Information regarding Blackboard, i>Clickers, and
You should become familiar with computing and printing resources on
campus. There are computer labs for general student use in
several buildings (see
the locations of computing labs on campus).
Blackboard is the
course management internet-based system for the University of Oregon.
You register for classes and discussion sections on Duckweb.
Once registered, you have access to course materials on
Blackboard. You can get help for using
Blackboard at the Library
Learning Commons in the Knight Library.
You will have two Blackboard course listings for Geog141.
- The main course page on
will be used for 1) Course-wide announcements, 2) Grade posting of
exams and iClicker questions, and 3) Distribution of additional
materials. The additional materials will be posted under "Course
Documents" on your blackboard page. These will include lecture slides,
extra notes, web links, and movies or animations to help you learn the
- The discussion section
page on Blackboard
will be used for 1) submitting answers to your weekly lab assignments,
and 2) viewing grades of your weekly lab assignments. Please see
this document for tips on submitting answers via Blackboard. http://libweb.uoregon.edu/index/cms-filesystem-action/scis/blackboard/bbtesttakingguide.pdf
i>Clickers are the
tools we use in lecture to answer multiple choice questions and get
instant feedback. These are required and available at the UO
Bookstore. Once you have your i>Clicker, you need to register
it on Blackboard. See the link under "Course Documents."
Remember to use your Duck ID, not your student ID. Your
Duck ID is your uoregon email address before the @ symbol. Your
student ID is a number that generally begins with 95.... You do
NOT need to register your iClicker on the iClicker web page. Once
you register your iClicker once on Blackboard, you are set to use it
for your other classes this term.
iClickers are easy to use. All you need to do is the following:
- Hold the power button down for two seconds until the blue
power light blinks. Enter the code used for this class, which is "AB".
That is, press A, then press B. This sets the frequency of
the clicker to that used by the base station at the front of the room.
- If you use your iClicker in more than one class, you need
to repeat the frequency set-up each time you switch classes. You
can switch the frequency code on your clicker at any time.
- When you vote in class, your clicker will give a green
blink to show that the base station has received your vote.
Pressing more than once will not do anything. You can
change your vote until the instructor states the polling period is
over. Then you will see a bar chart of how the entire class
responded to the question.
is popular free "virtual globe" that is available for Macs and PCs (OS
X and Windows), and there is even an iPhone/iPod Touch version of the
software for simple browsing. It is available on most computers
in the computer labs. Be sure you have the most recent version
(version 6). We will use Google Earth in some discussion
sections...mainly the first few weeks and extensively for discussion
sections 8 and 9. I suggest downloading it and becoming familiar
with basic navigation and measuring. Here are some ways to learn
your way around Google Earth's features:
Viewing kml and kmz files in Google Earth may be as simple as
double-clicking on the file. On some computers, this won't work.
In those cases, you will need to 1) save the kml file to your
computer. Then, 2) open Google Earth. Then, 3) in Google
Earth, choose File....Open....and find the kml or kmz file. Open
it. It should be in the left menu bar under Temporary Places.
- Watch the
tutorial videos for Navigation, Searching for Places, and Drawing and
- Take a feature
tour of Google Earth
- Explore places on your own and experiment with turning
layers on and off (menu on the left side of Google Earth), viewing
photos at specific places, using the "Look" control tool to see 3D
views, and turning latitude and longitude lines on and off (typing
of Geography, University of Oregon
Modified Oct 13, 2010