Monday, December 24, 2012

Angel temporarily Unavailable (12/24) - Resolved

Users may have experienced an issue logging into and using Angel for a few minutes from 4:43 to 4:55 AM Monday December 24th. The issue has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ANGEL Maintenance Outage: 12/27, 9:00 am - 10:00 am (Completed)

Angel is back up and functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Friday, December 7, 2012

ANGEL Outage (Resolved)

Angel experienced an unplanned outage between 11:57 am and 12:04 pm Friday morning December 7.

The situation has been resolved and Angel is again functioning normally.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Camtasia Relay Upgrade December 11th, 6 am - 5 pm

On Tuesday, December 11th, we will be upgrading our Camtasia Relay system to Version 4.1. We're currently running Version 3.1. Camtasia Relay will not be available on 12/11 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 4.1 client recorder will need to be installed on your computer. Additionally, some controls will look and operate a little differently. During the week of the upgrade, I will send you additional information and instructions to make this change as smooth as possible.

In addition to fixing several bugs, the new CR 4.1 has better file compression, runs on Macintosh X Mountain Lion, and allows recording of webcam video and system audio. If you're interested in learning more about the new CR 4.1 capabilities, go to:

 http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-relay-recorder-overview.html

Questions? Call Grant at x8-7130.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Angel temporarily Unavailable (12/4) - Resolved




Users may have experienced an issue logging into and using Angel for a few minutes from 11:10 to 11:55 PM Tuesday December 4th. The issue has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

ANGEL Maintenance Outage: 12/4, 10:00 pm - 10:15 pm

We need to do database maintenance that will affect ANGEL. This work will require a 15-minute ANGEL outage on Tuesday (12/4) starting at 10 pm. Please do not begin any assessments or course activities you cannot complete before 10 pm. Sorry for this inconvenience.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

KUMC Outage 11/27 - Resolved

Users may have experienced an issue while using Angel and Jaydocs from 3:45 to 4:45 PM on Tuesday (11/27) The issue has been resolved and everything is working as expected. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Adobe Connect outage 11/23


Some users may have experienced an issue logging into and using Adobe Connect from 2:20 to 2:24 PM on Friday afternoon. The issue has been resolved and Connect is functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Adobe Connect outage 11/13

Some users may have experienced an issue logging into and using Adobe Connect from 7:20 to 7:26 PM on Tuesday evening. The issue has been resolved and Connect is functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Angel temporarily Unavailable (10/29) - Resolved

Users may have experienced an issue logging into and using Angel for a few minutes from 11:10 to 11:30 AM Monday October 29th. The issue has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience.

KUMC Exemplar Courses

KUMC Exemplar Courses: Wednesday, November 13, 2012, 12 noon - 1 pm, 1025 Orr Major

Please join us for another session in which KUMC faculty demonstrate how they are using technology in their courses. In this session, see…

John Neuberger (PRVM) - iClickers
Since last year, John has been exploring iClickers in his PRVM 830 course on Environmental Health. He uses iClickers at the beginning of class to assess student preparation and prerequisite knowledge, and he uses iClickers during class for formative assessment. Additionally, he has integrated iClickers into field trips, guest lectures, and flipped-class case studies, as well as with peer instruction. If you're thinking about adding clickers to your classes, you'll get plenty of ideas from John's work.

Becky Nicholson and Lauren Foster (SHP-OT) - Improving Online Student Presentations
Becky and Lauren, faculty in the OT ED Department, have used Abode Connect and the Pecha Kucha presentation format (20 slides, 20 seconds each slide) to improve the quality and focus of their student presentations online. Come learn about Pecha Kucha and conducting online student presentations.

No RSVP is needed. Questions? Contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144) in TLT.

Angel temporarily Unavailable (10/29) - Resolved


Users may have experienced an issue logging into and using Angel for a few minutes from 8:02 to 8:05 AM Monday October 29th. The issue has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Angel temporarily Unavailable (10/26) - Resolved

Users may have experienced an issue logging into and using Angel for a few minutes from 11:20 to 11:25 AM Friday October 26th. The issue has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Adobe Connect issue (10/24) - Resolved

Some users may be experiencing issue while logging into and using Adobe Connect from 7:47 to 9:05 PM Wednesday October 24th. We have resolved that issue and Connect should be functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fifth Annual TLT Open House

You are invited to our 5th Annual Teaching & Learning Technologies Open House! Each year we hold an open house where our faculty and staff can see what's changing with our existing technologies/services and what new technologies we're piloting with our faculty.

Again this year, we'd like to invite our C2C colleagues to attend as well. There's no cost, and we've arranged free parking. You don't need to RSVP. Just show-up and enjoy the fun. Park in Lot 99. We'll have about ten parking spots reserved on the south side of Lot 99. Look for an orange cone and a sign saying "Reserved for TLT Open House". A campus building and parking map is at http://www.kumc.edu/parking/map.html.

  Event: TLT Annual Open House
  Location: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS - 4016 Varnes Center
  When: Wednesday, November 7th
  Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
  Phone: (913) 588-7107

Swing by anytime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for snacks and conversation, a chance to meet the team behind the technology, sample some new educational technologies, see what’s coming, and have a chance to win some excellent door prizes!

See demos on Blackboard 9.1, Camtasia Relay 4.1, Flexible Classroom Furniture, iPads, ScheduALL, Touch Displays, Videoconferencing, and more!

If you have questions, please contact Dave Antonacci (913-588-7144).

