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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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What changed?

There is no longer a link to the Notifications module page on the default Bb Learn course template automatically created for you at the beginning of the each term/semester.

Default course menu with arrow pointing to Notifications module page on the course menu

Why did it change?

  • To simplify the default course template since the same information can also be found on the Bb Learn Home page.
  • Feedback from faculty indicates the “What’s New” module contained too much distracting information at the beginning of the semester.

Who is impacted?

  • Faculty are planning to assemble their course(s) from scratch using the default template.
  • Course copy is not impacted. If you have a Notifications page on the previous semester’s course, it will come over during Course Copy.

How can I add the Notifications module page back on my course menu?

1. Select (+) above the course menu, and select Module Page.

Default course shell with arrows pointing

2. Enter Notifications as the name.
3. Select Available to Users and click Submit.
4. Click Add Course Module.

Notifications module page with arrow pointing to Add Course Module button

5. Click Add next to the modules you want displayed (previously these were My Announcements & What’s New).
6. Click Ok

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The deadline for applications to this summer’s Academy e-Learning institute has been extended to Monday, March 9, 2015. 

The application process is straightforward, the stipend is significant, and the program is suitable for face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online course redesign. Details are here, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. This year’s theme is on “Creativity.”

For AeL Cohort 7, our work will center on (re)designing courses that rekindle our own creativity, joy, and passion for teaching while developing diverse, relevant, engaging learning opportunities and experiences that help students:

  • Spark divergent thinking and risk-taking to ignite new ideas and innovative approaches;

  • Develop skills and abilities to adapt to problems and opportunities that have not yet been imagined;

  • Burn through creative blocks, such as writer’s block, that stifle exploration, discovery, and expression; and

  • Embrace imagination and difference to foster a creative spirit and lifelong love of learning.

  • We will explore instructional strategies and technologies that help us realize our goals, with an emphasis on creative approaches to teaching and assessment, and on student knowledge-creation and expression through storytelling, game making, meaningful play, collaborative media work, experiential learning, model building, design thinking, applied imagination, and invention.

Please consider joining us. The website with application is here:

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Taking the Fright Out of Accessible Course Design
Oct 31, 11-12:30 MLIB 002
Are you familiar with Universal Design? Are you relying on color to convey important information? Can a screen reader recognize your PDFs? Are your videos captioned for the hard of hearing? Is your course accessible to ALL students?
…Are these questions making you squeamish?
If so, we invite you to a special Halloween Accessibility workshop sponsored by the Technology and Learning Program & the Accessibility Resource Center on Friday, October 31 from 11:00-12:30 in MLIB 002.  Candy provided.
Workshop Objectives
  • Locate and use the accessible syllabus template for your courses.
  • Create accessible PDFs for upload to your course.
  • Design your course with accessibility in mind using concepts for Universal Design.   
  • Prioritize captioning when choosing video resources.
All participants are welcome. If you need disability related accommodations please call Jeremy Olguin at 530-898-4863 or send an email to