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Come by each week and check out our Featured section.  We’ll post on important CCI news and highlight new functionality available on your favorite program or app. (Week 17 – 05/13/24)

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We’ve reached the end of another semester. Congratulations! For many of us, the summer provides the time needed to recharge. To that end, the CCI would like to “feature” a few videos that we hope will inspire and get you thinking this summer.

More Videos
Here are a few more videos for your summer viewing. Each one has moments we hope will encourage, inspire, and provide something to think about teaching and learning.
How to Make Learning as Addictive as Social Media – 12:54
Teaching & Learning in the Age of Social Media – 17:40
Online education: Hello, goodbye? – 11:35
Rethinking online education [Education for All] – 11:18
What makes a student excited to learn? – 15:48
Can Smart Glasses Revolutionize How We Learn Languages? – 12:47
Brain Hack: 6 secrets to learning faster, backed by neuroscience – 18:18
How AI Could Save (Not Destroy) Education | Sal Khan – 15:36

Posted on Week 16

Visio App
Sometimes we forget about the cool tools we can access in Microsoft M365. All campus users have access to Visio on the web (watch Introduction to Visio – 01:16). This diagramming tool allows users to visualize data, display processes, and show relationships (through flowcharts and diagrams).  Whether used for committee or departmental work, or used in student assignments, Visio makes diagramming fast through a library of templates, tools, and auto-connectors.

Visio Tutorials
As a reminder, our Visio access is limited to the non-premium app. We can access the online version of the App from the “more apps” section of our M365 website. To get a basic overview of how to set up a Visio project, watch How to use Microsoft Visio – 11:47 and Microsoft Visio - Tutorial for Beginners – 11:44. The Visio online: New easy venn, flow charts video – 13:59 also covers the basics including a detailed look at the various “Shape” groups we can access (i.e., flowchart, matrix, pyramid, cycles, timelines, icons, etc.) . If your diagram will span multiple pages, watch How to automatically create a subprocess in a Flowchart – 06:13 to learn how to link a Sub-Process block an additional page.

Posted on Week 15

File change alert
Is that important report missing? Did you know you can get an alert when a Teams file is deleted? As we work collaboratively in committees and groups, managing key files can be very important. Using automation features (powered by Power Automate), you can select a file or folder and get an email alert when it is changed or deleted (watch Get Notified When A File Is Changed – 04:24).

Retrieve Deleted Files 
When a file is deleted from OneDrive or SharePoint (Teams), the file is moved to the Recycle folder for approximately 90 days. Watch How to restore deleted items on SharePoint – 01:23 for step-by-step instructions. 
More Automation 
Power Automate is an incredibly powerful Microsoft app. While the CCI can help your academic office or department create a “Flow” for a complex process, there are hundreds of templates and simple flows that you can create on your own (watch Power Automate for Beginners – 16:54 for an intro to the basics). For a handy example of a template flow, check out week 3 below for the “Notify a User when a Team (Group) Form is Submitted” video. 

Posted on Week 14

NEW Outlook 
If you’re like me, you’ve recently changed to the NEW Outlook. Whether you’re using the desktop or web version (they are almost identical), the new version has new or alternate features not previously available in the classic version of Outlook. Watch NEW Microsoft Outlook Tips & Tricks – 18:44 to learn some tips to get you started with the new Outlook.

More New Outlook
For a comprehensive look at the new Outlook, watch How to use the New Microsoft Outlook: Beginner's Class – 31:33. In addition to taking a tour of the new interface, learn how to schedule delayed delivery of emails, customize the look and feel of Outlook, and organize and filter emails.

Posted on Week 13

Accessible PowerPoint Slides
When creating your PowerPoint slides, don’t forget about accessibility. Microsoft has in-program features that will help you make sure everyone can access your slide presentation information (watch Create slides with an accessible reading order – 02:04).

Tech Tools
The PowerPoint section of Tech Tools has been updated with new topic headings and the latest videos. If you need to improve your slide design “game,” please visit this CCI webpage for a curated list of videos that not only cover the basics but explore the best of all the new PowerPoint features.

Posted on Week 12

Great Teams Features
Every day Teams is getting better. The new Teams structure is allowing Microsoft to develop great features that will help you better collaborate, share, and meet online. Here are six fantastic features that you might not know about (watch 6 New Features – 04:57).

