Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

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Happy Spring?

It’s a little difficult to think Spring when it’s in the single digits outside, but the academic calendar says it’s Spring Semester. Even if the flower buds won’t be evident for a while, every new academic term provides the opportunity for a fresh start for students, faculty, and staff.

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.”
— St. Francis de Sales

If you are thinking about using technology in new ways in your teaching, DEIT can help. Visit for a list of upcoming workshops on topics such as Blackboard Fundamentals, Blackboard Collaborate (for live online sessions), the Panopto lecture recording system, and classroom clickers. You can also request a custom workshop using our Workshop Request Form. Or schedule a one-on-one collaboration session with a member of the DEIT staff by contacting us at or 610-282-1100 x2290.

If you have an idea but don’t know whether there’s a technology to meet your need, let us know and we’ll do the research. We are always eager to help you execute on your creative ideas for classroom or online teaching.

Here are a few technologies we are evaluating and looking for faculty to try:

  • Swivl. A robotic turret that pairs with a recording device like an iPad or smartphone to record lectures or presentations in a very easy-to-use manner. Let us know if you’d like to give our Swivl a test drive.
  • ApprenNet. A Web-based system for creating and managing real-life video challenge exercises. The instructor creates a video challenge, the students submit video responses performing a skill, other students provide peer feedback, and finally the instructor provides an expert response and feedback to the students. ApprenNet can provide a highly engaging alternative to the standard Blackboard discussion board. Nursing is already piloting the system – let us know if you want in.
  • Respondus Monitor. Monitor provides an enhanced level of cheating deterrence for Blackboard online exams by recording the student’s exam session using the student’s Web cam and microphone. If you have a need for this level of security, contact us and we’ll help you set up your exam accordingly.

Peace and blessings,

Eric J. Hagan, Ed.D.
Director, Distance Education and Instructional Technology

Blackboard Theme Makeover

The overall color scheme and banner for Blackboard is getting a makeover! To better brand our Blackboard environment and give our learning management system a more DeSales-spirited theme, DEIT has created an updated banner that uses the DeSales logo with official DeSales red. The modules have also been changed to official DeSales blue. Take a sneak peek at the new theme below:


This updated theme will be applied to all DeSales Blackboard users’ accounts on the morning of Monday, September 29th. Please note that these changes will only affect the top Blackboard banner and module colors (no course structures or personal course banners will be affected by this change).

Questions? Contact DEIT at

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