Video just got a little easier with Kaltura

Be on the lookout for these Kaltura updates starting Saturday June 1st, 2019.

Easy Webcam Recording from Blackboard Learn

  • Works easily from any browser (no Adobe Flash required)
  • Easy adjustment of microphone and camera settings
  • Easy re-record option

webcam recording showing record again, download a copy and use this buttons

Streamlined Screen Capture with Kaltura Capture

  • Can record your screen, audio and camera
  • Record computer audio in addition to microphone (e.g. video clip)
  • Similar to Kaltura CaptureSpace but easier
  • Requires separate install

kaltura capture

Kaltura In-Video Quiz

  • You can embed quiz questions within Kaltura videos to help keep students engaged
  • Remove quiz attempt now available under Analytics; multiple attempts coming later this year
  • New Question Types:
    • Open Question
    • True/False
    • Rhetorical Questions
  • Can restrict students from fast forwarding to next quiz question
  • Can add links to questions using Ctrl-K or CMD-K
  •  Welcome to quiz screen now optional

Improved Captioning Service

Kaltura Reach is our automatic captioning service for all Kaltura videos.

  • Unified caption editor that is streamlined and can work with all media captions
  • Unified Transcript Widget with the default display mode-allows showing the transcript in the widget by default, or hiding it

Blackboard Learn Summer Update

Starting June 1, 2019, the following updates will be available in Blackboard Learn:

Download Instructor Comments on Graded Assignments

Instructors and students will appreciate that you can now download graded assignments in Blackboard Learn.  Comments are numbered and will appear at the end of the downloaded paper.

To download a marked up assignment:

  • Instructors can download their comments on student papers from the Assignment Details page where they entered the grade.
  • Students can download the instructor’s comments from My Grades, which also takes them to the Assignment Details page.

Assignment Details page with arrow pointing to Download Annotated PDF

As a reminder, this only applies to student submissions using MS Word or PDF. Students using Google Docs, can download as a Word or PDF before submitting to the assignment.

Attendance Tool

Blackboard Learn now has an Attendance tool. For each session, you mark students as present, late, absent or excused.  Check out this video demo to get a brief overview.

In our initial testing, the Technology & Learning Program found that this tool is best suited for smaller, in-person classes. Please contact us if you are interested in using it.


Proctored online exams in Blackboard through Proctorio

Proctoring for online exams has arrived at CSU, Chico but you need training before you can use it.  The online exam proctoring solution Proctorio has been selected as a campus supported opportunity to increase assurance around test security.  Training is required to have been completed before the tool will be allowed in your course.  This training will cover the essentials for a successful proctoring solution including: notifications, communications and sample language, student success materials and expectations, information and workflows for invoking the tool on our campus.

(90 mins, BYOD, Q&A and hands-on)

5/6/19 10:30am-12:00, SSC 410, or

5/9/19 2:00-3:30pm, SSC 410.

Additional 1-on-1 trainings can be scheduled during the spring and summer.

Sign up for either training through CSU Learn ( by searching for Proctorio in the Training Schedule.  For questions or to schedule a 1-on-1 please email or call Jim Aird (jaird(at), x-3209)

Exemplary Online Instruction recognition

Greetings Chico State Faculty!

The campus review process to recognize Exemplary Online (including hybrid and supplemental) Instruction (EOI) will begin soon.  To have your course formally reviewed and to receive valuable feedback on your course design:

  1. Print this document,
  2. Follow the instructions on the document to complete the Self-Evaluation, and;
  3. Submit your hardcopy to TLP by May 15th (EOI Evaluation, MLIB 457, Zip 026) or scan and send electronic copies to jaird(at)csuchicoedu.

If you have questions or would like help with the metric (QLT), please reach out to Jim Aird (jaird (at) or 898-3209).  We would love to have the opportunity to help fine tune your course before formal evaluation.

