Friday, September 19, 2014

Blackboard maintenance (9/20)

We will be performing maintenance to Blackboard Saturday September 9th from 6 to 6:30 AM. Users may lose connection or be unable to login to Blackboard during this time. Do not start any assessments that you cannot complete before this maintenance.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blackboard Security Update (9/15) - COMPLETED

We will be performing a security update to Blackboard on Monday September 15th from 7 to 7:30 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

This update has been completed.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Annual TLT Open House (10/20, 1 pm - 4 pm, 4016 Varnes/Nursing)

You are invited to Teaching & Learning Technologies' 7th Annual Open House!

  Location: 4016 Varnes/Nursing
  When: Monday, October 20th
  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 demos on GoogleGlass, ExamSoft (LXR Test replacement), ClickShare wireless presentations, ELMO MO-1 ultra-compact document camera, Multi-touch classroom monitors, iClicker 7 and Blackboard integration, TLT-Media video production, and much much more!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Blackboard Maintenance Schedule

Now that the semester is underway, we want to remind you of important maintenance events scheduled for our Blackboard system this semester, so you can schedule your class work around these dates and times.

  • Every fourth Wednesday is the regularly scheduled maintenance window. Blackboard will be unavailable from 12:00 midnight until 1:00 am on that Wednesday morning. During this time, patches and updates are applied to the servers.
  • In the event maintenance is performed outside of these times, an announcement is posted in Blackboard and on the IR Blog ( Also, if Blackboard is down due to an unexpected problem, we post an IR Blog entry, so you should check the IR Blog if you can’t access Blackboard.

Fall 2014 Online Teaching Course: Announcement

To help our faculty with teaching online, Teaching & Learning Technologies has developed an online course about Teaching & Learning Online at KUMC. This course focuses on important knowledge and skills needed for successful online teaching. It is targeted to faculty who are new to KUMC, new to online learning, or new to our Blackboard Learning System. Because it is delivered completely online, you will also better understand the perspective of an online student.

The course is organized into 6 units, each lasting a week:

  - Learning Theory and Instructional Design
  - Delivering Content
  - Communication
  - Assessment and Feedback
  - Interaction
  - Course Management and Procedures

Additionally, each unit demonstrates best practices by including a variety teaching methods, techniques, activities, and technologies. Participants are expected to actively participate by engaging in all discussions, completing all course activities, and submitting assignments. Active participation requires signing in to the course at least 2 times per week for a total of at least 2-3 hours of weekly course work. So, you will be investing 12-18 hours in this course.

The course starts Monday, October 6th and ends Sunday, November 16th. If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Dave Antonacci (

Classroom Improvements and Updates - Fall 2014

Sometimes it seems like everything TLT Media does becomes a work-in-progress, but we are wrapping this one up.  The last of the chalk and board analog communication devices are coming down and new porcelain on steel dry erase boards put in their place.  Not only is the porcelain much more resistant to “ghosting”, but since it is magnetic, there is no need for dangerous pushpins or eco-wasteful tape.  Just post on the board using safe and green reusable magnets, kind of like mom’s refrigerator.

We have vastly improved 1.5C Orr-Major with the addition of newer, cleaner, more comfortable furniture graciously donated by Dykes Library during their renovation.  We also acquired some new learning community lounge chairs and tables.  Over the summer with the help of Facilities Management, all of the old mis-matched and worn out furniture was removed and the better furniture moved in.  If you don’t know where 1.5C Orr-Major is, it is the observation deck over the bookstore, half way between the first and second floor, hence 1.5C Orr-Major.  It should be a great place to watch the snow fall this winter.

OK, back to work-in-progress.  Over the next several months, we will be replacing most of our outdated 4:3 aspect ratio classroom PC monitors with 16:9 wide screen monitors to better reflect the image possible by the new wide screen capable projectors we are beginning to install.  But there is an added bonus, these will be touch sensitive monitors, so you can annotate, highlight, and do many other functions with just your finger.

On the invisible but oh-so-necessary side, we will also begin a replacement campaign of the outdated and prone to failure classroom control systems.  You will see the old, hard to use AMX controllers go away to be replaced by much sleeker and more sensitive Crestron glass faced control screens.
Some improvements are easy to see, others not so visible, but be assured, TLT Media is always striving to provide the very best Teaching and Learning Technology experience that we can.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Introducing ExamSoft

TLT is excited to introduce ExamSoft to KUMC.  ExamSoft is a market-leading computer-based assessment-management system that supports exam creation, administration, delivery, scoring and analysis. It offers many new features previously unavailable in LXR such as option strike-out, the ability to zoom in and out of attached images, and support for mobile devices.

ExamSoft will be used by selected incoming students during the current academic year.  Beginning Summer 2015, ExamSoft will completely replace LXR as the primary system for high-stakes testing in the CTC.

If you would like more information about Testing Services in general or ExamSoft in particular, please contact Tim Doughty ( at 8-1471, Ron Knight ( at 8-8655, or Phil Wilhauk ( at 8-7292.