Wednesday, December 31, 2008


ANGEL is now available for use.

Remember, you must use Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2 (or better). Internet Explorer 6 is no longer supported by ANGEL.

For more Information:

- Student FAQ -
- Faculty Videos -

Posted at 01:03PM Dec 31, 2008 by dgustafson

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


ANGEL is scheduled for an upgrade December 29-31, 2008.
ANGEL will not be available for these 3 days.

Posted at 10:36AM Dec 23, 2008 by dgustafson

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

ANGEL 7.3 Demonstration Videos

Each year, ANGEL upgrades their learning management system, and we need to upgrade our ANGEL system to add these improvements to our system and also to keep our system within their support configuration requirements. This year, we will be upgrading our system to ANGEL 7.3 and ePortfolio 2.1 on December 29-31, 2008. Our ANGEL Learning system will not be available during that time frame.

To help you prepare for this upgrade, we've created videos about the new features in our ANGEL system.

Click here to view the videos.

Posted at 01:40PM Dec 03, 2008 by sgerald

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Structuring Online Discussions for Meaningful Discourse

We're often asked how to improve online discussion participation. I recently read a study which examined the impact of faciliator guidelines, posting protocols, and evaluation criteria on the quantity and quality of student postings. In this study, Gilbert & Dabbagh (2005) found:

  • The addition of facilitator guidelines positively influenced meaningful discourse in asynchronous online discussions. (p. 14)
  • The addition of online discussion evaluation rubrics, in particular, the even distribution of postings' requirement and the increase in the overall grade percentage, positively influenced meaningful discourse in asynchronous online discussions. (p. 16)
  • However, restricting the length of online discussion postings and requiring reading citations may inhibit students from meaningfully engaging in online discourse. (p. 14)

Gilbert, P. K., & Dabbagh, N. (2005). How to structure online discussions for meaningful discourse: A case study. British Journal of Educational Technology, 36(1), 5-18.

Posted at 04:56PM Nov 30, 2008 by dantonacci

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mobile Polling Solution

After a CORE 805 Genetics & Neoplasia 2012 pre-module meeting suggestion for classroom polling solutions I began to research utilities that utilize technology already in the hands of our medical students instead of proprietary devices like clickers. The best solution I found is called Poll Everywhere and at first glance appears to be simple and effective.

As a pollee you have the option to vote using a text message from your phone when presented in a lecture hall or by viewing the poll itself on the web from your smart phone or desktop/laptop. As mentioned in the first option, the poll can be inserted into a powerpoint presentation or embedded in a web page to display real-time results.

Try signing up for a free account and then visit my test poll in order to vote on-line or by text message. Or you can access a version of my poll formatted for viewing from your Smart Phone and submit the keyword corresponding to your response in the text box. Be sure to include the entire keyword, for example: CAST12345

Posted at 04:01PM Oct 21, 2008 by aolson

Thursday, October 2, 2008

ANGEL 7.3 Upgrade and Training

Each year, ANGEL upgrades their learning management system, and we need to upgrade our ANGEL system to add these improvements to our system and also to keep our system within their support configuration requirements. This year, we will be upgrading our system to ANGEL 7.3 and ePortfolio 2.1 on December 29-31, 2008. Our ANGEL Learning system will not be available during that time frame.

This upgrade includes:
  • Significant enhancements to Discussion Forums
  • Changes to the User Interface
  • Addition of Algorithmic Questions (Formula Based)
  • Improvements to ePortfolios
  • New Browser Requirements (At least, Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2)
For additional information about these changes, please go to

Training: To help faculty prepare for this upgrade, we've scheduled training on our new ANGEL 7.3 system. We know different people learn differently, so we're providing four training options. You can do any or all of these.

1. We're starting with lunch-hour sessions where we demonstrate ANGEL 7.3 and how to use its new features and tools. We have four demonstrations scheduled:

10/15, 12 noon – 1 pm, 1050 Nursing
10/22, 12 noon – 1 pm, 1014 Orr Major
11/12, 12 noon – 1 pm, 1025 Orr Major
11/19, 12 noon – 1 pm, 1050 Nursing

All sessions cover the same material, so you only need to attend one session. No RSVP is needed. Just attend whichever session best fits your schedule.

