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Blackboard Grade Center Workshop

Blackboard Grade Center Workshop

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12:00 PM (in person, Dooling 40-2) OR 7:00 PM (online)

Register at

During this session, led by DEIT’s Chris Hewatt, we will take a peek behind the scenes of Blackboard’s powerful Grade Center tool. We’ll explore the best options for working with percentage and point-based grades, and we’ll cover the basics of creating and managing columns and categories. We’ll also demonstrate how to reorganize contents and how to hide and display specific material from students.

Questions? Contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290.

July 2016 Faculty Workshops

July 2016 DEIT Faculty Workshops

To register for a workshop (other than a One-on-One session), click here:

One-on-One Collaboration Session with a DEIT Instructional Designer (let DEIT help you take your course to the next level)

  • By appointment (online, by phone, or in-person; day, evening, and Saturday morning sessions available)
  • To schedule an appointment, email or call 610-282-1100 x2290

Blackboard Fundamentals

  • Monday, July 11, 7 pm, online
  • Saturday, July 23, 10 am, Dooling Hall, Room 40 (lower level)

Blackboard Collaborate (how to run live online class sessions)

  • Thursday, July 14, 7 pm, online

Panopto (how to create high quality pre-recorded lectures)

  • Saturday, July 30, 10 am, Dooling Hall, Room 40 (lower level)

Distance Education Welcome Chat (DEIT/Library orientation for new instructors)

  • Thursday, August 4, 7 pm, online

Questions or to schedule a one-on-one appointment? Email or call 610-282-1100 x2290.

Panopto 5.2 Update


Panopto 5.2 Update

The DeSales Panopto server was updated on June 25th, 2016. With this update came several new features and a few updates to the interface. New features include:

A new web-based editor

The new Panopto editor can be used in multiple browsers and does not need Silverlight for basic edits. If all you need to do is create, edit, or delete cuts to a recording, edit table of contents entries, or edit slides, stream start times, you can use the new editor to make those basic changes. The editor does also have a new look. The individual streams now have an icon in front to help you identify them, many of the tools are now highlighted in blue when in use, making it easier to determine which tool is in use, and changes will be automatically saved. Note: Changes will not be displayed to viewers unless the Publish button is selected. You can also more easily undo any changes. More information can be found on the Panopto support site at

*More advanced editing is available through a link found under the More… link at the top-left of the editor, but will still require Silverlight for the more advanced functions.

Automatic upload timer

When using the Panopto Recorder for Windows, a timer has been added that will automatically upload videos if the user forgets to select the Upload button.

Revised styling of embedded videos

If you embed Panopto recordings in Blackboard using the embed code available when viewing the Share options on the Panopto web site, the embedded video will look at bit different. The branding of DeSales University is more tightly integrated with the video itself, and the video will take up less room on the page.

Drop boxes renamed to Assignment folders

When allowing students to create videos for a course, when accessing the settings of a Panopto course folder, the link on the Folder Settings screen is now listed as Create Assignment Folder. The folder listed for students when they access the Recorder themselves should include the course ID & name, followed by [assignments].

Home page updates

The Panopto web site for DeSales ( has been redesigned. Several changes have been made, such as:

  • The left navigation bar has been removed for unauthenticated users.
  • A new grid layout has been added to all session list pages. The grid layout responsively scales to accommodate different browser sizes.
  • A “Shared with Me” view has been added which shows all sessions shared directly with the user or with a group in which the user is a member.
  • The “All Sessions” view has been renamed “Everything” in the navigation.
  • The “Folders” section has been renamed “Browse” in the navigation.

Contact DEIT regarding any questions about these changes.

Instructor Roundtable and Dinner 2016

Fifty-five DeSales instructors and staff participated in the 2nd Annual Instructor Roundtable and Dinner on June 15, 2016 at Trexler Library. The attendees were welcomed by Provost Dr. Karen Walton and Library Director Debbie Malone. After a blessing by Fr. Doug Burns, OSFS, the group enjoyed a buffet dinner.

After dinner, the program consisted of three discussion groups as well as tours of the DeSales One Button Studio and tech Q & A with DEIT’s Jim Holton.

