Tuesday, September 29, 2015

You are invited to Teaching & Learning Technologies' 8th Annual Open House!

Event: TLT Annual Open House
Location: 4016 Varnes Center (in School of Nursing Building)
When: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Phone: (913) 588-7107

Swing by anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm for snacks and conversation, meet the team behind the technology, sample some new instructional technologies, and see what’s coming!

See demonstrations of:
  • Solstice Wireless Projection System
  • Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e for room-sized webconferences (e.g. Adobe Connect, Zoom)
  • KAPP Digital Dry Erase Board
  • 25Live Room/Event Scheduling
  • Accessible/ADA Blackboard Content
  • New Blackboard Building Blocks: SafeAssign Plagiarism Prevention and Qwickly
  • New Classroom Technologies: ELMO TT-12iD Visual Presenter and Planar PCT2265 Multi-touch Monitor
  • EvaluationKIT Online Surveys and Course/Instructor Evaluations
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser for Blackboard Testing

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Camtasia Relay with OSX version 10.10.5 - records blank screen

Mac users please keep this issue in mind if you need to use Camtasia Relay:


Recording the screen looks fine, but after stopping the recording the preview window shows only a black screen and the cursor. The video will publish as black also.

Impacted OS
OSX 10.10.5

Techsmith is working on the problem and will let us know as soon as a fix is available.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

EvaluationKIT Integration with Blackboard Disabled

A recent issue with EvaluationKIT's integration with Blackboard has led us to disable this functionality until a solution is found. Both Blackboard and EvaluationKIT are working properly; we are only experiencing issues with the integration.

Users can still access EvaluationKIT by navigating to https://evaluationkit.kumc.edu and logging in with their KUMC credentials.

Students and participants using EvaluationKIT will continue to receive emails with links to their surveys. Reports, however, will have to be accessed through the link above until further notice.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We will notify everyone once this issue is resolved. If you have any additional questions please contact Teaching and Learning Technologies at (913) 588-3678

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Blackboard Issues Saturday

Many users encountered an intermittent problem this morning which prevented them from logging onto Blackboard today, Saturday, September 12 between approximately 1:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Some users were able to login successfully and use Blackboard as normal while many others were unable to get past the login page.  The system was also completely down for brief periods within this window while TLT staff attempted to apply fixes to the login issue.

TLT believes we have isolated the cause and implemented a resolution but we will continue to monitor the situation closely and respond as necessary.  We apologize for the inconvenience caused to anyone who encountered this issue.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Designing a Classroom Test

Date/Time: Friday, October 16th from 12 noon - 1 pm

Location: 1101 Delp

Presenters: Tony Paolo, Director of Assessment and Evaluation, School of Medicine; Tim Doughty, Testing Center Coordinator, Teaching & Learning Technology

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.

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

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

Friday, September 4, 2015

Printing Options for Blackboard

The new semester has started and with that comes an abundance of course materials, syllabi and other information in Blackboard that instructors or students may want to print.  There is not currently a print feature in Blackboard, however, you do have a couple of printing options.

The first way is to copy and paste text from Blackboard into a Word document. Once the text is in Word (or another text editing software), you can print it.  This method is a little cumbersome, however it does allow you to format and edit the text before you print it.  Learn more about copy and pasting to print.

The second option is only available using Chrome.  This browser allows you to print a selected section of text.   

Here's how to print from Chrome:

1. Highlight the text you want to print and use the keyboard shortcut "control + p" on a PC or "command +p" on a Mac to print.

2. In the print menu, under "Options" you need to click "More Settings" check the box that says "selection only."

3. Chrome shows you a preview of your document so you can make sure all the needed text is selected. You are ready to print! 

If you need any assistance with Blackboard please contact TLT at 8-7107 or tlt@kumc.edu and we would be happy to help you!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Universal Design in Blackboard Courses

This past year, faculty members involved with the Masters of Public Health (MPH) in the School of Medicine and the RN-to-BSN program in the School of Nursing met with TLT to create a plan to standardize online course offerings. This initiative began as an attempt to meet Quality Matters standards for course navigation, as well as to respond to student input from end-of-semester surveys indicating a need for organized course structures. 

This fall, a standard navigation panel was piloted in both the MPH and RN-BSN programs. All courses – including online, face-to-face, and hybrid – in these programs will have similar navigational structures (see image).

Screenshot of Blackboard navigation panel using new design

The START HERE section includes the syllabus, information about the instructor(s), and any other information about the course as a whole. All content for the course will be found in the Content section.

One major complaint from students was inconsistency of how course materials were organized in courses within a program. While some instructors organized their content into folders such as Lectures, Readings, and Assignments, other instructors grouped materials by unit or by each class session. In the RN-BSN program, course materials will be organized by Section and then modules while the MPH program will be organized by having weekly folders within the Content section. This way, students will know where to find all of the resources for a particular class session.

Links are also provided directly to the Course Reserves, Adobe Connect room, Discussions, and Groups tools, if the instructor chooses to use any of those resources. Additional links to Blackboard resources are also provided, as well as links to KUMC services for students.

The MPH program has also incorporated e-Portfolios into their program. As students complete assignments and projects that demonstrate mastery of requires skills, those items are added to their Blackboard Portfolios. They can share these portfolios with their instructors and advisors.