IT Director for the Purdue University College of Education

IT Director for the Purdue University College of Education

eBooks! – TRC

Dear TRC Patrons and Teacher Education Program Students,

We have added a new feature to the TRC online catalog that will help you locate electronic books (aka eBooks) that correspond to many of the physical materials located in the TRC. The TRC online catalog can be found here:

TRC Online Catalog
https://discover.education.purdue.edu/trcodbpub/

When you search for an item in the TRC catalog, such as the popular book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, click on “details,” and then scroll to the bottom to find links to sites such as the “Internet Archive” where many eBooks are available for free electronic access. Just create a free Internet Archive account and begin checking out eBooks that you can read on your laptop or tablet– and take with you when you are out in the schools! (Note that not all TRC books have corresponding free eBooks.)

Also…Purdue Libraries also has numerous books and resources that you can find here:

Children’s Literature: Finding E-Books (a resource from Purdue Libraries)

Children’s Literature: Finding Books at Purdue

Search the Purdue Libraries Catalog for all books in the Children’s Collection

If you have any questions or need to consult with one of our TRC staff members, please email us at TRC@purdue.edu or call us at 765-494-45677.

Thank you!

— TRC Staff
TRC@purdue.edu
trc.purdue.edu

No Access To SharePoint?

If you are prompted for username and password, or asked for a reason why you need access, you will need to modify your username when logging into SharePoint. Please prefix…

BOILERAD\

…to your username. Note that BOILERAD\ is all caps, and use a backslash “\” (not a forward slash “/”).

For example, if my username is “fernleaf” then to log into SharePoint, I would use the following for my username:

BOILERAD\fernleaf

NOTE: You may need to close your browser completely and try again with a newly launched browser. Or try a different browser. For Mac users, we are recommending the use of Safari for SharePoint. Mac users should ensure that older account information is not cached in the Apple keychain.

If you still have problems, you probably need to clear your browser’s cache and cookies. Some browsers have a “time range” selection for clearing cache and cookies. If the browser you’re using has a time range, please choose “All time” (Google Chrome) or “Everything” (Firefox) or “all history” (Safari) or equivalent. After doing that, restart the computer and try again or close the browser completely and try again with a newly launched browser.

Also, once we have confirmed that you do have access to a site, we may need to “decline” a request for access to remove the request from the SharePoint queue so other team members do not see the request and think it has not been processed. You may get an email when the request is “removed from the queue” in SharePoint, but you will have access (using the steps above).

Please let us know how it goes. If you are unable to access a site, please send email to EdIT@purdue.edu. Thank you!

P.S. “BOILERAD” stands for “Boiler Active Directory” which is a back-end system that Purdue uses to authenticate people.

Connectivity problems?

This can occur for a variety of reasons such as a server, system or ISP being overwhelmed, or your home network dropping momentarily. If this happens, try to reconnect.

Some things to look out for on your home network:

1) Are you too far from your wifi router? Make sure the signal is strong. If not, consider moving closer to the wifi router. Also, consider plugging directly into your router with a network cable if that is at all possible. A wired network is more stable than a wireless one.

2) Is anybody else in your house streaming (such as YouTube, Netflix, etc.)? If so, might have to ask them to stop. Depending on your home network, steaming an HD movie, for example, can overwhelm a slower home internet connection.

It is possible that your home Internet connection can be experiencing problems, especially if many people in the area / neighborhood / city are using it heavily. This may not be noticeable when browsing the web, or streaming video/audio in a one-way download; however it will be noticeable when doing live two-way video or audio. You may want to contact your ISP to ask if loads are high in your area. You can also try power cycling your cable modem and wireless router. If a video+audio call is choppy, try turning off video and see if audio improves.