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Learning Analytics

In our previous newsletter, I wrote about mobile learning and how education has evolved from classroom space to literally open space.  Partly due to mobile devices’ ease of use, portability, pricing, and easy access to educational applications, it has transcended the classroom experience even more where teaching and learning truly can take place anywhere at any time.   One of the effects of this evolution has been the rise in instructors’ adoption of and students’ use of Learning Management Systems (LMS) (such as Blackboard, eCollege, Desire2Learn, etc.), social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.), and educational gaming programs. 
The rise in student use of these systems allows for the accumulation of data (Big Data.)   These include rates of student participation and interaction in specific learning activities, time spent interacting with online resources, grades, and LMS login information, just to name a few.   The analyses of these data, called Learning Analytics, act as predictors for instructors and administrators based on patterns developed over time.  This allows instructors/administrators to develop interventions for successful and at-risk students allowing for personalization of instruction.
For more information, please visit:

Blackboard is Coming Soon!


Blackboard is coming to KUMC in 2013.

When Blackboard announced that it would gradually phase out support for Angel following its acquisition of the company in May 2009, TLT began a comprehensive review of potential replacement Learning Management Systems. The culmination of this process will take place in Summer 2013 when we launch Blackboard Learn 9.1 here at KUMC.

Blackboard Learn 9.1 is an industry-leading "next-generation" LMS offering a wide range of features ( http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning/Feature-Showcase.aspx ) to facilitate teaching and learning online.  Over the course of the Spring semester, you can expect to see numerous updates and training opportunities from TLT.  In the meantime, you can learn much more about Blackboard Learn at the Blackboard website ( http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/learn/overview.aspx ).

Friday, October 12, 2012

Scheduled Angel Outage (10/13)

Angel and Connect will be unavailable from 12:30 to 5:00 AM on Saturday October 13th due to maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Using ELMO (the document camera)


While attempting to show actual skull bone images using the new Elmo doc cam in Rieke/Wahl Hall East, it was discovered that the contrast ratio was interfering with the detail of the bones. Contrast is under a sub menu and it is called IMAGE. Set the IMAGE to GRAPHIC 2 rather than the default TEXT 1. 

Updates to Rieke Auditorium

Following the functional design of Wahl Hall East Auditorium (WHE) in 2011, Rieke Auditorium was outfitted with a full service Distance Learning system in the summer of 2012.  Designed around the powerful and flexible PolyCom HDX9004 video CODEC, the room is capable of connecting up to seven other endpoints without the use of an external Multi Point Control Unit (MCU).  The teaching faculty can observe the far end sites as well as the content which they are sending out on four large screen video monitors placed so they can be seen from almost anywhere on the lecture stage.  Step-sensitive mats on the floor allow automatic tracking of the instructor so that the far sites should always have them in view.

There is no SmartBoard installed in Rieke Auditorium.  A touch sensitive 18” monitor attached to the podium takes its place for faculty who desire to annotate their slides during the presentation.

Dual video projection was added at the request of faculty members for a more flexible teaching environment.  In the background, the robust Crestron control system makes setting up the system almost a magical experience, and Crestron Digital Media (DM) ensures that the video is as forward compatible as possible.  Fifty table microphones capture student questions as well as key the audience cameras to the zone the question is coming from.

The technical operational control (TOC) for Rieke is located in 2005D Orr-Major along with the TOC for WHE.  Together these two systems, WHE and Rieke are designed to replicate as closely as possible the KUMC Kansas City learning environment for Year 1 and Year 2 Medical Students at KUMC Salina and KUMC Wichita.

A New Way to Search: Instagrok


Instagrok is a search engine that works similar to a mind mapping tool. Search for anything and it gives you related topics in a mindmapping form graph form. It also gives you suggested options for facts about the topic, as well as websites, videos, quizzes, glossaries and books.

See for yourself: http://www.instagrok.com/

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Angel Temporarily Unavailable (10/10) - Resolved

This morning Wednesday October 10th from 7:50 to 8:12 AM users may have experienced issues logging into Angel. We have resolved the issue and it is functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Engaging All Students in Large Classes Using ADOBE Connect


Kansas University’s School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate f2f and online courses and programs are using web-conferencing tools for synchronous engagement providing rich instructor-to-student and student-to-student opportunities for collaboration and shared expertise. Using ADOBE Connect chat pods, TLT educational technologists build ADOBE Connect rooms that provide from 1 to 4 chat channels that are used to motivate and engage learners in rich synchronous learning events inside and outside the traditional classroom. To learn more about solutions and strategies that give every student a voice in a traditional classroom with 100 students or an online virtual classroom with 40+ contact your Educational Technology Liaison or eLearning Support Specialist in TLT.

Curbing Online Cheating

I hope that you will never have to give “the speech” to your class as Prof. Richard Quinn had to at the University of Central Florida.

With the increase of electronic assessment, comes the concern of increased cheating.  The Chronicle for Higher Education recently posted on how students in an online course worked together to successful pass their course by cheating.  Just a few months ago, KU had it first national conference on test fraud. (More than 130 people from 29 states and Canada attended the “Conference on Statistical Detection of Potential Test Fraud” on May 23-24, including professionals from state departments of education, federal agencies, private testing companies, public school districts, and universities.) In addition, I have visited with a number of faculty members who have expressed this concerned and have asked for advice on how to reduce the opportunity to cheat. I would like to provide you with some suggestions from John Fontaine, a Senior Director at Blackboard, on how to reduce online cheating. (For more detailed descriptions of these tips, click here.)
  1. Change your assessment to constructivist activities (such as blogs, wikis, and group projects)
  2. Pull questions from large pools to vary questions among students.
  3. Randomize question ordering, answer order, and display one question at a time.
  4. Set feedback options to display answers after assessment window is closed.
  5. Use “Negative marking” to penalize students for choosing wrong answers.
  6. Use calculated questions.
  7. Lower the stakes of the quiz by making quizzes unlimited attempts and increase exams and protector the exams.
  8. “Watch a video, click next and take a quiz” style courses reward “cheating” and copying.  Completing the sequence is the reward, people will do whatever gets them through sequence the fastest. So, rethink sequencing and design of course.
There are additional settings in ANGEL and even software programs that can be installed to reduce the ability for students to capture online test questions and answers. If you feel that there may be cheating in your in-class or online course, feel free to contact one of the Educational Technology Liaisons in TLT to provide you suggestions on how to reduce this issue in your course.

