Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blackboard Maintenance Schedule

Now that the semester is underway, we want to remind you of important maintenance events scheduled for our Blackboard system, so you can schedule your class work around these dates and times.

Every fourth Wednesday is the regularly scheduled maintenance window. Blackboard is unavailable from 12:00 midnight until 1:00 am on that Wednesday morning. During this time, patches and updates are applied to the servers.

In the event maintenance is performed outside of these times, an announcement is posted in Blackboard and in the TLT Blog ( Also, if Blackboard is down due to an unexpected problem, check the TLT Blog for more information.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

TLC Scheduled Maintenance

TLC will be unavailable during the following times due to scheduled maintenance.  

Please do not plan on completing training during this time:

Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 10:00PM - 1:00AM CST

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New to TLT: Amy Burgess, Ben Hooper and Bob Eastman

Welcome to TLT Ben Hooper, Bob Eastman, and Amy Burgess!

New to TLT-Media: Amy Burgess, A/V Classroom Support Specialist

This February, TLT-Media welcomed Amy Burgess as one of our A/V Classroom Support Specialists. Amy comes to us from Kansas State Olathe where she worked as IT & A/V support for the school’s graduate research programs. She has a degree in Information Technology-Networking. Amy enjoys traveling and being outdoors, and competing in a sand volleyball team in her free time.

New to TLT-EdTech: Ben Hooper, Learning Management Systems Administrator

In June, Ben Hooper was hired into the role of LMS administrator. Ben comes to KUMC from Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences where he worked as an Educational Technologist and LMS Administrator. He previously held positions of eLearning Support Specialist and Liaison to the School of Nursing at KUMC. Ben received his MS in Educational Technology from the University of Central Missouri as well as an undergraduate degree in music education and performance. In his spare time he enjoys playing musical instruments, woodturning, and gardening.

New to TLT-EdTech: Bob Eastman, Educational Multimedia System Administrator

 Bob has been with KUMC since 2011 when he joined TLT-Media as a scheduler. Soon, he became an AV Tech providing classroom support for instructors and students while also maintaining classroom audio and video equipment. Later, he was promoted to Media Technician and took on a bigger role with video production and began providing technical support for clients during on campus events. Armed with his multimedia experience, he is hoping to help the university keep up to date with relevant video conferencing solutions and content management systems. Away from work, Bob also loves spending time with his wife, Amanda, and one year old daughter, Elena. He also enjoys watching sci-fi movies, English Premiere league soccer, and is an avid video gamer too.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

TLT @ SiDLiT 2016

The Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT) hosted by Johnson County Community College took place on August 4-5 where educators and distance learning support staff from regional community colleges and higher education institutions attended to learn and share by way of presentations, special interest group discussions, and hands-on workshops on topics related to teaching and learning. 

This year the following TLT members presented on:
  • Minimizing Student Frustration while Maximizing Faculty Satisfaction Using Simple Course Design by Nellie Modaress (SoN Liaison), David Martin (SoN), Rosann O'Dell (SHP)
  • Designing an ePortfolio Using Blackboard to Assess Progression in Clinical Competencies by Nellie Modaress (SoN Liaison) Lauren Mathiott (eSS SoN), Chito Belchez (SoN), Alyson Luckenbach (SoN)
  • Inside Microsoft's HoloLens by Sonny Painter (SHP Liaison)
To learn more about SIDLIT and other topics presented on this year, please visit the following link as we hope to see you at this event next year!

