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Faculty Newsletter - November 2015


WINTER IS COMING - BE PREPARED

Triggering Your Virtual Classroom on Snow Days
 
Don't get left out in the cold this semester! Be prepared for snow days by following Pace's Academic Continuity Plan.

Learn strategies for building your virtual presence throughout the semester. The plan gives instruction on how to...

BLACKBOARD MIGRATION 

What Faculty Need To Do In Advance

During winter break, we are migrating our Blackboard Learning Management System, including existing courses to Blackboard for Managed Hosting.  While this work is being done, please note the important dates below:
  • All courses and communities will be unavailable on Wednesday, December 23rd from 12:00PM - 5:00PM.
  • Fall 2015 courses and communities will remain unavailable until Monday, January 11th.
    • Faculty are strongly encouraged to complete all grading by Tuesday, December 22nd.
  • Courses that run during the Winter break (anytime between Wednesday, December 23rd and Sunday, January 24th) will be available to faculty at 5:00PM on Wednesday, December 23rd and will open to students automatically on the Course Start Date as defined in Banner.
  • Spring 2016 courses will remain unavailable to faculty until Monday, January 11th and will be available to students automatically on the Course Start Date as defined in Banner.
    • Faculty developing Spring 2016 courses are strongly encouraged to begin early because they will not have access to build course materials between Wednesday, December 23rd and Monday, January 11th.
Important:
  1. MyPace Portal (http://portal.pace.edu) will not be impacted by this work so faculty can submit grades at any time but are strongly encouraged to submit by Tuesday, December 22nd.
  2. If faculty need access to their Blackboard Grade Center, they can export it as an Excel file or print it by Tuesday, December 22nd.  For detailed steps, watch this Blackboard Video Tutorial on  How to Export the Grade Center.
  3. All "I" grades will still automatically change to an "F" grade after the standard 6 week period. However, faculty will be given an additional 2 weeks to submit a Change of Grade form with just faculty signature and with no additional approval/signature required.
For more information on the Blackboard Migration, please visit http://www.pace.edu/blackboard.

NEW ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOMS

Coming to NYC in Spring 2016
 
Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) offer the technology and flexibility to support collaborative activities, multimedia, and break-out groups as part of a flipped classroom strategy.

Following the successful launch of the ACL classrooms in Pleasantville (Miller 21 and 22), ITS is preparing two new ALC classrooms for the New York campus in One Pace Plaza (W510 and W511). These new rooms will be available for the Spring 2016 semester. Faculty can use the revised Classroom Resource Preference form to request a room through OSA. Submit your request before or by Monday, November 16th.

For more information:

DR. WEIGOLD INTERVIEW 

Using Lecture Capture In The Classroom

Heather Askildsen from Academic Technologies recently interviewed Dr. Weigold about using Echo 360 in the classroom. Echo 360 is a lecture capture tool that can be used by faculty to record lectures and make them available to students online.

Dr. Weigold shares how she personally utilizes this tool in her own courses to keep on track during snow days and how lecture capture has been beneficial to her and her students.

Read the full interview on Academic Technologies' blog.


QUALTRICS UPDATE

Single Sign On
 
Coming soon, users will have the option to sign into Qualtrics using their MyPace Portal credentials. You will no longer need to memorize a separate username and password.
 
All your surveys will remain active and be moved over to your Pace account. Learn how to migrate your account at http://www.pace.edu/faculty-center/qualtrics

Questions? Contact the Faculty Center.

Ally Khristova
mkhristova@pace.edu
212-346-1471
facultycenter@pace.edu


DIGITAL MEASURES UPDATE

New User Interface 
 
During the month of December 2015, faculty will have the opportunity to test drive the new user interface for Digital measures.  The option to return to the old view will still be available.

Beginning in January 2016, when you log into Digital Measures, faculty will notice that there is a new user interface.

Check out http://www.pace.edu/digitalmeasures on the Academic Technologies' Digital Toolkit for links and resources about the new user interface.

ADVERTISING ON DIGITAL SIGNAGE

ORCA TV Services

Pace's digital signage has undergone significant changes over the summer. We're happy to introduce ORCA TV! This user friendly platform maintains consistent quality across all campus displays. Send advertising submissions directly to ORCA TV via http://pace.orcatv.net/ad-submission/.

ORCA TV supports a wide range of digital media and social media outlets. For more information and tutorials on ad submissions, visit pace.orcatv.net.


