Getting Started


Overview

There are two basic steps which allow an instructor to get started with UP:

Tutorial

Installing Ubiquitous Presenter (UP)

You can get the UP installer at http://up.ucsd.edu/download/. Double click on the .exe file.

If the installer indicates that you already have UP installed, you must remove it, then restart the UP installer. You can do this by going to the Control Panel (from the Start menu) and selecting "Add or Remove Programs." From this window you should remove Ubiquitous Presenter (or Classroom Presenter) and the Instructor Mode Add-in (2 separate items in the Add/Remove Programs list).

The .msi installer will guide you through the setup process, allowing you to choose the destination directory and which users the installation will be applied to. For Windows XP machines, SP1 and SP2 are required.

Getting a Classroom

UP works through a web-hosted virtual classroom, where all your lectures (including ink made in class and student active learning submissions) are stored. To create your first classroom you will need to request a login. Once you have a login, just click "Create classroom..." to create your classroom.

Creating Lectures

UP's lectures use the ".CSD" (Conferencing Slide Deck) file format. You can create .CSD's in two ways:

At this point your lecture is viewable on the web. You can use the web-based instructor account to control access to and features of each lecture (go to the UP website and login). Students will be able to see your lecture after they create a UP login and enroll for your class. Here is a set of directions you can give to students.

Starting a Lecture

Double-click on your saved .CSD lecture to launch UP. When you start UP you will be prompted to connect to your classroom on the web. (You can always connect later by selecting "File → Sync to Open Lecture...") Enter your instructor username and password when prompted. You will be shown a window of your classrooms, once you choose a classroom, you will be shown the list of lectures in that classroom. Select today's lecture. You're ready to go — all of the ink that you add to the slides during lecture will be archived on the web! Note: If you want to check if your lecture was placed on the web, use a web browser (Firefox).

I have to lecture in a room with no Internet connection. What can I do?

Projecting a Lecture

Ubiquitous Presenter uses the extended monitor mode of Windows XP to project a different display than the instructor sees. Hence, you do not connect to the digital projector using Function-F5 (or however your machine indicates). Instead you will tell the Windows operating system to extend your windows desktop onto the second monitor. This "second monitor" is, in this case, the projector. The student view will be extended there.

Specific details can differ by machine model (some systems have shortcuts to do this which are really useful in class -- it's worthwhile to look into it), but all systems can accomplish this by:

On some Tablet PC models you may have to do this each time you connect to a projector, on others you may only need to do this once.

FAQ and troubleshooting projection problems

Lecturing Without Pre-made Slides

You also can lecture from blank slides. First, you must create a lecture to hold your slides, which can be accomplished two ways:

    Before class
  1. From the home page click "Manage classroom" next to the classroom you want your lecture to reside in.
  2. Under "Create Whiteboard Lecture" enter the name of your new lecture.
  3. Then, to start lecturing from your new classroom:

    1. Open UP and click cancel when it prompts you to open a CSD file.
    2. Select "File → Download Lecture or Create Whiteboard Lecture..."
    3. Click on the whiteboard icon to add blank whiteboard slides as necessary.

OR

    At the beginning of class
  1. Open Presenter, select "Sync to Web...", log in, and then select "New Whiteboard Lecture".
  2. Log in and select your classroom.
  3. Click "Create Whiteboard Only Lecture" and name your lecture.
  4. Once your lecture is open, click on the whiteboard icon to move blank whiteboard slides as necessary.

Now, any ink that you add to the blank slides will be viewable on the web.

Active Learning with UP

UP provides a framework within which you can interact with your students -- both during and outside of lecture time. Students, through a web site, choose a method of interaction by clicking on a web link. They can interact by voting (selecting a radio button), typing a text input, or with "ink" -- using a Java applet to draw. These submissions are both sent to the instructor for in class review and are stored alongside that slide for students to review later. Additionally, the student submission capability can be left on after class or enabled before class to support Just in Time Teaching. Here is a brief video clip on how to do active learning using Student Submissions:


Thanks to James Ellenson (North Carolina Central University) for his helpful comments on improving this tutorial.