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Free Media Software: Find the Right Tool Online

01.23.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
There are many free tools online that can help you flip the classroom, create posters and flyers, stay organized, video edit, and more.  The trick is finding the right tools, knowing where to find the tools, and knowing what’s available. HPU Libraries Media Services has created a Free Media Software Guide to get you started […]
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Your W Drive: A Good Alternative for Sharing Files

01.21.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
With the popularity of the flipped classroom and more online classes, lecture videos are a must. However, did you know there is a file size limit of 50MB that you can post to Blackboard or even email via your HPU email account? A five to ten minute video would more than likely exceed the 50MB […]
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Using Audio in the Classroom: MP3 Conversion Websites

01.17.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
  This post is about implementing audio into classrooms and assignments by uploading audio files online.  There are many different options, but one that is popular and usually successful is uploading a MP3 file to Blackboard as an item.  This way you can have students listen to the audio at home, play the audio easily […]
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Learn How to Use Webex

01.14.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
WebEx is a Web conferencing application that can be used to host classes, office hours, and other meetings online. Instructors and students communicate in real-time using chat, voice, and video. Instructors can show PowerPoint presentations, annotate slides, allow students to present, share a document, perform live editing, poll students, record the session, and much more. […]
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Screencasting Tools: Camtasia vs. Screencast-O-Matic

01.10.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Recording your computer screens into a digital video (screencasting) for class tutorials can come in handy when flipping the classroom.  You can record yourself using an online tool, reciting a presentation, or guide students through a website.  You can even record streaming video online – though you will still have to follow copyright rules when […]
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Adding HPU Email to Your Phone

01.7.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Did you get a new phone or iPad for Christmas and want to add your HPU email to it? Follow the instructions below to learn how to add webmail to your devices.   Adding webmail to an iPhone/iPad: How to Add Webmail to an iPhone from Kaitlyn Reish   Adding webmail to an Android device: […]
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Adding Blog to RSS Feeder

12.16.2013 By: Samantha Harlow
Since it’s the holidays, we are going to write a simple post about RSS and adding URLs to your favorite RSS readers or feeds program. “RSS or Really Simple Syndication is a family of web feed formats.  RSS is mainly used to publish frequently updated works.  RSS feeds are very helpful for blogs or news […]
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Blackboard: How to Manage Your Course List

12.10.2013 By: Kaitlyn Reish
With the fall semester coming to a close and the spring semester starting, all available courses, regardless of whether or not you are currently teaching that class or if it’s available to students, will be displayed on your “My Courses” module on the homepage of Blackboard. Since your course list isn’t displayed in any distinct order, it’s […]
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Streaming Video Resources at HPU

12.6.2013 By: Samantha Harlow
I get many request from faculty  about acquiring more streaming video, whether they are flipping classrooms or wanting more diverse assignments for students. Media & Digital Services created a guide on streaming resources.  This guide includes presentations for faculty, HPU video and music streaming subscriptions, free streaming educational resources, and guides on embedding video into […]
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Five Free iPad Screencasting Apps

12.3.2013 By: Kaitlyn Reish
The iPad has become a technological staple in the world of higher education. With well known applications such as DropBox, Evernote, and WordPress, the iPad has integrated well with academic tasks. One academic task the iPad lends itself towards is screencasting. After all, the iPad is portable, powerful, and has been used with other presentation […]
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