2. After attending one of these demonstrations, you’ll automatically get access to our ANGEL 7.3 system and an empty coursesite where you can work with the new tools. If you’d like access to ANGEL 7.3 but can't or don't want to attend a demonstration session, please let us know, and we'll get you an account and course.

3. If you're not able to attend a lunch-hour demonstration, we'll have a recorded session available for online viewing. This recorded session will be available in November, and we'll send another email announcement about it at that time.

4. If you want hands-on training in addition to or instead of demonstrations, please contact your TLT Liaison, and we'll schedule a session with you.

Posted at 08:57AM Oct 02, 2008 by dantonacci in ANGEL

Monday, September 29, 2008

Free Web 2.0 Course for Learning Professionals

Beginning today, Work Literacy, a "network of individuals, companies and organizations who are interested in learning, defining, mentoring, teaching and consulting on the frameworks, skills, methods and tools of modern knowledge work," has begun a free, six-week online course to introduce learning professionals to a wide assortment of Web 2.0 technologies. These technologies have made a significant impact in teaching, both online and classroom-based, and can be a great advantage for any instructor.

Technologies covered include:

  • Social Networking
  • Social Bookmarking and Tagging
  • Blogs
  • Aggregators and RSS Feeds
  • Wikis

A different topic will be covered each week beginning today, September 29, 2008, with Social Networking. However, the course is designed to be self-paced and can be taken at your convenience. Check it out by signing up at

Posted at 01:41PM Sep 29, 2008 by bdigman

Designing a Classroom Test

If you missed our presentation on "Designing a Classroom Test" last week. The recorded session and materials are now available online at:

Session Description: This presentation will provide the main issues to consider when developing a classroom test including test blueprint, test specifications, item writing, test construction, and item analysis. (Presenter: Tony Paolo)

Posted at 01:37PM Sep 29, 2008 by dantonacci

Monday, September 22, 2008

TLT's First Annual Open House!

You are invited to Teaching & Learning Technology’s First Annual Open House on Wednesday, October 1st. Swing by anytime between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm for snacks and conversation, a chance to meet the team behind the technology, sample the tools, and see what’s coming from ANGEL, Elluminate, Second Life, and more.

Event: TLT's First Annual Open House
Host: Teaching & Learning Technologies
Location: G010 Wahl Hall West
Date: Wednesday, October 1st
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Phone: (913) 588-7107

Posted at 11:25AM Sep 22, 2008 by dantonacci

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Grant James Honored with C2C Outstanding Support Staff Award

At the SIDLIT Conference last week, Grant James was honored with the Colleague-to-Colleague (C2C)Outstanding Support Staff Award. Grant has been at KUMC for almost 30 years, and he currently works in the Teaching & Learning Technologies department.

The criteria for this award is a support person who best exemplifies customer service and outstanding performance in assisting faculty with the use of technology in instruction.

  • Creates an environment for educational technology exploration, innovation, and usage among faculty and students.
  • Creates an environment of listening to determine the student and faculty needs and requirements for utilizing technology effectively.
  • Exemplifies customer service in assisting those using instructional technology.
  • Actively seeks input into the support process to improve the use of instructional technology.

Congratulations, Grant!

Posted at 10:34PM Aug 02, 2008 by dantonacci

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

TeacherTube: The YouTube for Teaching & Learning

From their website, "Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill... Most importantly, TeacherTube community members are a major part of the evolution of the site. Members are encouraged to not only upload educationally relevant videos, but also to make constructive comments and use the rating system to show appreciation for videos of value to one as an educator or learner. Users also have the ability to preserve the integrity of the site by flagging inappropriate videos. TeacherTube staff review flagged sites and will remove any inappropriate posts... The service is free for everyone."

