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LRC classroom usage 2013/4

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Web browser popup blocker exceptions need configuring

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  1. Which computers
    1. This I found on the Reception desk
    2. but isn’t that then also wrong on all student pcs which have the same base image?
  2. Which exceptions missing: I noticed immediately:
    1. outlook.com
    2. www.uncc.edu should read uncc.edu
  3. Which browsers
    1. Example is IE9,
    2. But are others different?

Prevent multiple user login to avoid “Another instance of Tutor is already running in another user’s session on this computer” by disabling fast user switching

  1. Problem: As reported earlier (in the Spring and in the Fall term),  for the student PCs, Sanako issues (but likely also general performance problems, and reportedly problems on classroom computers outside of the LRC) caused by multiple users being logged into the same PC – not limited to logging in from remote via MSTSC -  seem on the increase this term (this year?), also on the teacher PC, where they prevent the digital audio lab from starting:image
  2. Workaround: force restart of the computer (time-consuming, though).
  3. Solution: Avoid, better prevent multiple user login, maybe by disabling fast user switching?
    1. Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\HideFastUserSwitching =1, or
    2. Group policy: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Hide Entry points=Enabled.
  4. Other considerations:
    1. Side effects: unclear?
    2. Root cause: Not enough data. Why do users remain logged in in the first place?

Getting rid of “You must restart your computer to apply these changes”

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I am seeing this on several computers when I or students log in. To make matters worse, “Restart now” is the default selected button, and the computers are deepfrozen, which will not only lead to loss of (potentially valuable face-to-face class) time, but could even result in an infinite loop if we do not get rid of this message.

Watch how you can train Windows speech-recognition (e.g. in English)

Watch how you can backup and restore your Windows speech-recognition training data

Example 5: Watch how you can dictate to Windows speech-recognition (e.g. in English) and correct results in MS-Word

  1. Important: Listen carefully: I am not a native speaker, but have a reasonably low amount of errors, because it enunciate, speak clearly and slowly, and separate the words.
  2. Consider it part of the exercise that you will have to re-read and re-type some your output – use track changes in MS-Word:
    1. Make it a game: How good can you get?
    2. If you get really good at it, make a screencast like this one and include it in your Mahara ePortfolio  as authentic evidence of your foreign language proficiency.
  3. Overall, it’s like how I refer to cycling: Beats walking. Anytime. Smiley