Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chalk Down (RESOLVED)

UPDATE: The problem has been resolved and Chalk is again working normally as of 8:42 am.

A problem with the database server has caused the Chalk application to become unavailable beginning at 8:31 am Wednesday March 28. We are working to resolve the problem.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Chalk & Angel Login Problems

Due to a problem with the CAS authentication server, users were unable to login to either Chalk or Angel tonight between approximately 7:03 pm and 9:17 pm. The issue has now been resolved and users are again able to login to both systems.

ANGEL OUTAGE ISSUE - March 24, 2012

Users attempting to access Angel between 7:00-9:30 pm, Saturday evening may have experienced problems using the site due to technical problems. These issues appear to be resolved and Angel is functioning normally now. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scheduled ANGEL Outage

Due to emergency network maintenance ANGEL will be down on March 25, 2012 from 1:00 to 1:30 PM. Please DO NOT begin any assessments or course activities that you cannot complete before 1:00 PM. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Prezi Presentation by TLT

Title: Presentations with Pop: Prezi Online Software
Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: 1023 Orr Major
Presenter: Sonny Painter, TLT Educational Technology Liaison to SHP
Description: A new, popular, free, online presentation software, Prezi, is making its rounds at conferences and in the classroom. Come see a demonstration on how to create your own Prezi.
Bring your own lunch and learn with us. No RSVP needed.
Questions? Contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144) in TLT.

KUMC soon to 'self-host' Adobe Connect

Update on Adobe Connect at KUMC

Plans are in motion to switch from running Adobe Connect on Adobe servers to running and maintaining our Connect presence here at KUMC.

End users should not notice any 'in session' change, but the switch will bring us these significant advantages:
  • LDAP integration. Users will sign in with their LDAP credentials - no more additional info will be required.
  • HIPPA compliance. Users will be able to discuss sensitive information knowing that the session is secure.
  • Blackboard integration. Users will be able to manage their Connect meetings from within their Blackboard course.
Look for further announcements concerning piloting and full roll-out dates.


If you would like a break from Powerpoint and want to try a simplified Voice Over Presentation tool, look into Educreations.  This is available for desktop and mobile devices using the Educreations mobile app.
Educreations is basically a whiteboard you can draw on and import photos or slides from your computer or mobile device, and add audio. 
Follow the link below to view an example created on an iPad, showing changes to the new version of the Angel LMS.

Another version incorporating slides from Keynote, apples version of Powerpoint.  Also all done on one mobile device.

ANGEL 8 Upgrade in May

We will be upgrading to ANGEL 8 on May 21, 2012, and ANGEL will not be available between 6am to 6pm on that day. The most significant changes faculty and students will notice are:
  • Safari and Chrome are now supported browsers.
  • New Navigation options are now available in Assessments.
  • Rubrics are now available in Discussion forums.
  • Drop boxes now allow submission dates.
For more information, please watch the faculty video and the student video.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

eLibrary Adoption - Kansas University School of Nursing: Making the move from a traditional bookshelf to an electronic library of books that can be held in your hand or balanced on your head!

At the beginning of 2011, KUMC’s School of Nursing began investigating adopting and implementing the use of what we refer to as an ‘eLibrary’. Part of the implementation and evaluation process included eLibrary installation on faculty desktops and laptops for familiarizing and preparation for the fall 2011 semester, post evaluation of the processes used to prepare faculty and students, and review and reflection on the challenges and successes in the first year of implementation. Factors in the decision making process included: matching the right level of resources to our program, evaluating the eText interface, negotiations with eText publishers, and a strategy for implementing and educating students and faculty on maximizing the tools and enhancements that are available in an eLibrary.
Some of the benefits of adopting the eLibrary were: access to digital copies of all electronic textbooks and resources that could downloaded to the students desktop, laptop, and two mobile devices, digital note sharing from faculty and student study groups, faculty access to all eTexts in the curriculum to enhance teaching strategies in a Concept-Based curriculum, also launched in the fall of 2011. According to “The Horizon Report” 2011 Edition:
“Now that they are firmly established in the consumer sector, electronic books are
beginning to demonstrate capabilities that challenge the very definition of reading.
Audiovisual, interactive, and social elements enhance the information content of
books and magazines.”
(Johnson, Smith, Willis, Levine & Haywood, 2011)
Permission is granted under a Creative Commons Attribution license to replicate, copy, distribute, transmit, or adapt this report freely provided that attribution is provided as illustration in the citation below.
Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report.
  Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

Quality Matters: A national benchmark in online teaching and learning course development

On February 27, 2012, University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing sponsored the third annual Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop. The 2012 spring workshop included attendees from the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Health Professions, Teaching and Learning Technologies, and the Center for Online Teaching and Learning from the Lawrence Campus. The 7 ½ hour workshop focused on the three primary components in the Quality Matters Program: The 41 standard rubric designed to guide faculty in course development based on national best practices in teaching and learning, current review of the literature, and best practices in instructional design principles, the Peer Review Process, and Quality Matters professional development opportunities. If you are interested in more information about the Quality Matters Program on the Kansas University Medical Center Campus, contact Kathy Tally, Educational Technology Liaison for the School of Nursing, QM Trainer and Master Review, in the Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies, visit the QM website (link below), or click here to view an Overview and Introduction Presentation to Quality Matters.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Click, Tweet, and Connect: How to Increase Student Engagement

Please join us on April 4, 2012 @ noon in B018 SoN for a panel discussion with Drs. Kathy Fletcher, Kendra Gagnon and Ruth Wetta-Hall as they share their experiences with iClickers, Twitter, and Adobe Connect and how they have integrated these systems to increase student engagement not only in their classrooms (face-to-face) but in their online courses too.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Presentations with Pop!

