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MediaSpace Update & Resolution

DMP, Faculty Content, Tutorial, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Kaltura MediaSpace

This Spring, there was an update to Kaltura MediaSpace to make login compatible between myFSCJ and Blackboard. This resolved the issue of being unable to access MediaSpace content from Blackboard. 

MediaSpace can now be accessed from myFSCJ within the Faculty, Employees or Students tabs, shown below, as well as within Blackboard via a Building Block.

If you experience any issues accessing or viewing content that was created within MediaSpace prior to the Spring update, please submit a ticket at help.fscj.edu which will be routed to our MediaSpace administrator who can correct many outlying issues.

CaptureSpace Users

If you previously downloaded CaptureSpace to your computer you may need to take steps to reestablish your connection. If you experience any issues or are unable to see content while trying to record a new video, follow these directions:

1. Log onto MediaSpace and initiate a CaptureSpace recording by selecting “Add New” from the upper right corner. Make a test recording then check to ensure it uploads correctly.

If unsuccessful:

2. Uninstall CaptureSpace using these directions. Try to initiate a CaptureSpace recording in MediaSpace and it will give you the directions to reinstall CaptureSpace. Make a test to verify it works.

The video you were trying to upload is probably still on your computer.  You can find your previously recorded video by looking for the Settings tab in CaptureSpace. Under settings you’ll see the storage location of the file. Here is a video of the process. Once you have the file you can upload the video to MediaSpace.

For clarification, or to ask additional questions, please submit a ticket at help.fscj.edu or email us at EdTech@fscj.edu.

What's New with (and What's Coming to) Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?

LMS, News, EdTechRobyn Reese
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Are you a Collaborate power user, or a relative newbie? Either way, Blackboard is giving FSCJ faculty and staff a ton of new reasons to try out Collaborate for the first (or five hundredth) time this year!

Currently, FSCJ adopts the Collaborate "Ultra" product, which has a different-looking interface and more advanced features that the  "basic" product. One of the best features of this version of Collaborate (and, in truth, what makes it "Ultra"), is that it is a continuously-developed product that is updated periodically by Blackboard with new and improved features. 

On March 28, 2018, Blackboard held a webinar to discuss some of the changes and improvements that they would be pushing out to the Collaborate web conferencing tool over the coming year. The chart above, taken from the webinar, lays out these changes in a visual format. Read on for a bit more information about the most impressive and useful ones. 


Available Now

A Collaborate room can now accomodate 1,000 participants, as opposed to the 500 that were previously possible. This is owing to upgrades to their local servers that allow for increased traffic. 

More Participants! 

Expansion of Phone-In Capabilities

 

 

Taking a cue from Cisco's popular WebEx product, Blackboard Collaborate will now allow users who are enrolled in courses to access Collaborate meetings by dialing in on their mobile phone or landline. Whereas in the past users could use a mobile phone for audio only, it can now be used as the sole way of connecting to a Collaborate session. When the session is set up, a phone number and pin are established that can be shared with students who may need it. Keep in mind that users who are using the dial-in only option to access a Collaborate session will not be able to access shared documents or whiteboards, so if at all possible the Blackboard mobile app should be used by students on the go so that they can get the full interactive experience. 

Recordings can be Renamed

Users can now rename their Collaborate recordings for easier searching, archiving, and viewing by students. Currently, by default Collaborate recordings are labeled with the date and time of the recorded session and are titled with the name of the course. Instructors can now change this designation so that sessions can be labeled by topic or activity to aid in keeping materials organized. Remember that Collaborate recordings remain in course shells indefinitely, but only appear in the recordings list for 30 days. Recordings that are older than 30 days require the user to shift the viewing timeline using the controls in the collaborate viewer. 

Users can now direct their chats to individuals in the class, rather than using the chat box and making their questions or comments visible to everyone in the session. This might be useful for shy students or to establish back channel conversations amongst participants. The moderator can always maintain a bird's eye view of all conversations occurring within the session.  

Private Chats Enabled


In Development Phase (To be Released by the End of the Year)

On-Screen Timer

The on-screen timer is being released as part of Blackboard's commitment to Academic Effectiveness. Part of the tool set that currently includes the polling function, the timer will be controlled by the session's moderator and will be visible in all breakout rooms that may be set up for group work with the intent of helping participants to complete work with a defined pace. 

Improved Group Viewing Options

Blackboard is working to release an improved participant viewing interface that will allow the moderator to see all of the participants, not just the one who currently has the floor. Taking on a tiled look, when the moderator chooses this view, they will be able to see up to  24 participants on a grid at a time--in a look that is reminiscent of the Brady Bunch--super useful for ensuring that all students are attentive, and for gaging understanding based upon non-verbal cues. This view is currently in development, but Blackboaard hopes to have it released by the end of the year. 

