Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Importing a Test created in Word into Blackboad

A common request by faculty is how to import a test that was created in Word into Blackboard. TLT has an app that can assist in this, as long as the Word (or text file) is formatted correctly.

Process to get your Word Test into Blackboard:
  1. Get your Word (or text file) test formatted correctly by following instructions in this document.
  2. Contact your TLT Liaison or eLearning Support Specialist with the course, semester, and name of the test so that they can do the conversion and import into Blackboard.

TLC Scheduled Maintenance

A scheduled maintenance on the email servers will be performed and All TLC email services will be offline during this maintenance period.

Friday, June 23, 2017 5:00AM - 10:59PM CST

Friday, June 9, 2017

Useful Blackboard Features

On Blackboard's homepage, faculty and students will be able to take advantage of three useful additions:

Blackboard Browser Test -

Displays a short report on any browser incompatibilities, links to how one can resolve those, and also tests for compatibility with Microsoft Office programs and Adobe Acrobat.

On Demand Help
Students and Faculty can now access brief tutorials on Blackboard from the homepage.  Faculty can receive information on how to include discussion boards, assignments, tests, etc.  Students can receive information on how to access and submit them.

Bb Student App
Links to install Bb App on personal devices can also be accessed.  The app allows faculty and students to check and monitor their course(s) from their mobile devices (supports IOS, Android, or Windows).

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blackboard is currently unavailable - RESOLVED

Blackboard is currently unavailable.  They are aware of the issue and are currently working to resolve.  This post will be updated when the issue has been resolved.
This issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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, June 18, 2017 11:00PM - 3:00AM CST

Publishing Examsoft Test Scores to Blackboard

Those of you how use Examsoft for testing now have the option to push test scores directly to your Blackboard GradeCenter. You will first have to contact your TLT Liaison to get it set up. Download the pdf below for instructions on how to accomplish.

Benefits of this Process:

  • Once set up, pushing scores from Examsoft to Blackboard is a quick process.
  • No manual adding of scores.
  • Reduce errors in transcribing scores.

Adding Closed Caption file to YouTube or Office Mix

If you create a voice-over PowerPoint (VOPPT) or video, best practice highly recommends that you provide closed captions when you publish it to the world (or your class). Follow these steps below in order to convert your transcript to closed captions.

Note: If you do not have a transcript, there are additional paid resources that can transcribe for you, or you can use YouTube's auto-transcription to get most of your presentation transcribed, and then do some manual editing.

Directions for YouTube

  1. Have your completed transcript and your video ready to upload to YouTube (How to convert VOPPT to video). The transcript should be in a Word file or text file and video in mp4 format (preferably).
  2. Log into YouTube and upload your video file. This will take some time to process.
  3. Go to your Video Manager in YouTube.
  4. Select "Edit » Subtitles/CC" for the video you are adding captions.
  5. Choose "Add new subtitles or CC" button, and choose "English."
  6. Choose "Transcribe and auto-sync" button
  7. Copy and Paste your text into the box or choose "Actions » Upload a File". Then, click "Set timings" in order to process and sync text with video.
  8. This process will that some time for YouTube to sync. The button will become green when completed. You will notice that YouTube has an Automatic process, but this will not be as accurate as your transcript.
  9. Review your video now with captions and make any changes necessary. Finalize your captions by clicking the "Unpublished" button. If you make additional changes, you will have to publish again.
  10. You can now share your YouTube video will captions.

Directions for Office Mix

Office Mix is an awesome add-in to PowerPoint to make your presentations more interactive with video, quizzes, and markups. Click here to learn more about mix and how to add it in PowerPoint.

