Wednesday, May 31, 2017

KUMC’s Migration from Self Hosted Servers to Blackboard Servers

During the days of May 21st to May 25th Blackboard was migrated from KUMC servers to Blackboard hosted servers. Blackboard was inaccessible during this migration. Although we did run into a few issues during this process Blackboard was back online in the early mornings of May 25th. All KUMC data was transferred and no data lost during this migration. 

One great new feature is the submission confirmation receipt. This feature will notify you not only in Blackboard that a student’s submission was successful but it also sends an email to the student informing them that their submission was successful. To learn more about this feature please visit this web site.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other Blackboard topic please feel free to call TLT at 913-588-7107 or emailing TLT at

SoM Learning Management System / Administrative Management Tools Transition

With the close of the 2016-2017 school year, the School of Medicine ended its long history with JayDocs (LCMS+). Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, SoM students will use Blackboard for quizzing, assignment submission, gradebook and the automated release of some learning activity pre-work. All educational content will continue to be stored in SharePoint, and OASIS will be used to manage event calendars, evaluations, Faculty Contribution Tracking, and Curriculum Inventory Reporting.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scheduled Blackboard outage and migration (5/21-5/25) - COMPLETED

The Blackboard migration has been completed and Blackboard is up and running normally. We apologize for the extended downtime and any inconvenience this caused. Please let TLT know if you see any issues with Blackboard by either emailing or calling 913-588-7107.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

iPad App Recommendations From the Apple Users Group

Every month a group of users comes together to discuss topics related to the use of Apple products on our campus. These meetings are open to all faculty, staff, and students, and allow for users to discuss technical and usability concerns, features, and general questions related to Apple products.

During the last meeting of the group, users shared some of their favorite iPad apps with the group. Here are some of their recommendations:

Clear: ($4.99)

Clear is an app that can be used to manage to-do lists and reminders. It allows you to create separate to-do lists, and set reminders for tasks. If you are looking for an app to replace the Reminders app on your iPad, this may be a good option for you. It also syncs to your Apple Cloud account, which will allow you to sync across multiple devices. Although there is a cost for the app, it can sometimes be found on sale.

If you're doing any sort of research, you may find this app to be helpful to you. Mendeley allows users to upload pdf articles for storage and annotation, and will automatically manage the article references. Users can also review documents collaboratively, annotating papers and documents together in real-time. Mendeley also allows you to sync your work across multiple devices.

Notability is a note-taking app that allows you to combine handwriting, sketches, text, photos, and voice recordings into notes that you can store and share. Notes can sync across your iPad, iPhone, and Mac, and can shared be via Google Drive, AirDrop, Dropbox, and email.

OneNote is another great note-taking app that not only allows you to take notes on your iPad, but helps organize them as well. Users can create notebooks with sections and pages to easily organize and categorize notes. Notes can sync across multiple devices, and the app also allows you to sync notes stored in SharePoint with your iPad. 

SlideShark is an app that allows you to present and share your PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint presentations can be uploaded via the SlideShark site, downloaded from cloud storage, or opened from email attachments. With a display adapter for the iPad, presentations can be projected from the iPad. Another great feature is the ability to control an iPad presentation with an iPhone, which allows for a presenter to move around the room freely.

TechSmith Fuse: (Free)

TechSmith Fuse is an app that will allow you to upload videos and images from your iPad to Camtasia Relay. You can even import images and videos into other Camtasia products, such as SnagIt and Camtasia Studio. There is no cost for the app, and it is also available for the iPhone.

UpToDate: (*Free)
*There is a free subscription for KUMC users. Register for an account using your KUMC credentials at

UpToDate could be described as a sort of Wikipedia for clinicians and health providers. Content is provided by leading physician authors and editors, and is great for obtaining answers to clinical questions at point of care. You can also print or email topics/graphics to others.

Let us know of some of your favorite iPad apps by posting your recommendations in the comments section. If you are interested in attending the next Apple Users Group meeting, the group will be meeting on Wednesday, February 11, 2014 from 1 - 2 pm in School of Nursing B012. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Apple Users Group, please contact Sonny Painter at or Kelsie Nunnally at

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ExamSoft Maintenance Saturday, May 27

ExamSoft will be conducting scheduled maintenance beginning Saturday, May 27th at 8:00 AM Central through 11:00 AM Central. During this period, the ExamSoft Portal will be inaccessible and SofTest downloads and registrations will be suspended. 

SofTest uploads will be temporarily suspended between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM Central only. If you are administering exams during this period, we advise allowing exam takers to download their exam prior to the maintenance window and instruct them to upload their answer files after 8:30 AM CT.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Panopto: KUMC's New Screen Capture and Content Management System!

TLT is excited to announce that Panopto will soon be replacing TechSmith Relay, our current screen and lecture capture software!  Relay has been a great option for anyone who has wanted to capture simple PowerPoint presentations or create a short videos to share with others, but users have never had many options for sharing and managing videos after they were created.  Technology has advanced a great deal since Relay’s adoption at KUMC, and Panopto’s leveraging of these advancements will allow us to overcome the limitations associated with Relay.   

With the introduction of Panopto, university students, teachers, and staff will not only be able to create recordings with multiple streams of HD video, but they will also be able to manage and edit those recordings within a YouTube style landing page.  Users will be able to easily share these videos either by generating public/private links, embedding videos in websites, or giving fellow users permission to view your video folders.  Panopto’s content management system even provides the ability to see detailed statistics related to recordings like:  times viewed, minutes watched, and number of viewers. 

Because this is a new system, we will be conducting limited use of Panopto in conjunction with select summer classes.  We plan to eventually make the system available to all university users starting with the Fall 2017 semester.  Relay will be maintained until the migration of current recordings into the new Panopto system is completed. 

If you would like to learn more about what Panopto has to offer please visit Panopto's website.