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Instructional Support and Research Support Monthly Updates

Secure Online Testing and Virtual Proctoring

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Want a quick and effective way to secure your online exams, increase student accountability, and reduce potential cheating? Need a way to monitor your students’ test-taking activity in online courses? Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) and Respondus Monitor are now available to faculty and students at no additional cost based on our recently purchased site license.
Respondus LockDown Browser is a tool in Blackboard and Canvas that locks down the testing environment to prevent students from browsing to other sites during an exam. In addition, when students use the LDB they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access any other applications on their personal computer. Go to the OIT Respondus LDB information page for more information.
Respondus Monitor is a tool that will allow for proctored, or supervised, online exams. Monitor can help ensure exam integrity for students taking tests online outside of a testing center. Monitor is an option that can be used in conjunction with Respondus LDB. Take a quick look at the capabilities of Respondus Monitor by watching this short video. For more information related to Respondus Monitor, please see the OIT Respondus Monitor information page
As always, if you need additional assistance, consultation, or training with either Respondus product, contact the OIT HelpDesk online or call 865-974-9900.

UTK Migrates to TurningPoint Cloud

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Effective fall 2016, UTK will migrate to Turning Technologies’ TurningPoint Cloud as a campus-supported personal response system for classroom polling (clickers). TurningPoint Cloud is a hybrid polling option that provides secure, centralized, cloud-based management of courses, rosters, and assessment data. The hybrid polling will continue to feature desktop polling with a hand-held clicker device and ResponseWare for web-enabled polling via a mobile license and a smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.

With the migration, only the clickers shown above will be supported. These are (from left to right) the NXT, NXT2, QT, and the newest QT2 device. Although the older NXT, and NXT2 devices are no longer manufactured, they will currently function with TurningPoint Cloud. The older model XR devices will no longer be supported. Faculty may submit their XR device for a new QT2 device. Bring your device to a TurningPoint Cloud training session or contact us online via the OIT HelpDesk or call 865-974-9900. Students who purchased a clicker prior to spring 2015, may want to consider upgrading to a new QT2 device.

Note: All faculty and students using clicker technology must create a Turning Account to use TurningPoint Cloud. If you haven't done so already, go to Turning Technologies' website to create your Turning Account. 

For more information on the account and a rebate offer for students, visit the OIT Personal Response Systems website.

MATLAB License Changes

Mathworks logoThe campus MATLAB license was renewed on July 1st. As of the latest renewal, 53 toolboxes are included in the UT contract. Antenna, Robotic, SimElectronics, and SimEvents toolboxes are no longer available under the license.
Gauges Blockset is also no longer available because it is discontinued from MATLAB 2016a. In place of Gauges Blockset, consider using the graphical controls and displays included in the Dashboard block library in Simulink. This library contains controls such as knobs and slider switches, as well as lamps and semicircular gauges. You can add these blocks to your model to run interactive desktop simulations.
How to Renew MATLAB
A MathWorks Total Academic Headcount License (TAH) is an annual license. If your license has expired, you will need to go to Activate Software. For more details, please download the MATLAB Renewal for Faculty and Staff instructions from the OIT software distribution site under the MathWorks folder.
MATLAB 2016a New Features

  • MATLAB Live Editor: See your results together with the code that produced them; add equations, images, hyperlinks, and formatted text to enhance your narrative; and share with others as interactive documents.
  • MATLAB App Designer: Build apps using an enhanced design environment and an expanded UI component set.
  • Simulink automatic solver option: Set up and simulate models more quickly.
For a full list of features and more information about R2016a, see the release highlights and videos at Mathworks site as well as the release notes.

Interested in Researching the Correlation Between Instructional Technology and Learning Outcomes?

Project RITE logoThe fall 2016 Call for Proposals 
deadline is Friday, October 14

Apply for Project RITE Grant
Project RITE (Research of Instructional Technology in Education) is a grant opportunity for faculty at UT Knoxville and UT Martin to study the impact of using technology-mediated instructional strategies on student learning outcomes. Participants must design and conduct their own research pertaining to the question of how instructional technology affects student learning. Research pilots and projects should measure the use and effectiveness of technologies intended to enhance both teaching and learning processes.
Project RITE’s 2016-2017 Call for Proposals is now underway. Learn the details, and if you have questions, contact Christina Goode at   

Clickers, Classroom Technology, and
a New Way to BYOD with Wolfvision Cynap

Register for OIT WorkshopsAttend one of our blitz training workshops on clickers and Technology-Enhanced Classrooms. Learn how to incorporate the new TurningPoint software in your class, start using clickers for the first time, or discover how to best use the Smartboards, document cameras, and other technology in your classes. 
Plus, we have a brand-new workshop on using the new Wolfvision Cynap devices that are becoming available this fall in select classrooms. The Cynap system allows you to bring your own device and connect to your tablet, phone, or laptop wirelessly.
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Learn Canvas Now

CanvasLet us introduce you to Canvas. Register for an in introductory workshop. Canvas will run parallel with Blackboard through May 17, 2017, but it's never to soon to learn to use Canvas. Keep your eye on our workshop offerings as we will continue to add workshops to the schedule throughout the fall semester.
If you are interested in using Canvas for fall 2016 classes, please complete a HelpDesk Support Ticket as soon as possible.

OIT Announces 2016-17 Faculty Fellows

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology & Counseling DepartmentOIT welcomes Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology & Counseling Department, as a new Faculty Fellow. Yamagata-Lynch’s experience in developing residential, hybrid, synchronous, and asynchronous online courses and programs will be a great asset to her Faculty Fellow tenure.
Yamagata-Lynch plans to learn more about the types of support that faculty and staff need to meet their program, course, and students’ needs, as well as to identify targeted, sustainable online learning and/or technology-rich program development opportunities.
Her Proposal Goals Include:

  • Developing workshops for the design and development of online programs
  • Offering consultations for faculty and administrators interested in designing or redesigning online courses and programs
  • Providing consultations regarding issues of accreditation of online programs
  • Providing consultations for addressing assessments in multi-section online courses

Robert Spirko, Senior Lecturer in the Department of EnglishOIT also welcomes Robert Spirko, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, as a 2016-17 Faculty Fellow. We commend his support to faculty and students in adopting accessibility measures while implementing technology into the educational experience.
Spirko's ongoing interest in the intersection between accessibility and good instructional design principles will benefit his Faculty Fellow tenure.

His proposal suggests a number of engaging options.
His Proposal Goals Include:

  • Creating a STEM focus group for accessibility issues in those fields
  • Developing guides for assessing accessibility of materials and developing accessible materials
  • Working specifically with First-Year Composition instructors and the Composition Office to help develop accessible materials
  • Investigating the pedagogical opportunities afforded by accessibility

For more information on the Faculty Fellow Program, visit our website.

Are Your GTAs Seeking a Grant Opportunity?

GTA@OIT logoThe fall 2016 deadline is Friday, October 7

GTA@OIT offers Graduate Teaching Associates and Assistants (GTAs) an opportunity to receive a GTA@OIT Grant, which includes one-on-one instructional design consulting, Technology-Enhanced Classroom (TEC) training, and help in using Blackboard Learn, Canvas, and Zoom features related to communication, assessment, evaluation, and online instruction.

Recipients of this grant also receive a monetary award to be used for travel and/or professional development purposes.

For more information, visit the GTA@OIT site.

Blackboard Uptime

July 2016 Uptime:
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