Spring Break - Week 11

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Posted on Week 10

Active Listening
Are we listening? Whether in the classroom, a committee meeting, or a one-on-one conversation with a colleague or supervisor, true listening is the key to understanding. And understanding provides incredible benefits to those in a discussion or learning environment. Watch The Art of Active Listening - 07:38 to learn how silence leads to being heard and having deeper conversations.

Silence is Golden
While listening seems like it should be easy, obstacles in our environment and our own selves get in the way. Watch 4 things all great listeners know – 05:06 for strategies that can improve your listening skills.
While listening is key to understanding, it is also the essential, and often overlooked other half of communication. Watch The power of listening – 15:40 to hear how a professional negotiator uses listening to bring parties together, and how a listening revolution can bring a brighter future.

Posted on Week 9

Gain an edge with Edge
Over the years Microsoft has enhanced the Edge browser with fantastic features and functionality. If you’re not using Edge, watch Is Microsoft Edge Better Than Chrome? – 13:59 to find out what you’re missing. From a built-in screen reader to a PDF annotation tool, you’ll be surprised at what you can do!

AI in Edge
Want to learn more about the “Chat GPT” functionality within the Microsoft Edge browser? Watch Ultimate Guide to Bing AI – 12:13 for a comprehensive tour of its awesome AI features. By the way, watch Top 10 features in Edge – 12:15 for a few more browser features you might like (Edge Drop/ Web OCR/Citation).

Posted on Week 8

Record in PowerPoint
With the recent additions, recording a video in Stream might be your best M365 option (see week 7). That said, if you’re recording a presentation, using the recording capabilities of PowerPoint might be the thing to do. Watch How to use the NEW PowerPoint slide recording feature – 04:05.

More PowerPoint Recording Features
While our M365 environment provides many fantastic tools, we don’t currently have a dedicated video editing app. Since PowerPoint records each slide separately (before exporting to video), recording a long presentation in PowerPoint is often the best option. If you make a mistake on a slide, you can re-record that slide and not have to record the entire presentation.
In addition to using the record feature to record the entire slide (with or without a webcam feed), you can instead record and embed video within a slide (watch Microsoft PowerPoint Recording Tips – 13:26 or PowerPoint for Mac - Record Your Presentations – 08:51). That video can be presented in Teams (watch Best Way to Present a Video in Teams Meeting – 01:35) or can be exported to video.

Posted on Week 7

Record in Stream
If you haven’t looked at Stream in a while, it’s time to check it out! Microsoft has been busy recreating the App in the SharePoint environment (Stream was originally a stand-alone site), and the recently updated features and functionality are great. Watch How to use Microsoft Stream | 8 new features – 12:04.

Coming Soon – Embedded Forms in Stream Videos
Not since we had Knowmia have we had the option of embedding a poll within a video. This Stream feature will soon be available to the campus (watch 6 Microsoft Forms new features for 2024 – 08:13).

More Recording Options
Visit the Record in M365 website for more ways to create video recordings using our campus tools (see More Resources on the CCI website). You’ll find resources like How to record a slide show in PowerPoint – 02:00 and How to use PowerPoint Cameo – 05:20.

Ed Tech Day 
After a 4-year hiatus, the Educational Technology Day returns to Ithaca College. You can attend this free in-person conference on Thursday, March 21, 2024. The conference will consist of a vendor showcase with 50+ regional and national technology vendors, college showcase, and dozens of seminars running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Ithaca College campus. For more information, visit the conference website or you can register on the Ed Tech Day event site. 

Posted on Week 6

Brightspace – Special Access
When one of your students need alternate dates for an Assignment or Quiz, you can use the “Manage Special Access” feature (watch Brightspace - How To Set Up Special Access – 01:37).

Paper Please
If you’d like to see written instructions for “Special Access,” login to Brightspace and visit the How To Set Up Special Access page in the Brightspace Toolbox.

Posted on Week 5

Engage Participants in Teams
When running your online meeting, Teams provides a host of features that help you enhance engagement with your students or meeting participants. The Become the Best Microsoft Teams Meeting Host – 13:36 video covers many of those features and tools.

