Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Practical 3D printing - prosthetics and other assistive devices

3D printing is becoming ubiquitous.  No longer just for the hobbyist, we are seeing more 3D printers in libraries, maker spaces, classrooms, and labs every day.  Physical therapists, for example, can print prosthetic and other assistive devices, almost within the same patient visit.

A simple device to help those with weak or otherwise inhibited fingers might help one to write with a pen or pencil.  This simple clip on device can be printed in under an hour for pennies.


With more time, and some simple additional materials, a fully functioning prosthetic device is also possible.  See one such device below, the open source Cyborg Beast.

This hand was developed to help those with missing fingers have a simple grip available.  The fingers close by moving the wrist downward, tightening the cables attached to the gauntlet.  I was able to print the parts for this hand in around 20 hours, and is approximately sized for an 8 year old.  As this is my first attempt at such a device, it really is not a viable prosthetic to give someone, but these are being printed all over the world right now as part of the ENABLING THE FUTURE initiative, a global network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a "helping hand." The site offers many open source 3d models to download and print, with the goal to bring help to those who need it. See their website for more information: http://enablingthefuture.org/

The challenge of figuring out how best to print such a device was fun; there are variables such as the print orientation, to make sure the cable channels printed open and free for a cable to be fed through, scaling the models to the appropriate size, and how solid to print the thicker parts.  On this version, I also opted to use plastic filament for the hinge pins, using filament straight from the spool for the smaller ones, and printing simple rivets for the larger ones.  I was able to close the other end of the rivets by applying some head, melting the end, and pressing against it with the end of another bolt I had. 

Some of the cabling was difficult to thread, and some of the holes needed to be opened up a bit using a hot wire or small drill bit.

This was printed using the Prusa I3 printer in TLT (3014 Taylor).  Stop by and see it in action sometime, and lets talk about how we can demonstrate the usefulness of 3D printing to your students, and about our pilot 3d printing service.

Contact Dean Mehling for more info!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Information Resources Firewall Migration

Information Resources will migrate firewalls on Sunday, October 28 between 9-11 am.  All services and software requiring Internet, DMZ, VPN or Extranet connectivity will be impacted for up to two hours.  This will include TLT web systems such as Blackboard, Adobe Connect, Panopto, TLC, and ExamSoft.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Conference on Accessibility

In September, UMKC hosted the Online Learning Consortium Collaborate Conference regarding Accessibility.  In this conference, the topic was integrated within the following categories followed by the presentation and brief description.

Exploring the Student Experience
  • Some Things My Institution Should Know About Accessibility – Devon Cancilla (Chief Knowledge Officer, OLC)
  • Brief Description: This session focused on how students’ interactions at each level of the institution should be considered and the importance on having an integrated, inclusive and accessible digital strategy in place coupled with a mindful development of supporting resources across the student/faculty/staff user experience. 

Strategy and Policy

  • Baking in vs. Bolting On:  Strategizing Accessibility – Kelly Hermann (VP of Accessibility and Disability Strategy, University of Phoenix)
  • Brief Description:  This session identified key components of institutional accessibility strategies and shared best practices for integrating accessibility throughout the institution from procurement to course design to professional development, and accommodating students’ individual needs. 

Universal Design

  • Let’s Get Personal:  Individualizing the Online Learning Experience for All Learners – Sean Smith, School of Education, KU
  • Brief Description:  Closed captioned videos, digital content, and text-to-speech play an important role to facilitate access.  However, this session focused on exploring the personalized nature of the online learning experience which went beyond access. 

Professional Development and Support

  • Digital Accessibility and Institutional Improvement, Professional Development is a Key – Cyndi Rowland, Executive Director, WebAIM at Utah State University
  • Brief Description: To weave in accessibility throughout the institution, one will need a policy, an implementation roadmap and a workforce who has the skills necessary to shift and sustain the model. The session focused on professional development strategies other institutions had implemented on accessibility.