Best Practices in Clickers

Clickers, also known as student response systems and classroom voting systems, allow students to answer teacher-posed questions using an electronic polling unit. Typically, an instructor poses a multiple-choice question by displaying the question on a PowerPoint slide. Students answer the question by pressing an answer button (A-E) on their clicker remote. The instructor has a receiver base which receives and processes the radio signals from the student remotes. After students have responded, the instructor can display a histogram of student responses.

Used by over 2 million students and 1000 institutions, iClickers increase student interest in the subject matter and enjoyment of the classroom experience. Using proven techniques iClickers can enhance learning by engaging students during lectures, through collaborative group learning and instant feedback from the instructor.


CLICKERS CAN CREATE:

  • Active, student engaged environments.
  • Quick and efficient quizzes.
  • Time saving class attendance taking.
  • Interactive lectures.
  • Better Retention.
  • Instructor feedback.


CLICKER BEST PRACTICES

PREPARING STUDENTS:

  • Explain pedagogical benefits. Students who understand why they are using clickers are more likely to learn and not feel they are simply being tracked.
  • Provide clear instructions. In your syllabus, explain the process for purchasing and registering clickers, and describe class usage. An in-class tutorial on how to use clickers and an explanation of your clicker policies are helpful to students as well.
  • Award points for clicker participation. Students may participate more if a small percent of their course grade comes from their clicker participation. You can award points for correct answers, answer attempts, or both. Clicker grades can be imported into ANGEL.

PREPARING YOUR-SELF:

  • Test the system with your questions before class. If the system works in the classroom you are occupying, your course will evolve more fluently.
  • Rehearse your presentations, especially practice including your clicker questions.
  • Things to consider:
    • Lighting
    • Signal interference
    • Device malfunction
    • Opening and closing clicker questions
    • Displaying answer histogram and reinforcing correct answer
  • Have a backup plan. Technology is beneficial, but mishaps do occur. If you have no backup plan you can lose your audience quickly. What happens if your receiver base doesn’t work or if a student forgets his/her clicker?

PROPER USE:

  • Pace questions at 10 – 20 minute intervals. For a typical class this would be 2 – 5 questions throughout one class lecture.
  • Keep questions short to optimize legibility. If your questions are long, it will take time for the students to read it, and more time to process the question, taking time out of the discussion after.
  • No more than five answer options. Less screen clutter means better comprehension.
    Include an “I don’t know” option to prevent students from guessing.
  • Focus your questions. Use sparingly to highlight major points.
  • Do not make your questions overly complex. When creating questions think of response time, but don’t over simplify either. Ask questions that are challenging but not too difficult.
  • Questions should spark interest. Construct questions that lead to discussions.
  • Allow time for discussion when designing your presentation. When engaged in peer instruction students grasp a deeper understanding of concepts and materials. This allows the instructor time to interact with students in another way to see if learning has taken place. You also may need to adjust the amount of content covered in class.
  • Discuss student responses. This allows time to reflect on the reasons behind their responses.
  • Use peer instruction. Before revealing the correct answer, have your students discuss their answers with one or two nearby students. Maybe allow them to change their answers based on their discussions.
  • Do not overuse the system. Overuse can cause loss of value to the students. Use the devise to help break up the lecture such as every ten minutes.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Friday, September 28, 2012

Instructional Services Integrated into TLT

In March 2012, the Instructional Services department was merged into Teaching & Learning Technologies. So, TLT services have expanded to include classroom scheduling, classroom technology, and video production, as well as support for video conferences and other classroom events. Visit our new TLT website for additional information about these services.

With the blurring distinction between classroom and online learning, we see some great possibilities integrating our two departments, staff, and services.

We’ve also been busy with floor-to-ceiling renovations of all our auditoriums, classrooms, and conference rooms. New ceiling, flooring, and lighting have already been installed in many rooms, and we’re working our way through the rest. All the cloth chairs in all our rooms—about 2400 chairs—have been professionally cleaned. Also, check out our new rollable tables and chairs in the first-floor small classrooms in Orr Major (1006, 1007, 1010, 1012/13, 1018/19). With this new furniture, you can quickly arrange a room as you need it: lecture, discussion, small-group work, open area, etc. (A special thanks to Jim Bingham and Steffani Webb for their support, and to Campus Facilities and Housekeeping for their hard work making these improvements to our learning spaces.)

Plus, we’re expanding our daily room inspections, with our goal of ensuring everything is clean, in good condition, and works correctly.