NBC LEARN

Now Available

NBC Learn gives the Pace community access to thousands of news stories, allowing you to stay up-to-date on current events and broaden your students' historical perspective.

By embedding videos directly into your discussion board posts on Blackboard, you will be able to share relevant media content with your students. With an archive of interesting news stories, NBC Learn can be utilized to change up class discourse and allow your students to engage with media in a whole new way!

Check out the  Digital Toolkit for details and the ITS Service Catalog for a complete list of all IT services and technologies available at Pace.

ePORTFOLIO CORNER

eTern Featured in Mahara Newsletter

Academic Technologies' new eTern, Sarah Koppalakonda, was featured in the October 2015 Mahara Newsletter. Her article reflected on her experiences as an international student.

"During my time studying in the U.S.A., I have grown as a person and a student." Sarah writes. "I believe in action rather than words, and ePortfolio has enabled me to reflect on this mantra and continues to motivate me towards my goals."
 
Check out Sarah's Living the American Dream page on ePortfolio and her full article here.

ePortfolio Webinar Available
 
View  a recording of Academic Technologies' Webinar Wednesday session "Academic Reflection in the Digital Age: ePortfolio for Assessment and Personal Branding" at www.pace.edu/webinars.

MOBILE TECH MEETING DATES

Join Academic Technologies on the below dates to learn about emerging mobile technologies to enhance how we at Pace communicate and share ideas.     

  • Wednesday: 11/18 (12:10PM-1:10PM): Miller 21
  • Tuesday: 12/8 (12:15PM-1:15PM): Miller 16 / Civic E319

WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS 

Academic Technologies' Webinar Wednesdays series offers an in-depth look at technologies related to teaching and learning at Pace. Webinars focus on a specific technology and offer best practices, tips, tutorials, and suggestions. 
  1. Topic: Blackboard Grade Center
    Date: Wednesday: 12/9 (12:10PM-1:10PM)
    Description: Ensure that you are ready to submit your course grades by managing grade center columns and calculating exactly what you desire and stated in your syllabus.
    Click here to register

DYSON AND LUBIN COURSE EVALUATIONS AND GRADE DELAYS

Course evaluation is critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace.  Dyson College and Lubin School of Business are urging all students taking any Dyson or Lubin course to participate.

Course evaluations for Fall 2015 will be available during the following timeframe: Sunday, November 29th - Sunday, December 13th. The grades for this semester will be delayed until Friday, December 25th for any students who have not completed all of their evaluations by the deadline noted above.

Further details and instructions will be sent to students when the period opens in late November.  Faculty will receive an email on Friday, December 25th with information on how to run their reports.

Questions? For Dyson contact Rich Miller (rmiller@pace.edu) and for Lubin contact Tom Miliano (tmiliano@pace.edu).

COMPUTER SAFETY TIPS  

IT Security: Your Password

Passwords are one of the most important pieces of information security.  A well-crafted and strong password is essential in ensuring the security of the university's data and intellectual property.

It is important to remember that sharing or disclosing your Pace portal username and/or password is prohibited.
 
Some things to remember when creating your portal password are:
  • create strong passwords that are at least 8 characters long
  • include upper and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters
  • make sure your selected password does not include words from part of your name or the name of someone in your family
  • change your password regularly and never write it down or email it to anyone

Remember that you are not to share your password with anyone for any reason and that ITS will never ask you to provide confirmation of your credentials for any reason.

For more information on passwords please visit our Password Complexity Guidelines and Good Password Practices pages.
 
For more security best practices, go to: IT Security.

STUDENTS AND THEIR COURSE SCHEDULES

Students Can Use Schedule Planner
 
Students can now use Schedule Planner to assist them with building their course schedules in real time.  This tool can be found on Portal in the Students tab, under Registration and Grades.

Students can build, save, search and modify course schedules based on their activities such as work schedules, team activities, study days, etc.

For more information, students should visit the Schedule Planner site.

EMAIL MAILBOX UPGRADE

Completion Status

As of Monday, November 9th all Faculty, Staff and Retiree mailboxes have been upgraded to Microsoft 2013 server.  Below is the remaining schedule for Temporary Contractor, Departmental, Students and Alumni accounts.

  • Temporary Contractor Accounts: Sunday, November 15th
  • Departmental Accounts: Monday, November 16th to Thursday, November 19th
  • Alumni Accounts: Begins Sunday, November 29th
  • Student Accounts: Begins February 2016 

Each of these group accounts will receive notifications with additional instructions.