Monday, December 19, 2016

TLC Scheduled Maintenance

TLC will be unavailable during the following times due to scheduled maintenance.  


Please do not plan on completing training during this time:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 1:00AM - 1:05AM CST

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Chrome Extension causing potential phishing email

Blackboard has informed us of an extension in google chrome browser called OneClass that may cause a potential phishing email if installed.
To avoid this issue do not install the OneClass google chrome extension if prompted.
The link looks like the following: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oneclass-easy-invite/aamdmgbfnjpdfkjjbobpkhnhpcmolpja

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TLC Scheduled Maintenance

TLC will be unavailable during the following times due to scheduled maintenance.  


Please do not plan on completing training during this time:

Friday, December 09, 2016 from 2:00AM - 3:00AM CST

Monday, December 5, 2016

Emergency Maintenance (12/6)-RESOLVED

The system will be doing emergency maintenance starting at 12 AM on December 6th.  This will effect access to Blackboard, Connect and Relay.  The expected down time is 30 minutes starting at 12 AM on December 6th.  We will update this announcement when the maintenance is complete.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE-The maintenance has been completed.

Unscheduled Blackboard Outage (12/5) - RESOLVED

Users attempting to login to Blackboard between 12:15 -12:45 AM Monday December 5th were unable to login due to network issues. These issues have been resolved and Blackboard is functioning normally again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Teaching Approaches to Consider

students listening in a large lecture hallOver the past few years, there's been much discussion, evaluation, and research of the role of lecture and its place in the classroom and online courses.  Depending on variables, such as class size, discipline, instructor's teaching philosophy, etc. other strategies (i.e. Active Learning, Flipped Classroom, Learner-Centered, and POGIL - just to name a few) have surfaced with some highly adopted and recommended.

Below you will find a synopsis of each approach with links to "best practices."  I'm also interested in gaining insights from you!  I welcome you sharing your experiences should you have taught or are currently teaching one of the approaches mentioned below.

If interested, please email me (nmodares@kumc.edu) your thoughts/experiences as I would like to delve further into each of these approaches and pepper them with your contributions in the near future.


Active Learning -
This approach allows students to "learn by doing," where students use their critical thinking skills to address the activity rather than watch or listen to a recording or lecture.  One way instructors might promote this approach would be assigning a learning activity such as a reflection assignment which would have students read, discuss, and write.  This would allow students to use their critical thinking skills and help focus the student on realizing their own attitudes and values rather on just transmitting knowledge.

Flipped Classroom -
Students working together during class
This method expects students to prepare for learning activities by watching videos or reading articles and book chapters outside of classThis "flip" will allow students to analyze/synthesize the content within instruction time instead by way of discussions or collaborative learning activities (Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Team-Based Learning (TBL), unstructured group case studies, etc.)

Learner Centered - 
This strategy allows instructors to share learning space with students where students are given control of their learning.  The role of the instructor changes from having to orchestrate the learning for the students by allowing them to take control and become self-directed learners instead.

Students discussing around a table

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) -
According to Weimer, "POGIL originated in Chemistry and involves students working together during class on specially designed materials.  They work through a set of carefully crafted questions, the guided inquiry, which follow a three-phase “learning cycle.”   First students explore, then they invent, and finally they apply.  Instructors function as facilitators, supporting the groups in a variety of ways ad occasionally presenting material in lecture format."   
Weimer, Maryellen. Learner Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, Josey Bass, 2002

Looking forward to your contributions!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Scheduled Blackboard Maintenance (12/01) - RESOLVED

Due to a few issues in Blackboard we will be restarting the servers to resolve them. This will be happening starting at 11:10 AM. Users may experience a loss of connection to Blackboard or no be able to login for a short time. We will update this announcement when everything is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.

UPDATE: This issue has been resolved and Blackboard is functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Unscheduled Blackboard Outage - RESOLVED

Due to an issue Blackboard is currently down. Blackboard began having issues around 9:15 PM on Tuesday evening. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

UPDATE: The issue with Blackboard is resolved and Blackboard is now functioning normally again. This outage was from Tuesday 11/29 at 9:15 PM until 1:05 AM on Wednesday 11/30. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5 Steps Toward Accessibility


  1. Provide contact information to Academic Accommodation Services within your course. At KUMC, students can call (913) 945-7035 to discuss accommodations.

