Broken Lynda Content in Blackboard

In planning to migrate from Lynda Learning to LinkedIn Learning, we identified content in Blackboard that instructors need to update for the links to continue to work. The report below lists much of the content in Blackboard from Lynda.com that we know will not redirect after the update. (Most links will redirect for at least 3 months and LIT will be reaching out later to assist with updating those links). Due to limititations of what we can search for Blackboard and the many ways in which instructors may have added Lynda content to Blackboard sites, there may be links we did not find. If you are copying courses, you should check all links to make sure you don’t have broken content.

Included in the report are the original Lynda.com link and the new LinkedIn link (scroll to the right to see the new link). You can search by instructor or course name to see if your course has content that needs immediate remediation. If you teach a CPCE course, you may want to search by course because the instructors listed are associated with the course in Blackboard but may not be the instructor of record.

NOTE: Fall 2019 courses will not be in this list due to the lead time require to have LinkedIn identify the replacement links. If you have copied courses you will need to check and remediate any links copied from courses on this list.

Qwickly Attendance Update

What Qwickly Attendance users need to know

When you are setting up Qwickly Attendance in your course, you no longer go to the course control panel. Instead, there is a menu item in the Build Content menu for Qwickly Attendance tool. Create a link to Qwickly Attendance with this new menu option in a content area, we suggest in the Student Read First section. Once link is created, click on it and it will work the way it did in the past.

Note: You may get a message about the tool needing to act as you, this is a necessary step so that you know that the tool will make changes to your grade center if you are enabling grading.

Revised Step by Step Qwickly Attendance Instructions.

Why has Qwickly Attendance changed?

During the break between Summer and Fall terms we have updated the Qwickly Attendance Tool to function through an LTI integration. Qwickly is changing how their suite of tools tools integrates with learning management system. The LTI (or Learning Tools Interoperability) standard allows cross-platform compatibility of tools to multiple learning management systems. In our experience, LTI’s tend to be less vulnerable to problems when the LMS is upgraded.

Make course content easier to access!

Wouldn’t it be great if all of your students could easily access your course content in the ways that best fit how they learn? With a little effort and assistance, you can design your content so it can be read, listened to, and watched using different kinds of devices. This helps students who use assistive technology, commute, like to listen to content while doing something else, and are not native English speakers. The end result is the ability to learn anytime, anywhere.(image: https://www.hastac.org/blogs/loratompkins/2018/02/15/digital-accessibility-and-you)accessibility image

Sign me up you say? Awesome, here’s how to get involved! The Digital Accessibility Committee offers working sessions, educational workshops, on-demand resources, and pilot opportunities:

  • Join your colleagues for working sessions to make course content easier for students to access – get hands on help and tips, sessions offered each term
  • Using Bb Learn? Join a pilot of a tool called Ally to scan your course content, get feedback on how accessible it is, learn how to make it even more accessible, and get support along the way. We’ll connect you to a test course to play with and enable Ally for your own course. The benefit to your students is being able to access your content using semantic html, audio, ePub, and electronic.
  • Using videos that you’d like to caption? Contact LIT for captioning assistance.
  • Do you like self-help resources? Visit this accessibility webpage and LibraryGuide that provides just in time resources.
  • The ICC fall 2019 updated syllabus template has accessibility features, discover what they are and learn how to easily edit the template while keeping your visual appeal.

Learn more about accessibility at Wentworth:

  • We know approximately 12% of Wentworth students disclose a diagnosed disability that is most likely invisible ( i.e learning, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities) and it is safe to assume many more students with diagnosed disabilities do not disclose due to concerns around stigma, it is essential that accessibility is built into course materials from the ground up. Learning about Universal Design for Learning is a great place to start!
  • Accessible Digital Content:  Wentworth is committed to continuous progress towards digital accessibility.  This fall continues the implementation of Ally, a tool in Bb Learn that scans content, provides feedback on how accessible the content is, gives tips on how to make improvements, and allows users to download more accessible versions of the content. Rollout continues in the Fall so join in and get involved!
  • Learn how to enhance student success using transparency in assignment purpose, task, and criteria   Increase student’s success!
  • Check out Ensuring Accessibility needs in our technology use to learn more about making accessible PDFs.
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology is committed to creating and fostering a working and learning environment where all members of the community can thrive.  To that end, we seek to provide you with the knowledge and resources to contribute to a community free from discrimination and violence.As a member of the Wentworth community, it is a priority for you to complete the Accommodating Disabilities self-paced training through Everfi.

Why Flip Your Classroom?

Can’t seem to cover all the material you need to in class? Just not enough time to have the needed discussion in class to prompt deeper learning.  Well, you’re not alone.

So, how can you make the most out of a 50 or 75-minute lecture?  “Flip” your class. Have your students view the material or participate in discussions before coming to class. Then, students come to class and work in groups (or as a class) to discuss and ask specific questions about what they had done the previous night. The “homework” part of the day now occurs in the classroom, and direct feedback from the instructor can meet each student exactly where they are in the educational process.

The lecture now occurs at home. The part that students really struggle with–analyzing, evaluating, and creating-can be done with the instructor in class. Now, your students have the time to practice deeper thinking and learning while developing their skills and knowledge. In a flipped classroom model, students can review material at any time. When they are preparing for a test or need to review old material, they can find the lesson online.

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Camtasia now available via LIT Loaner Laptop Initiative

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TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio

LIT has updated our internal process of making available Camtasia licenses to Wentworth faculty and staff.

What is Camtasia?

For those not familiar with the product, Camtasia is a powerful, yet easy to use software application used for creating video tutorials & presentations directly via screen-cast.  It is available for both Windows & Mac users.

Why Use Camtasia?

Camtasia is easy to use and it looks professional.  It offers Picture in Picture (PiP).  I It offers multiple audio and video tracks.  It has many features in the interface that makes creating screen videos and processing them.  You can choose to record your entire screen or only a portion of it that you preset before recording begins .

When you finish recording your screen, you can utilize various tools included in the program to complete your video.  These contain multiple Transition Options , Voice Narration , a Zoom and Pan effect , Cursor Effects , Captions , Quizzing & more.  You can also use built-in tools to enhance and improve the audio quality of your voice recording . It can export in many different file types.  You can upload your final Camtasia product into Panopto and make it available for your students to view.

I’m interested.  Tell me more…

Instead of giving individuals licenses of software to install on their work computers indefinitely, we are now installing the software on university-owned laptops and loaning the laptops to faculty and staff needing to use Camtasia for institution projects.

This change allows us to make better use of the licenses that we purchase, so that we can accommodate a broader audience.  In addition, it allows us to purchase annual upgrades of the software, so that we support the most current version of the product.

With the loaner laptop, we recommend that you save all work (Camtasia project files, project asset files, etc) on Office 365 in a folder that you are able to access, so that you have copies of your work.  Please do not leave project files on the loaner equipment when you return the equipment.

The LIT loan policy is consistent with the policy already established by DTS Tech Spot in that we loan equipment for a two week time period.  However, if you need a laptop for a longer period of time while you are working on your project, we should be able to accommodate you.  Please keep in mind that we only have 10 loaner laptops available, and to be fair to everyone they are available for loan on a first come, first served basis.

We currently have 10 licenses of Camtasia 2019 installed on the university-owned laptops.

If you are interested in learning more about Camtasia or using it for a project, please contact us (lit@wit.edu) and we can make arrangements to demonstrate the software and check out a loaner laptop to you.

As always, we look forward to working with you.