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 or 913-588-7107.

11th Annual TLT Open House

You are invited to our 11thAnnual Teaching & Learning Technologies Open House! Each year we hold an open house where our faculty and staff can see what's changing with our existing technologies/services and what new technologies we're piloting with our faculty.

Showcasing this year:
  • Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation
  • 3D Printing Service
  • Poll Everywhere
  • Content Dev Studios
  • Panopto (including appliances)
  • Examplify
Event: TLT Annual Open House
Location: HEB G109
When: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 1 pm - 3 pm

Swing by anytime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for snacks and conversation, a chance to meet the team behind the technology, sample some new educational technologies, and see what’s coming.

If you have questions, please contact TLT at  913-588-7107.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Merging Virtual and Physical Learning Spaces to Fascilitate Multi-Campus Student Exhibition

To address the need for nurses serving in rural communities, the University of Kansas School of Nursing - Salina campus was opened with a focus to serve rural Kansas. Through a partnership with Salina Regional Health Center, the School of Nursing admitted its first class of 12 Bachelor of Science in Nursing students in August 2017. The goal is to increase enrollment over the next few years to a total of 48 students.
Students and faculty on the Salina campus connect remotely with the Kansas City faculty and classmates via interactive television (iTV). All students, in both Kansas City and Salina, receive classroom lecture and instruction from faculty located in Kansas City, while Salina students also interact with faculty in their Salina classrooms.
KU Schools of Nursing and Medicine are housed together in one facility which provides all students more opportunity to learn interprofessionally. In June 2018, both schools moved to a newly-renovated and technologically advanced building in downtown Salina.
In the spring of 2018 an undergraduate nursing class consisting of both Salina and Kansas City students presented Quality Improvement projects to their classmates and faculty, exhibition-style, in one of the large classrooms in the new Health Education Building (HEB). Using multiple technologies and the coordination of the School of Nursing faculty with TLT staff, the students from both campuses could present their QI project presentations in a way that would otherwise not have been possible before the opening of the HEB. Despite being in two separate physical locations students could present, ask questions, and view other students presentations that were shown on the screen in the HEB classroom.

Students used AirMedia to display their presentations on the monitors--including Salina students that were able to send their desktop screens to the displays located in Kansas City. This allowed for an exhibition-style presentation with over 20 groups presenting on 8 monitors in 2 hours using separate time slots.
iTV was used to communicate between the two campuses as well as allowing both campuses to see each other and the content sent over AirMedia onto the in-room monitors.
A member of TLT acted as a physical representation for the Salina students by going from presentation to presentation with a microphone to transmit audio to Salina and serve as a reminder to those presenting in KC that their peers in Salina were watching and would possibly have questions or comments for them
Adobe Connect was also utilized as a back channel communications hub to connect facilitators from both campuses, the TLT rep for Salina, and the technology booth. This allowed for technical communications regarding sound, video, and monitor content to be communicated privately through a headset and kept the event running smoothly.

TLT members and Chito Belchez, one of the SON faculty leading this event, were able to present at both SIDLIT and KU Teaching Summit conferences about our collaboration.

Making Blackboard Course and Components Available Just Got Easier

Enabling Blackboard Course

To make Blackboard courses available, simply visit the right hand part of the screen and click on the padlock to make the course available.  As easy as it is to make the course available, it's also just as easy to it make it unavailable to students.

Make Course Components Available

To make almost any feature available or unavailable in Blackboard (such as Discussion Board links, Assignments, Files, Folders, etc.) users can do this from the context menu of the item.  Should a user want to make the item available for a duration of time, it's still necessary to select "Edit" from the context menu.