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Volunteers needed – content creation testing

The DEIT team is looking for faculty members willing to help us test some tools that can be used to create interactive content. Options range from interactive PowerPoint presentations to fully online modules similar to what you may have experienced taking the Active Shooter Preparedness (ALICE) training. As part of the testing you’ll be paired with a member of the DEIT team. Faculty will provide the content of the module. The DEIT staff will be responsible for suggesting the correct tool and creating the learning object.

Among the tools being considered are:

We’re hoping to start creating content in November. To volunteer, please contact DEIT by emailing deit@desales.edu or calling 610-282-1100 x2290.

Jim Holton – DeSales DEIT

4th Annual Instructor Roundtable and Dinner June 13 Trexler Library

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.

May 2018 Workshops

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

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.

 

Video and Blackboard, So Happy Together – Online Workshop Tonight 3/5 at 7

Join “Swami Jim” Holton online tonight at 7 pm for:

Bb Specialty Topic: Video and Blackboard, So Happy Together

Location: http://tinyurl.com/DEITmeet

Questions or more info: 610-282-1100 x2290 or deit@desales.edu

New Workshop! Improving Your Course’s Look and Feel- Monday, 2/5

Visual aids have long been a staple of instruction. This workshop will cover how a course’s visual look and feel can be improved to enhance student interest, engagement, and learning. Topics include the use and formatting of pictures, using tables to move text, and even a bit of CSS code knowledge.

This workshop will take place on Monday, 2/5 at 7 pm (online). To register click here!

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

Bb Grade Center Workshops January 24 – Choose 3 pm in Dooling 40 or 7 pm online

“Should I use weighted categories or points?” “Should I weight columns ‘equally’ or ‘proportionally’?” “How can I add an extra credit item?” “How can I automatically bring grades from publisher online sites and other third-parties into Blackboard?” “How can I add new grading categories?”

These questions and more will be answered at DEIT’s upcoming training workshops on the Blackboard Grade Center on Wednesday, January 24.

Two options are available (registration appreciated at www.desales.edu/workshops):

If you have questions or topics you’d like to be addressed at the session, contact DEIT at 610-282-1100, ext. 2290 or deit@desales.edu.

January 2018 Workshops

DEIT Christmas Break Schedule

  • December 22: in-office until 4:30 pm, available by phone/email until 9 pm
  • December 23: Available by phone/email from 8 am – noon.
  • December 24 – January 1: DEIT office closed. Immediate response to emergencies only. Response to non-emergencies will not be immediate.

Use the Help Desk

During the Christmas break (and always), make your first call to the DeSales University Help Desk at 610-282-1100, ext. 4357 or helpdesk@desales.edu. The Help Desk can immediately answer most “how to” questions about Blackboard and other DeSales instructional technologies. Issues they cannot handle directly they will escalate to a DEIT staff member. In the case of emergency issues, the Help Desk will promptly contact an on-call DEIT staff member.

May God bless our university community and our families and friends during this joyous holiday season!

Eric Hagan
Director, DEIT

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