For videos, slides, and notes on each category’s break out session and key take-aways, please visit the following link:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Expected Network Outage - October 28, 2018

Due to the upcoming firewall migration that will be facilitated by KUMC Information Resources, users will be unable to access all services that require network access.  This includes, but is not limited to: Blackboard, TLC, Panopto, and Adobe Connect.  This outage will fall between 9-11am on Sunday, October 28th, 2018.  Users that rely on these services should plan their use accordingly.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the KUMC Help Desk at (913)588-9999 or TLT at (913)588-7107.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Network issue 9/23/2018

Due to a network outage Blackboard, Adobe Connect and Panopto were unavailable from approximately 12:10 to 12:30 pm on 9/23/2018.  The issue has been resolved and all sites are working normally.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

TLT Newsletter: Fall 2018

New to TLT

Chance Umstattd
Chance Umstattd graduated from Missouri Western State University in May of 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre & Video. After graduation, he worked as a Commercial Producer for the two local television stations in St. Joseph, Missouri. He made television commercials for businesses across Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. He then moved on to being an Audio Visual Specialist at the Command & General Staff College located at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. In his off time, Chance enjoys the great outdoors by fishing and hiking. One of his favorite hobbies is being a photographer and taking pictures of the outdoors.
Corey Killion

TLT-Media has a new AV Classroom Support Specialist, Corey Killion. Corey comes to us from Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis where he was an Audiovisual Technician.  Prior to Boeing, Corey was a Freelance Audio Engineer and Audiovisual Tech at a St. Louis high school. In his free time he likes to cook, look up new technology and watch baseball and hockey. He has a dog named Yadi that he loves to spend time with and he operates a Photo Booth business on the weekends.

TLT Open House

Our 11th Annual TLT Open House will be held on Tuesday, October 30th, from 1pm to 3pm in HEB G109. Learn More

Faculty Spotlight: Kay Folck

Kay FolkKUMC professor found a new way to administer oral assessments in her course using a video assessment tool called YouSeeU. Learn More


All Things Blackboard

New Blackboard Landing Page
  • TLT has created a landing page for Blackboard that allows you to access helpful resources, support contact information, technology updates from TLT, academic calendars, and more all on one page. Learn More
Video and Audio Feedback for Blackboard Assignments
  • Instructors can now leave video and/or audio feedback when grading student assignments in Blackboard. Learn More
Blackboard Tool: Attendance
  • A new tool integrates attendance tracking in your Blackboard course and grade book. Learn More
Retention Center and Analytics in Blackboard
  • Monitor your students' progress in your Blackboard course. Set alerts that notify you when student's are struggling. Learn More
Update: Shortcut to Make Items Available to Students
  • A new update to Blackboard let's you make courses and course items available to students with one click. Learn More
Qwickly Jot Assignment
  • Have students draw or input text on uploaded images for an assignment in Blackboard. Learn More

Classroom Updates

Using the Technology in the HEB Classrooms
  • Just-in-time training videos for the HEB learning spaces. Learn More

Panopto Updates

Panopto Captioning
  • Upgrades to how you can view and manage captions in your video for ADA compliance. Learn More
Track Viewer Statistics in Panopto
  • Find out who is watching your videos, how long they are being watched, and when viewership starts to drop off over the length of your video. Learn More

Increasing Student Engagement

Merging Virtual and Physical Learning Spaces to Facilitate Multi-Campus Student Project Exhibition
  • Members of TLT Media and TLT EdTech collaborated with SON faculty to facilitate a student project presentation consisting of over 20 projects from students presenting from both Salina and KC campuses. Using a combination of AirMedia, ITV, and Adobe Connect students were able to actively engage in student presentations from different campuses. Learn More
Using Poll Everywhere as a Backchannel
  • Let your students ask you questions, privately, using Poll Everywhere. Learn More
Virtual Reality at KUMC
  • TLT has the HTC Vive virtual reality headset, and is looking into the possibilities that VR learning has to offer for KUMC students and faculty. Learn More
Engaging Activities: Scavenger Hunts
  • Clever activities to engage students in orientation processes. Set up made simple.  Learn More

Using the Technology in the HEB Classrooms

When we opened the HEB, we offered a lot of trainings to faculty and staff in order to learn the functionality of the HEB classrooms. As we continue to offer beginning of the semester trainings and one-on-one trainings when needed, TLT has developed a set of quick start videoa to help you, your students, or guest speakers with just-in-time training. Here are the websites links for those videos:

If you have any questions or need additional training in the TLT-supported classroom, contact us at tlt@kumc.edu or 913-588-7107.