On the Cutting Edge - Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty
Understanding the Deep Earth
Online Workshop
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Technical Information for the Workshop

Jump down to Screen Sharing with Elluminate : Setting up Your SERC Account : Participating in the Online Discussions : Filling out and Modifying an Activity Sheet : Short video showing how to do many of these things

Conference Call-in Number

For the synchronous parts of the program, dial the conference call number 1.800.704.9804 and use the access code [expired]. This will allow you to hear the speaker during the presentations. After dialing in please use *6 to mute your phone unless you need to speak. Hitting *6 again will unmute your phone. For the visuals, see the section about screen sharing below. Note that the 800 number may not work from some locations (e.g. if dialing in from Skype and possibly if dialing from outside the U.S.). If you find the 800 number does not work for you then you may use this direct dial number: 1.404.920.6604. However, in that case you'll be charged for the phone call as per your standard long distance rates.

For some sessions when you break into small groups each group will be given a different access code so that they can talk amongst themselves. The phone number will be the same for all groups; only the access code will differ.

Screen Sharing with Elluminate

We will be using a tool called Elluminate to allow you to view presentations during synchronous sessions. To connect to the Ellulminate session just point your web browser to: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=voffice&password=M.D658B050339BFA55BB8F1F85E42C55 After visiting this url your computer should automatically connect to the Elluminate session. It will ask you to provide your name and then you'll need click 'trust' or 'run' when prompted. Once connected it will ask you about your connection speed (choose Cable/DSL or LAN depending whether you are at home or work) The first time you do this there will also be a software download that happens automatically in the background. When connecting to subsequent sessions the connection should happen more quickly.

Once connected to the session you'll see a chat window on the left where you can send messages to the group (e.g. to ask questions of the presenter) and a main window where the presentation will appear. In some cases an additional window may appear allowing you to view items running on the presenter's computer. Elluminate has many other features which we will not be using for this workshop. In particular note that Elluminate has an audio option which we will not be using. Please use the conference call instructions above to connect with a normal phone to the audio portion of the syncronous sessions.

Setting up Your SERC Account

1. First you'll need to create a SERC account.
Go here: http://serc.carleton.edu/account and create an account with the same email address you used when you applied for the workshop.

2. Then return to that same URL and you should see a link to view your page. Click the red 'Edit' link to edit and follow the help that's available on-screen.

Participating in the Online Discussions

You will need a SERC account to participate in the discussions. If you do not have an account yet, please visit http://serc.carleton.edu/account/ to register. After that you may freely post and see others' posts.

Filling out and Modifying an Activity Sheet

Our goal over the course of the workshop is to have each of you complete an activity sheet for a new or an existing classroom activity about the deep earth. To get started, fill out the activity submission form. Make sure to use the same email address that you used for applying for this workshop when you complete the form. After you submit the form you will be able to edit and modify the form via your SERC account. Login to your account and you should see a link to your activity page.

A 5 minute Screencast Showing how to Create an Account, Edit your Profile and Submit and Edit an Activity Sheet

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