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This Week in the LEC: September BlendFlex Training Available, Register for the BlendFlex Self-Paced Course, and more.

Issue Date: 08-28-2020

September BlendFlex Training Opportunities

BlendFlex Training

BlendFlex training opportunities available for the month of September!

Register for a BlendFlex interactive training session and learn how to deliver face-to-face and online learning experiences simultaneously. After this online training, you will be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the BlendFlex Model for teaching and learning at NSU.
  • Identify technology and software components of BlendFlex classrooms.
  • Implement the BlendFlex Model to deliver content, engage, and assess students.
  • Identify best practices of teaching in the BlendFlex Model.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Dates & Times:

September Training Sessions

September 1st, 2020 - 9:30am - 11:00am

To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=BlendFlexSep1, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule 

September 3rd, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=BlendFlexSep3, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule 

September 9th, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=BlendFlexSep9, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule 

September 11th, 2020 - 9:30am - 11:00am

To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=BlendFlexSep11, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule 

September 14th, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=BlendFlexSep14, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule 

September 17th, 2020 - 9:30am - 11:00am

To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=BlendFlexSep17, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule 

Additional dates will be shared as they become available.

For instructions about registration through TrainCaster check out this document or the video linked below.

 TrainCaster Video Screen Shot

https://sharkmedia.nova.edu/media/1_zhc6ne70


Register for the New BlendFlex Training Self-Paced Course

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The Learning and Educational Center (LEC) is pleased to announce the release of the new Self-Paced “Teaching in the BlendFlex Model” online training.  The asynchronous course consists of four modules and should take approximately 90 minutes to complete.  
 

Each module includes previously recorded sections of the live training as well as interactives.  Of particular note is the Module 2 simulation. The interactive representation of the Zoom dashboard includes a hands-on walkthrough of how to use the cameras as well as 4 suggested tools that can be used for student engagement.   

 After successfully completing all four modules and a final quiz, the instructor will be awarded a certificate of completion.   

The course is now available and directions on how to self-register can be found here. Below is a link to a video walkthrough to help guide you register for the new Self-Paced BlendFlex Training. 

 

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We are continuing our Zoom based live training of Teaching in the BlendFlex Model and there are 5 more opportunities to join our sessions. Either the Zoom based live training, or the Self-Paced course meets the requirements. 

Tips from OIIT on BlendFlex Classroom Technology

In support of the BlendFlex Model and the Return of the Sharks in our new "normal", classrooms have been enhanced with additional video technology capabilities. The podium computers have cameras connected to facilitate video conferencing and Zoom related activities. Please avoid improper handling of the equipment as much as possible. Below are some tips to follow for the new podium equipment to prevent improper handling of the equipment:

Podium Computer Tips

  • Do not re-locate the cameras on the podium. They have been set for maximum coverage of the instructor and the classroom. 
  • Do not disconnect any of the camera equipment located at the podium. 
  • Do not move the podium
  • Do not wipe the touch screens or touch panels with any type of Clorox, alcohol, or moist cloth (this will ruin the display). OIIT and facilities will clean the equipment.
  • Leave all materials, instructions, and remote controls at the podium when your class is over.

 live tech chat icon

On each podium you will notice an icon titled "Live Tech Chat" (pictured above). This icon can be used to quickly get assistance with in-classroom technology. Alternatively, you can contact Desktop Support at 954-262-0070.


BlendFlex Model

The BlendFlex model is an innovative course delivery method that offers Face-to-Face, Online, and Hybrid student experiences running simultaneously. NSU BlendFlex attendance options include attending: on campus in a traditional classroom setting, from a remote location (regional center, home, work) using videoconferencing type technologies including Zoom as well as the LMS Canvas.

For a list of courses, resources, and technical support, visit https://www.nova.edu/lec/blendflex.html.


BlendFlex Model Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that has not been addressed, please submit your question to the Learning and Educational Center at lec@nova.edu

Visit https://www.nova.edu/lec/blendflexfaq.html to get answers to your frequently asked questions.


Updates to Respondus Lockdown Browser 

  
We wanted to make you aware that the Office of Innovation and Information Technology (OIIT) became aware of a bug that allowed Lockdown browser users to circumvent the lockdown browser controls and access the web during a test. After working extensively with the vendor, OIIT is glad to announce that there is an automatic update available that has resolved the issue. The next time a student uses the software they will be prompted to complete the update in order to use the software.  

If you are a new Respondus Lockdown Browser user, they have Webinars available for you to learn more about how to use the tool. For Faculty questions or assistance please contact Remotehelp@nova.edu or call 954-262-0070. If your students need assistance with Lockdown Browser they can get the software and get help through the student help desk and ask questions at help@nova.edu. 


 

Teleconference

 

Zoom News

In Zoom News, a couple weeks ago there was an update which brought along a host of new features added to allow for you to adjust different aspects of your video, such as brightness and fine tuning of the Touch Up My Appearance feature. 

The most eye-catching feature of the coming update is one that allows the use of a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation as a background. You could then use the arrows on your keyboard to navigate the presentation. In addition to those features, they are expanding the notifications to hosts when attendees enter a waiting room. Also, there are additional emoji reactions (pictured below) that will be available during a meeting to attendees.  The full details of all updates are available on the Zoom Website. As always, be sure to keep your Zoom software up to date. 

Emoji Screen Shot in Zoom


To update your Zoom Application, check out these directions- https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Where-Do-I-Download-The-Latest-Version


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Register for a Zoom Meeting for Education Webinar

These webinars are provided by Zoom.

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisites: An understanding of e-mail and video conferencing principles is helpful.

In this session you will learn:

1) How to download the Zoom applications and join a Zoom meeting;

2) How to schedule a meeting and send out invitations;

3) In-meeting controls and differentiation tools (including the waiting room, share screen, breakout rooms).

Time will be allocated at the end of the session for live Q&A.

Note: We will be delivering training using Zoom's Webinar platform. This will ensure your privacy during this webinar.

To Register for a webinar, click here.


Additional Temporary Online Research Resources

In response to the transition to online learning, many publishers and other content providers are making additional resources freely available online for a limited time for students, teachers, and librarians. You may take advantage of these resources while they are temporarily available at no cost to you.


Faculty Development Channel

 

Faculty Development Channel on Sharkmedia

Through our partnerships with various colleges and departments, there have been several valuable workshops that were held which you may not have been able to attend. Check out our SharkMedia Channel to see recordings of past workshops such as: 

 

Pre Sorting Breakout Rooms

Pre-Sorting Breakout Rooms in Zoom 

 
Universal Design

Universal Design & Implementing Reasonable Teaching Adjustments- It Starts With Awareness

Using Zoom Polls

Using Zoom Polls and Creating Them In Advance 

  

These workshops and additional video assets are all available in the LEC Faculty Development Channel.


Remote Technical Help

Faculty and Staff who need assistance, please feel free to contact NSU Support:

Email to remotehelp@nova.edu.

Faculty & Staff Support Hotline at 954-262-0070 

Submit a ticket for technical assistance through Service Manager.

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