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How to Create Your Own Professional Development Network Using Twitter

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By in Morning Musings, Musings on Technology, Professional Development, Tools, Training, Uncategorized on .

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Twitter logo

I used to subscribe to several academic magazines in an attempt to stay informed in the worlds of higher education, technology, and pedagogy. I stopped nearly all of those subscriptions the moment I started using Twitter as a resource-gathering tool. It saved me time, money and I found better and more current information. Like many online tools, Twitter can be used to waste your time however; you can also find useful resources and ideas by people and places you trust without having to set up an account.

1) Go to tagboard: https://tagboard.com/
2) Type in a topic
No symbols are needed and no need to know what a hashtag is. Just enjoy the bounty that fills your screen.
If you really want to enjoy the power of Twitter, search a conference Twitter stream while the conference is in progress. Watch your screen refreshed with related links and additional information about speakers and topics. Perhaps someone will tweet a link to the book mentioned in the proceedings or a related article. Enjoy the live backchannel of interaction happening as people tweet and share information as it happens. The more popular the event, the more people tweet, the more resources you can pillage. To find a Twitter stream look for the Twitter hashtag # and search what comes after the # in tagboard.

 

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Using Mobile Device Logic and Tracking in Qualtrics Surveys

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By in Distance Education, Mobile, Software, Tools, Training, Uncategorized on .

Qualtrics online survey software, provided to faculty, staff and students at Purdue, is providing more options for mobile device display choices and tracking. We often want to know these days whether someone is accessing our survey from a mobile device or perhaps ask questions that are specific to a particular device being used to complete the survey.  Qualtrics allows you do both of these actions.

If you have a survey that contains questions pertaining to specific access, either desktop or mobile; use Display Logic for those questions and select Device Type conditions.

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  • Select the question that you want to add a display condition to and use the drop-down box to select Display Logic
Display Logic Choice on a Question

Display Logic Choice on a Question

  • In the Display Logic dialog box, select the first condition to be Device Type.
  • Select your Device Type from the drop-down choices.
Device Type condition box

Device Type condition box

  • The logic confirmation box will appear on the top of the question with your selections.
Display Logic Confirmation box

Display Logic Confirmation box

  • This logic for Device Type display may be used in the Survey Flow structure as well.

Additionally, you may want to track what type of device is being used to complete the your survey. Qualtrics allows this tracking by providing a hidden Meta Info question that you may create and insert anywhere in your survey. That question will provide data back to you regarding the browser and operating system used to complete the survey. Since the user never sees this question, you may insert it near the beginning of the survey.

The following fields are available for tracking/reporting as a table in your report or in the downloaded data set: Browser, Version, Operating System, Screen Resolution, JavaScript Support, and User Agent. (User Agent contains the data string for the question. If you forget to add the hidden Meta Info question before you launch your survey, you may add it later using an embedded data field to the Survey Flow area; which is called “UserAgent“.)

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  •  Add the Meta Info question, by selecting Create a New Item and then Meta Info Question
Meta Info Question Type Selection

Meta Info Question Type Selection

  •  The following image shows the question as it displays within your survey in Qualtrics.
Meta Info Question Box

Meta Info Question Box

Checking Your Qualtrics Survey Display on a Mobile Device

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By in Distance Education, Mobile, Software, Tools, Training, Uncategorized on .

Since mobile devices are often the access point for email, it’s logical to assume that someone might view your survey link on a mobile device. Checking to see if your questions will display properly is an easy thing to do.

First you should know that Qualtrics surveys are built to be “adaptive” to a device’s screen size and type. The devices that are recommended as compatible, include Android, iOS, and Windows Phone systems. Secondly, while all surveys are set up to be adaptive, be aware that some questions may not display well because they are too wide in their format. So, it’s useful to check your survey questions with the Mobile Compatibility Advisor in Qualtrics.

To use the Mobile Compatibility Advisor, from the edit mode on your survey:

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  • Click on Advanced Options and then select Mobile Compatibility Advisor. The Advanced Options tab is in the upper right of your screen.
Mobile_Compatibility_Advisor button

Advanced Options tab showing Mobile Compatibility Advisor

  • In the survey, small mobile icons appear to the left of any question box that might have a display concern. You can click on the icon and read the display issue message. An orange icon means the question might wrap or display poorly due to the length of the answer choices.  A red icon means that question format will not display consistently on mobile devices or may not display at all on a mobile device. In either case, you may adjust your question format and run the advisor again to recheck the survey before sending it out or posting the link.
Example of a Red Mobile Icon Image

Example of a Red Mobile Icon

Comparing Retention Center with Course Signals

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course-signals-web-logoUsing Blackboard’s Retention Center along with Course Signals allows instructors to see how students are currently performing in a course as well as predict student success based on current behaviors. If you would like to identify those students who are logging in much later than their peers  in the beginning of the semester, the Retention Center can identify them and allow you to send those students a message encouraging them to log in. It can also help instructor’s flag individuals so they can monitor specific students. The rule creation and editing tools help to customize and fine tune how you want to group students and which behaviors you want to watch. Instructors can select the grades they desire to monitor, how many days are acceptable to go without logging in, and if they want to be alerted when deadlines are missed. Rules can be added such as to identify high achieving students and rules can be deleted and easily activated again.

Faculty who use Retention Center are able to monitor current activity or inactivity, depending on the situation. Those who use Course Signals as well are able to predict future behavior if students continue on their projected path based on current activity. By virtue of instructors providing feedback to students via Course Signals, advisors are also able to monitor and intervene with their advises who are in courses using Course Signals. Course Signals, unlike the Retention Center, divides students into three groups, allowing for a middle group of students who are neither high performing nor low performing. This at-risk group of students, identified by the yellow signal, can be shown resources in their messages that are sent with their signal, which can help them pull themselves out of this risk area.

             Having both tools available gives instructors the ability to use whichever tool best fits their needs or even both tools. No matter the size of the course, the monitoring tools within the Retention Center can provide valuable information as to the details of your group right now. Course Signals can help determine if your students are on a path to success. Both tools, particularly when used together, give instructors a powerful resource in providing student feedback.

For additional information comparing Retention Center with Course Signals: http://www.itap.purdue.edu/learning/innovate/hdiseries/bbanalyticsvssignals.html