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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, www.csuchico.edu/tlp.

 

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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 Steckel@sonoma.edu .

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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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What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?

A web conferencing tool that integrates with Blackboard Learn.

Features include:

  • Shared audio/video/text chat for up to 100 participants
  • Shared whiteboard
  • Shared applications (requires Google Chrome)
  • Shared files 

How can I try the new Bb Collaborate Ultra?

Open a service request in Team Dynamix and request Bb Collaborate Ultra be enabled in a Blackboard Learn Prep Area and give it a try. Then, if you like it, request that it be enabled in your live course section.

Is it available for mobile?

If students want to participate on a mobile device, they must download the Bb Student app.

Anyone who is the session Moderator must use a desktop or laptop computer.

 

I currently use an older version of Bb Collaborate. Should I switch to Ultra?

Please consider the following before becoming an early adopter of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra:

  • Bb Collaborate Ultra is easy to use; no extra downloads or Java required.
  • Better quality audio/video
  • Does NOT currently support breakout rooms; (coming in Spring or Summer of 2016)
  • Does NOT currently include the polling feature; (coming in a later release)
  • Does NOT currently support pre-scripted Plan files; (TBD)
  • Limited recording playback; currently includes EITHER the webcam mode, or the whiteboard/application share mode, but not both at the same time.
  • Refer to Blackboard’s Understanding the Changes reference guide for full details.

How can I learn more?

Schedule a meeting with a TLP ITC consultant to go through potential use cases for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

Helpful Tutorials:

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The YouTube Video Everywhere icon (shown below) will no longer be available in the Blackboard Learn conbtent editor as of January 21, 2016.

CSU Chico decided to remove the icon in the Bb Learn text editor because of Google/YouTube’s decision to discontinue their “Record from Webcam” functionality.

For background information, please refer to the TLP blog post from earlier this month.

YouTube Video Everywhere icon

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The Blackboard Learn Faculty Support tab has slimmed down for the new year.

  • You can search the TLP knowledge base, create a help ticket in Team Dynamix, or contact a TLP Instructional Technology Consultant; all from one location.
  • The Self-Service tool is also available from the Faculty Support tab. The  Self-Service tool lets you add a guest instructor, create a prep area, or apply a template to your Blackboard Learn course.

Click the image below to check it out.

Faculty Support tab

Bb Learn Faculty Support tab

 

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Google has announced that the webcam capture feature will not be available on YouTube after January 16, 2016.  Some users have reported that there are already issues with this tool not working properly in YouTube.  This will have an impact on Blackboard Learn’s Record from Webcam (Video Everywhere) feature, which uses YouTube’s webcam capture feature.  While users will be able to launch the Record from Webcam tool, they will be unable to directly record new videos from their camera within the Content Editor. 

Users will still be able to choose recorded videos from their YouTube libraries and add them within the Content Editor after launching the Record from Webcam tool.  To do so, they should click on the “Browse” tab.  YouTube videos already embedded into a content item with the tool are unaffected by this change.  This change affects only the Record from Webcam tool in the Content Editor; the YouTube Mashup tool is not affected.  Blackboard is investigating additional solutions to address this change. 

Workaround: 

There are still a number of ways to upload video to YouTube for use within the Content Editor.  

Windows 8+ Users:

  1. Record video using the Camera Application
  2. Upload to YouTube

Mac OS X Users:

  1. Record video using Photo Booth
  2. Upload to YouTube

iOS and Android Device Users:

  1. Open the YouTube app from your device
  2. Record video
  3. Upload to YouTube

Once uploaded, a video can be selected for embedding into the Blackboard Learn Content Editor with the Record from Webcam tool by clicking the “Browse” tab.

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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.