Friday, September 20, 2019

Update to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - 10/3/2019

Blackboard is planning an upgrade to Collaborate Ultra on October 3rd, 2019, between 1am - 5am CST.  Collaborate Ultra may not be accessible during the upgrade; but once the upgrade is complete, there will be a welcome new feature that allows users to share a window in a Google Chrome with audio! Firefox, unfortunately, is not supported at this time.

In order to accomplish this, users must have presenter or moderator access and will need to share an application.

After you have joined your session, open the Collaboration panel in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, choose the "Share Content" button, then select "Share Application/Screen".  Finally, choose the Chrome tab you wish to share.  That's it!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Growth Mindset and Universal Design Learning

In the last decade, there has been an increase in enrollment for online programs as these programs offer a flexible, cost-effective, and suitable education solution for those who need to balance work and family.  One out of seven undergraduate college students attend a fully online program, and nearly 80% of graduate students choose online courses (Online College Students, 2015).   Interestingly enough as the demand has increased for online learning, attrition has also been on the rise with estimates running as low as 10% (Herbert, 2006) to as high as 40-80% (Smith, 2010).

The reasons behind the rise in attrition vary. Contributing factors include unrealistic student expectations, the level of difficulty of online courses, and the format/delivery of online courses.  These coupled with student's personal, professional, and program-related issues causes enough frustration and angst that students either drop the course or the program altogether.

Despite this picture, there are many students who do well and succeed.  McClendon, Neugebauer, and King (2017) identify two factors that contribute to student success, persistence and grit.

Grit is defined as having passion and perseverance for long-term goals (Duckworth, Peterson, Mathews, and Kelly, 2007) where it drives students to succeed despite obstacles.  To help students persevere and "develop grit", there are two methods instructors can apply, distributed practice and interleaved practice.

Distributed practice involves scheduled learning activities over time.  This helps students improve their problem-solving skills as they are not “cramming” in short periods of time  (Bromley, 2014).  It's been proven that practice is most effective when students are engaged in frequent and short sessions spread out over a duration of time.

Interleaved practice is the practice of mixing multiple different skills at once.  This practice can significantly improve long-term performance.  To maximize performance, it's strongly recommended  to integrate prior knowledge and experiences either via classroom assessments or through weekly guidance or announcements.

Another way instructors can help students develop perseverance and grit is by encouraging a growth mindset.  According to Dweck, growth mindset is based on the premise that one's ability is not set; one can develop their cognitive skills through practice and training.  Faculty can facilitate this by creating an environment where it promotes deliberate practice and multiple opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate what they know without fear of failure (Bromely, 2014).   Coincidentally, this is also a principle behind Universal Design Learning (UDL). 

UDL includes the following guidelines: 
  • Multiple Means of Action and Expression - The "Why" of Learning
  • Multiple Means of Representation - The "What" of Learning
  • Multiple Means of Engagement - The "How" of Learning
For each category above, there are certain 'checkpoints' one needs to consider when incorporating these into course content or within teaching styles.  Each checkpoint is based on research by experts in the field; Carol Dweck, author of Growth Mindset, James Lang, author of Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning, and many more.  The key for instructors is to consider multiple formats and representations for content delivery and student submission.  To measure student comprehension, instructors can create assignments that allow students to choose how to demonstrate their comprehension. This is sometimes referred to as "meeting where the student is at."  The understanding is that the student may not know the concept yet, but is working towards mastering it.  The student can choose to write a paper, create a video, or submit a presentation.   Instructors need to be comfortable with receiving assignments in multiple formats. Also, instructors need the resources to grade the variety of formats.

To learn more about Universal Design and Growth Mindset, please visit the resources below to start the conversation on how we can better meet where the student is at.


  • McClendon, C., Neugebauer, R., King, A. (2017).  Grit, Growth Mindset, and Deliberate Practice in Online Learning.  Journal of Instructional Research, 6, 8-17.
  • Houston, L. (2018).  Efficient Strategies for Integrating Universal Design for Learning in the Online Classroom.  Journal of Educators Online, 15(3), 1-13.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Blackboard Course Files not Opening

Due to an issue files that have been uploaded to the course content are not currently accessible. We are working with Blackboard to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Other items in Blackboard are not affected.

UPDATE: This issue has been resolved and Blackboard is functioning normally.

TLT Newsletter Fall 2019

New to TLT

Dean Mehling has accepted a new position and will become TLT’s new Application Support Administrator. Dean will be part of the TLT Learning Systems team and he will be working to support Panopto, Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate, as well as working closely with the Office of Compliance to support our new Training LMS coming later in 2019. His previous position as Online Learning Specialist -- Media and Emerging Technology is expected to be posted shortly. Congratulations to Dean in his new role!

