Instructional Support and Research Support Monthly Updates

Adobe Contract Update

Adobe logoOur contract with Adobe was signed on May 20, 2016 and OIT is actively working on the new packages and distribution methods for Creative Cloud, Captivate, and Presenter. The grace period with the old version continues while we prepare the new versions for deployment. Detailed below are the options for software under the new contract. We expect access to the software to be available on July 11, 2016. However, orders for the UT Knoxville campus can be made through VolTech now.

In our new contract, Adobe has changed how the software is licensed. We no longer have a site license for Acrobat DC and Creative Cloud for all institutional machines. We are unable to split out Acrobat DC into a separate purchase. If you need Acrobat DC, you will need to purchase the Creative Cloud suite. Individuals who purchase Creative Cloud will be assigned named licenses and can install the software on two computers; one must be an institutional machine. Once available, individual copies will be distributed through Adobe's online portal. Users will be able to pick and choose which applications can be installed on their computer. A named license for Creative Cloud may be purchased through VolTech for $50/year.*

We will also be offering a packaged version of Captivate and Presenter for faculty & staff. Automatic software updates do not work for Captivate and Presenter, however, OIT will repackage these versions a minimum of twice-a-year to update the software. Captivate and Presenter are $349 per computer per year and $149 per computer per year, respectively.*

*All prices are valid for UT Knoxville departmental purchases between now and June 30, 2017. Purchases made using this cost structure before July 1, 2016 will be grandfathered in for the first year of the Adobe agreement. If you are with the UT System, Institute of Agriculture or the Institute for Public Service, please check with your respective Chief Information Officer for additional information.

If you have any questions, please contact the OIT HelpDesk online or by phone at 865-974-9900.

Clicker Swap: Aug. 16 and 17

Instructors, please tell your students: if they need a clicker for your class and they don’t have one of the  new QT or QT2 clickers, they can swap for a new clicker near VolBooks on August 16 and 17. They will also receive a $10 voucher, in addition to a $20.99 mail-in rebate.

old and new clickers

What: Clicker Technology Device Swap
When:  Tuesday, Aug. 16 - Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, from 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. 
Where:  Student Union, Level G3, near VolBooks
Why: Turning Technologies, UTK’s vendor for personal response systems (clickers) is upgrading fall 2016.
All ResponseCard XR or ResponseCard NXT devices can be exchanged for a $10 voucher towards the purchase of a 1 or 4-year bundle at the UTK Volshop store.

Bundles Include:

  • New QT2 device
  • ResponseWare license
  • $20.99 mail-in rebate

If students have a QT device, and need to purchase a bundle or Turning Account, they are also eligible for the mail-in rebate. All faculty and students using clickers need to create a Turning Account. For more information, visit OIT’s website.

Instructure Canvas to Replace Blackboard

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will begin transitioning from our current learning management system, Blackboard Learn, to Instructure Canvas. OIT will be rolling out Canvas beginning fall semester 2016. 

Blackboard Learn will remain active and fully supported until May 31, 2017. The decision comes after a yearlong evaluation of LMS options, a series of open product demonstrations, and a formal competitive bid process as required by the state. A committee composed of faculty, staff, and students evaluated the teaching and learning and technical proposals on their merits. The committee agreed that Canvas was best positioned to help us achieve our goals.

Over the last five years, faculty and students have expressed a desire for a more updated and robust "next generation" learning management system. The evaluation committee was most impressed with Canvas and thought it will best meet the needs of our faculty and students going forward. Canvas provides an updated user interface, ePortfolios, easy media and content management via drag and drop, an enhanced mobile experience, attendance tracking, and robust learning analytics to support instructors and students. These are just a few of the exciting features and functions that Canvas offers.

We are committed to making this a smooth transition. We will be developing and communicating plans for the transition from Blackboard to Canvas over the next several weeks. For the transition to be successful, instructors must be confident that they can use Canvas to manage and deliver course content in an effective and engaging manner. The transition plan will describe opportunities for instructors to learn how to use Canvas, both through small-group training sessions and through individual consultations. Instructors will be able to move existing courses from Blackboard to Canvas when they are ready to start using the new LMS. Please watch your e-mail for more information about the transition; we are early in the process, and there is much to do.

Windows 10 Access Tips: Visual Alternatives to Sounds

Do you keep headphones plugged in or your sound muted on your computer? You can change Windows operating settings, so the computer will use visual alerts rather than sounds for applications. This feature helps those with auditory disabilities, as well as general users, to be alert to activity on the screen when the volume is muted. Use these ease-of-access visual cues to help get your attention.

Go to Start windows start button

Under Search, enter the phrase Replace sounds with visual cues, and then select Replace sounds with visual cues.

