Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Scheduled Blackboard Collaborate Maintenance-Completed

Starting on Friday March 27th at 12:01 AM Blackboard will be performing maintenance on Collaborate. Collaborate will be down during the duration of the maintenance. It will last a total of 4 hours and end at 4 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: This maintenance has been completed.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Moving to Online Live Classes with Blackboard Collaborate

In the video above, Sonny Painter of the Teaching & Learning Technologies department and Lauren Foster a Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy cover the topic of moving to online live instruction using Blackboard Collaborate.

In the video, there are three resources that instructors can include in their Blackboard course. Here are those resources:

Please contact KUMC TLT for any additional questions you have about using Collaborate in your online courses.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

What Do Online Students Value Most

I recently attended the Northeastern State University 2020 Virtual Conference: Transforming the Teaching and Learning Environment and found a particular session that I think many faculty would find interesting. In a session called Teach Smarter: 5 Strategies for Effective (and Efficient) Online Teaching, Dr. Jean Mandernach, Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University, provided some suggestions to improve online teaching and time management. Here are the five strategies she suggests:
  1. Don't waste a minute (Prioritize and budget instructional time)
  2. Know your teaching ROI 
    1. Customize existing content and resources
    2. Save, organize, and recycle instructional materials
  3. Streamline repetitive tasks
  4. Anticipate challenges
  5. Limit supplemental technology
Dr. Mandernach provides some great insights and online resources to help instructors manage their courses effectively and efficiently. Feel free to watch her session by following the link above.

What I found particularly interesting was some institutional research they conducted from student and faculty surveys. When students were asked what really helped their learning in online courses, their answers differed from what faculty perceived. Students ranked detailed feedback on assignments and instructor's participation in online discussions really high, where faculty thought their lecture videos and their websites/coursesites as being more helpful.
I have worked with a few instructors who I see putting a lot of time into editing out the and's and um's out of their videos and not fully participating in the online discussions. But not Cheryl Skinner. I was lucky enough to see one of her summaries to an online discussion forum the other day. I would like to share it with you as an excellent example of communication with students.

What an amazing group we have in this class!  I am so impressed from the discussions from Week 2, 3 & 4, we have quite a variety of student ranging from recent graduates to “experienced” therapists and everything in between.  Everyone’s different perspectives in the area of ethics and experiences that have been had as a therapist will be valuable not only on the discussion board, but to others in the course as well.   It amazes me some of the events that take place in the health care field and some of the situations that each of you have been involved in, sometimes on a daily basis.  Learning about ethics is very important as we are challenged every day.  

For week 3 , We can all agree that Frank will not be the most liked at the hospital, however he needed to stand strong and report the multiple problems. I know employees that will get nervous when JCAHO arrives on site, which I never understood.  As long as you are doing what you should be doing right every single time- there should be nothing to worry about. 

Great discussion on courage.  Just a hint- I do like it when people disagree with me especially in this course.  I by no means am right- at least not all of the time- just ask my husband! 

For week 4, The negligent sterilization discussion- more information about the case was needed to make an informed ruling. However, many pointed out the importance of proper communication when discussing patient consent. 

For the HIV/AIDS discussion- All states are different when it comes to disclosing if a health care provider needs to share their diagnosis. As RTs not many of us participate in invasive surgeries, but it is a great topic to discuss.  Here is the website which has information for each state.

Keep up the great work and for those of you that like to work ahead, assignments will be open earlier. Don't forget that initial discussion posts are due by Thursday each week with 2 additional replies due by Sunday.

This week, we will take a more in-depth look at death with dignity. Please let me know if you have any questions as we are half way through Week 5!


You can see that Cheryl, as an online instructor, is reviewing the discussion forums, adding encouragement, and highlighting students' contributions. She is challenging students and preparing them for upcoming assignments and discussions. This is a awesome example of a weekly summary to help keep her students engaged in the online course.

I hope that the video resource above and Cheryl's communication to her students provide you with some encouragement to continue to develop your online resources and communication plan for your courses, whether online or in-person.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

CAS login service unexpected outage - resolved

KUMC is currently experiencing an issue with logging into services. This includes Blackboard, Panopto, and smutty other service on campus that uses CAS to login with. We apologize hour thus inconvenience. 

Update: The CAS login server is back up and you are now able to login to services.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Panopto Scheduled Downtime March 11

To resolve an issue with Panopto quizzing the website will be unavailable from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM on March 11th. You will still be able to record during this time and upload once Panopto is back up and running normally. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Blackboard FAQ: How to get a Word doc Test converted to a Blackboard Test

Faculty are using Blackboard more and more to handle automatic grading when it comes to quizzes and exams. However, some still use paper tests for assessments which is perfectly fine.

If you need to make the switch from paper to online testing, TLT can help. This is what you will need to do:

1. Prepare the Word Document

TLT will need you to format your Word document test so that our software an import it. The Respondus 4.0 Exam Conversion Guide is the complete instructions on how to format your test. This test example is a text document of what your finished digital file will look like. TLT suggests that you copy your test from Word and paste it into a basic text editor like NotePad to do your formatting. Save your final document as a .txt file.

2. Email the Text Document to TLT

Send the file to your preferred TLT staff member or email and one of us will get it converted for you. But, we will also need some additional information.

  • Name and Semester of the course you want the test to be imported into
  • Name of the test (i.e. Midterm Exam Fall 2020)

3. Review the Test in Blackboard

TLT will email you when the test is in Blackboard. The conversion process does not take too long. But you will need to review that your test has actually converted. Sometimes a multiple choice question may have the wrong answer selected. This does not happen often, but it is best that you review the exam before you deploy it to students.

4. Deploy the Test to Students

If you are familiar with this process, go for it. If not, you can refer to Blackboard's resource on tests. And as always, please contact TLT if you would like additional training or have questions.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

KUMC Panopto currently not allowing login with KUMC Single Sign-on - 2/18/2020

Currently, users are not able to sign in with the KUMC single sign-on on KUMC's Panopto website.  Until this is fixed, please try using the Blackboard sign in option instead.  This will work for most users, but not all users. 

We are working to this resolved as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.