Alert! SBMI Information on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
Effective March 21, 2022, courses for the spring 2022 semester will follow the same instructional format SBMI utilized prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means classes at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics will be taught both fully in-person and online for the remainder of spring 2022.
Students registered for in-person SBMI courses are expected to attend class in-person during the scheduled time and day each week. This means students must be on campus for all live, in-person class sessions for the remainder of the semester.
Students enrolled in web-based classes will complete all coursework 100% online. There is no requirement to visit campus during the spring 2022 semester for any SBMI web-based course.
Students with questions or concerns should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu.
All SBMI employees, both faculty and staff, are encouraged to use the health and wellness resources provided by the staff of the UT Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP). Visit the UTEAP website for more information on services offered.
The available meeting platforms provided by the institution.
UTHealth Cisco WebEx is now available for video and audio collaboration. UTHealth students, faculty and staff can now use this technology, free of charge, to schedule interactive online meetings for groups between two to 1,000 people. Meetings are not limited to those within the university. You can access WebEx using a web browser https://uthealth.webex.com, mobile device or the WebEx desktop application. You will need to use your UTHealth email address and password to log in.
WebEx can also be used to host an event open to the public. You can ask people to register for the event.
UTHealth students, faculty and staff also have access to these WebEx tools:
UTHealth Microsoft Teams speeds up communication via Teams chat and allows for collaboration between team members who are working remotely. Team members are limited to UTHealth students, faculty and staff only. If you need a Team to be created, please send a request to SBMITech@uth.tmc.edu with a team name (in the format of SBMI-team name) and email of Team members.
You can access Microsoft Teams using a web browser https://teams.microsoft.com, mobile device, or the Teams application that can be installed on your UTHealth computer. You will need to use your UTHealth email address and password to log in. The getting started guide http://go.uth.edu/teams is available online.
Distance Education Team (DE) of the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is dedicated to providing excellent information technology and support services to SBMI students and faculty.
You can reach DE at firstname.lastname@example.org
DE is available during business hours (9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Central Standard Time). Requests sent in after 6 P.M. will be answered during the next business day. If you have an urgent technical problem please note that Canvas, Proctorio and Turnitin all have their own 24/7 support hotlines.
→ Educational Technology for Learning
Canvas is the official learning management system at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. All courses including those that are face-to-face must have an online Canvas course site with resources uploaded and ready before the beginning of each academic semester.
→ Canvas Basics & Quick Orientation for Instructors
Most, if not all, of the educational technologies mentioned below are covered in the SBMI Instructor and TA Resources Course in Canvas. All SBMI instructors have access to this resource.
Per UTHealth policies, all online assessments contributing to a student’s grade must be proctored. SBMI employs Proctorio as its primary and only source of proctoring services for online assessments.
Proctorio is an on-demand online proctoring service integrated into our learning management systems: Canvas. There’s no need to create an account, schedule appointments, pay for individual assessment attempts nor to purchase hardware or software. Proctorio relies on the student’s computer webcam and microphone to monitor assessments on an on-demand basis.
→ Exam and written paper monitoring policy
→ SBMI Instructor and TA Resources
Turnitin is a plagiarism prevention tool that also facilitates rich, meaningful feedback that improves student writing skills, promotes critical thinking and streamlines grading.
Faculty can check originality reports for student submissions and view papers marked with the Turnitin paperless grading tool.
SBMI faculty may optionally choose to request a private account for Turnitin to check the originality of their papers and other academic work. Please send an e-mail email@example.com to request a Turnitin account.
→ Turnitin Instructor QuickStart Guide
>→ SBMI Instructor and TA Resources
Panopto is an online platform for sharing lectures, classroom recordings and narrated presentations. It allows both instructors and students you to record, manage and share video content in Canvas courses. Panopto is available to instructors and students through their Canvas courses.
To record a lecture on your desktop or laptop computer, navigate to your course in Canvas and use the Panopto Recordings tool to start a recording. Once completed, your recording is automatically compressed, stored and made available to your students.
→ SBMI Instructor and TA Resources
SBMI Virtual Campus in Second Life, a virtual environment for teaching and learning, contains the SBMI Virtual Health Clinic, a virtual linear accelerator simulation, classrooms, breakout spaces, information about our school and plenty of other spaces to explore.
SBMI currently uses Second life for virtual class sessions, office hours and poster presentations.
→ SBMI Students can Join Second Life for Free
→ Click Here to Visit the SBMI Virtual Campus in Second Life
Qualtrics is a secure, web-based survey tool that is available to all UTHealth students, faculty and staff. Users can create unlimited surveys, collect unlimited responses, and generate reports. Survey templates using school color scheme and logo are provided.
→ UTHealth's Qualtrics Account Access page
→ For more information, click here
DE Team assembled the following quick reference page for data analysis software available for instructors and students. Several of these software titles are free and others may be purchased directly from the software publisher.
→ List of Data Analysis Software for SBMI instructors
SBMI currently has agreements in place with the following EHR providers. SBMI faculty may obtain access by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
→ Cerner (Available until January 2017)
SBMI faculty also can obtain either free or trial versions of the following EHR solutions from vendors:
→ Dr. Chrono: free limited trial account, cloud based
→ Practice Fusion: free and cloud based
→ openEHR: open-source
→ OpenEMR: open-source
DE also recommends the following free online tools that may be helpful to SBMI instructors and students for their academic work.
→ List of Free Online Tools Compiled by DE
Even when using third party tools, please continue to comply with the best practices and IT policies issued by UTHealth.
UTHealth offers instructors two options for file sharing and storage:
UTHealth SecureStor is a cloud based storage system that makes it possible to store, access and share files and folders from a computer desktop, web browser and mobile device. UTHealth students, faculty and staff can log into to SecureStor with their UTHealth ID and password. UTHealth SecureStor can store all data classifications including HIPAA.
→ More information about UTHealth SecureStor
→ Login to UTHealth SecureStor
UTH Share is UTHealth’s implementation of Google Apps for Education, excluding Gmail. HIPAA data is not allowed on UTH Share!
→ Create a UTH Share account
→ Login to UTH Share
Secure Wireless Access is available to SBMI faculty on UCT floors 6, 8 and 14. All SMBI students and faculty can log in with their UTHealth login and password. An unsecured guest access network with limited connectivity is available for visitors' convenience.
This presentation introduces all of TMC Library's services and resources, including brief information about where to find research databases and how to locate full text articles. All SBMI students with a TMC Library card can use the free InterLibrary Loan Service to request photocopies and materials from another library for free.
→ A Complete List of UTHealth Library Resources
Many SBMI classes culminate with a poster presentation at the end of the semester. Every semester, the poster session gives students the opportunity to present their projects with both their fellow colleagues and SBMI learning and research community. Posters with the best content and presentation are awarded a prize.
All faculty will be contacted via email near the end of each semester to confirm which classes will require or recommend poster presentations for SBMI students. This will help DE to anticipate the number of participants for the poster session.
→ Information on SBMI Poster Sessions
SBMI offers free plotter printing services to our students presenting in SBMI poster sessions. Additional posters for other occasions may be printed for a fee.
Posters are 40 inches wide on a heavyweight matte poster paper or a semi-gloss poster paper. Large-format posters will be created with the poster template rather than separate PowerPoint slides. To schedule a print, contact email@example.com.
Please allow DE staff 24 hours to print your poster.
To discuss poster dimensions and for template questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For consultations or special print jobs, students must schedule a time with media lab staff the week before the scheduled poster session. Posters are printed on a first come, first serve basis.
→ Poster Template (horizontal)
→ Poster Template (vertical)
→ Plotter Cost Calculator
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