How To Collaborate Online

  1. Email – official Purdue communication
    1. Continue to monitor and respond to emails
  2. Remote desktop – databases and U: drive      
    1. Access your personalized environment and secure resources as usual on your office computer
    1. Access restricted databases with your office computer (e.g. ACAD MS Access databases).
  3. Teams –real-time office chat, video, file sharing (not for classes)
    1. Monitor Teams throughout the day and share internal communications with your office
    2. See: https://edit.education.purdue.edu/download2/Tips-For-Teams.pdf
  4. WebEx – video with people outside of your office
    1. Faculty and staff – 1000 connections
    1. Students – 8 connections
  5. OneDrive (or Box)
    1. share documents with staff and students outside of your office
  6. LMS – Brightspace or Blackboard
    1. Use internal messaging tools to communicate with students

For information about How to Teach Remotely, see:

Teaching Remotely Overview – from Purdue Innovative Learning
https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/teaching-remotely/

See:
https://edit.education.purdue.edu/download2/How-To-Collaborate.pdf

Microsoft Teams

Teams logo

Dear College of Education,

You may have received an email over the weekend about being added to Microsoft Teams.  That was me (Bob Evans).  Microsoft Teams is part of Office 365 and is Microsoft’s flagship tool for team collaboration which includes chat, videoconferencing, file sharing, etc.  It is a great tool for both local and remote collaboration.  And because it is licensed by Purdue, it is secure and not being used for commercial data mining of University operations.  Teams will be replacing Skype for Business in July of 2021.

Here is a short video that gives a quick overview of Teams:

Welcome to Teams

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/video-welcome-to-microsoft-teams-b98d533f-118e-4bae-bf44-3df2470c2b12

This tool has recently become available to the campus and last week I began staging Teams for our College so people can use it if desired.

A “Team” has been created for each major department in our College.

Within each department, “Channels” have been created for each office, center and/or program.  Channels are where the work and collaboration takes place (chat, video, file sharing, etc.).  If you see a “lock” icon next to a channel, that means the channel is private and only accessible to the members of that channel (a team includes everyone, but a channel can be a subset of the team).

Feel free to check out Microsoft Teams.  You can access it via any web browser by logging into Office 365…

https://www.office.com/

…and look for the “Teams” icon:

Teams icon

You can also download a Teams app for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, or Android.

Here are training resources for Teams:

Teams Interactive Demo

https://teamsdemo.office.com/

Microsoft Teams Video Training

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/microsoft-teams-video-training-4f108e54-240b-4351-8084-b1089f0d21d7

End user training for Microsoft Teams

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/enduser-training

For those who want to use Microsoft Teams and do not have the client app installed on your computer/laptop/tablet/phone, you can locate the app using this web page:

Download Microsoft Teams on any Device

https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Please send email to EdIT@purdue.edu if you have any questions or need an additional private channel added to your departmental Team.  EdIT is still learning about Teams and we hope to learn together with all of you as this tool unfolds.  Thank you!  😊

Robert Evans
Director, Education Office of Information Technology
Managing Director, Technology Resources Center
Chair, College of Education Safety Committee
Purdue University College of Education

WebEx Personal Room – Primer Video

Dear College of Education,

One of the recommendations for delivering content to students is “synchronous” delivery.  The Innovative Learning group recommends using this method sparingly and focusing on recorded content using tools such as Camtasia (free video and screen recording software available to all faculty and staff) in combination with Blackboard and Brightspace.

However…if you do need to conduct live video sessions with students, and are not familiar with WebEx, I’ve created a brief 4 ½ minute video showing how to access and launch your WebEx Personal Room:

Video: WebEx Personal Room Primer

https://edit.education.purdue.edu/download2/video/WebEx-Primer.mp4

(steps are similar for Mac users)

You can log into WebEx here:

https://purdue.webex.com

If you need help with WebEx, feel free to contact the Education IT team and we would be happy to meet with you to provide more details (see additional help links at the bottom of this post).  WebEx should work with any laptop or tablet with a built-in camera and microphone.  It also works great on a desktop computer if you have a webcam.  If you need to order a webcam — for WebEx or Camtasia – please contact the Education IT team.

For more about synchronous and asynchronous delivery, see “How will you deliver content?” on this web site:

Teaching Remotely

https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/teaching-remotely/

If you need to install Camtasia on a personally owned computer, you can locate and download the software here:

https://communityhub.purdue.edu/storefront/browse/graphics

If you need to install Camtasia on your Purdue-owned computer, please contact the EdIT team and we will install it for you:  EdIT@purdue.edu.

