Tech Tip of the Week: Data Analytics Workshops and Consulting

This week we are giving a shout-out to the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning’s (CITL) workshops and consulting for data analytics.

CITL’s data analytics workshops cover how to use questionnaire design, statistical software, and qualitative programs and occur in evenings throughout the semester.

CITL’s data analytics consulting on survey construction and implementation and how to find and prepare data for analysis is available to all University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students, staff, and faculty.

Tech Tip of the Week: Posture

Spending so much time sitting at a computer, it can be easy to forget to mind your posture.

Here are some tips on how to have a better posture.

  1. Try to stay aware of your posture throughout the day!
    • This could mean setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to check your posture or even trying one of the apps designed to help you improve your posture.
  2. Get up and move!
    • The longer you sit the more likely you are to slouch, so try to take some breaks from the computer and stretch your legs a bit. This is also a good way to prevent eye strain!
  3. Move your monitor so that the top of the screen is at eye-level!
    • If you’re able to do this it is an easy way to encourage yourself subtly to sit up more regularly.

It’s not just your spine that needs a little attention! Proper wrist posture when typing will be far worth the effort in the long run as well.

  1. Keep your wrists straight and your fingers curved!
  2. If you’re able to purchase one, wrist rests can help encourage better wrist posture!
  3. Regular hand stretches are also a great way to keep your hands and wrists happy and healthy!

Tech Tip of the Week: Broadcasting a Message to Waiting Room in Zoom

If you have decided to enable waiting rooms in your Zoom meetings, we want to share with you a quick Tech Tip this week!

You are able to send a message to everyone in the waiting room.

You can do this by opening the chat and going to select a recipient the same way you would to send a private message, but while the waiting room is enabled and there are participants waiting you should see the option to select everyone (in waiting room) as the recipient. Sending a message will then broadcast that message to everyone currently in the waiting room.

You can find screenshots and more information in Zoom’s documentation on waiting rooms.

Tech TIp of the Week: Interactivity in Online Video Lectures

After an instructor expressed their dislike of the lack of interactivity in their online course, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) responded with ways to add interactivity to online classes, specifically when using asynchronous videos.

Some of the highlights include breaking the videos up and adding them as parts of a Moodle quiz where they are broken up by questions or using Illinois Media Space to make the video itself interactive.

Learn more in CITL’s article here.

Tech Tip of the Week: Zoom Live Transcriptions

It is now possible to activate a live, computer-generated transcript in your Zoom meetings. There will be a Live Transcript button in your Zoom meeting controls for any meeting that you are hosting where you will be able to start the auto-transcription.

This will create computer-generated subtitles during the meeting as well as a transcript that you will be able to download after the meeting.

Further details about this feature are available via UofI Tech Services here: Zoom Live Transcription explanation.

Important!
You should not assume that this will meet the requirements for a captioning accommodation. Contact DRES in case of a letter of accommodation to assure you are meeting requirements.

Tech Tip of the Week: It’s a New Semester!

Welcome to the new semester!

This week’s Tech Tip covers some of the most relevant and helpful resources and tips to prepare you for the start of the semester.

Follow us the rest of the semester for a new Tech Tip each week!

Tech Tip of the Week: Zoom Whiteboard

Zoom has a whiteboard feature which is great for allowing participants to share their thoughts with the class or playing games like Pictionary!

You can learn how to use the Whiteboard feature here.

As always, if you have any questions please reach out to us at the iSchool Help Desk!
Email: help@support.ischool.illinois.edu
Phone: 217-244-4903 or 800-377-1892
TechChat: http://ischoolresources.web.illinois.edu/

Tech Tip of the Week: Trimming Videos in MediaSpace

All your Illinois Zoom meetings recorded to the cloud will automatically be available in MediaSpace. This week’s Tech Tip is about how to trim these videos.

How to trim off the beginning and end of a video:

  • Navigate to your ‘My Media’ page. You will see your media arranged in a list. On the right side of the page, each entry will have an ‘Edit’ button. Select this to edit the media.
    • You will also find an edit button on any of the pages where you can view media that you own. It will be below the video on the right, in the ‘Actions’ drop-down menu.
  • Select “Launch Editor,” which should appear to the right of the video.
  • At the bottom of the editor, you will see the timeline of your video. You can drag the orange bars at either end to trim the beginning and end of your video.
  • After setting the start and end times, you can play the vied in the editor to see what the media will look like after trimming.
  • You can either “save a copy” of the newly trimmed video, or “save” which will replace the original media.

How to take out a part in the middle of a video:

  • Navigate to your ‘My Media’ page. You will see your media arranged in a list. On the right side of the page, each entry will have an ‘Edit’ button. Select this to edit the media.
    • You will also find an edit button on any page where you can view media that you own. It will be below the video on the right, in the ‘Actions’ drop-down menu.
  • Select “Launch Editor,” which should appear to the right of the video.
  • At the bottom of the editor, you will see the timeline of your video.
  • On this timeline, click where you want the cut to begin and then select the scissor, or “split,” tool above where you clicked. This will split your video into two.
  • Then click where you want the cut to end and do the same. This will divide your video into three sections.
  • Select the middle section, the one you want to cut out of the video, and either hit the delete button on your keyboard or select the trash icon to the top left of the timeline to delete this section.
  • You can then watch the video in the editor to see what it would look like after having removed this section.
  • You can either “save a copy” of the newly trimmed video, or “save” which will replace the original media.

As always, if you have any questions please reach out to us at the iSchool Help Desk!
Email: help@support.ischool.illinois.edu
Phone: 217-244-4903 or 800-377-1892
TechChat: http://ischoolresources.web.illinois.edu/