What’s next? We plan to replace the 14 older classroom computers (Dell 745 and 755) with new computers later this semester, and we’re developing a new computer image that includes more of the software you expect, like Firefox and QuickTime. We’ll be asking for your input selecting new podiums for our small classrooms. We’re also evaluating touch monitors for all our rooms. Oh yeah, all the old carpeting will be replaced, especially in the auditoriums!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Scheduled Angel Outage (9/25)

Angel will be unavailable from 6 to 6:30 AM on Tuesday September 25th due to maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

CAS unavailable temporarily - Resolved

CAS (Central Authentication System) is now back up and functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, September 17, 2012

ANGEL Unavailable (9/17) - Resolved

Due to a problem with the login server Angel was unavailable from 10:55 to 11:10 AM Monday 9/17/2012. Users that were already in Angel would not have noticed anything happening. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Podcast issue (9/5) Resolved

We have resolved the issue with the podcasts needing to authenticate. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Google Chrome 21 browser incompatibility with Adobe Connect Add-in on Windows

http://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/kb/google-chrome-21-browser-incompatibility.html

Google released Chrome 21 browser (version 21.0.1180.60 on Windows) on July 31.  This new release of Chrome prevents the Adobe Connect Add-In to launch. You can still attend an Adobe Connect Meeting, but the add-in is required for a few functionalities like screen sharing. While Adobe works on a solution, use the workaround below or use a different browser for your Adobe Connect Meeting.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Adobe Connect Maintenance (8/27)

We will be performing Maintenance on Adobe Connect tonight Tuesday August 28th. We will be starting this Maintenance at 9:30 PM and we should be down for only 20 minutes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

ANGEL ISSUE (8/26)


Some Users may have experienced issues while trying to log into Angel between 9:22 to 9:44 AM, and 1:18 to 1:25 PM Sunday August 28.. This issue has been resolved and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

ANGEL ISSUE (8/23)


Some Users may have experienced issues while trying to log into Angel between 7:04 to 8:10 AM. This issue has been resolved and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Friday, August 17, 2012

ARES Course Reserves down (8/17) - Resolved

We have resolved the issue with ARES and it is now functioning normally. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Adobe Connect incompatibility with Chrome 21

http://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/kb/google-chrome-21-browser-incompatibility.html

Background

Google released Chrome 21 browser (version 21.0.1180.60 on Windows) on July 31.  This new release of Chrome prevents the Adobe Connect Add-In to launch. You can still attend an Adobe Connect Meeting, but the add-in is required for a few functionalities like screen sharing. While Adobe works on a solution, use the workaround below or use a different browser for your Adobe Connect Meeting.

Symptoms

Adobe Connect 8 and 9 users who are running Chrome 21 browser on Windows, experience the following:
  • Even if Add-in is installed, Chrome 21 isn't aware of it; consequently, the meeting opens in the browser and not in the Add-in.
  • Any Add-in-specific functionality (like screen sharing or sharing PPTX files) starts the Lightning download for Add-in. However, the download still fails.
  • Installation of the Add-in from the Help menu in the meeting fails.
  • Making recordings offline fails, since this functionality requires installing the Add-in.

Workarounds

Flash Pepper (PPAPI) plug-in will be supported in Adobe Connect 9 later this year. Until then, use one of the following workarounds:
  • Use supported versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers instead of the Chrome 21 browser if Add-in specific functionality is required in the meeting.
  • Disable the default Flash Pepper (PPAPI) plug-in in Chrome 21:
    1. Type chrome://plugins in a browser tab (Figure 1).
    2. Expand Details in the upper-right area of the screen (Figure 1).
    3. Click Disable for the PPAPI Flash plug-in (Figure 2). Ensure that the NPAPI Flash plug-in listed below the PPAPI Flash plug-in is not disabled.
    4. Refresh the browser tab.
If your Chrome browser has not yet been updated to this latest version, you can also control the upgrade process by looking at this Google document.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Angel Cookie Privacy Message


With Angel Service Pack 3 which was recently installed on Tuesday August 7th, 2012, Blackboard has implemented a change in both Angel and Blackboard to comply with new European Privacy Laws. While they do not directly affect us at KUMC Blackboard is being proactive because of the potential that European users may be logging into their systems. This change will not affect you in anyway other than the first time you log into Angel you will be prompted to accept "Cookies" on your computer. 

To accept the cookies click ‘Agree’. After doing this once you should never see this pop-up again when you log into the system.

Monday, August 6, 2012

ANGEL Maintanence (Unavailable 8/07)


ANGEL will not be available on Tuesday, August 07, 2012 from 6 am - 6 pm, while we perform maintanence to the servers. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Adobe Connect issue - Update

We have resolved this issue and Adobe Connect is now functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Schedules Connect Outage

Due to emergency network maintenance Adobe Connect will be down on July 30, 2012 from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. You may experience intermittent issues during this time. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Scheduled ANGEL Outage

Due to emergency network maintenance ANGEL will be down on July 30, 2012 from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Please DO NOT begin any assessments or course activities that you cannot complete before 9:00 PM. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chalk Issues UPDATED

Users began experiencing problems logging into Chalk at 1:05 pm today - Thursday, June 14.

We are working on the problem and hope to have access restored soon.

UPDATE: Access to Chalk has been restored as of 2:15 pm.

Flash Player 11.3

Today Adobe released Flash Player version 11.3. This update breaks several things when using Firefox 13 and if you have RealPlayer installed on your computer. If you have all three of these things Flash videos including YouTube do not function. You will also experience issues when using Adobe Connect. If you are experiencing issues since you upgraded your Flash Player please contact TLT at 913-588-7107.

Monday, May 21, 2012

ANGEL 8 Upgrade Completed

The ANGEL 8 upgrade schedule for 5/21/2012 has been completed. ANGEL is back up and running normally. We apologize for any inconvenience this upgrade may have caused.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

ANGEL 8 Upgrade (Unavailable 5/21)

ANGEL will not be available on Monday, May 21, 2012 from 6 am - 6 pm, while we are upgrade to ANGEL 8. Faculty and students will notice only minor differences with this newer version of ANGEL.

We are upgrading primarily because ANGEL 8 offers us the best future migration path to Blackboard. However, ANGEL 8 also offers us a few enhancements as well:
  - Chrome and Safari are now supported browsers, in addition to Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  - Grading rubrics can be applied to Discussion Forums.
  - Faculty can configure a Dropbox, so students can see it, without being able to submit to it until a specified date/time range.
  - Students can mark an assessment question for Review, and quickly return to that marked question to answer it.