Posted at 10:13AM Jul 02, 2008 by dantonacci in Tools of the Trade

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CTC Support Team Members Receive JayStar Awards

Three members of the KUMC Computer Testing Center (CTC) support team received JayStar awards for outstanding support of the CTC, so another team member could attend to personal matters. Ron Knight, Tony Paolo, and Phil Wilhauk were all recognized as going “beyond the call of duty” to help their team mate and to make sure all testing went smoothly this past semester.

Posted at 11:47AM Jul 01, 2008 by dantonacci

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

KUMC Wins ANGEL Impact Award for Exemplary Course

ANGEL Learning awarded a team from the University of Kansas Medical Center an ANGEL Impact Award for Excellence at the annual ANGEL User Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The award recognizes a joint University of Kansas School of Allied Health and Teaching & Learning Technologies Department project for improving the quality of online learning. Titled "Extreme Course Makeover", the award-winning project optimizes ANGEL Learning Management Suite features to incorporate instructional best practices into online courses and make online learning active.

Award recipients are:
  1. Lisa Bittel, Professor and Chair, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services
  2. Dave Antonacci, Director of Teaching & Learning Technologies
  3. Stephanie Gerald, Education Technology Liaison to School of Allied Health
For more information, visit

Posted at 12:32PM Jun 24, 2008 by dantonacci in Presenting

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Flash Issues in IE7

Some users have recently reported difficulty directly viewing Flash content (files ending in the .swf extension) in Internet Explorer 7.

Microsoft is aware of the issue and has posted a support document which includes workarounds:

This issue only affects users accessing the swf file directly and not html pages in which the Flash file is embedded.  For this reason, we recommend that you contact your school liaison or e-support specialist if you wish to post Flash content to your Angel course.  They will assist you in preparing the file for upload.

Please contact TLT (588-7107) with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this issue.

Posted at 03:14PM Jun 17, 2008 by pwilhauk in ANGEL

Thursday, April 3, 2008

ANGEL Assessment/Survey Design Flaws

This past month of March several issues regarding Submission History and Review of Assessments and Surveys within ANGEL have surfaced. Two separate tickets have been submitted to ANGEL by Dale and I; The first ticket dealt with scores being rounded to whole numbers within the Submission History table and was dubbed a design flaw, while the second ticket concerned Survey issues and is pending has followed suit.

Assessment Issue: Once an Assessment is completed and feedback is viewed you are taken to a table showing your Submission History and points awarded at which point you may review your submissions or take the Assessment again.  The problem is that the Assessment Submission History table displays whole number points awarded, while in comparison Quiz Submission History displays to 2 decimal places. The Assessment history therefore will round to the closest integer. Feedback from assessment will show missed questions and proper points and score, but when one continues to the Submission History Table it often displays full points awarded even when questions were missed.

ANGEL Response: Thank you for the very clear example.  I have confirmed this behavior.  This looks like a design miss.  The grade is recorded accurately to the gradebook but the submission history list in the student perspective should display the score to two decimal places (as it did in quizzes) rather than rounding to a whole number.

Survey Issue #1: Similar to the Submission History problem for Assessments, this involves the table with the rounded numbers. The survey is not tied to the Grade Book so no points show in the table, however, ANGEL labels the Point Column with a value of 100 Points by default as seen in Test Survey (Full Review). This is a problem because the survey is not worth any points and students could percieve otherwise. This is remedied when review is disabled as seen in Test Survey (Review Disabled)

(edit) ANGEL Response: By default when a content item such as a survey is not associated with a gradebook assignment, the submission review charts indicate that the item is worth 100 points.  I agree that this not a very good design and leads to confusion for both students and instructors.  I have logged an issue on this design for future review.

Survey Issue #2: This issue concerns Section Headings within Surveys which are used to label a set of questions regarding the same topic. This occurs when students or faculty review submissions either through the Submission History Table or Utilities>View, Grade, Delete Submissions.  As a student, once the quiz is completed, it will display feedback similar to Assessments with Section Headings and Question Responses displayed properly. However, when the student continues to the Submission History Table and views their past submission, the Section Headings are not displayed. This poses a subsequent problem for administrators who, when viewing submissions through the Utilities menu, are not able to see what Section Heading topic the questions and responses pertain to.

