Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Blackboard Upgrade Outage (1/5-1/6) - Completed

Blackboard will be unavailable beginning Monday, January 5 beginning at 6 am so we can upgrade the system and perform yearly maintenance. This upgrade is scheduled to last until Tuesday, January 6 at 6 pm.  Status updates will be posted on the TLT blog:

If you have any questions about this upgrade, please contact TLT-EdTech at 8-7107 or

Update: We have completed the upgrade and blackboard is functioning normally again. If you see anything that concerns you please contact us and we will be able to help you.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ARES Scheduled Outage (12/22) - Completed

The course reserve system known as ARES will be unavailable tomorrow (12/22) starting at 9AM. There is minimal expected downtime for course reserves. This does not mean that Blackboard will be down. You may be unable to access your course reading tomorrow during the outage.

Update: This outage and upgrade has been completed.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Removing VHS/DVD Combo Players from Large Tiered TLT-Media Classrooms

Over the semester break, we are upgrading classroom control systems and are removing the obsolete VHS/DVD combination video players from the following seven rooms. You still will be able to play DVDs using the computer DVD player, but you will not be able to play VHS tapes in these rooms.
  • 1014 Orr Major
  • 1015 Orr Major
  • 1023 Orr Major
  • 1025 Orr Major
  • 1027 Orr Major
  • 1050 Nursing
  • Lied Auditorium
If you need to play older VHS tapes in these rooms, please contact Ryan Wickstrom (x8-7064) to discuss options.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Padlet: A Free Tool with Countless Classroom Uses

A blank wall to post links, images, text or filesAre you looking for a free, digital tool to engage students in collaborative activities?  Padlet is a free tool that works like a digital bulletin board.  It is very accessible to anyone with internet because an account is not required to use Padlet.

To get started simply go to and click on the button that says "create something - its free and only takes 2 seconds."  This provides you with a space to post text, images, files and links for free for 24 hours (your content is deleted after 24 hours.)  If you would like to save your content and control its privacy settings you can create a free account. 

Padlet is an excellent tool for the classroom because it is very versatile and easy to use.  Here are a few examples of how Padlet can be used in the classroom:

  • Post extra resources about a particular topic for students to use for reference
  • Have students post research to share with the class
  • Post vocabulary resources for the class
  • Post a question for students to respond to for reflection and/or discussion
  • Post examples of student work
  • Have teams of students use a Padlet wall to collaborate and share research findings
  • Collaborate with colleagues on classroom ideas and resources

These are just a few examples of how it can be used.  For an example of a Padlet wall and for some quick tips for getting started click this link: Padlet TutorialTheir website has some excellent resources as well.  

Check it out and share ideas in the comments section below!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Blackboard to Pilot Course Evaluation Software

TLT will be conducting a pilot for a new course evaluation software the next few weeks. This will not affect anyone except for the faculty and students in the HEIM and RESP programs that will be included in the pilot. There will be an addition to the Blackboard Home screen that all Blackboard users will see, but only pilot participants will be able to access the contents.

The module looks like this:

If you are not in the pilot, clicking the link will send you to a page with the following message:

We wanted to inform you of this addition in case students have questions regarding this addition to their Blackboard Home screen.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact Kelsie Nunnally at 913-588-3678 or

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Download/Save Camtasia Relay Videos

We have had many requests to save videos that were captured using Camtasia Relay. As you may recall, when a recording has been processed by the server and ready to stream, you receive an email with the link to the recording. Most faculty/staff share this link in their Blackboard/Jaydoc course or distribute the link through email. If you need a digital copy to save, here is the process to do this.

Note: Does not work in IE. You will need Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Let's take the following example of an email received from Camtasia Relay:

If your Type (B) is "MP4 with Smart Player":

  1. Click on the Presentation Link (A) - (it should open in a new browser window) -or- copy and paste url into Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
  2. Modify the URL's ending by removing ".html" and adding "/media/video.mp4" and then hit enter.
  3. Right-click on video in browser and select:
    1. "Save Video As" in Firefox or Chrome
    2. "Download Video" in Safari
  4. Navigate to your "Downloads" folder and you will find your video file named "video.mp4"

If your Type (B) is "Windows Media" "MP4" "MP3" or "IPad"

  1. Click on the Presentation Link (A) - (it should open in a new browser window) -or- copy and paste url into Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
  2. Right-click on video in browser and select:
    1. "Save Video As" in Firefox or Chrome
    2. "Download Video" in Safari
  3. Navigate to your "Downloads" folder and you will find your video file with a name similar to the title of the presentation.
If the above process does not work, contact TLT for further assistance. (913) 588-7107 or