Mary Crosson joined TLT in late spring as an Online Learning Specialist--Testing and Assessment. She has several Blackboard certifications and previously held a position as Blackboard Administrator at UMKC. She received her BA in Philosophy from Ohio State and has completed certificate programs in full-stack web development at the University of Central Missouri and online course review from the Quality Matters Institute. In her free time, Mary enjoys reading, vintage video games, building things with her daughter, and studying languages.


Feature Story: Growth Mindset and Universal Design Learning

Why do some students thrive in an online course environment, while others struggle to stay motivated? What are some steps KUMC faculty can take to increase the likelihood of student success, both online and in the classroom? Learn More


Incorporating Video in Courses

Are you ready to start using video to enable and amplify student learning? Ready to take your videos to the next level? TLT is here to help.

Resources for Creating Educational Videos
  • TLT offers faculty two studio options to help them create professional videos for their online courses, as well as other resources...  Learn More
Lecture Capture Best Practices
  • Do you want to make course videos more engaging to your audience? Recorded lectures have come a long way since setting a camcorder on a tripod in front of a podium was state of the art... Learn More
Using Collaborate Ultra for Group Online Meetings
  • Collaborate Ultra gives groups a dedicated online live working area to meet and collaborate with fellow students on group projects, even when students are widely separated by geography... Learn More
Spotlight on Technology: Lightboard
  • Faculty using the self-service content development studio now have access to a lightboard to enrich their recorded lectures... Learn More

Faculty Spotlight: Undergraduate Nursing

Undergraduate nursing faculty, Deana Wilhoite, Teale Ryan, and Elizabeth Young have incorporated Panopto student video assignments into their coursework. In class sizes of over a hundred, students work in groups to submit learning products demonstrating concept mastery. Previous years had students submitting voice over PowerPoints, but this year students will be using Panopto's integration with Blackboard to create their own multimedia content and projects.

In addition, Sharon Kumm and Elizabeth Young have also incorporated Panopto student video assignments into online coursework.  The students record short role play and communication interactions as part of their assignments.  This integration with Blackboard allows students access to Panopto content creation and allows them to view their peers’ submissions with the course.


Testing Services

The Computer Testing Center (CTC) is located in the Dykes Library. It provides an environment for secure testing for up to 190 students at a time. 

Construction has been completed in Testing Services’ Room 1028, which is now open for use with new computers. PCs in G024 and G025 of the Testing Center have also been replaced.
ExamSoft is offering a free webinar that faculty using the software may find of interest:
Legacy Portal: Exam Day Best Practices(September 24, 2 PM CDT)

This webinar will review some of our best tips and tricks for delivering your exam! We will share what you should double check and some of the most common mistakes we see when prepping exams! This is a great session for someone who needs a refresher for the new semester or is a brand-new ExamSoft user! Register for the webinar here
Users can log in to ExamSoft at for information, Quick User videos, and guides.

If you have any questions or require assistance with testing services please contact either Tim Doughty at 8-1471 or Ron Knight at 8-8665 

      All Things Blackboard:

      Blackboard Changes over the Summer
      • Blackboard is now using Ultra Base Navigation. This view eliminates much of the clutter of the old Blackboard home page, as well as simplifying the process of moving from site to site...  Learn More
      More Blackboard Email than Usual?
      • A change many have noticed since the update to the Blackboard “Ultra Experience” is an increase in the frequency of email notifications from Blackboard. Fortunately, KUMC users can change their notification preferences at any time... Learn More 
      Group Self-Enrollment in Blackboard 
      • Self-enrolled groups have a number of useful applications, from allowing students to reserve office hours appointments to requiring formal adherence to an honor code before accessing an online test...  Learn More


      Classroom Update

      Over the summer, TLT Media made many improvements to various Learning Spaces.  We upgraded the room systems in Orr Major and School of Nursing classrooms to fully digital signal paths and removed analog VGA connectors.  These rooms are all equipped with:

      • A podium computer
      • HDMI for laptop connection
      • AirMedia wireless display
      In many of these rooms, they upgraded from traditional lamp-based projectors to the newer style laser projectors.  These new projectors will deliver a better image, brighter projection, better color display, and longer life of the projector.  Even though the HEB is only a few years old, TLT Media will continue to improve and adjust those systems as well.  The biggest improvement in the HEB was audio and video return to the podium computer.   This is selectable by choosing “AV Bridge” in both the microphone and webcam options in Panopto, Collaborate, or any other web conferencing system.  This improvement will allow users to have access to room microphones and cameras while recording and running web conferences.  In a similar use model, they have added webcams to all the second and third floor 30 and 40 person spaces, these are selectable by choosing the “Huddly GO” webcam option.  These cameras will allow the room to be recorded and viewed in web conferencing.  This is a view of the room - not a tracked close up of the presenter.  They have also addressed some of the camera locations we have noticed over the past few years.