  1. Once you have completed your VOPPT, you will have to upload to the Mix website. Click the "Upload to Office Mix" button.
  2. A side bar on the right will appear. Select "Next."
  3. You'll need to sign in with your Office 365 account to continue. Once you have signed-in, select "I'm uploading a new mix." and make sure to check the "Enable playback on mobile devices" box and click "Next". This will convert your VOPPT to a video. So, this process will take some time to generate the video.
  4. Once done processing, click the "Show me my mix" to continue to the Office Mix website to access your uploaded presentation.
  5. On the Mix website.
    1. Update the Title
    2. Set the Category and add Tags
    3. Set permissions to "Unlisted" to enable sharing
    4. Here is the link you will copy to share
    5. Click "Download Video" to get a copy of the video
    6. You will click this button when you have your caption file ready to upload (in step 10).
  6. As PowerPoint and Mix do not caption your presentation, you will need to download the video and upload to YouTube. Follow the directions above to caption your video in YouTube.
  7. In YouTube, you will need to download the caption file. Go to "Actions" and select "Download -> .vtt"
  8. Now, you will need to convert the .vtt to a .ttml file for Mix. Go to: and upload the .vtt file, select the "Timed Text 1.0" format, and then "Convert" button.
  9. The downloaded file will be an .xml file type (probably called "captions.vtt.xml"). You will need to can the file type to .ttml by simple renaming the file to captions.ttml.
  10. Finally, go back to the Mix website, and upload the .ttml file.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Blackboard Upgrade Troubleshooting

Some users have been experiencing problems in Blackboard following the migration (5/21-5/25) from self-hosted servers to Blackboard-hosted services. If you are having trouble accessing the site or using certain site features, such as moving content with drag and drop, we recommend you follow the simple troubleshooting instructions below that will help you resolve the problem.

  1. Clear your internet browser’s complete (not just recent) history: cache, cookies, etc.
  2. Update your browser to the latest version
  3. Restart Browser
  4. Complete the Browser Test Module on the Welcome page of Blackboard—New Feature!
  5. If any changes are made to your browser settings after the using the Browser Test feature please restart your browser again.

*Please note that some required Java components on Blackboard are not currently available when using Chrome as your browser. The Blackboard site is still functional while using Chrome, but any interactive media resources in your courses that require the use of Java applets will not work in Chrome.

Scheduled Blackboard Maintenance (6\8 and 6\9)

On June 8 & 9, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 PM CST and 5:00 AM CST, Blackboard will be performing maintenance at their datacenter.
While they anticipate no interruption in service as a result of the work, there may be brief periods of intermittent connectivity.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

VR/360 degree images and video

It's the craze that's sweeping the nation!

TLT now has a Samsung Gear 360 (1st ed.)  camera that can shoot 360 degree pictures and video. These make for excellent immersive experiences, being able to completely take in the entire environment.

KUMC Courtyard
Images can be hosted on Google Photos or Flickr for viewing, or embedding into a BlackBoard page.

Video can be used to give virtual tours of spaces, perhaps a new nurse's station, or a demo apartment to assess for fall risks.  

Medical Realities uses 360 videos to demonstrate surgical procedures, such as the one below.

Surgical Training in 360-Degree Virtual Reality

Photos and videos like this can also be viewed in VR headsets, such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift for a fully immersive experience.

YouTube supports 360 video.  Facebook also supports 360 video and photos.
The Samsung Gear 360 camera
You can see more examples of how VR is being used in the medical field here:

You can search for more 360 video on YouTube and Vimeo, or download the New York Times app showcasing their original content.

For more information, or to try out a VR headset, contact Dean or Sonny in TLT, 8-7107.

New Hires: TLT-EdTech and TLT-Media

Please Welcome Diane, Steven, and Dylan

Diane Addison
eLearning Support Specialist to SoN

Diane comes to us from Vanderbilt University where she held a Student Assistant position at the Office of Education Design and Technology while pursing a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  Fortunately for us, her experience at Vanderbilt  will allow her to grow her technical skills even more during her tenure with us.

Steven Ringel 
Media Production Specialist

Steven graduated from The University of Kansas with a degree in Film.  Steven has since worked within contract video production and various educational K-12 institutions in a joint technology and video instruction capacity. Currently, Steven joins the KUMC family within TLT Media.

 Dylan Walker
AV Classroom Support Specialist

In May, Dylan Walker joined TLT-Media as an A/V Classroom Support Specialist.

He previously spent seven years with Nebraska Furniture Mart, the last two years in the Dallas Fort Worth area opening the largest single retail store in North America. Dylan was tasked with handling all the technical training for five hundred newly on-boarded staff.

Currently he is enrolled at Johnson County Community College and working on an A+ Computer Support Certificate. In his free time he enjoys going to breweries, Sporting KC games and watching movies.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

KUMC’s Migration from Self Hosted Servers to Blackboard Servers

During the days of May 21st to May 25th Blackboard was migrated from KUMC servers to Blackboard hosted servers. Blackboard was inaccessible during this migration. Although we did run into a few issues during this process Blackboard was back online in the early mornings of May 25th. All KUMC data was transferred and no data lost during this migration. 