We've prepared two short videos (one for faculty and one for students) demonstrating these new features of ANGEL 8:
  http://classes.kumc.edu/tlt/angel_tutorials/angel_tutorial_faculty.html
  http://classes.kumc.edu/tlt/angel_tutorials/angel_tutorial_student.html

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144).

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Adobe Connect Maintenance

The Adobe Connect system at kumed.adobeconnect.com will undergo system maintenance during the following window: 


Start May 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM PDT
End May 19, 2012 at 2:00 AM PDT  


During the maintenance window, the Adobe Connect system at https://kumed.adobeconnect.com may be intermittently unavailable.

This outage will not affect the new KUMC Adobe Connect at https://connect.kumc.edu

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Brief ANGEL Outage


Some users may have experienced problems accessing Angel between 3:55-3:58 pm this afternoon.  Access has now been restored for all users and we are investigating the cause of this outage.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Adobe Connect Maintenance


Adobe Connect will undergo system maintenance during the following window:

Start Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM CDT
End Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM CDT

During the maintenance window the Adobe Connect system may be intermittently unavailable.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

ANGEL OUTAGE ISSUE - March 24, 2012




Users attempting to access Angel between 3:55-4:15 pm, Sunday April 29th may have experienced problems using the site due to technical problems. These issues appear to be resolved and Angel is functioning normally now. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Helix streaming server is back in service

Streaming video files should now be working normally.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Streaming video files are unavailable

The Helix server is not working. We are actively working on the problem and a ticket is in to RealNetworks.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ANGEL 8 Upgrade (Unavailable 5/21)

ANGEL will not be available on Monday, May 21, 2012 from 6 am - 6 pm, while we are upgrade to ANGEL 8. Faculty and students will notice only minor differences with this newer version of ANGEL.
 
We are upgrading primarily because ANGEL 8 offers us the best future migration path to Blackboard. However, ANGEL 8 also offers us a few enhancements as well:
  • Chrome and Safari are now supported browsers, in addition to Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Grading rubrics can be applied to Discussion Forums.
  • Faculty can configure a Dropbox, so students can see it, without being able to submit to it until a specified date/time range.
  • Students can mark an assessment question for Review, and quickly return to that marked question to answer it.
We've prepared two short videos (one for faculty and one for students) demonstrating these new features of ANGEL 8:
 
 
 
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144).

Monday, April 16, 2012

KUMC Exemplar Courses: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12 noon - 1 pm, 1025 Orr Major

Please join us for another session in which KUMC faculty demonstrate how they are using technology in their courses. In this session, see…

Kathy Fletcher and Lorraine Buchanan (SoN) - Adobe ConnectThis semester, in NURG 338, Kathy and Lorraine used Abode Connect Chat pods for in-class group case studies, with a class of almost 100 students! Come learn how they did it and how it worked.

Kendra Gagnon and Carla Sabus (SHP-PT) - Facebook GroupsKendra and Carla use Facebook Groups for asynchronous online discussion, real-time group chat, and assignments in both face-to-face and online courses. Their work may suggest some possibilities for adding social media to your courses as well.

No RSVP is needed. Questions? Contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144) in TLT.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Adobe Connect Maintenance April 6, 10 pm

Adobe Connect will undergo system maintenance on
Saturday, April 6 from 10 till 11 pm.
During this time users may experience intermittent behavior.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chalk Down (RESOLVED)

UPDATE: The problem has been resolved and Chalk is again working normally as of 8:42 am.

ORIGINAL POST:
A problem with the database server has caused the Chalk application to become unavailable beginning at 8:31 am Wednesday March 28. We are working to resolve the problem.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Chalk & Angel Login Problems

Due to a problem with the CAS authentication server, users were unable to login to either Chalk or Angel tonight between approximately 7:03 pm and 9:17 pm. The issue has now been resolved and users are again able to login to both systems.

ANGEL OUTAGE ISSUE - March 24, 2012

Users attempting to access Angel between 7:00-9:30 pm, Saturday evening may have experienced problems using the site due to technical problems. These issues appear to be resolved and Angel is functioning normally now. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scheduled ANGEL Outage

Due to emergency network maintenance ANGEL will be down on March 25, 2012 from 1:00 to 1:30 PM. Please DO NOT begin any assessments or course activities that you cannot complete before 1:00 PM. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Prezi Presentation by TLT


Title: Presentations with Pop: Prezi Online Software
Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: 1023 Orr Major
Presenter: Sonny Painter, TLT Educational Technology Liaison to SHP
 
Description: A new, popular, free, online presentation software, Prezi, is making its rounds at conferences and in the classroom. Come see a demonstration on how to create your own Prezi.
 
Bring your own lunch and learn with us. No RSVP needed.
 
Questions? Contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144) in TLT.

KUMC soon to 'self-host' Adobe Connect

Update on Adobe Connect at KUMC

 
Plans are in motion to switch from running Adobe Connect on Adobe servers to running and maintaining our Connect presence here at KUMC.

End users should not notice any 'in session' change, but the switch will bring us these significant advantages:
  • LDAP integration. Users will sign in with their LDAP credentials - no more additional info will be required.
  • HIPPA compliance. Users will be able to discuss sensitive information knowing that the session is secure.
  • Blackboard integration. Users will be able to manage their Connect meetings from within their Blackboard course.
Look for further announcements concerning piloting and full roll-out dates.