To access or download Webex recordings in the Purdue MediaSpace video system, see this web page:

https://support.purdue.edu/goldanswers/434409

To download a copy of a video, select the “Edit” option under the “Actions” drop down menu. Once in edit mode, there is an icon at the bottom right of the video window which allows download in .mp4 format. The icon is a folder with a downward pointing arrow.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help.  Thank you!

— The Education IT team

P.S. Here are instructions from ITaP for using WebEx:

https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/supporting-instruction/instructional-technology/webex.aspx

See also from WebEx:

https://help.webex.com/ld-nyw95a4-CiscoWebexMeetings/Webex-Meetings#Get-Started

Here is “recording” help from WebEx:

https://help.webex.com/en-us/n62735y/Record-a-Cisco-Webex-Meeting

Once recorded, the recording will go into the Purdue Kaltura/Mediaspace system where the video can be shared with others. Log in here to see recordings:

https://mediaspace.itap.purdue.edu

(click “guest” at top right on the mediaspace page to see the login link)

11 Classroom Technology Tips to Help Instructors Speed Up Time to Teaching

From ITaP:

“For instructors, getting the most out of class time often requires uploading presentation materials and priming classroom technology before the start of class. When the clock is ticking, a basic understanding of classroom technology at Purdue and a few best practices can help ensure a seamless transition from pre-class setup to teaching.”

For more information see:

https://www.itap.purdue.edu/newsroom/190813-Classroom-Tips.html

Reasons to use Purdue email systems

Reasons to use Purdue email systems

In other words, reasons not to forward your Purdue email to a non-Purdue email service:

1. Purdue email is considered an official Purdue record.

2. Purdue is legally liable to protect and retain Purdue records, including student information regulated by FERPA that may be conveyed in email and email attachments.

  • Purdue Email Policy: Users are reminded that any e-mail sent from a University Email Account or residing on University Email Services may be considered a public record under the Indiana Public Records Act (IC 5-14-3) and may be subject to disclosure. Users need to exercise judgment in sending content that may be deemed confidential or that they otherwise do not wish to be disclosed. Furthermore, email transmissions may not be secure, and contents that are expected to remain confidential need to be communicated via means other than email. Common examples of confidential contents include: student grades, personnel records, individual donor gift records, personally identifiable information, and data subject to federal and state laws or regulations, including but not limited to, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA).

3. Using consumer email systems for Purdue email, when not contractually obligated to Purdue, causes Purdue to lose control of records, and circumvents Purdue access controls. Purdue has created access controls to protect and provide secure access to email. The security of 3rd party email systems cannot be guaranteed by Purdue.  While some email users may be able to safely forward their Purdue email to a non-Purdue email account, employees who handle official Purdue data are bound by Purdue policy to ensure that Purdue data remains protected in ways that comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

4. The Purdue records retention policy must be complied with even if Purdue email is forwarded to a non-Purdue server.

http://www.purdue.edu/policies/governance/vb3.html

5. Consumer email systems are typically commercial data-mining systems. Purdue students and employees may not consent to having the content of their email messages forwarded to, or entered into, a commercial data-mining system and tracked/indexed or potentially targeted with advertising, etc.

6. Caching a Purdue career account username password within a consumer email system (not an email client, but email systems/servers) that Purdue has not legally contracted puts Purdue systems and/or accounts at risk.  Some non-Purdue email systems will offer to log into your Purdue email account on your behalf and pull your Purdue email onto their servers.  It is OK for users to do this for their personally owned email and their own data, but this practice can put the data of students, and Purdue data in general, at risk.

7. When forwarding all Purdue email to a personal email account, a freedom of information act records request could impact someone’s personal account, and potentially bring personal email into litigation.  Or it could cause Purdue to become out of compliance with laws that require Purdue to control and access Purdue-owned data.

See: https://www.purdue.edu/legalcounsel/public/index.html