  1. Caption or transcribe video and audio content.

  1. If you are adding images to your course, you must provide alternative (alt) text for the image. You need to be as descriptive as possible when describing the image so screen readers can tell the students what the image is of. Your description should ue 5-15 words. Here are a couple of examples of how to properly label an image versus lacking description:
    • Lacking: “man”
    • Detailed: “Director of HR Initiatives Fritz Achen”

    • Lacking: “building”
    • Detailed: “An aerial view of Kirmayer fitness center”

  1. Do not use color to convey meaning. If you make all important dates a specific color, it will not be accessible to students who are color blind.

  1. To check Microsoft Word documents for accessibility errors, go to File > (Info) Inspect Document/Check for Issues > Check Accessibility. This will inspect your document and notify you of any accessibility errors.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Use of Virtual Reality in Higher Education

Virtual Reality is a hot topic we keep hearing about. It is engaging and provides an immersive experience for the user. At the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, there was an interactive session dedicated to Virtual Reality and how other higher education institutions are using it. 

Participants at the EDUCAUSE conference try out different types of virtual reality headsets. 
Before you continue, it is important for you to know a few terms:

Virtual Reality (VR) - simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way

Augmented Reality (AR) - technology that places a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

Mixed or merged reality (MR) - merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time

Have you ever imagined watching virtual reality stories or watching stories develop in front of you? With the NYT VR app now you can watch stories take place with Google Cardboard.

Other apps you can download to try with your VR headset include:
Within - VR storytelling
You Visit - Share memorable and interactive VR experiences
Jaunt - VR 360 experience
VRideo - Share and stream immersive video

During the VR workshop at the EDUCAUSE conference, there were several universities using VR on their campus. The most popular VR headsets were Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Microsoft Hololens, and HTC Vive.

Schools have started building VR labs to promote student engagement and learning. The University of Minnesota created a Virtual Reality Design lab and the University of Southern California has a MedVR Lab for clinical purposes.

Where is VR, AR, and MR going in education?
VR, AR, and MR can be used for experiential learning, virtual field trips, social interaction, simulation, visual science, and problem based learning.

Scheduled Blackboard Maintenance (11/18)

Due to a minor issue with Blackboard we will be restarting the servers starting at 12:01 AM to 1 AM on November 18th. Please do not start anything you can not complete before this maintenance window. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Exemplar Courses Presentation Recording

If you missed this afternoon's excellent Exemplar Courses presentation, a recording is now available:

NURS 446/OCTH776 : an online interdisciplinary course taught collaboratively by Gina Johnson (SON), Wendy Hildenbrand (SHP-OT), and Vicki Hicks (SON) 
In this unique Interprofessional Education learning environment, this Population Health Course guides students through a community assessment and project plan using concepts from population health and the domains of interprofessional collaboration to guide students work together.   Although online team work is not new in this course, this year's students have used Adobe Connect to bond as a community of learners.  In this forum, students have been able to connect (engage) more with one another seeking answers and information of each other first rather solely relying on instructors.

Peer Evaluations Solutions in the Health Information Management (HIM): Norb Belz (HIM)
HIM has implemented peer-evaluation through Blackboard discussion forums and a new tool, TeamMates, to allow students to provide feedback to each other on a variety of assessments. Peer evaluation is a great solution to increase quality of work and students' critical thinking skills. Blackboard's peer evaluation tool is not very effective and too cumbersome to implement, thus HIM uses the discussion forums and TeamMates. TeamMates, is a free, Google-forms based software that allows for a variety of survey questions, options, and reporting to support peer evaluations. In this presentation, HIM faulty will discuss their implementation of peer evaluation and the benefits of using these technology solutions.

Monday, November 7, 2016

TLC Scheduled Maintenance

TLC will be unavailable during the following times due to scheduled maintenance.  


Please do not plan on completing training during this time:

Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 11:00PM - 3:00AM CST

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Scheduled Blackboard Maintenance (11/2)

Due to a minor issue with Blackboard we will be restarting the servers starting at 12:01 AM to 1 AM on November 2nd. Please do not start anything you can not complete before this maintenance window. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

TLT Open House - November 2

You are invited to the Annual Teaching & Learning Technologies 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!