Educreations


If you would like a break from Powerpoint and want to try a simplified Voice Over Presentation tool, look into Educreations.  This is available for desktop and mobile devices using the Educreations mobile app.
Educreations is basically a whiteboard you can draw on and import photos or slides from your computer or mobile device, and add audio. 
Follow the link below to view an example created on an iPad, showing changes to the new version of the Angel LMS.

Another version incorporating slides from Keynote, apples version of Powerpoint.  Also all done on one mobile device.

ANGEL 8 Upgrade in May


We will be upgrading to ANGEL 8 on May 21, 2012, and ANGEL will not be available between 6am to 6pm on that day. The most significant changes faculty and students will notice are:
  • Safari and Chrome are now supported browsers.
  • New Navigation options are now available in Assessments.
  • Rubrics are now available in Discussion forums.
  • Drop boxes now allow submission dates.
For more information, please watch the faculty video and the student video.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

eLibrary Adoption - Kansas University School of Nursing: Making the move from a traditional bookshelf to an electronic library of books that can be held in your hand or balanced on your head!

At the beginning of 2011, KUMC’s School of Nursing began investigating adopting and implementing the use of what we refer to as an ‘eLibrary’. Part of the implementation and evaluation process included eLibrary installation on faculty desktops and laptops for familiarizing and preparation for the fall 2011 semester, post evaluation of the processes used to prepare faculty and students, and review and reflection on the challenges and successes in the first year of implementation. Factors in the decision making process included: matching the right level of resources to our program, evaluating the eText interface, negotiations with eText publishers, and a strategy for implementing and educating students and faculty on maximizing the tools and enhancements that are available in an eLibrary.
Some of the benefits of adopting the eLibrary were: access to digital copies of all electronic textbooks and resources that could downloaded to the students desktop, laptop, and two mobile devices, digital note sharing from faculty and student study groups, faculty access to all eTexts in the curriculum to enhance teaching strategies in a Concept-Based curriculum, also launched in the fall of 2011. According to “The Horizon Report” 2011 Edition:
“Now that they are firmly established in the consumer sector, electronic books are
beginning to demonstrate capabilities that challenge the very definition of reading.
Audiovisual, interactive, and social elements enhance the information content of
books and magazines.”
(Johnson, Smith, Willis, Levine & Haywood, 2011)
Permission is granted under a Creative Commons Attribution license to replicate, copy, distribute, transmit, or adapt this report freely provided that attribution is provided as illustration in the citation below.
Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report.
  Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

Quality Matters: A national benchmark in online teaching and learning course development

On February 27, 2012, University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing sponsored the third annual Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop. The 2012 spring workshop included attendees from the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Health Professions, Teaching and Learning Technologies, and the Center for Online Teaching and Learning from the Lawrence Campus. The 7 ½ hour workshop focused on the three primary components in the Quality Matters Program: The 41 standard rubric designed to guide faculty in course development based on national best practices in teaching and learning, current review of the literature, and best practices in instructional design principles, the Peer Review Process, and Quality Matters professional development opportunities. If you are interested in more information about the Quality Matters Program on the Kansas University Medical Center Campus, contact Kathy Tally, Educational Technology Liaison for the School of Nursing, QM Trainer and Master Review, in the Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies, visit the QM website (link below), or click here to view an Overview and Introduction Presentation to Quality Matters.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Click, Tweet, and Connect: How to Increase Student Engagement

Please join us on April 4, 2012 @ noon in B018 SoN for a panel discussion with Drs. Kathy Fletcher, Kendra Gagnon and Ruth Wetta-Hall as they share their experiences with iClickers, Twitter, and Adobe Connect and how they have integrated these systems to increase student engagement not only in their classrooms (face-to-face) but in their online courses too.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Presentations with Pop!


Prezi Online Presentation Software

Tired of putting students to sleep with PowerPoint presentations? Does flying in text and crazy transitions annoy you? Need to wow the audience at your next conference? Then, Prezi is your answer.

Click Here to watch a Prezi presentation of the first paragraph of this article.


Prezi is an internet-based presentation software that is FREE! Let me repeat that. FREE. When you sign up for an account, you get 500mb of online storage to create your presentation. What makes Prezi different from PowerPoint or Keynote is its Zooming User Interface which allows you to zoom in and out of content within your presentation. The benefits of this type of presentation allows for information to be displayed in a non-linear format, relationships between concepts can be explained through perspective (zooming) and location, and presentations to be visually appealing holding your audience’s attention. Text, images, and videos are all placed on the canvas. You can organize related content in frames. Then, you apply your creativity by positioning and resizing your content. The final step is to define the navigation of the presentation by designating your starting point and the path through the content.  You select the content you want to focus your audience on, and the Prezi software handles the transitions between the steps on your path. The end product is a presentation that feels more like a journey. You provide the same content as you would in PowerPoint, but now you guide your audience to experience the content instead of offering the next slide of bullet points.


Prezi has been around since 2009. It has been used in a number of TED Conferences presentations and more than likely at one of the recent conferences you have attended. If you haven’t seen a Prezi presentation, then surf over to prezi.com and view a few of the examples. You’ll get the concept pretty quickly.

Creating a Prezi is pretty simple. You just start adding you text and images to the canvas and move them around and resize them. There is even a short tutorial on how to import your existing PowerPoint into Prezi to add a little flare to the transitions between your slides. I recommend that you do a little planning up front on how you want the presentation to flow. I suggest viewing the following Prezi to get an idea of how to arrange your information on the canvas: Academy: 10 ways to say it with prezi

The free service of Prezi will probably suit most users’ needs. There is a free Edu Enjoy license which is a bump up from the free public version. All you need is an .edu email address. All editing and storage is online. You can download you presentation if you need it and then delete it online to free up online storage space. However, you cannot upload that file to edit. Here is a link to more info. http://prezi.com/profile/signup/edu/
There are paid services that allows for editing offline (installing Prezi Desktop software) as well as additional online storage. The “Edu Pro” version ($59 per year) is 2000 MB online storage, tech support, private presentations, as well as the Prezi Desktop software where you can do all your editing offline and allows installs on three computers. Not too bad if you really like this software and do a lot of presentations.

