Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We've got you covered: you don't need to buy, or pay to register, a clicker!

Taking a class where the instructor is using clickers to poll the classroom or start discussions? Not sure how to get a clicker? Been hearing that iClicker is asking you to pay to register a used or borrowed-from-LITS clicker?

Not to fear, we've got you covered. Here's how it works, and you may already have gotten updated instructions from your professor, if you're in a class that uses clickers:

1. Go to the Circulation desk in LITS and ask to check out a clicker.

2. DO NOT go to http://www.iclicker.com/ and register your clicker even if that's what you did in previous semesters. Yes, really. Do not pay an additional registration fee for your clicker.

3. Use your clicker in class as usual, and watch for further information from your instructor about how to register your clicker. If your instructor isn't grading any clicker questions, you may not have to take any further action. Definitely follow further instructions you get from your prof, though, that's just part of being a student, right?

3. Be kind to your clicker! LITS will charge for damage to clickers, just as they would for damage to borrowed library books or borrowed headphones. Don’t smash, drop, or wet your clicker.

4. Got questions? Get help by chat, phone, or email here, or in person at the Research Help Desk.

Image credit: Clickers for Engagement by Alan Wolf (CC BY 2.0)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Do It Yourself J-Term

Miss the opportunity to take a J-Term class but still want to build your skill set this intersession? No worries - LITS has you covered!  Check out our pilot subscription to lynda.com, an extensive set of online video courses that offer training in technology, creative, and business skills. Learn to program, delve into InDesign, pick up digital photography, master project management and more - there are 5,778 courses to choose from. Lynda.com is available to all current MHC students, faculty, and staff. Better yet, you can even access it from off campus.  See this page for instructions on how to log in. Make this a productive J-Term wherever you are!