Thursday, October 1, 2015

Emergency Blackboard Maintenance (October 12) - COMPLETED

We will be performing Emergency Maintenance to Blackboard on Monday October 12th from 6 to 10 AM. Blackboard will be unavailable during this time. Do not start anything in Blackboard that you cannot finish before 6 AM. 

UPDATE: The maintenance has been completed. We are aware of an issue with Blackboard running slowly. We are continuing to monitor this and will update when it is resolved.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

You are invited to Teaching & Learning Technologies' 8th Annual Open House!

Event: TLT Annual Open House
Location: 4016 Varnes Center (in School of Nursing Building)
When: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Phone: (913) 588-7107

Swing by anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm for snacks and conversation, meet the team behind the technology, sample some new instructional technologies, and see what’s coming!

See demonstrations of:
  • Solstice Wireless Projection System
  • Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e for room-sized webconferences (e.g. Adobe Connect, Zoom)
  • KAPP Digital Dry Erase Board
  • 25Live Room/Event Scheduling
  • Accessible/ADA Blackboard Content
  • New Blackboard Building Blocks: SafeAssign Plagiarism Prevention and Qwickly
  • New Classroom Technologies: ELMO TT-12iD Visual Presenter and Planar PCT2265 Multi-touch Monitor
  • EvaluationKIT Online Surveys and Course/Instructor Evaluations
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser for Blackboard Testing

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Camtasia Relay with OSX version 10.10.5 - records blank screen

Mac users please keep this issue in mind if you need to use Camtasia Relay:

Recording the screen looks fine, but after stopping the recording the preview window shows only a black screen and the cursor. The video will publish as black also.

Impacted OS
OSX 10.10.5

Techsmith is working on the problem and will let us know as soon as a fix is available.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

EvaluationKIT Integration with Blackboard Disabled

A recent issue with EvaluationKIT's integration with Blackboard has led us to disable this functionality until a solution is found. Both Blackboard and EvaluationKIT are working properly; we are only experiencing issues with the integration.

Users can still access EvaluationKIT by navigating to and logging in with their KUMC credentials.

Students and participants using EvaluationKIT will continue to receive emails with links to their surveys. Reports, however, will have to be accessed through the link above until further notice.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We will notify everyone once this issue is resolved. If you have any additional questions please contact Teaching and Learning Technologies at (913) 588-3678

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Blackboard Issues Saturday

Many users encountered an intermittent problem this morning which prevented them from logging onto Blackboard today, Saturday, September 12 between approximately 1:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Some users were able to login successfully and use Blackboard as normal while many others were unable to get past the login page.  The system was also completely down for brief periods within this window while TLT staff attempted to apply fixes to the login issue.

TLT believes we have isolated the cause and implemented a resolution but we will continue to monitor the situation closely and respond as necessary.  We apologize for the inconvenience caused to anyone who encountered this issue.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Designing a Classroom Test

Date/Time: Friday, October 16th from 12 noon - 1 pm

Location: 1101 Delp

Presenters: Tony Paolo, Director of Assessment and Evaluation, School of Medicine; Tim Doughty, Testing Center Coordinator, Teaching & Learning Technology

Description: This presentation will provide the main issues to consider when developing a classroom test including test blueprint, test specifications, item writing, test construction, and item analysis.

Bring your own lunch and learn with us. No RSVP needed.

Questions? Contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144) in TLT.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Printing Options for Blackboard

The new semester has started and with that comes an abundance of course materials, syllabi and other information in Blackboard that instructors or students may want to print.  There is not currently a print feature in Blackboard, however, you do have a couple of printing options.

The first way is to copy and paste text from Blackboard into a Word document. Once the text is in Word (or another text editing software), you can print it.  This method is a little cumbersome, however it does allow you to format and edit the text before you print it.  Learn more about copy and pasting to print.

The second option is only available using Chrome.  This browser allows you to print a selected section of text.   

Here's how to print from Chrome:

1. Highlight the text you want to print and use the keyboard shortcut "control + p" on a PC or "command +p" on a Mac to print.

2. In the print menu, under "Options" you need to click "More Settings" check the box that says "selection only."

3. Chrome shows you a preview of your document so you can make sure all the needed text is selected. You are ready to print! 

If you need any assistance with Blackboard please contact TLT at 8-7107 or and we would be happy to help you!