CSU. Chico Faculty: using Lynda.com tutorials is a great source of help to our students. Earlier this fall the internal links to Lynda.com tutorials were not working properly, and we shared with you a work-around. The issue has been repaired, and now the shortcut links work great! If you need any assistance with this, don’t hesitate to contact the Technology and Learning Program (or TLP). We are located in the basement of Meriam Library, room 003. Come visit us, or call x6167, or email email@example.com. We are here to serve you and help simplify instructional activities for your students.
Captioning Support Services are now available at Chico State. The captioning support program is part of the Office of Accessible Technology and Services (OATS). This service is free of charge to university faculty and staff.
Kaltura, Chico State’s media server, automatically captions a video’s narration track when the video is uploaded. Instructors are still strongly recommended to review this automatic captioning for accuracy. If the captions are inaccurate and need to be fixed there are two options.
- You can edit the captions of the video yourself, or
- You can submit a service request for captioning support services.
Please plan accordingly. It is recommended that request be made 3-4 weeks in advance of the needed due date.
Process for requesting captioning services:
- Submit a service request
- Bring videos to the Office of Accessible Technology and Services (OATS). Located in SSC (Student Services Center) room 320 or provide appropriate links when submitting service request
- Reasons for Potential Delay
- Foreign Language
- Copyright issues
If you have any, questions please contact the Office of Accessible Technology and Services at 530-898-4863, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using Lynda.com tutorials has become quite popular these days for helping students learn a task or two at Chico State. Faculty may go directly to the tutorial they want to share, and copy the complete link. Paste that link into your assignment or content page in Bb Learn’s course. The full URL will work for your students.
If you need any help, don’t hesitate to call the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) for assistance at 898-6167.
Start here for your first time to visiting Lynda.com from CSU Chico, http://www.csuchico.edu/lynda.
The Technology and Learning Program (TLP) and Distributed Learning Technologies (DLT) want to inform our Chico State faculty about a couple important changes that will affect you and your students’ workflow this semester, 2016.
Blackboard Learn is constantly working to upgrade their system and in this case to remove Java related tools, Mostly this is a GOOD Thing. But Voice Tools are no long going to be available for use.
- Voice Authoring
- Voice Board
- Voice Email
- Voice Podcaster
- Voice Presentation
Blackboard will not support these tools past August 31, 2016 which is the official end of life. Most of the use cases here may be covered by Kaltura or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Please contact TLP for a consultation with one of our talented Instructional Designers (ITCs) for assistance.
- Modernized interface
- Browser-based (no more Java launcher download)
- High definition audio and video
- Session attendance reports
- Shared content, polling, and breakout rooms
How do I try it?
- Login to Blackboard Learn.
- Access any course.
- From your course menu, click (+) and add a tool link to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
- Click Join Room to check out Bb Collaborate using your default course room.
- Refer to Blackboard’s Getting Started resources if you want to quickly learn how to share content, invite guests, record a session, etc.
If interested, sign up for TLP training coming this August.
Is it available for mobile?
Participants must download the Bb Student app to view a session on their mobile devices.
- Does not currently support live, synchronous sessions with more than 100 live participants. (This limitation does not apply to recordings.)
- Moderators must use the Google Chrome browser to share desktop applications.
- Recordings do not play back text Chat activity. As a workaround, the instructor can save the Chat to a text file.
- Recordings do not play back instructor video if content shared at the same time. Live participants can see both; but not in the recordings.
- Does not currently support Plan (.elp) files
Turnitin is set to release a major product upgrade that will automatically take effect on Monday, July 18th. Once upgraded, you can expect to see a new, modernized interface after you open up a paper in the new Turnitin “Feedback Studio.”
Try it out before July 18
To get acquainted with the Turnitin Feedback Studio upgrade BEFORE Monday, July 18th, you can try out this interactive demo.
Not ready for the new look?
- If after July 18th you decide you are not ready for the upgrade, simply click Return to Classic at the bottom of the Turnitin window.
- You can go back and forth between the new look and the old look at any time. This screen recording demonstrates how to Return to Classic.
Note to instructors:
Turnitin will also no longer support "Student Preview" mode in Bb Learn.
As an alternative, TLP is in the process of updating our student tutorial for Viewing Graded Turnitin Assignments in Bb Learn.
CSU Chico Exemplary Online Instruction Program for 2016
Exemplary Online Instruction (EOI) awards are CSU, Chico’s way to locally recognize instructors who have met the criteria outlined in the CSU instrument, Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT). This instrument replaced Chico’s own Rubric for Online Instruction two years ago. We still recognize exemplary online instructors through this method, found online here.
For those new to the QOLT instrument, visit this website, which will introduce you to the CSU QOLT program.
To nominate a course for Exemplary Online Instruction recognition at Chico State:
- Submit a QOLT Self-Assessment:
Laura Sederberg by email or in person before July 1, 2016. Self-Assessment link — complete the online self-assessment, and request a copy to be sent to you via email. Forward that email to Laura Sederberg.)
- Faculty will be asked to do a one-hour course presentation to our local Chico State Peer Review Committee, to be conducted before September 1, 2016.
This will take place at the Annual CELT Conference October 8-9, 2016. Recipients will receive a Poster, a Certificate and letter from the committee signed by the Provost.
Questions can be directed toward Laura Sederberg, Chair of the EOI Peer Review Committee, or contact Chico’s Faculty Development Center.
Faculty, if you are interested in participating in TAP 4, please visit our website, applications are available from this site and are due on Sept. 12, 2016, for the coming academic year.
Our faculty have saved Chico State students $440,000 dollars over the last three years by implementing open educational resources (OER), and by removing expensive textbooks from students’ limited budgets. Twenty-nine faculty have participated and recently gathered for a celebration and received certificates of recognition signed by the Provost in Spring 2016. There is continuing good news that TAP 4 is assured to continue at Chico State by receiving another $20,000 in funding from the Chancellor’s Office. See the Chico Affordable Learning Solutions website, for more information.
The Steering Committee for Chico Affordable Learning Solutions, CAL$, is composed of Zach Justus, Interim Faculty Development Director; Patrick Newell, Library Dean; James Tyler, Reference Librarian; and Laura Sederberg, Manager of TLP.
An exciting opportunity exists for Chico State to save our students money through the Grant provided by the California State Assembly. AB 798 provides for CSU campuses or Community Colleges to apply for up to $50,000. There are some stipulations attached. Read more about this opportunity here. The Faculty Senate at Chico State approved campus resolution to increase student access to high-quality open educational resources and reduce the cost of textbooks and supplies for students in course sections for which open educational resources are to be adopted to accomplish cost savings for students.
Faculty, if you are interested in participating in TAP 4, please visit our website.
If you are at all interested to join your fellow colleagues in attending the Academy e-Learning institute this coming June, I urge you to visit the website today, www.csuchico.edu/academy. You will find an introduction, invitation, and are able to fill out the application.
If you have questions and want to ask for advice as you fill it out, feel free to drop in to Sylvester’s this Friday, Feb. 12 from 12-1:00pm where we will have folks from the AeL Advisory Committee available to talk with you.
After seven successful years with AeL, we are really good at getting to the heart of your needs in what to do and how to do it, to redesign your course. Faculty mentors, as well a technical experts and instructional designers will attend and help you through this fun and creative process.
Laura Sederberg, Manager of the Technology and Learning Program.
What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?
A web conferencing tool that integrates with Blackboard Learn.
- 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.