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April 2019 Training Workshops

Instructor Roundtable and Dinner June 13 – Save the Date

March 2019 Training Workshops

Inclement Weather? Run an Online Class!

With the possibility of winter weather just around the corner, consider hosting an online class session to keep your course’s schedule on track!

All faculty at DeSales now have access to the Inclement Weather? Run an Online Class! course within Blackboard. The course contains step-by-step instructions on how to set up a temporary online learning environment through the Zoom meeting software when inclement weather, a personal emergency, or any other situation interferes with normal class scheduling.

To access the Inclement Weather? Run an Online Class! course, navigate to your course listings and click on the bb-ZOOM-online-class: Inclement Weather? Run an Online Class! link.

*If you have questions concerning Zoom and how to run an online class session, contact the Distance Education and Instructional Technology (DEIT) department via or by phone at 610-282-1100 ext. 2290.

Instructors: Deter Cheating with Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

Respondus LockDown Browser is DeSales University’s official tool for deterring cheating on online exams. Follow the links below to register directly with Respondus. There are sessions covering both basic and more advanced topics.

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

Instructor Training: LockDown Browser Advanced Settings

This in-depth training for LockDown Browser will focus on advanced settings and features – such as how to use external websites, spreadsheets and online calculators with LockDown Browser. The session will also include how students can use LockDown Browser on different devices, such as an iPad, and briefly review the add-on functionality that prevents cheating during non-proctored exams. The webinar will include a Q&A period at the end.

Wednesday, January 23rd at 3 pm ET (12 pm PT)

Thursday, February 14 at 2 pm ET (11 am PT)

Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams

This comprehensive training webinar is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications, including new enhancements that make Respondus Monitor even more effective and easy to use.

Wednesday, January 30th at 3 pm ET (12 pm PT)

Thursday, February 7th at 1 pm ET (10 am PT)

10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions (Guest Post: Edwige Simon via EDUCAUSE)

These tips can help educators ensure that online discussions are engaging and beneficial for college students.

View the full post here.

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 –

A printable version of the session list is also available:

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

Six Things That Make College Teachers Successful (Guest Post from Mary Clement via Faculty Focus)

Check out this brief article for foundational ideas to help you and your students to be more successful. #6 is Keep the Passion!

Link to online article here. 

Zoom and Flex: What’s What?!?

Zoom – a tool; Flex – a class format

You may have heard the terms “Zoom” and “Flex” bandied about DeSales recently. If you’d like some clarity about what Zoom and Flex are and how they are different, read on!

In brief, Zoom is a web conferencing service (like Blackboard Collaborate) whereas Flex is an innovative, flexible class delivery format that uses Zoom as a tool to support the class.


Zoom Video Communications, Inc. markets a web conferencing service called, you guessed it, “Zoom.” Zoom is used to hold live video-based online class sessions and other online meetings. It is an alternative to Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, and others.

Due to high customer satisfaction rates, Zoom has gained market share over its competitors, especially in higher education. All of our sister institutions in the LVAIC consortium use Zoom.

Although Blackboard Collaborate is currently DeSales’ primary web conferencing service, DEIT has been using Zoom for selected applications with excellent results. If all continues to go well with Zoom, DEIT plans to entirely replace Blackboard Collaborate with Zoom for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you don’t want to wait, Zoom is available to DeSales instructors now as an alternative to Blackboard Collaborate (contact DEIT to make the switch).


Whereas Zoom is a specific company’s web conferencing service, Flex is an innovative class format that has a web conferencing component. We are using Zoom as our web conferencing tool to help deliver Flex classes, but any web conferencing service could have been used.

Pioneered by the ACCESS program and being evaluated by our graduate programs, a Flex class has a live component and an asynchronous online component. In the ACCESS case, 24 hours of instruction are delivered live and 21 hours are delivered through asynchronous online coursework. Where the flexibility comes in is that students can choose to experience the live portion of a Flex class either in a traditional classroom or live online via Zoom. The remote live students appear in the classroom via a 2nd large video monitor and are expected to participate in the live class just like the students in the classroom.

Below is a 2-minute video on the Flex class format.

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.

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