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PC Camtasia Users!


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Wish you could upload your Camtasia videos to Blackboard and automatically connect results to the Blackboard Grade Center!!!

Now, you can!


With a few clicks of the mouse, learn how to

  1. Add quizzes to your videos.
  2. Connect your videos to the Bb Learn Grade Center automatically to:
    • Score the quizzes. (You choose the acceptable, minimum score)
    • Score the duration students watch your video. (You determine how long students must watch the video to receive a passing score.)
    • Score both if you choose!

What you’ll need

Email Christine Sharrio if you’re interested in adding videos to your Blackboard Grade Center!


Additional Help

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Interested in attending a Saturday workshop? Come join us Saturday, August 22, 2015.

  • Introduction to Blackboard Learn 10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
  • Bring Questions, Get Answers. Open workshop 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

Send an email to: if you plan on attending.


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2015Start your new year with a Blackboard Learn workshop from TLP!

We often hear instructors say that spending just 60-90 minutes in one of our face-to-face workshops saves them hours of work later in the semester. Plus, it provides an opportunity for you to meet some of our Instructional Technology Consultants, including Christine Sharrio, the newest member of our TLP team.

Not sure if you need to attend?

View the workshop descriptions and objectives and enroll only in the ones you need. Then sign up on the Workshop Calendar, linked from TLP’s homepage,


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Haven’t heard of MERLOT before? Now is the time to learn about its curated collection of free and open online materials and faculty development services used by international education community.
Dr. Cris Guenter, Chico State Graduate Coordinator and Professor of Education, will lead an exploration of MERLOT’s resources and suggest ways in which faculty can use its huge repository of free and open peer-reviewed materials. Dr. Guenter’s work with online instruction and MERLOT has been recognized at the national and international levels.
The link to the Blackboard Collaborate session is:
Faculty on the SSU campus are also welcome to view the webinar in the Faculty Center located on the first floor of the Schulz Library in Room 1112.
This session will be archived for future use.
For more information please contact Ann Steckel, SSU Director of Educational Design & Curricular Innovation, at 707-664-2240 or .

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The Real Media (Mole) server will be decommissioned on January 16, 2015 due to unsupported software. We introduced Kaltura as a new streaming media server in fall 2012 (and as a replacement for Mole), and we’ve been working with faculty to migrate onto that platform over time. Given Mole’s end of life, we need to complete the migration of video content off of it. We are requesting that you only move the files you’re actively using since our campus Kaltura license fees are based on the amount of storage that we use.

Here are some migration options:

There are multiple ways to integrate video in Blackboard Learn. If you have questions about hosting/migrating video or if you require any other assistance, please contact the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) at 898-6167.

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Distributed Learning Technologies (or DLT) is the unsung hero behind Blackboard Learn, Bb Collaborate, and so many other technologies we use in teaching our students today at CSU, Chico.

TLP focuses on how to use the tools; DLT ensures those tools are up and running.

Check out their website and their webpage for service interruptions, where you can stay up-to-date on any interruptions in campus technology services.

They are a silent but “heavy-lifting partner.” 

They provide behind the scenes technical support for the Learning Management System (Blackboard Learn) and our distance learning service, Bb Collaborate. They also extend the functionality of our learning management system through  “building blocks” or “plug-in” services; such as publisher content, Kaltura Streaming Media Server, Turnitin, etc.

Manager, David Rowe has focused heavily on standardizing systems support and providing enhanced application stability.  Before this role, Dave was the Chico’s Data Warehouse Lead for a few years after moving back to Chico from Humboldt State University. Working with Dave are Miroslav Lulic (team lead), Thomas Somma, and Robert Utter.

The LMS Advisory Board (team) is comprised of DLT and TLP and also are joined by: Classroom Services, and IT Support Services. In the spirit of transparency with the campus community all of our weekly meeting notes are published online. We are proud of this strong partnership and are pleased to be working with such dedicated individuals.

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CSU Academic Technology Services is offering several workshops on using the Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT) rubric to ensure quality course design. Please visit the flyer for details on the workshops available. Many are offered online this year.

Chico State has adopted their instrument known as QOLT or Quality Online Learning and Teaching, which has replaced Chico’s own Rubric for Online Instruction. The good news is that there are stipends available for faculty to participate in reviewing their course against this new rubric and get help from a mentor in the QOLT program. Contact Ben Seipel if you are interested to participate. He is our QA Coordinator here at Chico State.Ben is from the Department of Education. He has worked with other faculty mentors here at Chico, along with CELT and TLP to provide a rich experience for faculty.

Besides a stipend, you may apply to the QOLT Evaluation Program next spring. There are awards given to the winners from the CSU contest, as well as our own Chico Exemplary Online Instruction (EOI) awards program. This past year’s EOI recipients are: Dorothy Kennedy, Ben Seipel, and Kate Transchel. We will recognize them formally at the CELT Conference Luncheon this year, in early October.

Visit the CELT website for more details, or feel free to email Ben Seipel, Zach Justus or Laura Sederberg with questions.

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Organizationally, the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) is moving under the leadership of AVP Wenshu Lee, and working closely with the newly developed unit of Faculty Development. TLP reports to Wenshu Lee, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs. The Interim Director of Faculty Development is Chico Professor, Zach Justus.

This move is a welcomed transition to working more closely with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). We have worked together over the last 15 years, but it was from more disparate organizations. With all of us working closely with Chico’s faculty, and influencing and supporting Academy e-Learning over the last 7 years, it was a natural reorganization to make. We are happy to let you know about this change, and although we still reside in the basement of Meriam Library plans are underway to move us all into a more centralized location together. More about what all this means later, as time allows the transition to occur.

One thing we want to offer to faculty is a more flexible schedule for consultations with our Instructional Designers and more opportunities for workshops on weekends or later into the evening as your needs dictate. Please let us know how we can better serve you and our 21st century students.

Laura Sederberg, Manager of TLP

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Kaltura is currently Chico State’s streaming media tool that allows users to create, edit, and share videos within Blackboard Learn. Over the summer Kaltura was upgraded, and with that upgrade, a new workflow was introduced. To learn more about that upgrade and the new features, please watch this video.  To learn more about how to work with Kaltura, please visit the Kaltura wiki support page.

For more information, please contact the Technology and Learning Program at x6167 or

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TLP has moved our training registration to the campus-wide, training system called DTS.

DTS enables all staff, faculty and student employees to:

  • View a central, campus-wide training calendar.
  • Register for courses.
  • Track enrollments and professional development.

To Access DTS

1. From your browser, navigate to

Note: You must have pop-ups enabled.
TLP has found that Internet Explorer and Safari seem to be the least problematic.

2. Click Login to DTS.

 Note: DTS uses your State Employee ID, which is issued from the Chancellor’s office. If you are not able to login, submit a ticket with ITSS.

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To  register for Blackboard Learn and other TLP workshops

1. Click Schedule.

2. Select a course that works with your time frame.

3. Click Register.

If you want to see all of the workshops offered by TLP, you can access the Course Catalog tab in DTS, or for a more reader-friendly version, go to the TLP web site and click Workshops on the left menu.