The discussion group topics were: Group Work Done Right, Effectively Teaching in the Hybrid Format, and Library-Instructor Collaboration.

Photos of the event are posted at Recordings of the discussion sessions are available to instructors through the DEIT Faculty Community in Blackboard.

Blackboard changes to SafeAssign assignments

With the recent update of Blackboard, one of the major changes to the system is the location of SafeAssign. Rather than being its own item under the Assessments menu, SafeAssign is now integrated with the Assignments item. To enable SafeAssign for an assignment:

1. From a Content area, select Assessments…Assignment.

2. On the Create Assignment page, under the Grading section, expand Submission Details.

Assignment Details Screen





3. Select Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign.

Plagiarism Tools Screen






Optionally, select one or both checkboxes for:

  • Allow students to view the SafeAssign originality reports on their submissions.
  • Exclude all student submissions for this assignment from the institutional or global reference databases.

4. Complete the Create Assignment page.

5. Click Submit.

Instructor Roundtable and Dinner June 15

Join your DeSales colleagues for an evening of food, fellowship, and discussion about teaching at the 2nd Annual Instructor Roundtable and Dinner on June 15 at 6 pm in Trexler Library.

WHAT:  Instructor Roundtable and Dinner
WHEN:  June 15, 2016, 6 to 8 pm (check-in beginning at 5:30)
WHERE:  DeSales University Trexler Library
WHO:  Part-time/adjunct and full-time instructors from all programs
COST:  FREE! including buffet dinner
QUESTIONS?  Contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290.

Spring 2016 DEIT Faculty Workshops and Special Events

To register for a workshop, click here:


Blackboard Fundamentals

  • Monday, May 2, 7 pm, online
  • Saturday, May 14, 10 am, Dooling Hall, Room 40 (lower level)
  • Monday, June 6, 7 pm, online
  • Saturday, June 25, 10 am, Dooling Hall, Room 40 (lower level)

Blackboard Collaborate (how to run live online class sessions)

  • Wednesday, May 11, 7 pm, online
  • Saturday, June 18, 10 am, online

Panopto (how to create high quality pre-recorded lectures)

  • Saturday, May 28, 10 am, Dooling Hall, Room 40 (lower level)
  • Wednesday, June 8, 7 pm, online

Distance Education Welcome Chat (DEIT/Library orientation for new instructors)

  • Thursday, June 2, 7 pm, online

To register for a workshop, click here:

Special Events

Faculty Workshop Day (full-time faculty – registration info to be sent separately)

  • Tuesday, May 17, 1 pm, Gambet Center

LVAIC Serving Adult Learners Conference @ DeSales University

  • Thursday, May 26, all day starting at 8 am
  • $30. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, conference materials
  • More information and registration information at this link

Instructor Roundtable and Dinner

  • Wednesday, June 15, 6 pm, DeSales University Trexler Library. Register at this link.

Questions or to schedule a one-on-one appointment? Email or call 610-282-1100 x2290.

Two Minute Tip: Setting Release Dates on Blackboard Folders

Check out Eric’s Two Minute Tip on YouTube at


2016 Online Learning Landscape – Infographic

DeSales University is a member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), a non-profit dedicated to promoting quality online higher education. The OLC is just out with this infographic summarizing the scope of online higher education and the context in which it exists.

Among the highlights:

  • 5.8 million students are enrolled in online courses, a 263% increase over the past 12 years
  • 75% of undergrads are age 25 or older
  • 90% of students think online learning is the same or better than the traditional classroom experience (71% of academic leaders say the same thing)

If you are looking to do something new with technology in your course or program, let’s have a conversation!

Eric Hagan, Director, DEIT

Blackboard UPGRADE DOWNTIME on 5/16/2016 @ 8 PM

Blackboard will be upgraded to the October 2014 Service Pack on 5/16/2016 at 8 PM until 8 AM on 5/17/2016.


Normal service for Blackboard will resume after 8 AM on 5/17/ 2016.
Some new features coming to Blackboard with this upgrade include:
  • SafeAssign integrated as an option in regular Assignments
  • Student Preview mode allows instructors to view a course exactly as a student would see the course
  • Ability for instructors to delegate specific users in a course as graders

For more information about these new and updated features, click here:

Questions? Contact DEIT at

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