See demonstrations of:
  • HoloLens
  • Catch Box Wireless Microphone
  • ExamSoft/Blackboard Integration
  • HEB Learning Spaces
  • Content Development Studio
  • Blackboard Ultra
  • 3D Printing
  • Wireless Mirroring Computer Display

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Scheduled Blackboard Maintenance (10-24)

We will be performing maintenance on Blackboard starting at 6 AM and ending at 7 AM on Monday October 24th, 2016.
Some users may experience an issue logging in or using certain features within Blackboard. 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.

Blackboard FAQ: Test Timer

In many Blackboard tests, a timer is set by the instructor. Here is some additional information regarding the timer used in Blackboard.

This is what it looks like:

The timer resides at the top of your browser window as you complete the test. Even if you scroll down the test, the timer remains at the top of the browser window. You can minimize the timer, but it is not suggested. Here is what that looks like:
Notice, you do not see the timer. Nor will you see the half time, 5 minute, 1 minute, and 30 seconds left warnings.

The timer also allows you to expand the Question Completion Status so you can see your progress on questions. All questions that have been submitted and saved are greyed-out with a little save icon. Note: You can navigate directly to questions by clicking on these question icons (if permitted by the instructor).
Notice in the image above, you receive a message when there is less than five minutes left in the test. All messages regarding time left are display as text. There are no pop-up windows or audio warnings regarding time left in the test. The progress bar changes colors to yellow when there is 1 minute left and then to red when there is 30 seconds left in the test.
If the instructor has set the test to auto-submit, then the test will close at the end of time saving only the test questions you have completed.

Always be aware of the time you have on your test.

Blackboard FAQ: Test Timer

In many Blackboard tests, a timer is set by the instructor. Here is some additional information regarding the timer used in Blackboard.

This is what it looks like:

The timer resides at the top of your browser window as you complete the test. Even if you scroll down the test, the timer remains at the top of the browser window. You can minimize the timer, but it is not suggested. Here is what that looks like:
Notice, you do not see the timer. Nor will you see the half time, 5 minute, 1 minute, and 30 seconds left warnings.

The timer also allows you to expand the Question Completion Status so you can see your progress on questions. All questions that have been submitted and saved are greyed-out with a little save icon. Note: You can navigate directly to questions by clicking on these question icons (if permitted by the instructor).
Notice in the image above, you receive a message when there is less than five minutes left in the test. All messages regarding time left are display as text. There are no pop-up windows or audio warnings regarding time left in the test. The progress bar changes colors to yellow when there is 1 minute left and then to red when there is 30 seconds left in the test.
If the instructor has set the test to auto-submit, then the test will close at the end of time saving only the test questions you have completed.

Always be aware of the time you have on your test.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Scheduled Blackboard Maintenance (10/19)

Due to a minor issue with Blackboard we will be restarting the servers starting at 12:01 AM to 1 AM on October 19th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

KUMC Exemplar Courses - November 9



Please join us for the following session:
 
KUMC Exemplar Courses: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
12 noon – 1 pm, B012 School of Nursing

NURS 446/OCTH776 : an online interdisciplinary course taught collaboratively by Gina Johnson (SON), Wendy Hildenbrand (SHP-OT), and Vicki Hicks (SON) 
In this unique Interprofessional  Education learning environment, this Population Health Course guides students through a community assessment and project plan using concepts from population health and the domains of interprofessional collaboration to guide students work together.   Although online team work is not new in this course, this year’s students have used Adobe Connect to bond as a community of learners.  In this forum, students have been able to connect (engage) more with one another seeking answers and information of each other first rather solely relying on instructors.

Peer Evaluations Solutions in the Health Information Management (HIM): Norb Belz (HIM)
HIM has implemented peer-evaluation through Blackboard discussion forums and a new tool, TeamMates, to allow students to provide feedback to each other on a variety of assessments. Peer evaluation is a great solution to increase quality of work and students’ critical thinking skills. Blackboard’s peer evaluation tool is not very effective and too cumbersome to implement, thus HIM uses the discussion forums and TeamMates. TeamMates, is a free, Google-forms based software that allows for a variety of survey questions, options, and reporting to support peer evaluations. In this presentation, HIM faulty will discuss their implementation of peer evaluation and the benefits of using these technology solutions.

Lunch will be provided to the first 20 attendees.  No RSVP is needed.  Questions?  Contact Phil Wilhauk (8-7292) in TLT.