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.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blackboard Server Restart

Due to an issue with Blackboard we restarted both Blackboard servers to resolve the issue discovered. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Blackboard is now functioning normally.

AMS Scheduled Maintainance

The KUMC Adobe Media Server will be unavailable from the hours of 7am-12pm on Monday, October 17th.  Videos hosted on the server may not be accessible during this time.




Friday, October 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, October 16, 2016 from 11:00PM - 3:00AM CST

Monday, October 3, 2016

Using Kahoot! to Engage Students During a Syllabus Quiz

“Please review the syllabus” is usually the first thing instructors tell their students when starting a new semester. The syllabus contains course information, assignments, contact information, resources, and more. How do you know if your students are really reading the syllabus? Typically, you can provide a traditional syllabus quiz to the students on policies and course information. This can be done on a paper handout or as a quiz in Blackboard.

This year, Deana Wilhoite with the School of Nursing, wanted to try something different with her class. Her class meets once a week in a face-to-face environment. How can we engage 102 students in making a syllabus quiz fun yet informative?

Deana reached out to TLT and was introduced to Kahoot! Kahoot! is a free game-based app that allows you to create individual or group quizzes, discussions, and surveys. Kahoot! ranks the top competitors based on how quickly they answered the question, and if they chose the correct answer. Each question has a time limit where students must select an answer before the timer runs out. Questions for the Kahoot! game were based on the syllabus, course overview, and faculty information.

Deana developed a practice quiz with five questions for the students to practice using Kahoot! before starting the real exam. Every student was able to successfully sign in from their computer or mobile device to take the quiz. The syllabus quiz began, and that is when the students turned very competitive to get the highest score. The prize for scoring the highest was having first pick on which project team you wanted to be on for the semester.  

"The Kahoot! app was a great way to engage my class creatively. It was fun and easy to create the questions. The students seemed to easily grasp how to play the game. Kahoot! was an innovative way to teach material that is usually mundane and boring.  The game brought back the nostalgia of playing board games and having fun with your peers.  The students seemed to enjoy the competitiveness and seeing their names on the leaderboard.  I believe it was affirming for them to see how well they were doing and how they ranked among each other."   - Deana Wilhoite, Clinical Instructor for School of Nursing.

“I really enjoyed the Kahoot game! I thought it was fun and competitive but interacting at the same time!” - N4 student

During the quiz, you could see students studying the question as it appeared on the screen then quickly clicking the answer on their device when the answer choices appeared. They silently waited to see the result of who was in the lead after each question. When the names were displayed on the leaderboard, you would hear a cheer from the student in the lead and a groan from the student who was now in second place. It was fun watching the students engage in a quiz rather than having them sit quietly while taking a paper exam.

“I think that it encourages a fun, interactive learning environment without putting anyone on the spot! It also works well within my BSN program cohort because we're all very competitive and it's fun to be able to use that competitive nature for learning (in a fun way, of course). I also liked that it is accessible through phone, computer, or tablet.” - N4 student 

To learn more about Kahoot! you can visit the How It Works webpage.