Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ember Transition Update III

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) would like to introduce our new Learning Management System – Ember, which will replace Blackboard starting in the summer of 2016.

During this semester, we have successfully deployed over a dozen pilot classes using Ember and completed the migration of 2015 courses. Presently, we are migrating the 2014 courses. These courses will be followed by the Spring 2016 courses after the semester ends. Ember will be rolled out for the G term cohort courses on April 25th and for full campus use on May 2nd.  Blackboard will be officially retired on May 27th but will remain accessible to faculty members.

Student and faculty training is being designed and coordinated by Dr. Rik Bair, Director of Online Instructional Design, with the support of OIT.

We encourage you to take a look at our Ember Tutorials website and to visit our countdown clock at http://www.stu.edu/Faculty-Staff/Ember

Friday, April 15, 2016

Ember Transition Update

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) would like to introduce our new Learning Management System – Ember, which will replace Blackboard starting in the summer of 2016.

During this semester, we have successfully deployed over a dozen pilot classes using Ember. In the next couple of weeks, we will migrate all 2014-15 courses to Ember, followed by the Spring 2016 courses after the semester ends. Ember will be rolled out for the G term cohort courses on April 25th and for full campus use on May 2nd.  Blackboard will be officially retired on May 27th but will remain accessible to faculty members.

Student and faculty training is being designed and coordinated by Dr. Rik Bair, Director of Online Instructional Design, with the support of OIT.

We encourage you to take a look at a brief Ember overview video and to visit our countdown clock at http://www.stu.edu/Faculty-Staff/Ember

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ember Migration Project Update

As part of our planned migration to Ember, we are currently running Blackboard and Ember in parallel, with over a dozen pilot classes successfully using Ember this semester. The course migration process from Blackboard to Ember is still ongoing and will continue until the end of the semester. Faculty training is being designed/coordinated by Dr. Rik Bair, Director of Online Instructional Design, with the support of OIT.

Ember will be rolled out for full campus use on May 20th at which time Blackboard will be deactivated. Feel free to visit our countdown clock at http://www.stu.edu/Faculty-Staff/Ember.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

New MyBobcat Portal

The Office of Information Technology would like to announce a new MyBobcat portal to be published on Monday, December 14th, 2015, as part of an upgrade to our Student Information System.  The new MyBobcat portal will serve as the main access point for our future Student Planning and Financial Aid Self-Service modules scheduled to enter service in early Spring 2016.

In preparation for the new MyBobcat portal, please be advised that WebAdvisor will not be available from Friday, December 11th, 2015, at 5:00PM until 12:00AM Monday, December 14th, 2015.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Respondus LockDown Browser Instructor Training

In October, Respondus is offering training sessions for LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor. Each 45-minute webinar provides a live demo, plus tips to get started using these applications to deter cheating during online exams.

We encourage you to sign up to these training webinars at www.respondus.com/webinars.

UPCOMING SESSIONS
LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Instructor Training
Wednesday, October 7th at 3 pm ET
Thursday, October 15th at 8 pm ET
Tuesday, October 20th at 2 pm ET

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall 2015 Ember Training

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is introducing a new Learning Management System, Ember. Ember will replace Blackboard Learn in the summer of 2016, and in preparation, we will be hosting a training session from October 5th to November 6th. It is our goal to familiarize instructors with the Ember interface, features, and effective course building techniques. The entire training program is composed of two workshops, Workshop I and Workshop II, which can be completed in either one or two days. 


Date
Day
Time
Location
10/05/2015
       -
11/06/2015
Monday: Workshop I
2 PM - 3:30 PM
Online (WebEx)
Wednesday: Workshop II
2 PM - 3:30 PM
Online (WebEx)
Friday: Workshops I & II
10 AM - 1:30 PM
OMH 8

Space is limited so please contact us as soon as possible at oitat@stu.edu to reserve your seat.

For detailed information on this project and our complete training schedule, please click here.


Note: No workshops will be held on Friday, October 23rd.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is now available to use in both the C and D-Labs in the University Library. Respondus is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard Learn. When students use it, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

Follow the directions below to use:

1. Instructors must first ensure that the Respondus tool is available within their Blackboard class. Go to the Control Panel, then Customization. Select Tool Availability, then scroll through the list for “Respondus Lockdown Browser.” Check the box next to it, under Available, then click on Submit.

2. Ensure your test is already created and deployed to a content area. If not, go to the content area where you want students to find the test, hover over Assessments, then click on “Test” to create/deploy.

3. In the Control Panel, open Course Tools and select Respondus Lockdown Browser to open the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard.

4. Choose the test/s you want to use with Respondus and click the icon to the left of it.

5. Select Modify Settings then choose the “Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam”
option. Finally, click on Save and Close. Your test is now ready to be delivered using Respondus.

Respondus LockDown Browser can also be installed on students' computers enabling them to take tests off campus. The installation instructions can be found here: http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/download.php?id=917146806

This free trial lasts through November.