Downloadable Attendance  Report

Blackboard is finally releasing a super-useful new downloadable attendance report at some point this month that will enable instructors to gather data on which students attended a Collaborate session and for how long. This is just the first artifact of Blackboard's new commitment to using data to enhance the effectiveness of Collaborate by adding assessment tools. More reports are in the research phase, as described below. 

Auto-Captioning

In line with Blackbaord's current push to improve accessibility in all of its products, auto-captioning is coming to Collaborate! Captioning focuses on the speaker who currently has the "floor", and can be used to increase options for instructors,  it should be noted that Blackboard has made no guarantee about the accuracy of captioning, and thus it may not meet the 99% accuracy guideline set out in the Americans with Disabilities Act. They will, however, provide the option to clean up captioning files that are attached to recordings after the session is complete.


In Research Phase (No Release Timeline Set)

Whiteboard enhancements

Blackboard is working on developing methods for saving whiteboards so that they can be reused from class to class. This would be especially helpful for instructors who host sessions in a series and want to pick up where they left off. Whiteboards will also be able to support multiple slides in the future, so that users will not need to clear the board to make more space to keep working on a problem or issue.  Whiteboards from breakout sessions will also soon be importable into main sessions, for easier sharing of group work. 

In the coming months, Blackboard administrators will be able to have access to reports that detail the number of times that Collaborate tools are being used globally, as well as how many times individual recordings are being watched. Instructors will have access to reports that chart how engaged students are in a lesson, based upon the number of interactions that they have with the content. 

More Reports


As you can see, Blackboard will be releasing a number of really valuable improvements to Collaborate Ultra over the next few months! Educational Technology will do its best to keep the faculty, staff, and students at FSCJ abreast of any changes that occur. 

Innovate to Educate: Michael Turnquist and Tech in the LLC

Videos, Innovate to Educate, EdTechRobyn Reese

In the fourth episode of Innovate to Educate, Assistant Director of Educational Technology Brandi Bleak welcomes Cecil Center's Library Learning Commons Manager Michael Turnquist to discuss the use of iPads and the Educreations app to create podcasts and learning objects that are integrated into the college's Libguides system. 

Having been involved in the "business" of education for a number of years, Mr. Turnquist is interested in how to make it easier for students to create and find information in Mathematics and Science. Sensitive to the ways that information transfer and availability have changed with the advent of computer technology,  the conversation revolves around how libraries are changing in response to these phenomena. 

Join us for a common-sense look at how FSCJ's libraries are incorporating technology reach our students! 

Improvements to the Blackboard Inline Grader are on the Horizon!

LMS, EdTechRobyn Reese
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The Educational Technology team has not received a great deal of positive feedback about the new Blackboard Online Grader. One of the most important tools for teaching and learning online, the inline grader is used to provide specific feedback on student papers by using annotations, highlighting, and comments that are nested within the paper's content. 

Until the end of 2017, the inline grader was provided by Crocodoc, until the Box Corporation purchased Crocodoc and sunset the technology. Blackboard was then required to use a similar Box product for the inline grader. Users quickly found that the new product did not have comparable functionality at all, and many complained to Blackboard to report the need for old tools that were not contained within the new product. 

In February, Blackboard announced that Box will be more aggressively rolling out new features for the inline grader that will hopefully make it more useful and useable. The chart below provides a roadmap of the tools that are in development currently and those that have been targeted for addition in the future: 


What it appears users really want is the ability to select the point annotation icon and have it persist, allowing creation of multiple point annotations at once without having to reselect the point annotation icon in the nav bar each time. Currently Available

Allow Multiple Point Annotations to be "Sticky" / Created in Succession


Users want to free-hand draw on documents. Currently Available

Drawing Annotations


Display List of Current Annotations / Summary View

Users want to see that comments exist and the content of comments without having to mouse-over the annotation.  Additionally, the expanded point annotation covers other text/content in the document, and the point comment content disappears when not being moused-over making it impossible to see multiple point comments at the same time.  Being able to see the content of the annotation comment(s) in a list format without mouse-over would solve both concerns. Available in the first half of 2018


Change Highlight, Text, and Drawing Annotations Colors

Users want to have different options for highlighting color, text color, and drawing color when annotating.


Users want to edit their own comments after they have been posted and recognize which comments have been edited after initial posting.  An additional benefit would be for instructors to be able to edit annotations from users with less permissions (e.g. Teaching Assistants or Graders).

Editing Comments


Users want the ability to download a version of the original document with current annotations applied to the document.

