Sunday, July 19, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
The EvaluationKIT application will be moving to new servers on August 7th. This transition is scheduled to start at 6pm. During the 4-hour maintenance period, students will not be able to access course or program evaluations and faculty and administrators will not be able to access survey results. Full access should be restored no later than 10pm.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
KUMC's Panopto web server will be restarted tonight, and Panopto will be unavailable for a short period of time. Users can expect the system to be inaccessible from 10pm to 11pm. Please contact TLT if you plan on making a recording during this time, as we can assist you with alternate methods of creating your session.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Back in Fall 2015, TLT funded a campus wide license for Respondus Lockdown Browser. In May 2020, TLT has now secured funding for Respondus Monitor. This is remove the student-pay requirement that was implemented in January 2020. These two services allows faculty to offer more secure Blackboard testing.
As you prepare for you upcoming courses, here are a few things to consider when deciding to implement Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor for online testing.
- TLT offers one-on-one training for both products. But you can also register for a webinar offered by Respondus.
Prepare Your Course
- Add information to your syllabus on your expectations for remote testing. Respondus provides some resources to help modify your syllabus.
- Add information for students to your course. Here are resources from Respondus to educate your students.
- Add a practice test. This allows students to ensure their computer will work properly during a Respondus test.
- Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor cannot be used with Examsoft tests.
- Respondus Lockdown Browser can be (and should be) used in the Testing Center for Blackboard tests to prevent students from navigating to other sites.
- Responuds Monitor cannot be used in the Testing Center as the Testing Center does not have webcams for their computers.
As always, contact TLT if you have additional questions regarding testing in your course.
Friday, May 1, 2020
A typical group assessment is the group presentation. When the group can present live in class, each group member presents on their assigned slides. When the group cannot present live, then they need to create a voice-over presentation where each member records their voice on their assigned slides.
When the students need to share their group presentation, it is not cool to email or upload a large voice-over PowerPoint (VOPPT) file. The preferred method is to convert the VOPPT file to a video, upload that video to a video hosting site like YouTube, and then share the link. This way instructors and classmates can easily view the group presentation without downloading large files or having to have PowerPoint installed. I will review this process and provide some helpful tips.
STEP 1: Hosting the VOPPT FileAs many students will be contributing to the file, it would be helpful for the group to have a shared site to host the PowerPoint files so that everyone can add their content. Many groups use Google Drive or OneDrive to host and share their files. If you would like, you can have your instructor create a group in Blackboard where the group can have a file exchange. The objective here is to have a place where Tom can create the first version of the file and post it. Then, Sally can download, update her content, and upload version 2 so that the next person can continue the process.
STEP 2: Creating the VOPPT FileWhen it is your turn to download and add your content, go ahead and do just that. Add your text, images, and your voice to your assigned slides. I usually just go to "Insert ->Audio -> Record Audio..."
Things to Consider when adding Content:
- Don't use YouTube videos. When you eventually convert this to a video, it will not convert correctly. Rather, you need to insert a video file like an MP4.
- Add Personality. Since the audience will not see you and will only hear your voice, consider adding a head-shot in the lower corner so that your audience will be able to connect your voice with your face.
- Do not put a lot of text on your slides. Keep slides simple with minimal text. Pictures are preferred when they help convey the meaning of your slide.
STEP 3: Preparing the VOPPT File
Now it is time to take the final VOPPT file and get it ready to convert to video. If you can run the slideshow with all the voice files playing completely WITHOUT CLICKING, all the videos playing full screen and completely, and all transitions and animation running smoothly, then you are ready to move to step 4. Your slideshow needs to play from start to finish automatically. If it cannot, you will need to make adjustments to your timings, transitions, and settings. I created a short video on how to review PowerPoint settings to prepare for video.
Things to Consider:
- Consistency. As the person making the final edits to the presentation, make sure there is consistency between all group member's contributions. Use the same design, colors, fonts, transitions, etc.
- Add a Group Photo at the beginning and end of the presentation. This will allow the audience to connect to your group like they would have in a live presentation setting.
STEP 4: Convert VOPPT File to Video.Now, you need a video file. Once you can play the slideshow in its entirety, convert the PowerPoint file to a video. Depending the length of the presentation, this will take some time to convert.
Things to Consider:
- Save as HD (720). You can save as a larger 1080p or higher resolution file. But this will be an overkill. And it will take much more time to convert the file and then upload the file. Best to keep it at a good size to save to you time and hard drive space.
STEP 5: Host the Video File
You need to host the video file on a service like YouTube, Vimeo, Panopto, or Google Drive. The goal is to share the link to the video file, and it plays automatically for your audience. You do not want them to have to download a large file in order to view it.
Things to consider:
- Make sure the link is Public. You make make it unlisted. But you don't have any restrictions on it so that your audience can watch it. If your video has sensitive information, make sure you invite audience member with confirmed email addresses.
- Consider Panopto. Panopto is KUMC's video management service. Your instructor will have more information on using Panopto if you would like.