Friday, April 29, 2016

Camtasia Relay Upgrade - May 16

On Monday, May 16th, we will be upgrading our Camtasia Relay system to Version 5.0.7. We're currently running Version 4.3. Camtasia Relay will not be available on May 16th from 6 am - 5 pm while we run this upgrade. Although you will not be able to make new recording during the upgrade outage, you and your students will be able to view your existing recordings during the upgrade.
After the upgrade, your account and profiles will still work, but a new Camtasia Relay 5.0.7 client recorder will need to be installed on your computer. During the week of the upgrade, We will send you additional information and instructions to make this change as smooth as possible.
Most of the changes are for administrative and security reasons. If you're interested in learning more about the new version 5.0.7 capabilities, go to:
If you have any questions regarding this upgrade, please reply to this email or call ext 87107.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

TLC Scheduled Maintenance Update

Extended Service Maintenance Downtime

TLC will be unavailable during the following time due to scheduled maintenance to update security patches.  

Please do not plan on completing training during this time:

Saturday, April 23 10:00 PM - Sunday, April 24 3:30 AM

Potential Blackboard Phishing Scam

Blackboard has let us know of a potential scam that is currently happening to Blackboard users. Unfortunately there is no work around for the scam or a security fix other than educating our Blackboard users. Please refer to the attached document for more information about the scam provided by Blackboard. Blackboard Phishing Scam document.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

TLC Scheduled Maintenance

TLC will be unavailable during the following time due to scheduled maintenance to update security patches.  

Please do not plan on completing training during this time:

Saturday, April 23 10:00 PM - Sunday, April 24 2:30 AM

Friday, April 8, 2016

Scheduled Blackboard Maintenance (4/11)

Due to a minor issue found in Blackboard we will be restarting Blackboard. Starting at 7 AM on April 11 and ending at 8 AM. Please do not start anything you can not complete before this maintenance window. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Peer Evaluations with TEAMMATES

Every now and again you want students to be able to take part in evaluating the work they have done in class.  Say you have a small group presentation, and you'd like the whole group to submit how much they felt they participated in the experience, and how others contributed.  Perhaps all students have to write a paper, and you'd like to have several students evaluate the paper, rather than have only the sole instructor's perspective.

This is not accomplished very easily in BlackBoard; it's Peer Evaluation tool is rudimentary and extremely limiting to just a simple text box, with provision on how to share what is typed in.

Problems like these are what led a team of teachers and students, for teachers and students to develop TEAMMATES, powered by Google.  With this tool, you are able to set up a class, enroll your students, and set up questions with a myriad of purposes, with the results easily shared with the level of anonymity you require.

The first step is to request an Instructor account, which is free.  You'll want to give your University email here, but you'll need to associate it with a Google account before too long.  Students will have the opportunity to do so as well, but they will not be required to 'join' as a Google user.

After you log in as an instructor, you'll be able to create your course, and add/invite any additional instructors.  Using a sample spreadsheet file, you can then enter in your students, having the opportunity to put them in sections and/or teams.

enrolling students
Enrolling students
You're now ready to create your feedback session.  Give it a title, instructions, and a set of dates for when the session will be available, and you can start adding questions. There are many question types to choose from, most of which will be very familiar.

There are a few question types of note:
  1. Distribute points allows one to distribute points between either entered choices, or a list of participants, generated by whatever group you are evaluating.
  2. Team contribution allows you to estimate your personal contribution to your team, as well as how much others participated, based on an equal share, plus or minus a percentage.
  3. Rubrics allow you to judge how well or badly a participant did based on examples. 
You can ask many of these questions different ways; the student can answer the questions about themselves, about their team, and about the class overall.  This information can then be shared, or not, with the recipients, and anonymous or not.

Instructors can also answer questions about other instructors, and add comments to the students responses, which can also be shared or not.

While you can download a spreadsheet of the results, the system offers some graphical options, as well as how the data is presented.
Results display options

Finally, when the results are ready to be shared with the students, you can publish them to an accessible link.

TEAMMATES has been used by members of the Health Information Management team, and I can recommend it if you want a streamlined way of getting peer feedback done.  Want to try it out? Go to and request your instructor account now, or watch their introductory video. TEAMMATES does not integrate with BlackBoard, and is not an officially supported system, but if you need help, please contact TLT at 8-7107 or  If there is enough demand, we can add this system to our overall services.

Adobe Connect restart - 11 pm Monday, April 4.

We will be restarting Adobe Connect at 11pm Monday, April 4.
If you have open sessions you may have to re-open those sessions after the restart.

Let us know of any concerns about this restart.