Courses will be reviewed by a panel of your peers (recognized faculty and Instructional Technology Consultants) and scored based on the CSU system-wide metric during the summer.  If possible, you will present your course and answer questions from the panel (June/July).  Courses that score above the minimum threshold on the rubric will be recognized and will receive a letter from the Provost which could be included in the dossier for RTP.

Thoughtful and conscientious organization of the learning materials has been shown to reduce student difficulties and improve their experience and perception of value leading to greater success.  Consider enhancing your course to more closely align with the research-based design criteria, the Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT), that promotes student success.

Faculty Development – Josh Trout

Technology and Learning Program – Laura Sederberg

EOI Consultant – James Aird


New Workshops this Month

The Technology and Learning Program is excited to offer new workshops this spring.
Please register ahead of time using the instructions below.

zoom logoin for Office Hours, Guest Speakers & More

This is a fun,  online workshop where you will participate  in a Zoom virtual meeting and experiment with some of its advanced features  including screen sharing, annotation, polling, and breakout rooms. You will leave the workshop with an active Zoom account,  and the confidence you need to integrate Zoom within Blackboard Learn for virtual office hours, guest speakers and student-to-student collaboration.

  • Thursday, April 12th at 12:00 PM (online)
  • Friday, April 13th at 9:00 AM  (online)
  • Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 PM  (online)

Spring Cleaning Tips for your Bb Learn Grade Center

Is your grade book clean and organized? Does it work for your students? Come to this workshop, and find out a few tips and tricks for ensuring there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of the semester. After a brief presentation, a few Instructional Technology Consultants from TLP will be on-hand to provide personalized, one on one assistance.

  • Monday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM in THMA 131
  • Tuesday, April 24th at 3:30 PM in THMA 131

Adding Video to Enhance Student Engagement Online

While this is not technically a new workshop, there is a new, and exciting element added to our existing Kaltura workshop…the ability to embed quiz questions in your Kaltura videos! Come and learn how.

  • Monday, April 16th, at 1:00 PM in THMA 131
  • Wednesday, May 2nd at 3:00 PM in THMA 131

Registering for Workshops

  1. Got to
  2. Click Log in to DTS
  3. Enter your Portal ID and pwd.
  4. Select Schedule.
  5. Select the link to your preferred workshop and choose Register.

If you have any issues, email


Kaltura + Quizzing = Increased Student Engagement

Interactive video quizzing for your Kaltura videos increases student engagement, tests knowledge and retention, and gathers effectiveness data for your media. 

How do interactive video quizzes work?

  1. You create a quiz for any of your Kaltura videos.
  2. As users watch a video, a multiple choice question appears at your chosen point.  Depending on configuration, students may be allowed to repeat sections, skip questions, revise answers, receive hints, and discover the correct answers.

    quiz player composite

    Sample quiz question as it appears to students during video playback

  3. When students take the quiz, their grades are automatically sent to your course grade book in Blackboard Learn.

Known issue:  All Kaltura Grade Center Columns are set to be worth 100 points. Contact the Technology & Learning Program for Weighted Total grading options.

How do I create a quiz for my own Kaltura media?

Changes to the Bb Learn Assignment Inline Grading Tool

In January, Blackboard Learn started using Box for inline grading.
(Inline grading refers to the instructor’s ability to mark up and annotate student submissions to Blackboard Learn assignments.) 

Why the change?

Box bought Crocodoc, the former 3rd-party product Blackboard used for inline grading. 

Is there anything that I have to do?

No. All student submissions and associated annotations will automatically be converted from Crocodoc to Box by 12pm on Jan. 11th. 

Safari High Sierra version 11.0.2 users, please see note at end of article. 

What can I expect after the change?

  • Box does not currently allow students or faculty to download and print annotations. Box is working on a solution for this issue.
  • The Box annotation tool is somewhat limited. It does not enable strike-through, or free-floating text-entry annotations.
  • Students must refresh the page in order to see their submissions in the assignment preview window.