One great new feature is the submission confirmation receipt. This feature will notify you not only in Blackboard that a student’s submission was successful but it also sends an email to the student informing them that their submission was successful. To learn more about this feature please visit this web site.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other Blackboard topic please feel free to call TLT at 913-588-7107 or emailing TLT at

SoM Learning Management System / Administrative Management Tools Transition

With the close of the 2016-2017 school year, the School of Medicine ended its long history with JayDocs (LCMS+). Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, SoM students will use Blackboard for quizzing, assignment submission, gradebook and the automated release of some learning activity pre-work. All educational content will continue to be stored in SharePoint, and OASIS will be used to manage event calendars, evaluations, Faculty Contribution Tracking, and Curriculum Inventory Reporting.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scheduled Blackboard outage and migration (5/21-5/25) - COMPLETED

The Blackboard migration has been completed and Blackboard is up and running normally. We apologize for the extended downtime and any inconvenience this caused. Please let TLT know if you see any issues with Blackboard by either emailing or calling 913-588-7107.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

iPad App Recommendations From the Apple Users Group

Every month a group of users comes together to discuss topics related to the use of Apple products on our campus. These meetings are open to all faculty, staff, and students, and allow for users to discuss technical and usability concerns, features, and general questions related to Apple products.

During the last meeting of the group, users shared some of their favorite iPad apps with the group. Here are some of their recommendations:

Clear: ($4.99)

Clear is an app that can be used to manage to-do lists and reminders. It allows you to create separate to-do lists, and set reminders for tasks. If you are looking for an app to replace the Reminders app on your iPad, this may be a good option for you. It also syncs to your Apple Cloud account, which will allow you to sync across multiple devices. Although there is a cost for the app, it can sometimes be found on sale.

If you're doing any sort of research, you may find this app to be helpful to you. Mendeley allows users to upload pdf articles for storage and annotation, and will automatically manage the article references. Users can also review documents collaboratively, annotating papers and documents together in real-time. Mendeley also allows you to sync your work across multiple devices.

Notability is a note-taking app that allows you to combine handwriting, sketches, text, photos, and voice recordings into notes that you can store and share. Notes can sync across your iPad, iPhone, and Mac, and can shared be via Google Drive, AirDrop, Dropbox, and email.

OneNote is another great note-taking app that not only allows you to take notes on your iPad, but helps organize them as well. Users can create notebooks with sections and pages to easily organize and categorize notes. Notes can sync across multiple devices, and the app also allows you to sync notes stored in SharePoint with your iPad. 

SlideShark is an app that allows you to present and share your PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint presentations can be uploaded via the SlideShark site, downloaded from cloud storage, or opened from email attachments. With a display adapter for the iPad, presentations can be projected from the iPad. Another great feature is the ability to control an iPad presentation with an iPhone, which allows for a presenter to move around the room freely.

TechSmith Fuse: (Free)

TechSmith Fuse is an app that will allow you to upload videos and images from your iPad to Camtasia Relay. You can even import images and videos into other Camtasia products, such as SnagIt and Camtasia Studio. There is no cost for the app, and it is also available for the iPhone.

UpToDate: (*Free)
*There is a free subscription for KUMC users. Register for an account using your KUMC credentials at

UpToDate could be described as a sort of Wikipedia for clinicians and health providers. Content is provided by leading physician authors and editors, and is great for obtaining answers to clinical questions at point of care. You can also print or email topics/graphics to others.

Let us know of some of your favorite iPad apps by posting your recommendations in the comments section. If you are interested in attending the next Apple Users Group meeting, the group will be meeting on Wednesday, February 11, 2014 from 1 - 2 pm in School of Nursing B012. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Apple Users Group, please contact Sonny Painter at or Kelsie Nunnally at

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ExamSoft Maintenance Saturday, May 27

ExamSoft will be conducting scheduled maintenance beginning Saturday, May 27th at 8:00 AM Central through 11:00 AM Central. During this period, the ExamSoft Portal will be inaccessible and SofTest downloads and registrations will be suspended. 

SofTest uploads will be temporarily suspended between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM Central only. If you are administering exams during this period, we advise allowing exam takers to download their exam prior to the maintenance window and instruct them to upload their answer files after 8:30 AM CT.