscription to gain access to additional features.

Cognitive Loading

It is important to think about the concept of Cognitive Loading when preparing to give a presentation. You should also consider your delivery method when constructing your content. A presentation given as a recording, say on eCollege, should look very different than a presentation given in a live setting. Cognitive loading involves using the two available input channels to the mind, audio and visual, to their maximum capacities.

Live Presentations should have a certain amount of repetition and redundancy built in to assure that your audience receives your message whereas…

Recorded Presentations should have ALL extraneous information and repetition removed. Remember that a recording can be rewound and played again. You might even encourage your audience to rewind (read: give them permission) when they are not sure they understood info given the first time.

For more information on preparing recorded presentations you can check out resources like Mayer’s Multimedia Learning or one of his newer titles that is available from the Malone Stacks. Here are the seven highlights covered in the text:

  1. Multimedia Principle: Students learn better from words and pictures than from words or pictures alone. Make use of both channels, visual and verbal.
  2. Spatial Contiguity Principle: Students learn better when corresponding words and pictures are presented near rather than far from each other on the page or screen.
  3. Temporal Continuity Principle: Students learn better when corresponding words and pictures are presented simultaneously rather than successively.
  4. Coherence Principle: Students learn better when extraneous words, pictures, and sounds are excluded rather than included.
  5. Modality Principle: Students learn better from animation and narration than from animation and on-screen text.
  6. Redundancy Principle: Students learn better from animation and narration than from animation, narration, and on-screen text. Eliminate redundant material.
  7. Individual Differences Principle: Design effects are stronger for low-knowledge learners than for high-knowledge learners and for high-spatial learners than for low-spatial learners.

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