Download Documents with Annotations


Users want to strikethrough text and associate a comment with the strikethrough.

Strikethrough Annotations


Users want to be able to add annotations to excel-based documents (.xls, .xlsx)

Annotate on Excel-based files


Area Annotations

Users want to select a free-form area and associate a comment with that area.


Users want to more easily see when a comment is associated with a highlight vs when text is only highlighted without a comment.

Indication of Comment in Highlighted Text (vs Highlighted Text without Comment)


Users want to be able to move and/or relocate comments.

Drag-to-move Annotations


The Perfect "Duet"

Faculty Content, EdTechBecky Hudson
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The new app “Duet” is an exciting way to turn your devices into a second screen for your Mac or PC. The app allows the user to double your workspace without having to purchase a second monitor. By giving the user a dual screen, Duet helps to increase the productivity of the user by almost 50 percent. The former Apple engineers that created this app designed it to be compatible with all desktops that use OS X 10.9 or Windows 7+, as well as all iPads and all iPhones running iOS 7.0+. With the use of a 30-pin or lightning cable, the second display is pretty easy to set up and can be very handy!

When setting up “Duet”, the user must first go to the app store and purchase the app for $9.99 on the device they wish to pair. After the app has been purchased and downloaded, the user then creates an account with an email address. Once the account is created, a link is emailed to the user to download the program on your Mac or PC.

Once you are up and running, what to do? If you plan on having multiple internet windows up, then you are fine. When testing, we found that it was easy to navigate between screens and websites to get your work done. Even websites like YouTube that have a complicated visual interface have no issue moving between screens and still offer clear uninterrupted video.

Next, we tied to do something a little harder. When trying to open programs like Final Cut Pro, the amount of information being transferred between screens seemed too much for the Duet app. Using the dual display in Final Cut Pro resulted in a frozen and distorted screen on my later model PC running Windows 10. It just seemed like the transfer couldn’t handle that much information. When we tried it on a newer MacBook Pro, though, the app worked beautifully. The resolution was on point and I really liked the ability to have a larger viewer window for my project.

The Duet app is a useful and fun app to play with. By giving the user double the workspace, it made for fun, effortless way to get work done. Depending on the processing power of the Mac/PC that you are working from, the Duet app can deliver a retina display at 60 frames per second with no lagging. If you are looking for a way to double your workspace with a device that you already own, the Duet app is definitely the way to go.

To learn more about Duet visit www.duetdisplay.com

Did you miss Canvas Demo Day?

DMP, LMS, EdTechRobyn Reese
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The Academic Technology Department hosted a live-streamed demonstration of the Canvas Learning Management System on Friday, February 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. A recording of this event can be found below. This demonstration is intended to provide faculty and staff with a first look at Canvas so that they can become more familiar with the LMS that the Faculty Senate has recommended for adoption by our institution in the coming years. 

The demonstration was facilitated by Dee Bohne, Canvas Senior Enterprise Director; Brian Yuhunke, Canvas Solutions Engineer; and Steve Brunner, Canvas Senior Director and Solutions Engineer. The live and remote audience had an opportunity to ask questions about the use of Canvas and its features. A copy of the chat transcript that was created during the broadcast can be found here. 

If, after watching the broadcast and reading the chat transcipt, you have questions about the use of Canvas, please contact EdTech@fscj.edu. For general information about the LMS, please visit our dedicated Canvas page by clicking here. Thanks for watching our broadcast! 

The Best and Brightest at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

NewsBecky Hudson
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Las Vegas hosted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show on January 9th, unveiling the newest technology that will soon hit the shelves. With over 3,900 exhibitors, 900 startups and more than 900 speakers, the CES was once again an innovative look into the future. The CES started off with a bang this year, that is a bang of transformers blowing, resulting in a 2-hour blackout! With a flood of light up of cell phone screens illuminating the showroom floor, the CES was already making headlines just a few hours in. Once the blackout ended and companies could start to show off their products, it was easy to see that some of the greatest minds in technology had come together to showcase their innovations.

There was a common theme between many of the products that were exhibited this year: to make every day processes faster, safer, and more user friendly.  The CES showcased the Lishtot TestDrop, a small device that can test the quality of drinking water by analyzing the electric field around it. Follow this link provided to secure your TestDrop now for $34.95.

There was an intelligent toilet by Kohler Numi. This smart toilet offers heated seating, heated flooring for your feet, gentle lighting and music. You can find more information here.

The Pelotron Tread combines workout machinery and videos by showcasing a treadmill with a large built-in LED screen which live streams workout classes. Now you can join a workout class without having to go to the gym! The Pelotron Tread can be pre-ordered here, for all of you fitness fanatics!  