Monday, August 22, 2016

KUMC Outage 8/22 - Resolved

Due to an internet issue some kumc sites may be unavailable.  We are aware of the issue and are currently working to resolve.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE - This issue has been resolved and all systems should be functioning properly.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Blackboard FAQ: Setting Test Availability Exceptions

In deploying tests, faculty can select one or more groups or users and make a number of exceptions to the test’s availability settings. Some faculty use exceptions to provide accommodations to disabled students or to provide accommodations for technology and language differences.
To make exceptions, first create the group using Control Panel>Users and Groups>Groups.
1. Make sure the Edit Mode is ON.
Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 2.08.06 PM
2. On the content page where you deployed your test, click the test’s action link and select Edit the Test Options on the drop-down menu.
3. On the Test Options page, scroll down to the Test Availability Exceptions section and click the Add User or Group button.
4. In the Add User or Group window, click the checkbox next to the name of the student or group of students you wish to grant exceptions to and click the Submit button.
5. The Test Options page will display the Test Availabilty Exceptions for the selected user or group. Edit the test settings (number of Attempts allowed, Timer, duration of test Availability) to match the necessary accommodation for the user or group. Remember, never set Force Completion.
6. Click the Submit button to save your changes.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Beller Update

Beller Update by Michael Ciolek - TLT Media

EIKI high output DLP projector

Like saying farewell to that obnoxious friend that always borrowed your tools, we finally sent the nearly 10 year old video/audio/control system in the Beller Conference Center down the road this spring.  The most visible improvement was the installation of five new EIKI high output DLP projectors.   

The two full sized racks in the control room.

 These are commercial/professional models with enough lumens (light output) to look great in virtually any lighting configuration.  In the control room, the back end equipment has been reduced from three full sized racks down to only two.  

BiAmp Tesira Amplifier

They are filled with high quality Crestron switching systems and high definition display and recording capability.  Audio reliability and quality are enhanced with BiAmp Tesira components. Room combining configuration which used to be done manually is now accomplished automatically by sensing the position of the moveable walls. 

Moveable wall sensors within Beller.
The entire system is more robust and flexible.  In addition, we have added the option of attractive wood and acrylic presenter’s stands for high profile events such as those featuring the Governor, Legislators, or other news-worthy dignitaries.  

Presenter stand for high profile events.

 To facilitate those events we now have the capability of controlling the system from a less visible vantage point via a wireless touch screen panel.  We would like to express our gratitude to Steffani Webb and the other Executive Officers for helping make this happen.  We can now use our chewing gum and duct tape for purposes other than keeping the Beller Conference Center up and running.

Move OneNote Package to OneDrive

These instructions are for Windows users. Mac users will need to switch to the Windows side of your computer.


  1. Download OneNote package.
  2. Open in desktop version of OneNote.
  3. Move notebook to OneDrive.
Note: Before you begin this process, make sure you have access to your KUMC Office 365 site.

1. Download the OneNote package.

After you save the OneNote package to your computer, double-click the file to open the package.
When you unpack this file, you may have the option to directly add it to your OneDrive (the account). Then, you can skip steps 2 and 3. If not, just unpack to your computer.

2. Open in Windows desktop version of OneNote

After you unpack the file, it will open in the desktop version of OneNote automatically.

3. Move notebook to OneDrive

Choose File > Share.

Share a file so you can get to it from other devices

Select a location for your notebook, or choose Add a Place and then sign into your OneDrive account.

Enter a name for your notebook (if you like, you can keep the name it already has), and then choose Move Notebook.

After you see the location in the list, select it.

OneNote moves the notebook from your computer to OneDrive, and confirms the move with the message: “Your notebook is now syncing to the new location.”

Now, you can edit on the desktop app or the online app and the edits with be synced.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Upload Videos to KUMC Media Server

TLT does not recommend uploading large video files to Blackboard. This slows the system and slow downloads for students as Blackboard is not designed to be a media server. To get videos on the server, you had to get the video file to TLT by flash drive or large file transfer. Then, TLT has to move it to the Relay server. Now there is a a simpler and faster method to get your video on the Relay media server.

