February 2017

Instructional Support and Research Support Monthly Updates

Clicker Technology Peer Support Added

Need assistance with clicker technology registration and use? 

Meet Grant Peterson, Haslam College of Business freshman, exploring the field of Supply Chain Management. Grant is the newest member of the campus customer-support team for Turning Technologies, UTK’s clicker technology vendor. He will be providing student peer and faculty assistance with the Turning Technologies response system and devices.

Your students can visit Grant in the John C. Hodges Library Commons at the START HelpDesk near room 220E. Grant can help your students with clicker device registration and troubleshooting. 
He may be available to come to your classroom, as well. You can contact the OIT HelpDesk online or by phone at 865-974-9900 to schedule help and a consultation with Grant or other OIT support staff. Grant looks forward to seeing you and your students. 

Grant's Commons Hours:
Tuesdays: 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Interested in Multimodal Composition?

Join us for the Next ITCoP

Multimodal Composition graphic

The next IT Community of Practice will feature a discussion on multimodal composition using images, audio, or video in assignments.

Join Jeff Ringer, Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director; Robert Spirko, Senior Lecturer in English and a 2016-17 OIT Faculty Fellow; and others in a discussion about going beyond text and writing to make your assignments more accessible and interesting.

When: February 22, from 12:20-1:10 p.m.
Where: Hodges Library, Practice Presentation Room 220E

The next ITCoP topics are:

  • March 22: Accessibility Demo
  • April 26: Canvas Demo
Bring your lunch and a colleague! Visit the ITCoP webpage for more details each month's topic.

Canvas is Here! Are You Ready?

Blackboard retires on May 31, 2017.

Canvas logoMore than 900 Instructors are actively using Canvas to deliver more than 1,600 course sections in Canvas right now!

Get Canvas Ready Now in four convenient ways:

  1. Attend an OIT Course Delivery Workshop
  2. Access online tutorials
    1. Topic specific resources
    2. Full online Canvas workshop (requires you to login to Canvas)
  3. Attend One-on-One and small group help
    1. Schedule Now with the OIT HelpDesk online
    2. Call the HelpDesk at 865-974-9900
  4. Zoom into Canvas with Virtual Camp Canvas
    Join us online Mon/Wed/Fri from 9 a.m.- noon and Tue/Thu from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. via Zoom to get live one-on-one help!

OIT Scantron Test Scoring Services

scantron formA fast and accurate way to score tests or enter survey data is to use optical mark recognition (Scantron) forms. These familiar darken-the-circle forms require the use of a Number 2 pencil.

OIT offers a Scantron processing service. The cost of scanning is six cents per page. It is the same cost for single- or double-sided forms. This price includes an Excel file containing your data. For tests, we also provide item analysis in the form of a PDF file. Answer reports of each student's answers and the correct answers for each item, formerly an extra cost option, are now available at no additional charge.

You must pay using a departmental account. We cannot scan without this account number. Students who need to use the service must handle billing through their department.

Scantron forms should be dropped off and picked up at 517 Greve Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Forms will be processed within one working day. Please pick up forms promptly after they are processed. Processed forms left more than two weeks from their drop-off date will be securely discarded.

Your Scantron results will be delivered to you via the secure Online@UT (Blackboard) interface. Once you receive your Scantron results in Blackboard your forms will be ready for pickup at Greve Hall.

On the last day of final exams, we scan more frequently to give you more time to get your grades in.

Go to our website for more details on the exam scanning services we provide. If you have special needs, such as scanning custom forms or scheduling quicker turnaround time, please contact Mike O'Neil at 865-974-8333 a few days in advance to make the arrangements.

Get to Know WolfVision Cynap

Cynap cartoon showing mobile devices you can use with it

The WolfVision Cynap is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) system that allows instructors and students to wirelessly connect their laptops, tablets, and smartphones to project to the main screen in a classroom. 

Cynap features:

  • Four devices can be connected at the same time.
  • Mirror Mode allows all four devices to appear on the main screen at once.
  • Moderator Mode allows the instructor to preview all four devices and then send one image at a time to the main screen.
  • Onboard web browser allows you to use your UTK Google drive for presenting. 
  • Whiteboard feature included.
  • Annotation feature included.
    • Interactive annotation feature lets Instructors turn on an interactive annotation feature allowing students to do live annotations from their own devices.
  • Wireless connections include AirPlay, Miracast, Chromecast, and vSolution software from WolfVision.
  • Wired HDMI connections are also supported.

Cynaps are available in the following classrooms:

  • Alumni Memorial Building 2, 3, and 32 
  • Buehler 415
  • Communications 54
  • Dougherty Engineering 416
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences 400
  • Hodges Library 101, 127, 128, 211, 220E
  • Plant Science 128
  • Walters Life Science M401 and M415

Attend one of our workshops to learn more or contact the OIT HelpDesk online or by phone at 865-974-9900 to arrange a one-on-one consultation.

What's New in Origin 2017

Origin 2017

Origin 2017 was released in November 2016. The following sections highlight some of the new features for the software.

Ease of Use: 

  • Origin Central Startup Dialog: this dialog opens upon launching Origin 2017. It provides a lot of graph and analysis samples, the Apps Gallery, plus a list of videos and tutorials.
  • New Plot Menu with Large Icons: Origin 2017 features a rearranged Plot menu with large icons, which helps users quickly find the graph type they need.
  • Simpler Column/Cell Notation for Column Formulas: Origin 2017 introduces Excel-like spreadsheet cell notation to be used in defining column formulas.


  • Trellis Plot: the user can easily create multi-panel graphs from grouped data with the new Trellis plot.
  • 3D Stacked Bars, 100% Stacked Bars with New Bar Shapes: Origin 2017 supports 3D stacked bars and 100% stacked bars. In addition, different bar shapes are supported for 3D bars.
  • Annotation tool improvements: the new multiple-tab annotation dialog, which provides more controls, Text, Frame, Leader line, Position, and Programming.
  • LaTex supports in graph and worksheet: In the worksheet, column label row cells can display and store LaTeX strings. These strings can then be easily added to graph text objects, such as graph axis titles and legends.
  • Box plot improvements: Origin 2017 adds two variations for box plots --statistics bar and line series-- both with flexible customization options.
  • More hatch patterns: more fill patterns are supported in Origin 2017, including Geology patterns.
  • Axis Improvements: Origin 2017 introduces several improvements to axis customization.


  • Curve Fitting: Origin 2017 includes improvements to nonlinear and linear curve fitting.
  • Statistics: two-way ANOVA support for Means Plot.
  • Peak Analysis: Sequential initialization of parameter values in batch peak analysis.


  • Support for HTML dialog with Javascript.
  • Communicate with Mathematica v8 or later.
  • Support full NAG Mark 25 Library. 


  • The Apps Gallery in Origin 2017 supports multiple tabs. The user can add, rename, arrange, and delete tabs, as needed. Additionally, you can show installed Apps on any tab (including "All" tabs) by right-clicking on the App icon in the App Gallery and choosing Tab Views.

For more details, please refer to the Origin 2017 Feature Highlights.

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