The CES also showcased the worlds first smart swimsuit. Swim.com partnered with Spire Health Tag to create the small tracking device that can be placed in most swimsuits. The platform tracks the number of laps swam, the time per lap and much more. This summer you can sport your smart swimsuit for just $30 plus the price of the suit.

Sticking with the theme of making tasks faster and more user friendly, there were an array of gadgets to make your home hands free. The Lenovo Smart Display is a voice-activated assistant that connects directly with Google. It is like Amazon's Echo, but the Lenovo exceeds its rivals by offering a touch screen that is not only sleek and attractive, but it also can voice activate YouTube videos, search for recipes and much more. Click here for more information!

Honda showed up at this year's CES with not only one robot, but an array of robots from their 3E-A18series. One of the factors that makes this robot so unique is the ability to empathize with and understand its commander. Learn more about these compassionate companions here.

If you are into televisions, then Samsung’s newest creation THE WALL will not only astound you, it may make you cry. This television is a whopping 146-inches and literally takes up an entire wall.

One gadget that pulled at the heartstrings of many visitors at this years CES was the My Special Aflac Duck. A small and interactive toy that is a replica of the famous duck in all the Aflac commercials, it was designed and intended to be a companion to children diagnosed with cancer. The interactive duck not only expresses feelings through facial movements, it gives a child a companion during a time when they may feel alone. This toy is set to roll out in late 2018 and will be available at no cost to children diagnosed with cancer across the nation. The My Special Aflac Duck received the Tech For a Better World Innovation  Award for its efforts to raise money to cure childhood cancer. For more information on how you can help Aflac in their mission, visit this website. 

The CES 2018 was a gathering of some of the greatest minds, and biggest hearts, across the world. Although many of the gadgets and innovations will not be available to the public for some time, this showcase is a glimpse of what the future may hold. In a world of VR, assistant robots, smart technology, and self-driven cars, we have a lot to look forward to for the future.

Innovate to Educate: Professor Jeff Smith

DMP, Student Content, Innovate to Educate, EdTechRobyn Reese

Innovate to Educate is a series created by Educational Technology and Digital Media Productions to share information about innovative technology being used by our amazing faculty at each of our campuses.

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Jeff Smith, Program Manager for the college's Dental Programs, to discuss how he became interested in technology and the ways that the Dental Hygiene Program has used technology, including iBooks and iPads, to encourage student engagement and enhance academic performance. 

Turnitin Feedback Studio Videos

EdTechRobyn Reese
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Did you miss the Turnitin webinar on February 9? Not to worry! We have resource videos below that can help you to learn how to use the major features of this vital Blackboard plug-in. Turnitin has also created a video that can be shared with students to assist them in learning how to submit Turnitin assignments. You can use the embed codes in the viewers below to add these videos to your Blackboard shell or blog! 


Students: How to Submit a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard

Faculty:  How to Create A Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard


Faculty: How to read a Turnitin Originality Report in Blackboard


Faculty: How to provide feedback with Turnitin Feedback Studio in Blackboard

The First Day of Spring Semester

Becky Hudson
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January 8, 2018- Today is the day: The first day of spring semester is in full swing! Your hard work to prepare for the semester will pay off todaY. The scheduling and planning that is required to get your courses ready has undoubtedly left your office looking a little disheveled. We understand! With deadlines to meet and multiple syllabi to write, who has time to clean?

Coincidently, not only is today the first day of spring semester, it is also National Clean Off Your Desk Day! This national "holiday" is observed on the second Monday of January and just so happens to land on the opening of this semester. It is a reminder that while starting this New Year, and new semester, we should take the time to get organized. Cleaning out some of the papers from last semester will make it easier to store and find paperwork needed for the current semester. If desk clutter is not an issue for you, maybe take some time and clean out your email inbox, organize the folders on your laptop or hard drive, and go ahead and delete some of the older voicemails that are no longer needed. Starting off organized will help you to keep going throughout the semester.

Apple has already started to help its users be organized by launching the new “Files” app on the iOS 11 update. This app allows you to view all your stored files across multiple devices, in one area. You can view your iCloud drive, Google Drive, Dropbox OneDrive, and more, all in one place. Organization is essential to having a productive semester.

We understand that there is much to do today, and most likely you will have your hands full the entire day. Adding yet another task may seem a bit overwhelming, but have no fear.!Not only is today the first day of spring semester, or National Clean Off Your Desk Day, but today is also National Bubble Bath Day. So, keep in mind that through all the multiple tasks that you have set for yourself today, you can end the day in a hot bubble bath and celebrate your new burst of productivity.

We hope that you have a great First Day of Spring Semester, a happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day and a relaxing National Bubble Bath Day!