How to Upload Videos to Media Server

  1. Make sure your video file type is .mov or .mp4. (If it is not one of these types, you will need to contact TLT for assistance.)
  2. Start Relay.
  3. Click "Upload." 
  4. Click "Add Media." 
  5. Navigate your computer and select the video file.
  6. Relay will preview the video you have selected.
  7. Click "Upload All" to finish the process. 
  8. You will get a message that the upload process is taking place. Once the video is ready, you will get an email from Relay with a link you can put into Blackboard, just like when you do any Relay recording.
If you need additional assistance or need a Relay account, please contact TLT at 913-588-7107 or

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Classroom Technology Orientation and Training

If you're new to KUMC classrooms and classroom technology, please plan to attend one of our orientation and training sessions, where you'll learn all about our auditoriums and classrooms, and how to operate the technology in these rooms. No RSVP is needed. Just attend whichever session best fits your schedule. If you're unable to make one of these sessions, please give us a call at 913-588-7326 to arrange a one-on-one session.
  • Monday, August 15 - B018 SON @ 2-3pm
  • Tuesday, August 16 -1025 Orr Major @ 10-11am
  • Tuesday, August 23 - 1050 SON @ 9-10am
  • Wednesday, August 24 - B018 SON @ 2-3pm

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Interactive Video Quizzing

Instructors want to engage students in content. One popular method is through video. Instructors have created video through lecture capture and voice-over PowerPoint. There are many tips that you can apply to your video creations that will improve this resource's educational impact. A previous TLT blog post highlights many of them. In this blog post, I would to highlight interactive video quizzing.

With interactive video quizzing, quiz questions appear during the viewing of the video to check for understanding before moving on. Research in this area shows that adding quizzes throughout a video presentation "reduces mind wandering, increases task-relevant behaviors such as note taking, boosts learning, and also improves calibration between predicted and actual performance," (Schacter and Szpunar, 2015). However, adding this engaging and interactive feature does take some additional time and effort. Fortunately, the tools available are becoming easier to use.

The Free Options

There are a number of products available to make these video interlaced with quizzes. Many of them require that you post your videos to YouTube or another video hosting site first, then the software overlays the quizzing features. These are fast and free, but do not integrate quiz scores into an LMS, like Blackboard, and usually mean you have to have your video set to public to access it. Here are a few to try.

A free site provided by MIT offers a number of interactive tools for eLearning including video quizzes. You can upload video files to this site, but they have to be relatively small. H5p also has additional elearning tools you may find of interest.

Another free site to develop video quizzes. Edpuzzle allows you to use only what you need from any video, insert audio notes or record over a video with your voice, and add questions at any point in the video and track your students' understanding.

HapYak allows you to add text, links and image overlays to your videos. You can also easily annotate your YouTube and Vimeo videos and create quizzes using multiple choice and free-text questions. it also lets you draw on your videos, share commentaries and link to any specific moment in the video.


Another free online tool for adding quizzing to videos.

PowerPoint Mix

Microsoft is always putting out upgrades to their products. Mix allows you to add interactivity with video and quizzing to your PowerPoint files. It also hosts the files for you so you can share and track usage.

If YouTube is hosting your video already, you can add functionality to make the video like a quiz. The Knewton Blog provides a tutorial on how to do this, but it is time intense.

The Paid Tools Options

There are a number of paid elearning tools available to develop interactive video quizzing. The benefit of going this direction is that many of the tools export the video quiz as a SCORM package (or similar) that can be uploaded to Blackboard so that you can track usage and/or score the videos quizzes and automatically add the scores to the grade center. TLT uses Camtasia Studio 8 and Adobe Captivate 9. Articulate Storyline 2 is the other popular tool for developing these interactive videos. Captivate and Articular also allow for the development of other elearning activities. I would suggest downloading a 30-day trial for any of these tools before buying to see if it is the right tool for you. Also, KUMC purchasing can get you some great deals on the software if you are interested.


Schacter, Daniel L.; Szpunar, Karl K. Enhancing attention and memory during video-recorded lectures. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, Vol 1(1), Mar 2015, 60-71.