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 www.csuchico.edu/training
  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 tlp@csuchico.edu.

 

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.

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    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?

Bb Learn will be down Thurs., July 16, 2015 for upgrade to Kaltura

Bb Learn will be down on Thursday, July 16, 2015 – 5:00AM to 8:00AM.

 

Bb Learn and sharing video with Kaltura

 

The Kaltura Application Framework (KAF) is an extensible, feature rich, UI based configurable framework that streamlines the integration of Kaltura’s rich media capabilities into different publishing applications. The framework is constructed of modules that provide a packaged workflow and functionalities that can be easily embedded in another application as an iFrame, instead of integrating directly with the Kaltura APIs. The framework can decrease the integration time with your application dramatically and allow you to always get up to date new functionality by decoupling the added features from the integration itself. The embedded iFrames are all based on a responsive design to ensure that the integrated pages are displayed properly on any given area.

Benefits include

  • Staying current with the vendors development and release cycle
  • Small feature changes mitigating impacts to the functional use experience
  • Enhanced web-cam upload functionality
  • Improved interface with Blackboard Learn
  • Additional features and functionality include:
    • Video editing
    • Presentation integration
  • Precursor to additional feature sets delivered via new continuous development model

 

Window of downtime for this upgrade: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5:00AM to 8:00AM.

 

The Real Media “Mole” server will be decommissioned on January 16, 2015

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.

We’ve upgraded our Kaltura tool in Bb Learn – read what’s new!

The Kaltura tool in Blackboard Learn has been making it much easier to add streaming videos to your course, whether you’re adding new high-definition videos or moving over your previous content from the Real Media Mole server. We’ve just upgraded the tool in Blackboard so that going forward, you can take advantage of these great features:

  • Mobile playback – videos now play on HTML5-capable devices like smart phones and tablets.
  • Simplified code in Kaltura Media tool items – easier to edit.
  • Screen capture tool – available in the My Media area, you can make screencast movies. (requires Java)
  • New 480p MP4 quality – better playback for Camtasia and other standard-definition videos.

If you haven’t started using Kaltura yet to post sounds or videos or enable your students to submit their own course media, contact TLP or check out the Knowledge Base.