Select the options that you want to use:
  • Turn on visual notifications for sounds. This option replaces system sounds with visual cues, such as a flash on the screen, so you can see notifications even when they're not heard. You can also choose how you want sound notifications to warn you.
  • Turn on text captions for spoken dialog. With this option, Windows will display text captions in place of sounds to indicate that activity is happening on your PC (for example, when a document starts or finishes printing).
For more information on accessibility, go to OIT's website or take one of our accessibility workshops.

NVivo 11: Visualizations and Tools for Qualitative Data

Nvivo logoNVivo 11, by QSR International, is a qualitative data analysis program available to all faculty, staff, and students on the UTK campus from Apps@UT or by downloading it directly to your computer. NVivo 11 assists researchers in managing, analyzing, and reporting qualitative research data. The newest version of NVivo 11 has new visualization tools, user interface languages, and streamlined survey data imports.

Researchers can now import Qualtrics surveys directly into an NVivo 11 project. Open-ended questions can be coded and thematized. Additionally, questions can be sorted and filtered based on attributes. Researchers can exclude particular questions from being imported into NVivo 11 before analysis, such as survey questions that contain confidential or identifying information.

Both the Windows and Mac versions of NVivo 11 support charts, graphs, word clouds, and word trees. NVivo 11 includes two new illustrative tools based on project data: comparison diagrams, to compare two of the same type of project items; and explore diagrams, which focus on a single project item and connections to it.

NVivo 11 also includes multiple types of map visualizations. Unlike diagrams that NVivo 11 builds for you, maps allow the researcher to construct their own visualizations. Maps can be used to explore research ideas or present connections in research data. Maps can be helpful at any stage of a project—from developing a research question, completing a thorough analysis, developing theory, to presentation of results. Mind maps for brainstorming are one visualization that can be created in NVivo 11, as well as concept maps and project maps.

OIT provides workshops on Introduction to Nvivo and Using Data Analysis Features of Nvivo.

Automated Topic Extraction in WordStat 7

wordstat logoUsing the statistical technique of factor analysis, WordStat attempts to extract common topics or themes from a set of text documents. The word frequencies upon which the factor analysis is based can be computed for the entire document or they can be computed at the paragraph or sentence level. 

The user can specify the level of text segmentation, the maximum number of topics extracted, and the minimum factor loading. Before running the topic extraction, the user should set WordStat options to remove infrequent words from the analysis and enable stemming or lemmatization to combine related word forms.

WordStat, by Provalis Research, is available to UT students, faculty, and staff at no additional charge by downloading it from the OIT website. If you are interested in applying topic extraction or other WordStat features to your own text documents, contact the OIT HelpDesk online or by phone at 865-974-9900.

Changes to UTK Wireless coming in July

WirelessThis summer, OIT will be reducing the number of UTK wireless networks from four to two in order to increase the throughput of the wireless network. Starting on July 25th, the broadcasted networks for connecting to wireless will be ut-open and eduroam.
UT-open: The unsecured network available to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. A new portal will be put in place to manage network registration and visitor access.
Eduroam: The secure network available to faculty, staff, and students. Eduroam will replace the ut-wpa2 network and offers all of the existing functionality. In addition to wireless access at UT, faculty, staff, and students will be able to obtain Internet connectivity when visiting other participating eduroam institutions.
What do you need to do now?

  • If you are connected to ut-open, you will not need to take any action.
  • If you are connected to ut-wpa2, we recommend that you start connecting to eduroam. The eduroam network is currently available and allows secure access to services like T-Storage and the Microsoft Licensing Server. Instructions for connecting with eduroam are available in the OIT Knowledge Base.

More information about eduroam, including a list of participating institutions, is available at the eduroam website.
If you have any questions about this change or would like assistance connecting to eduroam, please contact the OIT HelpDesk online or call (865) 974-9900.

OIT highlights
Wacom Tablet: Create Khan Academy-Style Lectures

Did you know you can use a Wacom tablet to record as you draw? OIT has a Wacom Cintiq tablet available for short-term checkout.

Wacom tablet with drawingGet help from one of our instructional designers to learn how you can embed drawings you’ve created using the tablet into your recorded lectures. Our instructional designers are happy to meet one-on-one for consultations.

A Wacom tablet is a secondary display for your computer with an integrated writing surface that is sensitive to the included pen (stylus). The computer sees the tablet as a display and driver software on the computer integrates the pen as a type of pointing device. 

Ways instructors use the tablet:

  • Explain electricity, magnetism, and other scientific processes
  • Write out complex math equations
  • Draw and mark up over digital images for art history or architectural renderings
  • Create quick mind maps

To check out the Wacom tablet or one of our iPad add-on devices, please contact the OIT HelpDesk either by phone at 865-974-9900 or online for more information or to request a consultation. Look for additional workshops this summer and fall on how to create videos in Captivate or Camtasia and publish PowerPoint lectures as videos you can put on YouTube.

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