Monday, February 8, 2016

Taking a Screen Shot (in Windows)

Not everyone is aware of how to take a screen shot of their computer screen. Let me detail here a couple of ways you can do so. What this would do is allow you make a copy of either the full screen or part of the screen and inset it into another document, such as a Word file, a PowerPoint slide or email.

Full Screen
Press the “Print Screen” button on your keyboard. This will be found to the right of the F12 key up at top. It will not flash or anything, but it will have captured the screen. Now that you hav a copy, you need to paste it somewhere. Since it is an image, so you simply paste it into a program or you can edit it. If you wish to edit it, you first need to paste it into an editor. You have one- it is called Paint, and you can find it from your computer start button, under “All Files.” Open Paint, and they you can paste it into the screen there, and save it as a jpeg or png file. Otherwise, you can simply insert what you have copied into some other program. Editing allows you to do things such as paste an arrow onto the image, to highlight something, just as example. And of course, you can simply save the image you copied for later use.

Partial Image
For this, you need to use what is known as the Snipping Tool (not present in Windows XP, by the way). You can find this tool by again selecting All Programs from the start button, and opening it. When you do, there is a drop-down menu that allows you to select options such as “Free-form snip,” “rectangular snip,” and “full-screen snip.” These should be self-explanatory. And you can also choose the color of the border of your snip. Select your snip option, then click “New snip.” The screen will sort of fade and you can then select the area you wish to copy. When you stop, it opens a new window and you can then annotate the clip, save it as PNG or other, and use it. In this case, once saved you can open and copy it for insertion into other programs.

It is useful tool. If you have not used it before, give it a try.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Turnitin.com, Part 4

Final continuation of information from the turnitin.com Instructional Guide (https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor/Instructor_QuickStart_Guide)

Step 8 - Viewing Originality Reports
Your Assignment Inbox shows submitted papers with their Originality Reports if available. To open the Originality Report for the paper you just submitted, click the report icon. Note: A grayed out report icon indicates that the report has not yet been generated. Please wait a few moments and click your browser's refresh button.

The Originality Report will open in a new window called the Document Viewer. The Document Viewer allows instructors to access each Turnitin product in one location and view all the products simultaneously as layers.
All the top sources found to match the paper submission are in the sidebar to the right of the paper contents. Top sources are the sources that have the closest match (most matching words without variation) to the document's text.

To view all underlying sources for a top source hover the cursor over the source and click on the arrow icon. The overlapping sources are listed below the top source.

To exclude a source from the Match Breakdown list click on the 'Select Sources to be Excluded' button at the bottom of the source list.
Click on the check box next to all the sources you would like to exclude.

Once you have selected all the sources to exclude, click on the 'Exclude (#)' button at the bottom of the Match Breakdown list. If the sources that were excluded affects the Similarity Index it will recalculate and display a new percentage of matching content.

Step 9 - Leaving Feedback on Submissions
From the Assignment Inbox click on the blue pencil icon next to the paper title to open the paper in GradeMark to grade the student submission online. The GradeMark system contains several tools and types of mark that instructors can use in grading and assessing papers.

These include:
  • comments
  • inline comments
  • QuickMark comments
  • rubric scorecards
  • general comments
  • voice comments
For more information about GradeMark please view our GradeMark training pages or use our GradeMark interactive tutorial

 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Turnitin.com, Part3

Further continuation of information from the turnitin.com Instruactional Guide (https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor/Instructor_QuickStart_Guide)

Step 5 - Submitting a Paper as an Instructor
If you want to submit papers yourself, click on the "View" link to the right of the paper assignment to open the assignment inbox and then click on the "Submit Paper" button.
On the paper submission page, enter the paper's title and select the author's name from the author pulldown menu for enrolled students.
Users have a choice to upload a file from: the computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Click on one of the submission buttons Choose from this computer, Choose from Dropbox, or Choose from Google Drive and select the file for submission.

 For assignments that only allow file submissions that are able to generate Originality reports we support the following formats:
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option), plain text files.
When you are done, click the "Upload" button to upload the paper.
Step 6 - Submitting a Paper Confirmation
A preview of the paper you chose to submit will be shown on this page. Look over all the information and make sure that it is correct. To confirm the submission, click the "Confirm" button. 
 Step 7 - Accessing Inbox
After you submit a paper, our system will begin processing the paper and will generate an Originality Report within minutes for supported file types.
To view the report, click the "Inbox" button on submission confirmation page. Your assignment inbox will open.
Please note that you can also open your assignment inbox from your class homepage by clicking on the "View" link in the Actions column next to the paper assignment.

