Monday, August 11, 2014

How many times will I get that email?

In a time when electronic communication spans time and space and our inboxes tend to be overflowing, there are specific things each of us can do to protect the time and space of those we communicate with.

One specific practice we can use is "Bcc" or Blind Carbon Copy. 

I know, I'm old? Why? Because I actually used carbon paper to make copies. It was so cool. You could get a sheet of carbon paper, put it between two pieces of paper and make instant duplicates. Of course, carbon paper hasn't been used in centuries decades. "CC" or "Bcc" in our email systems still refer to this ancient practice of carbon paper. 

When sending an email, we all know what the "To" is for. That's the person you are addressing the email to. "CC" are those you believe should see a copy of the email. When should you use "Bcc"? Many use it to copy in a hidden way a recipient for an FYI. A warning on using "Bcc" to hide a recipient. Many of our mobile devices don't indicate well whether you received an email as a "To", "CC" or "Bcc". Don't trust "Bcc" as a secure way of privately copying a recipient on an email. A better way would be to forward the sent email to the person you want to see a private copy.

So how does "Bcc" help with information overload? If you are sending email to a large group and don't have a tool like Constant Contact or Mail Chimp that sends an individual "To" email to each recipient, you can and should consider using "Bcc". "Bcc" provides you a way to copy a large audience but will prevent all of the recipients on that email from accidentally hitting "Reply to All" and filling everyone's Inbox. Sometimes this can prevent embarrassment as well. It will certainly help with information overload in our email.

We have documented guidelines for sending LETU-Wide communications. Click here to review and happy communicating. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DHL Delivery and Wireless AT&T Bills

One of our Administrative Assistants reported something that happened this week. 

She received a call from someone claiming to be from DHL and wanting to know our address and the email for the President. She did not give them the information but asked them to tell her what they already had on file. Then, she asked for a number to call them back. The number she was given was bogus.

As we have the privilege of participating in the story of God's redemption, we live in a world of sin and deceit. From email to phones we are forced to be alert.

Thank you to each of you for continuing to keep alert and help protect God's work here at LETU.

Another LETU Inbox received this very well formed AT&T "scare" bill claiming to owe $1905.47! We saw this in a previous blog entry

As a reminder, and it's a hard one, don't ever click on a web link in an email you receive. For example, if you receive a "bill" like this and you are an AT&T customer, go to the AT&T web site and log in and check your billing. If you aren't an AT&T customer, delete it. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Get Safe Online

Several good videos and advice for staying safe online. It's something all of us do as part of our processes in working in this digital world.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April Lunch and Learn Video

April Lunch and Learn Video

 “An Insider’s View of the Journal Publication Process”

Dr. Scott Anson

The video link can be found here:  April 2014 Lunch and Learn

Friday, April 11, 2014

Update on the Heartbleed Bug

We have checked and updated as necessary all of our LETU servers that use OpenSSL to guard against a serious computer bug referred to as the “Heartbleed Bug,” which was discovered by Google Security on Monday, April 7. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide additional updated information if any further actions are warranted. OpenSSL is used around the world to provide secure access to web servers.

Friday, April 4, 2014

March Lunch and Learn Video Links

Please view the video's from the March 2014 Lunch and Learn's below:

Professor Dov Shinar from Hassadah University in Jerusalem speaking on media in the Middle East:

Professor Dov Shinar

Becky Teerink and Lauren Bitikofer from Aviation discussing how to use Doceri Software:


Thursday, April 3, 2014

More from Dr. Kubricht


In developing a MOOC, the Swinburne team introduced us to “Storyboarding.”  “Storyboarding” was developed by the Walt Disney studios to create animation films.  “Storyboarding” is critical to developing a successful MOOC.  To a faculty member, learning and then developing a MOOC may seem like an overwhelming proposition because normally faculty members are not current in all of the latest learning technologies and the useful features in each technology medium.  Faculty are content specialists.  “Storyboarding” forces a faculty member to lay out a content plan for the length of the course.  The next issue is how to implement various technologies and assessments to reinforce student learning.  Lecture clips and PowerPoints are most often used, but there are many other options that can be used depending on what the faculty member wants a student to learn.  But again, most faculty are not learning technology and social media experts and in many cases do not wish to put the time in to become a learning technology expert.  (On the other hand, a learning technology professional is not going to have graduate content expertise in most academic disciplines if they were developing a MOOC).

What has to happen?  Successful “storyboarding” and MOOC development then becomes a team effort.  A faculty member (and perhaps a department colleague) and one or two technology specialists work as a team developing a “storyboard” for the length of a course.  Let’s say it is a 10 week course.  In the “storyboard” a visual chart is created which shows the content goals for each of the 10 weeks and then how various technologies and activities will be used each week to enable student learning.  Assessments for each week are also developed. At that point. the course is ready to offer to students.

What results is a course that reflects team creativity and allows for freshness in many of the tasks required for each week of the course by moving beyond video lectures and PowerPoints.  The time invested in the initial development of the course pays off with a course that is easier to manage, but also assures accreditors and others that it is a quality course with appropriate learning outcomes.

Mindmeister tutorial (mind mapping):

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