If you are asking yourself if you should start making all your presentations in Prezi, consider this.
Count on probably spending twice the amount of time to create your presentation. PowerPoint has nice templates to plug in your titles, details, and media and then easily change your template and slide order. In Prezi, you have to place and resize all the content and then determine the path of the presentation. So, it takes more time for development and changes.

Prezi also has challenges with audio. It can be done, but you will need to do extra work to add audio directly to Prezi (there are tutorials on that). I recommend if you want to add your narration to your Prezi, capture your whole presentation with Camtasia Relay so you get both your narration and the awesome Prezi effect

Another drawback is viewing the presentation for review. Many of us post our PowerPoint presentations so students can go back and review the material in the presentation. The information is organized to easily review and structured in an orderly manner the makes sense when reviewing for an exam. It is not as easy reviewing a Prezi to get to content you are looking for. Let me use the metaphor of locating the famous quote in Hamlet. You know it is in Act 3, Scene 1. The two resources to find the quote are a written copy of the play and a copy of the movie. PowerPoint is the written copy where you can flip pretty fast to that scene and find the quote. Prezi is more like a movie where you have to fast-forward to get to the scene.

To Prezi, or not to Prezi, that is the question.

To Prezi:
If you have time and resources to really develop your presentation and you want to capture your audience. You want the “wow” factor. If you have information that you want your audience to take with them, create a separate handout with that content. Also consider recording the live presentation (either video or Relay) for those who could not attend. You put a lot time in this presentation, record it. I highly recommend developing a Prezi for a conference presentation or anytime you are trying to present to a panel for a grant.

Not to Prezi:
When time and resources are limited, PowerPoint serves it purpose. If your presentation is heavy with content that your audience will need handouts or notes for review, PowerPoint is the way to go.
Eventually, the “wow” factory will wear off and everyone will use this software (or Microsoft will buy it and make it part of PowerPoint). I say get the most of it now and use it to win over your audience.

Contributor: Sonny Painter, TLT Educational Technology Liaison

If you’re interested in exploring Prezi for your KUMC courses, please contact the TLT Educational Technology Liaison for your school or contact TLT (tlt@kumc.edu or 913-588-7107).

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mobile Learning: It's Here


In the past, the phrase “classroom without walls” meant instructors relied less on textbooks and more on multi-media components such as incorporating appropriate topics from laser discs, using suitable public television segments in the classroom and bringing in local experts to share their experiences/expertise with students.  Today, this phrase has taken on a more literal meaning; classrooms have become learning spaces.  And technology has removed walls, bringing in students and presenters from around the world.  Students in these environments bring their own computers using wireless capability (Walker, Brooks, Baepler, 2011) that extend the classroom beyond its physical walls. 

Additionally, students are no longer tethered to backpacks carrying books, notebooks, pencils, etc.  Our 21st century students are now accessing information via their Smartphones and Tablets receiving information from e-Books and software applications known as “apps” in an environment referred to as “mobile or mobile learning.”  

According to ELI (2010), mobile learning, or m-learning, can be any educational interaction delivered through mobile technology and accessed at a student’s convenience from any location.  Because m-learning utilizes a variety of devices, many of which are ubiquitous in the lives of students, it can foster student engagement and offer opportunities to make learning integral to daily life.

Universities such as Stanford, Oklahoma State University, University of Maryland, Duke University, and University of Kansas (Lawrence Campus); just to name a few institutions are exploring ways mobile devices can enhance education.  The outcomes of these pilot programs will help answer questions related to integration of existing network infrastructure, use of e-books compared to traditional print textbooks (expense impact), and its overall enhancement(s) to the academic experience.

By the same token, KUMC faculty members are also exploring ways mobile devices can be integrated into their disciplines.  Hence, the formation of the Apple Support Group where interested faculty and staff meet to discuss overarching issues such as security, iTunes implementation, network infrastructure, customer support, as well as teaching and learning integrations and app selection.  To find out more about this group or if interested in joining, please contact your TLT Liaison.

For even though many universities and school districts are experimenting with the use of mobile devices within their curriculum, mobile learning is still an emerging trend and research on its implication in teaching and learning is still underway.   

References:
Traxler, John.  “Current State of Mobile Learning.”  Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of
                Education and Training, pp. 9-24, March 2009.
Walker, Brooks, and Baepler.  “Pedagogy and Space: Empirical Research on New Learning
                Environments,” Educause Quarterly, v34, #4, 2011.
Educause Learning Initiative (ELI):  7 Things You Should Know about iPad Apps for Learning, February
                2011.

Adobe Connect system maintenance March 16/17

Adobe Connect will undergo system maintenance during the following window:

Start March 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM CST
End March 17, 2012 at 4:00 AM CST

During the maintenance window the Adobe Connect system may be intermittently unavailable. If you experience any problems with your Adobe Connect account after the maintenance, please contact our Technical Support team.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Social Media at KUMC

Early February 2012, Director of Internet Development, Jameson Watkins, presented an overview of social media at KUMC and implementation considerations. If you were not able to attend the session, you may watch the record session here.

If you have any questions regarding social media for your school or department, please contact Public Affairs.

New to the TLT Staff: Sonny Painter

TLT would like to welcome our new staff member, Sonny Painter. Sonny started at the beginning of the year as the Educational Technology Liasion for the School of Health Professions.