      Panopto Update

      At the end of the fall semester, KUMC will be updating to an all-new version of Panopto. This version, Panopto 7, will bring some welcome changes that not only improve the KUMC Panopto website but also usher in a new mobile video player that viewers will find much more useful.  Here is what to expect.

      New website experience – The left-hand sidebar found on the KUMC Panopto website will now be collapsible and adjustable in size, allowing you to focus on exactly what you want when you want.

      New mobile and embedded video player - While users are watching videos on a mobile device or videos embedded on a webpage, they will have access to the table of contents, be able to search for keywords and phrases, add notes, and participate in discussions.

      Improvements to playlist creation - Creating playlists will be simplified by being able to search for videos you want to add to the playlist, from within the playlist creation page.  User must have creator access to the videos they want to add.

      Analytics improvements - Viewer Statistics for videos will now look better and provide more information about all videos contained within a Panopto folder.

      Completion percentage - This will allow creators to see if a viewer has completed watching the entirety of a video, as opposed to someone who may have only watched the first fifteen minutes of a thirty-minute video, twice.  



      Increasing Student Engagement with 3-D Models

      The vestibular system plays an important role in maintaining a stable gaze and postural stability during motion. However, describing the anatomy of the vestibular system can be difficult. Doctor of Physical Therapy students at the University of Kansas Medical Center spent some time this spring semester building a model of the vestibular system... Learn More



      Live Online Training Opportunities for Faculty

      These upcoming training sessions are provided by the companies listed. They are available to any interested faculty member.



      Save the Date

      The TLT Open House will take place on October 23rd from 1PM to 3PM in HEB G109. More information to follow. We hope to see you there!

      Friday, September 13, 2019

      WileyPLUS Maintenance

      WileyPLUS will be unavailable due to planned maintenance from 7:30 to 7:45 AM on September 14th. This outage will affect both students who access WileyPLUS resources through Blackboard and those who log into the Wiley servers directly.

      Friday, September 6, 2019

      Qwickly Jot Assignments

      What is Qwickly Jot?

      While setting up your Blackboard course site, you may have noticed a tool called “Qwickly Jot Assignment” listed in the Assessments menu below more familiar options like "Assignment" and "Test." Although not as widely utilized as those other options, Qwickly Jot (QJ) can be a useful assessment tool, especially in the context of medical and health care education.

      QJ allows instructors to create assignments that consist of images, charts, or tables, which students are asked to annotate with the included markup tools (text, drawing tools, shapes.)

      Some examples of QJ usage:  
      • Students are presented with x-ray images and asked to identify clinically significant features
      • Given a blank EKG tape, students are asked to sketch the rhythm strip of a patient with an interval of non-conducted P-waves
      • Students are given a series of test results and must indicate which are outside of the normal range
      Instructors can use their own graphic files or choose from QJ's small collection of template images, including X-Y graphs and an outline of a human body.

      To create a QJ Assignment:

      1.  Navigate to the content area where you want to create the assignment and go to Assessment > Qwickly Jot Assignment
      2.  Give the assignment a name, write your instructions, and, in the Assignment File area, either click the computer icon to upload your own graphic or the Jot icon to choose a blank template.
      3.  Fill out the due date, evaluation, and availability information, then click <Submit>.

      To Grade a QJ Assignment:

      Marking students' submissions is similar to grading standard Blackboard assignments. QJ assignments support inline grading, making it easy to view and score student work.

      For more information about using Qwickly Jot Assignments, please contact the TLT team at or 913-588-7107

      Wednesday, September 4, 2019

      Using Collaborate Ultra for Group Online Meetings

      The Groups tool in Blackboard allows instructors to assign group assignments and restrict content to certain group members. But, it is a powerful tool for groups themselves to collaborate. There is the file exchange where groups change manage project documents, a discussion board for asynchronous communication, and even a wiki so that groups can work on a single document at one time.

      There is a tool to now allow students to meet live online. Collaborate Ultra is integrated into group features so that groups now have a dedicated online live working area to meet. If instructors enable this feature for groups, students can meet live online to host their meetings. The video and instructions below show how groups can use this tool.

      How Students Can Meet Online Live with Collaborate


      1. Access your list of groups in the left navigation panel. If you instructor has not provided a link for you, you can also go to Tools -> Groups. 
      2. Select your group name.  
      3. Click on the Collaborate link. 
      4. Start the Collaborate online meeting by clicking "Join Room."