Thursday, September 29, 2016

Unscheduled Blackboard Outage (9/29) - RESOLVED

Blackboard was unavailable between 11:15 PM to 11:47 PM on Thursday September 29th. The issue has been resolved and Blackboard is functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Variable Speed Playback of MP4 video files

Many of the videos hosted by KUMC are of type MP4. When you click on the link to watch the video, depending on your browser and OS, you will have a variety of playback options. For those of you who would like to change the playback speed of the video, here are the options you have.

Firefox (Recommended)

Firefox's browser-based media player has variable speed support built in. Once the video starts playing, right-click the video, choose "Play Speed," and select the speed you want.


Chrome requires an additional extension called "Video Speed Controler" to be installed. Once installed, during video play back, the speed control will display in the upper-left-hand corner of the video window.

Internet Explorer 11 and  Microsoft Edge (Windows 10)

In order to change playback speeds with these browsers, you will need to download the video and playback with Windows Media Player.


In order to change playback speeds, you will need to download the video and playback with QuickTime or install VLC and use it as a media player.


In order to change playback speeds, you will need to install the VLC app first. When you go to link to watch the video, you will need to select the VLC app to play the video. Once playing, select the options, then the running man, and then change your speed.


In order to change playback speeds, you will need to install the VLC app first. When you go to link to watch the video, you will need to select the VLC app to play the video. Once playing, select the clock, and then change your speed.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Scheduled Blackboard Outage (9-22)

Due to a recent security report released by Blackboard we will be performing maintenance to Blackboard to resolve those issues.
Blackboard will be unavailable between 6 AM - noon on Thursday September 22nd. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

This maintenance has been completed and Blackboard is now functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Monday, September 12, 2016

ExamSoft Building Block Installed in Blackboard

After extensive testing by TLT-Ed Tech, the ExamSoft building block has been installed and activated in Blackboard. The addition of this building block allows for syncing between the two systems.

Previously users were imported manually into ExamSoft. With the new building block, users are populated in ExamSoft directly from select Blackboard courses. Subsequently, following an exam, ExamSoft administrators are able to push grades back into the Blackboard gradebook with the click of a button. This streamlines the workflow, as well as reduces the possibility of any error in data transfer, as Blackboard is fed directly from the ID vault.

At this time this functionality is currently being piloted with the School of Medicine first year courses.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Blackboard FAQ: Dates in the Calendar

Blackboard's Calendar is a great tool for students to see due dates for all their courses in one calendar. More and more students are depending on this information to help plan their study schedule. But, there are few things instructors need to know to help make this tool effective for students.

  1. If you do not add a due date, it will not populate in the Calendar. So, to make sure your Course Calendar matches the dates you establish in your syllabus/schedule at the beginning of the semester, then you need to set a due date for each assessment in the course. Even handed-in papers can have a due date set.
  2. Availability windows do not show in the Calendar. If you have a module set to open on Monday and close on Friday, that information is not added to the calendar. Only Due Dates and specific dates you add to the Calendar are populated in the calendar.
  3. You can manually add Class Events to the Calendar. Watch this video on how to do this.
  4. The Calendar you see is not the same Calendar your students see. Since each user has a different set of enrollments, each Calendar view is unique to the user. Also, each user can modify their view of their Calendar to personalize it to their needs. So, be aware of this.
  5. Refrain from Due Dates of 11:59pm (End of Day) due times. If a student is viewing their calendar in the "Day" or "Weekly" layout, the 11:59pm due time does not show well in the calendar. (Monthy is fine.) In the example below, there are three assessments due at 11:59pm on Sunday night, but you cannot clearly see them in the calendar. You would need to move up an hour or back an hour to prevent it.
More information on using the Calendar feature of Blackboard can be found here.

Camtasia Relay is now TechSmith Relay

On May 16th TLT upgraded the Camtasia Relay system to Version 5.0.7. You can read more about the upgrade on the Camtasia Relay Upgrade blog post.

By now, you may have noticed that the Camtasia Relay icon is gone from your computer. Or if you search for Camtasia Relay under the start menu it does not appear to be installed on your computer.

You may be used to seeing this icon on your desktop:
Camtasia Relay logo.

 With the upgrade, you will now need to look for TechSmith Relay on your computer. The icon for TechSmith Relay is a red square with a white 'R' in the middle. It will look like this on your desktop:

TechSmith Relay icon.
 If you would like to learn more about TechSmith Relay, please visit the Podcasting and Lecture Capture webpage.

Save the Date: Ninth Annual TLT Open House

You are invited to Teaching & Learning Technologies' 9th Annual Open House!

Event: TLT Annual Open House
Location: 4016 Varnes
When: Wednesday, November 2nd
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm

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 next!