Detailed Feature Comparison

Functions Crocodoc New Box View
File types you can view in the grading window PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX Over 100 different file types, including video, audio, image, and programming code

File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview

File types for annotation PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX PDF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, and DOCX

New Box View also supports only point-based annotations on these file formats: AI, BMP, DCM, EPS, GIF, PNG, PS, PSD, SVS, TGA, TIF, and TIFF

Videos and images displayed No Yes
Course areas Blackboard Learn assignments Same
Annotation types Text and point-based comments, highlighting, and drawing Point-based comments and highlighting
Download You can download a copy of a student file with the option to download in the original format or in a PDF version that includes the annotations You can download a copy of a student file, but annotations won’t appear
Print function No Yes
Students Can’t add annotations to documents Can’t add annotations to documents
Bb Grader Can add annotations to documents Can add annotations to documents with workaround.. Annotate submissions in Bb Grader app
Safari High Sierra version 11.0.2 users

Select Safari > Preferences > Privacy and un-check the following boxes:

  • Prevent cross-site checking
  • Ask web websites not to track me

For more Information

See the Detailed Feature Comparison below or  view Blackboard’s Transitioning from Crocodoc to Box View article. The Technology and Learning Program is also happy to assist.




December Blackboard Workshop Offerings

The Technology & Learning Program had a new slate of workshops offered this last December to help you better maximize your use of Blackboard in your classroom.  These workshops were available in addition to our regular consulting options and could be signed up with their own form.

Our offerings included:

Adding Video Online to Enhance Student Engagement

When: Monday, Nov. 30th 2:30PM – 4:00PM
Friday, Dec. 8th 2:30PM – 4:00PM
Where: Tehema 131

Come learn how to better improve your student’s engagement with your course material through adding effective video assets from Kaltura and beyond.  Two different offerings are available this time around to better fit your schedules.

Blackboard Learn Grade Center

When: Friday, December 8th 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Where: Tehema 131

The Grade Center is the heart of your coursework and can present a number of challenges with all of the features provided.  At this workshop we help you peel back some of these mysteries and leverage more from your grades than before.

Introduction to Blackboard Learn

When: Friday, Dec. 15th 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Where: Tehema 131

Blackboard Learn is a daunting product to learn on your own.  This workshop is offered to help get you more comfortable and settled with Blackboard while introducing you to classroom-expanding tools already available to you.  Perfect for someone investigating using Blackboard for the first time, an expert looking for fresh tips, or anyone in between.

Blackboard Learn: Bring Questions, Get Answers

When: Thursday, Dec. 21st 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
Where: Meriam Library 457

Bring any Blackboard question you have, we’ll provide the solution you need.  Held in our new walk-in lab we’ll be providing answers to all Blackboard problems brought in.

Individual Consultation

When: Your schedule
Where: Where ever you need

You could also use our sign-up form to request an individual question.  Perhaps you need something sooner or are needing an individualized redesign.  Easy, just use check that box in the form and we’ll get back to you to set something up!

There are lots of options here to help you out so go ahead and choose any and all that suit your needs.  If you have any questions go ahead and contact us at or 898-6167.

Blackboard Learn Unavailable December 22-25


Plan now for a stress-free holiday.

Blackboard Learn will be unavailable from Friday, December 22, 12:00am through Monday, December 25, 11:59pm as we migrate our content to more robust servers.

As a gift to yourself, we encourage you to use this opportunity to take a break, recharge, and renew. To help you prepare for this time away from your computer, you may want to:

  • Complete your grading in Blackboard Learn prior to December 22nd.
  • Post an announcement telling your students  you will be unavailable December 22-25.

If you feel you must work during those off-contract days, here are a few useful tools:

Blackboard Learn

If you want help using the Blackboard Assignment and Grade Center Download tools, please contact the Technology and Learning Program at (530) 898-6167 or drop by our lab in MLIB 457 prior to December 22nd.


Although Blackboard Learn will be down, faculty can still access PeopleSoft from the Faculty Center on the portal to enter grades and email students.