More on Teams
Please visit the Teams section of Tech Tools for a comprehensive list of training videos. The Teams section is organized to help you quickly find the topic you need, and the video titles are named to specifically express what you’ll learn by watching the video.

Posted on Week 4

Data Reports using AI
You’ve downloaded the data from your MS Form. Now what? If you’re not an EXCEL expert, you might think it will be hard to analyze the data or generate reports. Learn about the incredible AI features in EXCEL that will do all the heavy lifting in creating valuable charts, tables, and graphs from your data (watch Excel AI - data analysis made easy – 08:12).

Analyze Data with AI

As campus users, offices, and departments take advantage of MS Forms for data collection, effectively using M365 tools to analyze the data becomes more important. The following list of videos covers some tools within MS forms and other tools within Excel to “visualize” your data.

Posted on Week 3

Notification Flow for Forms
When someone fills out your MS Form, you want your group, office, or department to be notified. While the “Get email notification of each response” feature of MS Forms works for you, other members won’t get the email. Power Automate to the rescue! Learn how easy it is to create a notification flow for your forms (watch Notify a User when a Team (Group) Form is Submitted – 04:02).

Group/Department/Office Forms
If you are working in a department or office, creating a “group” form (one associated with a Team) is likely best. Team members need access to gathered data and using a “group” form ensures that the group will always have access (not true if the form was created on a departing/exiting individual’s account). That said, when you use group forms, there are a few things to consider. The “Get email notification of each response” feature in MS Forms doesn’t work, and when creating a Flow, the form can’t be selected for actions from drop-down lists (you have to manually add the form). Please watch the following videos for more information on group forms and flows.

Posted on Week 2

Outlook Scheduling Poll
Outlook offers you an easy way to schedule your next meeting! Use the “Scheduling Poll” feature to offer times to meeting attendees (works for on and off campus participants). This feature can even show you when campus participants are busy, so you can select times that are more likely to work. So much better than the back and forth of scheduling by email, take advantage of this great M365 tool (watch How to Use Scheduling Polls in Microsoft Outlook – 08:11).

More on Scheduling Poll
You can also use the Scheduling Poll in the Outlook calendar (watch Schedule Like a Pro from 09:50-12:30) to start the poll process. If an emails sparks the need for a face-to face discussion, you can reply to an email with a poll (watch Create a Meeting with Reply All in Outlook – 00:57). With the email open, add a Scheduling Poll if needed.

Bookings with Me in Outlook
Do you need students to sign up for office hours? Advising? Coaching? Projects? Outlook now allows you to offer appointment times others can book to meet with you. By sharing your personal Bookings with Me webpage, a student or colleague needing to meet with you can schedule an in-person or virtual meeting linked to your Outlook calendar. You control the times and availability, and the scheduled meeting is automatically added to both calendars! Watch Bookings with Me in Outlook – 02:53 for a complete overview of this great new feature.

Posted on Week 1

Meet App in Teams
Where is that meeting recording? With all the different types of Teams meetings, it can be difficult to remember where to go to find the recorded video. The new “Meet” app has got you covered (watch Meet in Teams – 02:04). Not only will it provide quick access to recent meetings, it also provides shortcuts to your upcoming meetings. Quick, easy, and useful, add Meet to Teams today!

Ed Tech Day 
After a 4-year hiatus, the Educational Technology Day returns to Ithaca College. You can attend this free in-person conference on Thursday, March 21, 2024. The conference will consist of a vendor showcase with 50+ regional and national technology vendors, college showcase, and dozens of seminars running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Ithaca College campus. For more information, visit the conference website or you can register on the Ed Tech Day event site. 

Brightspace- Find How-to guides and resources on Brightspace (used to deliver course content and instruction).

Record in M365: Find a complete guide to recording in Teams, Stream, and PowerPoint and sharing with OneDrive.

Base Camp- Find step-by-step guidance on what to learn first if you’re just starting to use technology.

Accessibility- Find resources and tools to help you create accessible content and courses.

Professional Development Form- Select a PD session (from a list of offerings) for your department’s next meet.

Mission & Goals

The mission and goals of each administrative unit have been compiled into one document. View Mission & Goals (PDF).