(edit) ANGEL Response: I have reproduced the second scenario where section headings do not appear in when reviewing a submission as a student or viewing a submission as a course editor.  I can see how the absence of these headings leads to a loss of important context if the heading provided instructions.

Judging from these responses it does seem that there were more than a few oversights in design for the current release of 7.2.  Although none of these issues have been confirmed for older releases the Assessment score rounding issue does not occur with Quizzes, the predecessors to Assessments, which is evidence that it was overlooked during upgrade.

Posted at 10:34AM Apr 03, 2008 by aolson in ANGEL

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Future of Healthcare According to Microsoft

While the following video is far from anything we're using right now, it's an interesting view into Microsoft's version of the future of healthcare.

Posted at 02:23PM Mar 28, 2008 by bdigman in Tips & Tricks

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Jing Project

One of the first problems many online instructors run up against when beginning to teach web-based curriculum is how to convey processes or instructions to students and ensure that their directions are as clear as possible. It's inevitable that conveying directions by text can be cumbersome and nothing is more frustrating than spending too much time typing messages that are misunderstood in the end.

One great remedy for this problem is screencasting. Screencasting involves using a screen capture program to record events on your computer and saving them for playback by others. This process allows instructors to walkthrough a series of directions while their action and narration is automatically recorded for students to playback. These files, once recorded, can be stored in online classes for download or uploaded to various screencasting sites for streaming playback.

By far, one of the simplest and most user-friendly screen capture tools currently available is the Jing Project. This project was created by TechSmith, a company responsible for other screencasting technologies, most notably Camtasia. Using the Jing Project, an instructor can download a small program that runs on their computer in the form of a small, floating sun that resides on their desktop in a very unobtrusive manner, allowing easy access at any time to create a screen capture. In just a few clicks, a user can create, save and publish a screencast for student use.

In addition to easy creation, the Jing Project also provides users with free space on where screencasts can be stored and streamed to viewers in a lightweight, flash-based form that simplifies the process of getting a screen capture from your screen to theirs. Additional features include the ability to create still or video screencasts and to record audio along with video. In the case of still captures, users can edit the images to include markers and notes for easy instruction.

For more information, check out the Jing Project's website, Frequently Asked Questions, and blog.

Posted at 12:29PM Mar 26, 2008 by bdigman in "Tools of the Trade"

Introducing "Tools of the Trade"

In an effort to broaden the palette of instructors and introduce some of the great educational tools out there, we'd like to introduce the Tools of the Trade feature of our blog. It's often a huge pain to sort through the many web apps and programs floating around the web to discern what is useful and safe to use and what is a waste of time and possibly harmful to your computer. Hopefully, this feature of the TLT blog will serve as a bit of a guide that will improve your courses and allow you to focus on the more important aspects of instruction.

While the tools we discuss can be useful and improve the educational experience for both faculty and students, we do understand that they won't be everyone's "cup of tea." While we will try to focus on simple, easy-to-use programs, some users may find them too complex for day-to-day use or may simply not have the time to test and learn new technology. This feature is simply guide to what's available and should be utilized by faculty who feel comfortable exploring technology independently and want to keep on the forefront of technology in education. For these reasons, KUMC does not provide technical support for these software initiatives unless otherwise noted.

Posted at 11:36AM Mar 26, 2008 by bdigman

Friday, March 21, 2008

Chalk Version 3.0

All University of Kansas Medical Center users who log in to Chalk will soon notice a new look as the online compliance training system moves to version 3.0.

Some of the major features users will notice as a part of this upgrade are:

  • Integration with CAS, the KUMC Central Authentication Server.
  • A new look and feel designed to improve consistency with other KUMC web resources.
  • New tabs to let you track in-person training and form signoffs.

Preview the new site today at

Posted at 02:17PM Mar 21, 2008 by pwilhauk

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Ten Habits of Highly Effectively Online Moderators

If you missed the live webinar on "Ten Habits of Highly Effectively Online Moderators", a recorded archive of the session is now available at:

Posted at 06:48AM Mar 01, 2008 by dantonacci