Faculty Technology Development Update – Week of March 20 – 26


Distance Learning Pilot : Elluminate Update

We still need at least 5 volunteers to test Elluminate (at least once) in a class, meeting or advising/tutoring setting,  before the pilot ends 5/31. If you are interested, please contact me at greenland@hnu.edu. by March 31. For more details, see the pilot project invitation.

On Tuesday, March 1, our Elluminate representative, Stephanie King, conducted an online demo of Elluminate. The demo gave us a great overview of how we can use Elluminate  for teaching and learning. If you are interested in viewing the recording or would like to schedule an individual online demo with me, just let me know!

Blackboard Workshop, Tuesday, April 5, 12:45 – 1:45 pm in the HEDCO Technology Center (Brennan 80)

We are pleased to announce that Nick Schiavi, a Blackboard representative, will be here to showcase some of the new features available to us in Blackboard, as well as answer any questions that you may have.

Please RSVP to me at greenland@hnu.edu. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Feel free to join us even if you can only attend part of the workshop. For those of you who can’t make it, I would be happy to schedule individual training with you for after the workshop date.

Tech. Tip of the Week: The Magic of the Laptop Restart!

One of the great things about laptops is that you can easily put them to sleep by closing the cover. It makes it easy to pick up Restart Option on the Apple Menuwhere you left off when moving from place to place.

However, laptops, just like desktop computers need an occasional restart (It is kind of like giving them water!). It is easy to forget to restart (or shut down) since putting them to sleep is so easy. Restarting refreshes your computer and fixes many operational errors. Plus, software updates often require a restart, especially with Windows.

If your laptop starts acting sluggish, displays strange or sudden error messages, or no longer can perform routine tasks (such as saving files), it is very likely that it needs a restart.  You would be surprised at how many errors can be fixed  just by restarting. So the next time your laptop starts “acting out”, try restarting it!

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