Category Archives: tech matters

TOP SECRET! Use the Blackboard Mobile App to Infect Your Students’ Brains With Learning

Tweet BASEMENT BUNKER, DOOLING HALL. We all know students love their phones and their apps. Why not use the Blackboard mobile app to take advantage of students’ compulsion to interact with their phones? You don’t have to use the app … Continue reading

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Transition from Collaborate to Zoom

Tweet DeSales University recently executed a multi-year agreement with Zoom Communications, Inc. to provide web conferencing services to the university community. We are phasing out use of our other web conferencing platform, Blackboard Collaborate, between now and June 2019. Collaborate-to-Zoom … Continue reading

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Internet Explorer and Blackboard, not so perfect together

Tweet A number of issues have been identified with Blackboard Learn when using the Internet Explorer browser. Recent issues include: Problems with hyperlinks in Blackboard Portfolios Intermittent issues with the inline grading tool Images and fonts change in Modules when … Continue reading

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The end of Flash as we know it…

Tweet What we now know as Adobe Flash was previously a dominant platform for online multimedia content, however, it is slowly being abandoned as Adobe favors a transition to HTML5 due to inherent security flaws and the significant resources required … Continue reading

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March 2019 Training Workshops

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Blackboard Quizzes and Exams: Force Completion and Respondus LockDown Browser Password

Tweet When administering a quiz or test online via Blackboard, the Distance Education and Instructional Technology (DEIT) department suggests that the Force Completion test option not be selected. With Force Completion selected, any exit from the quiz or test counts as the student’s attempt … Continue reading

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DEIT Winter Classroom Projects 

Tweet DEIT completed several projects over the Christmas break, including the addition of “Flex class” capability in Dooling Hall rooms 204 and 209, audiovisual system upgrades on the first floor in Dooling rooms 104 through 109, and enhancements to the … Continue reading

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Inclement Weather? Run an Online Class!

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Instructors: Deter Cheating with Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Coming December 15th – Panopto 6.0

Tweet A new version of Panopto is being released the evening of December 15th. While most of the updates are administrative there are two changes that could affect faculty and students. A new user interface. The Panopto web site (https://desales.hosted.panopto.com) … Continue reading

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