Prezi Online Presentation Software

Tired of putting students to sleep with PowerPoint presentations? Does flying in text and crazy transitions annoy you? Need to wow the audience at your next conference? Then, Prezi is your answer.

Click Here to watch a Prezi presentation of the first paragraph of this article.

Prezi is an internet-based presentation software that is FREE! Let me repeat that. FREE. When you sign up for an account, you get 500mb of online storage to create your presentation. What makes Prezi different from PowerPoint or Keynote is its Zooming User Interface which allows you to zoom in and out of content within your presentation. The benefits of this type of presentation allows for information to be displayed in a non-linear format, relationships between concepts can be explained through perspective (zooming) and location, and presentations to be visually appealing holding your audience’s attention. Text, images, and videos are all placed on the canvas. You can organize related content in frames. Then, you apply your creativity by positioning and resizing your content. The final step is to define the navigation of the presentation by designating your starting point and the path through the content.  You select the content you want to focus your audience on, and the Prezi software handles the transitions between the steps on your path. The end product is a presentation that feels more like a journey. You provide the same content as you would in PowerPoint, but now you guide your audience to experience the content instead of offering the next slide of bullet points.

Prezi has been around since 2009. It has been used in a number of TED Conferences presentations and more than likely at one of the recent conferences you have attended. If you haven’t seen a Prezi presentation, then surf over to and view a few of the examples. You’ll get the concept pretty quickly.

Creating a Prezi is pretty simple. You just start adding you text and images to the canvas and move them around and resize them. There is even a short tutorial on how to import your existing PowerPoint into Prezi to add a little flare to the transitions between your slides. I recommend that you do a little planning up front on how you want the presentation to flow. I suggest viewing the following Prezi to get an idea of how to arrange your information on the canvas: Academy: 10 ways to say it with prezi

The free service of Prezi will probably suit most users’ needs. There is a free Edu Enjoy license which is a bump up from the free public version. All you need is an .edu email address. All editing and storage is online. You can download you presentation if you need it and then delete it online to free up online storage space. However, you cannot upload that file to edit. Here is a link to more info.
There are paid services that allows for editing offline (installing Prezi Desktop software) as well as additional online storage. The “Edu Pro” version ($59 per year) is 2000 MB online storage, tech support, private presentations, as well as the Prezi Desktop software where you can do all your editing offline and allows installs on three computers. Not too bad if you really like this software and do a lot of presentations.

If you are asking yourself if you should start making all your presentations in Prezi, consider this.
Count on probably spending twice the amount of time to create your presentation. PowerPoint has nice templates to plug in your titles, details, and media and then easily change your template and slide order. In Prezi, you have to place and resize all the content and then determine the path of the presentation. So, it takes more time for development and changes.

Prezi also has challenges with audio. It can be done, but you will need to do extra work to add audio directly to Prezi (there are tutorials on that). I recommend if you want to add your narration to your Prezi, capture your whole presentation with Camtasia Relay so you get both your narration and the awesome Prezi effect

Another drawback is viewing the presentation for review. Many of us post our PowerPoint presentations so students can go back and review the material in the presentation. The information is organized to easily review and structured in an orderly manner the makes sense when reviewing for an exam. It is not as easy reviewing a Prezi to get to content you are looking for. Let me use the metaphor of locating the famous quote in Hamlet. You know it is in Act 3, Scene 1. The two resources to find the quote are a written copy of the play and a copy of the movie. PowerPoint is the written copy where you can flip pretty fast to that scene and find the quote. Prezi is more like a movie where you have to fast-forward to get to the scene.

To Prezi, or not to Prezi, that is the question.

To Prezi:
If you have time and resources to really develop your presentation and you want to capture your audience. You want the “wow” factor. If you have information that you want your audience to take with them, create a separate handout with that content. Also consider recording the live presentation (either video or Relay) for those who could not attend. You put a lot time in this presentation, record it. I highly recommend developing a Prezi for a conference presentation or anytime you are trying to present to a panel for a grant.

Not to Prezi:
When time and resources are limited, PowerPoint serves it purpose. If your presentation is heavy with content that your audience will need handouts or notes for review, PowerPoint is the way to go.
Eventually, the “wow” factory will wear off and everyone will use this software (or Microsoft will buy it and make it part of PowerPoint). I say get the most of it now and use it to win over your audience.

Contributor: Sonny Painter, TLT Educational Technology Liaison

If you’re interested in exploring Prezi for your KUMC courses, please contact the TLT Educational Technology Liaison for your school or contact TLT ( or 913-588-7107).

