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November 5th-9th: National Distance Learning Week!

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The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) will be holding 10 virtual sessions throughout the week highlighting the best practices within the digital/distance learning community.

Many of the sessions are going to be showing in the DEIT office in Dooling 40-1. Feel free to stop by and join the conversation. You can also register for sessions and watch from your office/home. Information and registration options are available on this page – https://www.usdla.org/2018-ndlw-2018/.

A printable version of the session list is also available: https://content.usdla.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/ndlw2018_program.pdf.

The topics this year are:

Monday, November 5th – Engagement

Tuesday, November 6th – Feedback and Support

Wednesday, November 7th – Credentials and Efficiencies

Thursday, November 8th – Quality of Learning and Accessibility

Friday, November 9th – Content and Feedback

What to Do About Those Negative Comments on Course Evaluations (Guest Post: Maryellen Weimer, Faculty Focus)

Ideas for constructively mentally processing negative student course evaluations.

Read the post at:

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/negative-comments-on-course-evaluations/

Blackboard Unavailable July 24-25 for SaaS Migration


Blackboard will be unavailable on July 24 and 25 as we transition from “managed hosting” to “software-as-a-service (SaaS)”. System users will not encounter any major changes to the interface on July 26 other than some minor upgrades. The SaaS infrastructure is designed to eliminate the need for system shutdowns for upgrades in the future and will assure that DeSales always has the latest version of Blackboard deployed. Questions? Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290 or deit@desales.edu.

StudentLingo to be Discontinued at DeSales 7/31/2018

Due to lack of interest / use, DeSales subscription to the StudentLingo / TutorLingo video service will not be renewed upon expiration on July 31, 2018. Questions? Contact DEIT at deit@desales.edu or 610-282-1100 x2290.

DSU BBQ: Return of the DEIT Video Game Bash, May 23, 1-4 pm

Blackboard assignments and Safari 11.1

Appple logoApple Inc released a security update to the Safari 11 browser on March 29, 2018 (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208695). Safari 11.1 contains a number of improvements. However, the update appears to cause problems when trying to submit assignments to Blackboard.

Blackboard Inc has identified a known issue with Safari 11.1 when it comes to submitting assignments. Students attempting to use Safari 11.1 to upload files to assignments will receive an error message – Failed to submit Assignment. Please try again.

Blackboard is working on some fixes but it appears likely the issue will not be resolved at DeSales until the switch to SaaS this Summer (http://blogs.desales.edu/deit/2018/04/03/blackboard-down-for-upgrade-july-24-25-2018/). The workaround is to use a different browser – Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, for example, to submit Blackboard assignments.

The DeSales DEIT team

New! Offline Capabilities for the Blackboard App!

Not only is there a blackboard app, the app now has offline capabilities! Blackboard has added offline capabilities to their app so that students can access course content anytime and anywhere.

Students will be able to:

– Download documents.
– View content without an internet connection.
– Automatically download content using the auto-sync tool.

Guest Post: Strategies for Creating a Successful Online Classroom (Faculty Focus)

Check out this blog post from facultyfocus.com! This post discusses different ways to have a successful online class such as reaching out to students, giving instructions on how to get started, giving feedback, and more!

To read the full article, click here.

Thanks for sharing the article with us, Fr. X!

Guest Post: Why It’s Almost Impossible for Fastballs to Get Any Faster (Wired, Robbie Gonzalez)

As baseball season gets underway, here’s a story (and video) for baseball fans and virtual reality fans, featuring Villanova’s baseball team and CAVE VR room. Learn why we’ve already seen fastballs as fast as they are going to get (spoiler: it’s all about ligaments) and how VR can help baseball players be better hitters.

Blackboard Down! For Upgrade July 24-25, 2018

 

 

If you are a faculty member teaching or planning to work in Blackboard over the summer, be aware that the Blackboard Learn learning management system (LMS) will be unavailable for 48 hours during the entirety of July 24 and 25. Plan accordingly and make sure your students plan as well.

Note that even during the LMS shutdown, you can host synchronous Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom sessions outside of the Blackboard Learn LMS. If you wish to keep to your normal Tuesday or Wednesday night live online session, you can do that by sending your students a link to enter the session from a web browser directly rather than through the Blackboard Learn LMS.

Questions? Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290 or deit@desales.edu.

 

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