Sonny comes to us from UMKC where he was a distance education coordinator and an international trainer for Supplemental Instruction, a peer-led review session model. His education includes a BS in math education, MS in curriculum and instruction in technology, and currently working towards his PhD.

We're excited to have Sonny on our team to help us incorporate new and existing technologies to increase student engagement and improve course design.

Blackboard is Coming!

Why?

After Blackboard (which acquired ANGEL in May 2009) announced that it would end support for ANGEL in 2014, a committee of faculty and staff were assembled to review alternative Learning Management Systems (LMS) to replace ANGEL. After creating a list of requirements and going through a thorough review process, the committee selected Blackboard Learn, Blackboard’s LMS.

When?

Integrating Blackboard will start with a pilot in Spring 2013 with a campus wide roll out of Blackboard beginning Summer 2013.

How?

TLT will be working with schools to migrate ANGEL courses to Blackboard. A website will provide information with training documents and courses to help learn the new LMS. TLT will also provide training opportunities in a variety of formats: group, online, and individual. To get a taste of Blackboard and its new features, visit Blackboard’s site.

What do I do now?

Wait for more information from TLT. We have a lot of testing, configuring, and coordinating to make this transition as smooth as possible. TLT wants to bring the best technologies to you to improve effectiveness and engagement in learning. This is one step in that direction.

Adobe Connect and Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2

People have experienced problems hosting Adobe Connect sessions using Mac OS X Lion.
This page has a link (with instructions) to the Add-In that should help solve those problems:

Adobe Connect Add-in Support | Mac OS X Lion

It's necessary that Lion users are on 10.7.2 (and not 10.7 or 10.7.1) to use the new Add-in.

For KU physical therapy professor Kendra Gagnon, tweeting = teaching


TLT would like to highlight the KUMC article of Kendra Gagnon, faculty increasing student engagement with technology. Full article can be found here.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Technology Tip: Adobe Connect Audio Setup

Did you know that you can test your audio setup 24/7 in our Configuration Room?
http://connect.kumc.edu/config

To test your system and make sure your hardware is working with Adobe Connect:
Click on the Meeting link at the top of the window, and choose Audio Setup Wizard. Follow the prompts to make sure your speakers and microphone are working. To speak in your meeting, click on the Connect My Audio button (it looks like a picture of a microphone).

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pecha Kucha for Better Presentations

“Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of 'chit chat', Pecha Kucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.” (http://www.pecha-kucha.org)

By limiting presentations to 20 seconds of talk for 20 slides, Pecha Kucha presentations can be more effective, efficient, and enjoyable than traditional PowerPoint presentations (Beyer, 2011). Several KUMC faculty are exploring Pecha Kucha for student presentations. We also recommend faculty consider Pecha Kucha instead of one-hour lectures, especially for online courses.

Dave Antonacci, Director of Teaching & Learning Technologies at KUMC, made his first Pecha Kucha at the 2010 WCET Conference (Antonacci, 2010). Originally, he expected to simply convert an existing one-hour presentation into a Pecha Kucha by reducing the number of bullet points and talking less. However, as he began to research other successful Pecha Kucha presentations, he understood this new presentation format required much more time, effort, and creativity. Effective visual images--reinforcing the key point of each slide--were critical. Also, determining, refining, and practicing what to say on each slide was vital. With slides set to automatically advance after 20 seconds, fumbling for words and ideas is not an option for a successful Pecha Kucha.

You can watch the Pecha Kucha presentations from the 2010 WCET Conference at http://tinyurl.com/7f4m9kf. Dave’s Pecha Kucha starts about one hour (1:01) into the session. A wide range of example Pecha Kucha presentations are also available at http://www.pecha-kucha.org/presentations.

If you’re interested in exploring Pecha Kucha for your KUMC courses, please contact the TLT Educational Technology Liaison for your school or contact TLT (tlt@kumc.edu or 913-588-7107).

Antonacci, D. M. (2010). Emerging Teaching and Learning Technologies: Streamlining from Awareness to Integration. Pecha Kucha Presentation at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Annual Conference; La Jolla, CA.

Beyer, A. (2011). Improving student presentations: Pecha Kucha and just plain PowerPoint. Teaching of Psychology, 38(2), 122-126.

Adobe Connect system maintenance February 25



Adobe Connect will undergo system maintenance during the following window:

Start February 25, 2012 at 9:00 PM CT
End February 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM CT
During the maintenance window the Universal Voice feature of Adobe Connect system may be intermittently unavailable. If you experience any problems with your Adobe Connect account after the maintenance, please contact our Technical Support team
.

Monday, January 30, 2012

ANGELOutage Issue - Janurary 30. 2012

Users attempting to access Angel between 6:34-6:42 pm, Monday evening may have experienced problems using the site due to technical problems. These issues appear to be resolved and Angel is functioning normally now. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Angel Maintenance Tonight

We will be performing emergency maintenance to ANGEL tonight Thursday, January 26 between 11:00 - 11:15 pm. Users may experience a brief temporary outage during this time.

Please do not begin any assessments or critical course activities which you can not complete before 11:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

ANGEL will be unavailable TONIGHT from 11:59pm until 1:00am tomorrow.

PLEASE DO NOT begin any assessments or course activities that you cannot complete before Midnight.

Every fourth Wednesday of the month is the regularly scheduled maintenance window.
During this time, patches and updates are applied to the servers.

Monday, January 23, 2012

ANGELOutage Issue - Janurary 23. 2012

Users attempting to access Angel between 6:10-7:12 pm, Monday evening may have experienced problems using the site due to technical problems. These issues appear to be resolved and Angel is functioning normally now. Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Adobe Connect Service Interruption

We are experiencing an unscheduled service interruption. We are in contact with Adobe Support and will post updates when they are available.