March 8, 2011

[Keith] Student Feedback

Last year I led an ATIP review on clickers that included folks from several colleges around the U and the IT Director for the Rochester campus and the head of ITSS at UM-Duluth. Part of this process included taking a look at what's next for clickers beyond the device specific options offered currently by most vendors. We opened this question up to a broader interpretation to include polling systems, etc.... I'm reformatting most of those finding as my blog post. The information is about a year old, but still relatively new in the field.

Popular Polling software (most used by some faculty at the U):


  • Text message (SMS) polls and voting
  • Can display results on web or through PowerPoint (updates automatically)
  • Can also vote via Twitter or Smartphones
  • no innovations - simply a free/for pay pro options easy to use online poll and survey tool
  • Internet's Largest Poll Database
  • free and easy to use
  • polls made by accounts are searchable
  • automatically adds a threaded discussion for every poll that folks can go to immediately after completing poll
Software driven clickers (including mobile devices):

iRespond AnyPlace - web-based version of clicker

  • Allows for essay answers
  • Homework
  • vClicker mobile edition - virtual clicker
  • ResponseWare - web-based polling on laptops and cell phones/smart phones with web browsers
    • works on Wi-Fi and cell/data networks
    • Allows alphanumeric entry
    • Aids with accessibility issues
  • RemotePoll - Simultaneously connect multiple lecture rooms through the internet using ResponseCard hardware and RemotePoll to enable the host site to gather and display results immediately from all locations.
  • web>clicker - browser-based voting system that combines the simplicity and reliability of i>clicker with the flexibility of laptops and handheld devices.
    • works with laptops
    • works with mobile devices that support a browser
Systems adding new functionality beyond traditional clickers:


  • Q7 Presenter Tablet - allows teachers to draw, annotate, and control computer applications without being tethered to a computer. Additionally, presenters can view notes, presentation indicators, and input from participants on the tablet's LCD screen.
  • Q5 instructor remote - can start and stop media as well as initiate a spontaneous question right from the remote.
  • Slide/question bank available for many disciplines from company
  • Intellislate - device that allows annotation over presentations, programs, documents and web pages Clip Art Library for Geography, Math, Science, History and more
  • iRespond mini tablet
    • Control your PC using the iRespond Mini-Tablet!
    • Tablet technology functionality at one-half the cost
    • Issue questions to students
    • Use as a teacher's/presenter's remote
    • Draw and capture capability
  • InterWrite WorkSpace - vendor provided content (content, lessons, assessments, etc...)
  • InterWriteMobi - The teacher and student can concurrently interact with and contribute to the same digital content - ideal for team activities, learning simulations, student exploration, and more.
Hotseat (developed internally for use at Purdue http://www.purdue/hotseat):
  • Enabling collaborative micro-discussion in and out of the classroom
    • social networking-powered mobile Web application
    • creates a collaborative classroom, allowing students to provide near real-time feedback during class and enabling professors to adjust the course content and improve the learning experience
    • Students can post messages to Hotseat using:
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • text messages
    • logging into Hotseat site
  • Students can also vote on questions posed to help instructor prioritize questions to answer
DyKnow (more of a technology classroom management tool):
  • Has a polling tool
  • Unique in that there is 2-way communication through the tool (faculty can address students questions individually)

July 22, 2010

7-22 upload file test using m4a file


7-22 associated asset test

This is try #2 for associated asset.

July 21, 2010

Associated asset

This is an entry with a m4a file as the associated asset.

Enhanced podcast


April 9, 2009

Changes to wireless access for campus guests

Campus guests now can use wireless Internet service by logging on to the “UofM Guest” SSID. Guests can use any existing e-mail address to log in to this network.

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Conficker C worm threat

Windows operating system users who haven't kept up with Microsoft’s security updates might find themselves infected with the Conficker C worm.

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Telephone feature sets, layout standardization planned

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is standardizing telephone feature sets and button layouts on all multi-line telephones throughout the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.

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April 8, 2009

IP cutover in Walter

Today, NTS along with Tonu Mikk sliced and diced the network to give the DMC its own VLAN giving them rights to manage their own IP addresses rather than the Libraries.

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OIT goes green

OIT will no longer print any documents. Documents will now be shared by using portable document readers similar to the Sony model.

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