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

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New look coming to the Blackboard menu

The DEIT team has been talking with students and faculty about the left-hand navigation menu in Blackboard. Based on feedback, we’re going to switch any courses to a new textual navigation menu rather than using buttons. An example is below:

Blackboard course navigation menu












The design is based on the DeSales color schemes – the grey is used by DeSales Athletics and some branded items. The blue and red also are the DeSales colors from the DeSales style guide.

The new menu will be used for classes created on Blackboard after October 8th, 2018. If you would like to update the look of a current course:

  1. Click on Customization and choose Teaching Style.
  2. Change the Style from Buttons to Text
  3. Click on the drop-down menu for Background Color and type in a value of C3C4C5 and hit Apply
  4. Click on the drop-down menu for Text Color and type in a value of 002855 and hit Apply
  5. Click Submit at the bottom-right corner of the page

Please contact DEIT (deit@desales.edu or 610-282-1100 x2290) with any questions.

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October Workshops!

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Blackboard New Features – September 17 at 3 pm!


Join DEIT on Monday, September 17 at 3 pm (Dooling 40) to learn all about Blackboard’s new features! For a detailed list of the new features, click here.

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What DEIT Did Last Summer

Blackboard Deployment Upgraded to SaaS

Blackboard Inc. logoIn late July, DEIT switched Blackboard from “managed hosting” to SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) deployment. This was mostly a behind-the-scenes change, but in the process we updated to the latest version of Blackboard which added some new features.

What this means to you: From now on, Blackboard will be seamlessly upgraded to new versions with no need for scheduled outages.

Tenure, Promotion, Extended Contract and Sabbatical Application Process Goes Paperless

For the first time, Blackboard is being used for the submission and review of faculty applications for tenure, promotion, extended contract and sabbatical leave. Faculty with questions about using Blackboard for this purpose may contact DEIT. For process and procedure questions, contact the Academic Affairs Office or your rep on the Rank & Tenure Committee.

What this means to you: A secure and paperless submission and review process.

Kender/Danko A/V Upgrades

DEIT’s Mike Yorgey worked his magic to upgrade the audiovisual system in the Kender/Danko rooms in Dorothy Day Student Center. Nick Luchko was so pleased that DEIT got special shirts to wear on freshman move-in day.

What this means to you: Plug in your laptop or other device for a world-class experience.

Compliance and Safety Training Deployed Using Blackboard

Both the ALICE active shooter preparedness training for faculty and staff and the Title IX, Alcohol, and Respect training for incoming students were deployed using Blackboard. Contact Pete Rautzhan for the whys and wherefores.

What this means to you: An even safer and more civil campus.

Labuda, We Hardly Knew Ya … But Now We Do!

The Labuda Performing Arts Center was enhanced with smart classroom technology in the Dance Studio and work in the Studio Theatre is in process. On the drawing board are enhancements to Brisson Dance Studio.

What this means to you: Even better actors, dancers, and other performing artists since they can more easily view video and instructional material to enhance their craft.

For I once was blind…in Gambet Classrooms

If you teach in the Gambet Center, you and your students are now enjoying new and brighter projectors in the classrooms. As one faculty member said, “The students are less likely to fall asleep now that I don’t have to dim the lights for them to see the smartboard.”

What this means to you: Research says that brighter projectors = brighter students (don’t ask us for the cite).

Flex Classes Brought to Scale, Rooms Outfitted

After trial runs last year, this fall, virtually all main campus ACCESS hybrid classes are delivered in the innovative Flex format. The MBA and MACJ programs are also running Flex pilots. While each program has its variations, with Flex, students can choose to experience a live class either on campus in the traditional classroom or live online through the Zoom web conferencing system. To assure that the online students are fully part of the live class, DEIT installed additional video displays and other technology in Gambet 206, 210, 228, and 232 as well as Dooling 051 (you’ll never find Area 51).

What this means to you: If you love teaching a live class, Flex is a way to preserve that option for adult students and instructors, while also catering to the increasing student preference for online classes.

Dooling Hall 2nd Floor A/V Upgrades (Rooms 204-209)

DEIT replaced the DVD/VCRs with BluRay players (which also play standard DVDs). We also did a full digital upgrade of the guts of the equipment in the instructor podium.  If you have still been using VHS tapes in the classroom (you know who you are), please note that DEIT offers services to transfer and digitize your VHS material to DVD and cloud-based streaming solutions.

What this means to you: Just part of our normal maintenance schedule to keep all of our smart classrooms up-to-date. We got you covered.

Billera Centaur Room Goes High Tech

Before there was the Bulldog, there was the Centaur. We’re not sure why a violent, drunken man-horse wasn’t considered a fitting mascot for a Catholic university, but the legacy of the Centaur lives on through the Centaur Room in Billera Hall.  Primarily used to develop top secret athletic strategies, it is now equipped with a new digital projector, full sound system (wired and Bluetooth audio), and the ability to tie any digital HDMI-equipped device into this A/V setup.

What this means to you: An additional .05 points per game. And remember, hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.

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September 2018 Workshops

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Respondus Training Direct from Respondus


 Respondus Instructor Training Webinars: January 2018

Over the next few weeks, Respondus is offering training sessions on LockDown Browser, Respondus Monitor. Each webinar is 45 minutes and will include time for Q&A. Register for the training of interest to you, and we’ll see you there!

LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Instructor Training

Join us for an in-depth demonstration of the student and instructor perspectives; hear roll-out strategies for both applications.

Aug. 29  &  Sept. 26


Advanced Settings for LockDown Browser: Instructor Training

See a demo of advanced features such as allowing use of external websites, calculators, and spreadsheets during LockDown Browser exams.

Sept. 11 at 3pm ET



Assessment Tools for Learning Systems



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August 2018 update to Respondus Monitor

Instructors, if you’ve ever used Respondus Monitor to help secure a test such as a midterm or final you may have been a bit confused by the video review portion. Previously, the video review had a row simply titled “flags” that may or may not have been a cause for concern. As of July 31, 2018, a new dashboard has been released.

The new dashboard includes a “Review Priority” scoring system (Low, Medium, High) that provides instructors an easy way to identify exam sessions that require deeper scrutiny. It accounts for both the quality of the student video and suspicious events that indicate exam violations may have occurred. The “Review Priority” is also color coded from green (Low) to red (High).Respondus dashboard screen shot

The review screen has also been updated. Time codes of flagged activity, as well as test milestones for when questions were saved, are available. The playback features have also been enhanced with the addition of a color-coded playback bar.

Respondus video review screenshot


Additional information is available in the short video:

Please contact the DEIT department with any questions surrounding this change.

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August 2018 Workshops

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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. 

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