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Turnitin.com, Part 2.

Continuing with information from the Turnitin.com Instructional Guide (https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor/Instructor_QuickStart_Guide.).

Step 4 - Creating a New Assignment
Within your class homepage click on the 'Add Assignment' button to create an assignment.

Enter an assignment title and choose a start and due date for the assignment.
The default assignment submission option is to 'Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality' but for non-writing assignments instructors can select 'Allow any file type.' If 'Allow any file type' is selected instructors are able to leave feedback on and download submitted files but Turnitin may not be able to generate Originality Reports or display the uploaded file within the Document Viewer.

Originality Reports can be generated for the following file types
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option), plain text files
Students will be able to submit their papers to the assignment starting on the start date and until the due date passes. Click 'Submit' to add the assignment to your class homepage.

Step 5 - Submitting a Paper as an Instructor
If you want to submit papers yourself, click on the "View" link to the right of the paper assignment to open the assignment inbox and then click on the "Submit Paper" button.

On the paper submission page, enter the paper's title and select the author's name from the author pulldown menu for enrolled students.
Users have a choice to upload a file from: the computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Click on one of the submission buttons Choose from this computer, Choose from Dropbox, or Choose from Google Drive and select the file for submission.

 For assignments that only allow file submissions that are able to generate Originality reports we support the following formats:
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option), plain text files.
When you are done, click the "Upload" button to upload the paper.

Monday, January 11, 2016

A New Instructional Designer: Ms. Jody Graham

Today marks the first of work for our new instructional designer, Jody Graham. She comes to us from Ashford University. She has significant expertise in managing technology systems and was formally the manager of campus academic technology for Ashford. She also worked as an administrator for Blackboard, a skill that should easily translate into her doing the same for our Brightspace platform. In addition, she has taught a number of courses at Ashford, including ones on computer literacy and visual literacy. Academically, she has a BA and an MBA. And her recent role has been in developing both online and blended courses for Ashford.

Clearly, she will have much to offer Palmer faculty and staff across all campuses. She can help teaching faculty develop better and more effective programs for the Brightspace platform, and can help clinicians find ways to use that system within the clinics. She may provide help to administration as they develop online tools for outreach, and she will certainly help in continuing education, as she has long experience with eCollege, which is the online system used for offering our online courses.
Once she gets a bit acclimated, we will be introducing her to as many of you as we can. Her office will be located in life sciences, in the suite where the scantron is located, and in what used to be Rita Nafziger’s office some years ago. Make time to say hi!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Introduction to turnitin.com

This information is posted at https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor/Instructor_QuickStart_Guide.

This Instructor QuickStart will help you get started with Turnitin as an instructor. To begin you need to register with Turnitin and create a user profile. If you have received an e-mail from Turnitin with a temporary password, a user profile has already been created for you. To get started, log in to Turnitin with your e-mail address and password and proceed to Step 2 in this QuickStart.
Step 1 - Creating a User Profile
To register and create a user profile, go to www.turnitin.com or http://turnitinuk.com (UK) and select your language from the drop down menu.
Click on the 'Create Account' link on the homepage and the Create a User Profile page will open.
Click on the 'Instructor' link. Fill in the required information in the new user profile form. In order to complete your profile, you must have an Account ID and an Account Join Password. You can get this information from your institution's account administrator.

Once you have created your profile, click the 'I Agree' button to log into Turnitin.

Step 2 - Adding a Class
Click the 'Add Class' button to create a class.

On the 'Create a New Class' page, enter a class name and an enrollment password.

The class enrollment password is the password your students will use to enroll in your class. Pick a password that is easy for your students to remember and that contains all lowercase letters.
The end date is the date your class expires. When a class expires students can no longer submit papers or enroll in the class. The default duration for all classes is 6 months. If you want your class to last longer or shorter, you can change the end date.

Click 'Submit' to add the class to your homepage.
Step 3 - Class Information

The class will now appear in your class list beneath your account. The number to the left of your class name is the class ID. Students will use this ID along with the class enrollment password to enroll in your class. You can view your class enrollment password at any time by clicking the edit icon to the right of your class.

You should distribute your class ID and enrollment password to your students so that they can enroll in your class and submit their papers. Be sure to include this link to our student QuickStart: 

https://guides.turnitin.com/?title=01_Manuals_%26_Guides/Student/Student_QuickStart_GuideStudent QuickStart Guide

With this information, your students will have everything they need to get started with Turnitin.

Click on the name of your class to open your class homepage