InforMedia Services (IMS)

Technology Instruction for St. Cloud State University

Archive for September, 2013

Free Slideshow Presentation and Creation Tools for Teachers

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th September 2013

The 5 Best Free Slideshow Presentation and Creation Tools for Teachers A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning 1-  SlideShare It Offers  users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios. […]

Posted in Digital literacy, e-learning, information literacy, learning, media literacy, technology, technology literacy | 10 Comments »

SPOC, swarm and MOOC

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th September 2013

SPOC as the cousin of smartmobs ( and swarming (… as per Bryan Alexander Bryan Alexander forwarded the idea of swarming in education some 10 years go: synchronous online communication will break the brick-and-mortar classroom and must lead to offering a f2f class on a specific subject to “swarming” of interested students all around the […]

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Quizzes with several attempts prevent students for taking them because of “attempt in progress”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th September 2013

Q: students reported that he could not open the quiz for a new attempt because it said he has an “attempt in progress” and “time exceeded”.  How do I clear these hidden (to me) open attempts. How do I submit (finish) the quiz for the user? A: Go to your quiz. Open the quiz   select Grade […]

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D2L statistics: discussion list and content

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th September 2013

Q: How do I access Report capabilities so that I can see how many students, and which students, entered a particular content topic as well as discussion list? A (for statistics with discussion list, please scroll down to the bottom): To view the how many users have visited a topic, please go Select “Table of […]

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name changes in/for D2L

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th September 2013

Q: who does these name changes and how? A: It’s our systems and the way they work, or don’t work, together.  Most name changes simply happen automatically when an individual goes through whatever the process is (something @ records and registration, maybe??). As you know, the D2L holding tank ‘wins’ by default, so simply changing a […]

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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 18th September 2013

How to Trust Your Students (from Edutopia) Give it away: Trust must be given in order for trust to develop. Slowly and deliberately get to know your student Share power: Seek student input about what is to be learned and how. Explain to students how they can earn your trust Avoid protective hesitancy: Engage students who don’t look, sound and act […]

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Pedagogy Unbound: A Place for College Teachers to Share Practical strategies

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 13th September 2013

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D2L groups’ discussions: only students in the group can see the discussions

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 11th September 2013

Q: the instructor does not want the students to see each other D2L discussion entries across groups A: When creating the groups and after selecting “New Category” look down for a checkbox “Set Up Discussion Areas.” If the box is not checked, students will be divided into groups, but continue seeing each other posts. Selecting […]

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CRS (clickers) Turning Technology instructions

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 10th September 2013

Please have the following instructions regarding the CRS (aka clickers) from Turning Technologies. Getting Started Instructor Resources PowerPoint presentation with information about Turning Technologies 1ST DAY OF CLASS E-MAIL TEMPLATE Student Quick Start Guide. ResponseCard® NXT. Responding in Class RESPONSEWARE SETUP AND USAGE Student Web Registration Instructions SYLLABUS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STUDENT […]

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Making D2L course accessible to students: Course Offering Information

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 6th September 2013

Q: I want to make my course accessible to my students> A: GO “Edit Course”  

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