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mobile Learning: It's Here

In the past, the phrase “classroom without walls” meant instructors relied less on textbooks and more on multi-media components such as incorporating appropriate topics from laser discs, using suitable public television segments in the classroom and bringing in local experts to share their experiences/expertise with students.  Today, this phrase has taken on a more literal meaning; classrooms have become learning spaces.  And technology has removed walls, bringing in students and presenters from around the world.  Students in these environments bring their own computers using wireless capability (Walker, Brooks, Baepler, 2011) that extend the classroom beyond its physical walls. 

Additionally, students are no longer tethered to backpacks carrying books, notebooks, pencils, etc.  Our 21st century students are now accessing information via their Smartphones and Tablets receiving information from e-Books and software applications known as “apps” in an environment referred to as “mobile or mobile learning.”  

According to ELI (2010), mobile learning, or m-learning, can be any educational interaction delivered through mobile technology and accessed at a student’s convenience from any location.  Because m-learning utilizes a variety of devices, many of which are ubiquitous in the lives of students, it can foster student engagement and offer opportunities to make learning integral to daily life.

Universities such as Stanford, Oklahoma State University, University of Maryland, Duke University, and University of Kansas (Lawrence Campus); just to name a few institutions are exploring ways mobile devices can enhance education.  The outcomes of these pilot programs will help answer questions related to integration of existing network infrastructure, use of e-books compared to traditional print textbooks (expense impact), and its overall enhancement(s) to the academic experience.

By the same token, KUMC faculty members are also exploring ways mobile devices can be integrated into their disciplines.  Hence, the formation of the Apple Support Group where interested faculty and staff meet to discuss overarching issues such as security, iTunes implementation, network infrastructure, customer support, as well as teaching and learning integrations and app selection.  To find out more about this group or if interested in joining, please contact your TLT Liaison.

For even though many universities and school districts are experimenting with the use of mobile devices within their curriculum, mobile learning is still an emerging trend and research on its implication in teaching and learning is still underway.   

Traxler, John.  “Current State of Mobile Learning.”  Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of
                Education and Training, pp. 9-24, March 2009.
Walker, Brooks, and Baepler.  “Pedagogy and Space: Empirical Research on New Learning
                Environments,” Educause Quarterly, v34, #4, 2011.
Educause Learning Initiative (ELI):  7 Things You Should Know about iPad Apps for Learning, February

Adobe Connect system maintenance March 16/17

Adobe Connect will undergo system maintenance during the following window:

Start March 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM CST
End March 17, 2012 at 4:00 AM CST

During the maintenance window the Adobe Connect system may be intermittently unavailable. If you experience any problems with your Adobe Connect account after the maintenance, please contact our Technical Support team.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Social Media at KUMC

Early February 2012, Director of Internet Development, Jameson Watkins, presented an overview of social media at KUMC and implementation considerations. If you were not able to attend the session, you may watch the record session here.

If you have any questions regarding social media for your school or department, please contact Public Affairs.

New to the TLT Staff: Sonny Painter

TLT would like to welcome our new staff member, Sonny Painter. Sonny started at the beginning of the year as the Educational Technology Liasion for the School of Health Professions.

Sonny comes to us from UMKC where he was a distance education coordinator and an international trainer for Supplemental Instruction, a peer-led review session model. His education includes a BS in math education, MS in curriculum and instruction in technology, and currently working towards his PhD.

We're excited to have Sonny on our team to help us incorporate new and existing technologies to increase student engagement and improve course design.

Blackboard is Coming!


After Blackboard (which acquired ANGEL in May 2009) announced that it would end support for ANGEL in 2014, a committee of faculty and staff were assembled to review alternative Learning Management Systems (LMS) to replace ANGEL. After creating a list of requirements and going through a thorough review process, the committee selected Blackboard Learn, Blackboard’s LMS.


Integrating Blackboard will start with a pilot in Spring 2013 with a campus wide roll out of Blackboard beginning Summer 2013.


TLT will be working with schools to migrate ANGEL courses to Blackboard. A website will provide information with training documents and courses to help learn the new LMS. TLT will also provide training opportunities in a variety of formats: group, online, and individual. To get a taste of Blackboard and its new features, visit Blackboard’s site.

What do I do now?

Wait for more information from TLT. We have a lot of testing, configuring, and coordinating to make this transition as smooth as possible. TLT wants to bring the best technologies to you to improve effectiveness and engagement in learning. This is one step in that direction.

Adobe Connect and Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2

People have experienced problems hosting Adobe Connect sessions using Mac OS X Lion.
This page has a link (with instructions) to the Add-In that should help solve those problems:

Adobe Connect Add-in Support | Mac OS X Lion

It's necessary that Lion users are on 10.7.2 (and not 10.7 or 10.7.1) to use the new Add-in.

For KU physical therapy professor Kendra Gagnon, tweeting = teaching

TLT would like to highlight the KUMC article of Kendra Gagnon, faculty increasing student engagement with technology. Full article can be found here.