Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Scheduled Blackboard Downtime (3-25)

To resolve an issue with Blackboard some users may experience an issue logging in or experience a loss of connection between 7 and 7:30 AM tomorrow March 26th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Blackboard will be unavailable tomorrow morning.

PLEASE DO NOT begin any assessments or course activities that you cannot complete before Midnight.
Every fourth Wednesday is the regularly scheduled maintenance window. Blackboard will be unavailable from 12:00 midnight until 1:00 am on that Wednesday morning. During this time, patches and updates are applied to the servers.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

KUMC Exemplar Courses: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 12 noon - 1 pm, 1014 Orr Major

Please join us for another session in which KUMC faculty demonstrate how they are using technology in their courses and projects. In this session, see…

Michael Parmely and Doug Adams – SOM Graduate Course on Teaching in Higher Education (MICR 805)
A new graduate course in the Department of Microbiology provides an introduction to becoming an effective and professional teacher in a higher education setting. This course was recently expanded to include review of primary literature, and a workshop version is being developed for basic science faculty and postdoctoral fellows.

Wendy Hildenbrand, Dory Sabata, and Dave Antonacci – 3D Printing in Occupational Therapy Education
One of the expectations for Occupational Therapy Education accreditation is that students are prepared to “fabricate” assistive technology. To help meet this expectation, Dory and Wendy invited Dave Antonacci from TLT to demonstrate 3D printing to their students in OCTH 422: Analysis and Adaptation and OCTH 755: Issues and Trends. Increasingly 3D printing has applications for splinting, adaptive devices, and medical technologies. Additionally, 3D printing raises questions regarding pragmatic use, safety, and ethical issues for discussion with students. This introduction may suggest some possibilities for adding 3D printing to your program as well.

No RSVP is needed. Questions? Contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144) in TLT.

Designing a Classroom Test: Postponed until Fall 2015

Due to illness, we will reschedule this presentation for Fall 2015. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 16th from 12 noon - 1 pm
Location: B011 Nursing
Presenters: Tony Paolo, Director of Assessment and Evaluation, School of Medicine; Tim Doughty, Testing Center Coordinator, Teaching & Learning Technology

Bring your own lunch and learn with us. No RSVP needed.

Questions? Contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144) in TLT.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Adobe Connect Upgrade

A planned upgrade on May 18, 2015, will have Adobe Connect moving from version 9.0 to 9.4. So, what does this upgrade entail? Below is a list of some of the improvements. Click on the link for more information.
As always, if you have any questions regarding this upgrade or Adobe Connect, contact TLT at 913-588-7107 or

Improved Video Pod (Filmstrip Mode)

Now there is the brand new filmstrip view for the video pod. A presenter or host in the Adobe Connect room can choose between the filmstrip view or the grid view. They can also determine which camera should should be highlighted as the main video feed.


The video pod has a number of other improvements as well. For example, there’s a new fullscreen mode which is able to provide a true video conferencing experience and removes the other elements from the meeting. Hosts and presenters can now force their view on all participants ensuring that everyone is seeing the video pod in fullscreen. Also, using the filmstrip mode improves bandwidth for all users by making smaller and fewer participant videos. For a demonstration of this feature, watch the following video.

Screen Sharing Improvements

Screen sharing is the most common activity in an Adobe Connect room.  A new screen sharing control panel has been added that enables someone who is sharing their screen to see a preview of what’s being shared, control the video and the audio in the meeting, manage participants, interact with chat as well as see and respond to any notifications.

Screen Sharing Palette

The screen sharing control panel is launched automatically, but it is only seen by the individual who is screen sharing and it can be moved around to ensure it’s not blocking any content. Customers who prefer a full-size preview on a second monitor can click the arrow in the top-left corner to return to the meeting and use the old method. You’ll never have to ask “Can you see my screen?” again. You can see a video of the screen sharing control panel here.

In addition to the new screen sharing control panel, this upgrade makes it easier to determine what is about to be shared. When you choose to share your screen, you’re now given a preview of what you’re about to share. For example, on the Desktop tab, you can see which screen you’ll be sharing if you have two monitors. On the Windows and Applications tabs, you’ll see a preview of all of the different applications and documents that are available. You can select one or more of these. Even better – once you start your screen share, Adobe Connect will automatically highlight what is being broadcast in the meeting.

Screen Sharing Preview

Life-like Whiteboard

Improved tools for drawing and annotating have been added to – like new pen and pencil tools that join improved marker and highlighter. You’ll also see a brand new color picker and the ability to arrange layers.
Users can now use their virtual whiteboard the same way they would use a physical whiteboard in a classroom. When combined with a mobile device, it makes for an easy way to write equations or notes.

Updated Mobile App

The improved mobile app allows or hosting from a mobile device with enhanced drawing and annotation tools. Adobe Connect Mobile 2.3 is now available for free download on iTunes here, and the Google Play Store here.

Outlook Add-in

The Outlook add-in for Adobe Connect offers an extremely easy way of managing your Adobe Connect meeting room from the most familiar and the most used interface – MS Outlook client. No more the need to remember your meeting details for inviting participants or the need to go the web portal to manage your meeting rooms. All of this can be achieved from within the familiar Outlook client.

In this video here, Alistair demos how easily you can manage all your meeting room using the Add-in. He also shows how to use the Add-in to create customized invites for Adobe Connect meetings from your Outlook client itself.

It can be downloaded from the Downloads and Updates page.

Scheduled Blackboard Maintenance (3-16) - COMPLETED

Blackboard will be up and down between 7 - 9 AM on Monday March 16th for maintenance. We apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: The maintenance to Blackboard has been completed and Blackboard should be functioning normally. We apologize any inconvenience this may have caused.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Emergency Blackboard Maintenance (3/12) - COMPLETED

Blackboard will be down between 6:30 - 7:30 AM on Thursday March 12th to fix security issues with Blackboard. We apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: The maintenance has been completed and Blackboard is functioning normally again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Scheduled Blackboard Meaintenance (3-5) - COMPLETED

To resolve an issue affecting Blackboard we will be performing maintenance tomorrow starting at 7 and ending at 7:30 AM. This should not cause any downtime but some users may experience a few issues during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: This maintenance has been completed.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Attention Internet Explorer Users!

We have identified an issue with Internet Explorer. There are several issues that have become apparent with Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer9 - 11) since we upgraded Blackboard in January.If you are going to be using Internet Explorer in Blackboard you should be aware of these issues and how to resolve them. You can either use a different supported browser(Firefox, Chrome, or Safari on the MAC). The other option is to add Blackboard to your Trusted Site in the Settings of Internet Explorer. To add Blackboard to your Trusted Sites follow the directions below.

1. Click on the wheel in the upper right corner on your Internet Explorer browser.
 2. Click on Internet Options.
 3. Click on the Security tab and then click on Trusted Sites. After clicking on Trusted Sites click on Sites.
 4. If you are on Blackboard already the site should show up. If you do not see the site then you will need to type the site as you see it below and then click Add and then Close.