Thursday, April 11, 2019

Adobe Connect is Changing

With the introduction of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, KUMC's new web conferencing system, we will be changing the way Adobe Connect works.  Connect will now be strictly used for confidential meetings that need to adhere to HIPAA guidelines or may contain patient information.  Because privacy will be of a much greater concern for these types of meetings,  Connect will be customized in a way that better protects patient identity and secures this sensitive information.

Here are the ways Connect will be changing:
  1. Every meeting will require a pass code in order for participants to join.
  2. Hosts will no longer be able to record meetings.
  3. Participants will no longer be auto-promoted to Presenter status when joining meetings.
  4. Remote Control of another participant's desktop will be disabled.
  5. User's will see a compliance notice regarding confidentiality and privacy before they can join the meeting.
Users should expect this change on May 20, 2019.  For questions or concerns, please contact TLT.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: KUMC's New Web Conferencing Solution

TLT is excited to announce that on May 20th KUMC university users will be able to take advantage of a new web conferencing system called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, or Collaborate, for short.  Our former web conferencing solution, Adobe Connect, will still be available; but its features will be limited, and it will be used primarily as a means to share confidential information that adheres to HIPAA guidelines.  Collaborate is easy to use, intuitive, and deeply integrated with the Blackboard LMS.

Notable features include:
  • Create and organize your meetings within your Blackboard course page
  • Take attendance when students enter the meeting
  • Share documents, desktop screens, applications, and whiteboards 
  • Chat room that attendees can use to communicate without the need for a microphone
  • Record, manage, and share recordings in a MP4 format
  • Specify breakout groups for small group collaboration and discussion
  • Phone access for users without a computer
  • Designate an individual to create live closed captions

It will be much simpler for instructors to create virtual meeting spaces for their courses, and students will be able to find these meetings merely by navigating to their courses in Blackboard.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact a TLT representative for more information.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation

Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation 

KUMC will be switching over to Blackboard’s new Ultra Base Navigation on May 28, 2019.
Although the initial login homepage will have a new appearance, when you open a course there will
be no significant changes.
Please review the Ultra Base Navigation brochure to find out more about each tab that appears on
the left side of the institution page. When the brochure opens, choose the purple text next to each
icon and look for the Ultra section on each page.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Scheduled Maintenance (4/2)

Due to a scheduled maintenance on 4/2 from 7:00am to 7:30am users may see a brief connectivity issue when using Blackboard, Connect, Panopto and Poll Everywhere.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Panopto Scheduled Maintenance - March 20th

Beginning at 7am, on March 20th, the KUMC Panopto website will be down for roughly 15 minutes.  Users will not be able to access their recordings, view sessions, or make recordings during this time period, so users should plan accordingly.  If you have any questions or you require access to Panopto during this time period, please contact us by email at or by calling (913)588-7107.

Inline Grading maintenance in Blackboard on 3/14

Box will be performing maintenance on inline grading in Blackboard from 5pm - 7pm on 3/14.  During this time users may experience an increase in latency while using Inline Grading.

Internet Explorer

Blackboard has announced that they will no longer be supporting Internet Explorer.  Although most of the features in Internet Explorer work Blackboard will no longer accept support issues specific to Internet Explorer.  We suggest using another browser such as Chrome or Firefox for any work you do in Blackboard.