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Get Started with Lecture Capture at SUNY Oswego

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Over the past 3 semesters, CTS has supported a software application across campus called Panopto. With Panopto, not only can you create recordings in the classroom, but you can also do it from home, your office, or even the airport with the mobile application (currently Apple iOS only).

Not only does Panopto make it easy to create recordings, it also makes it incredibly easy to share them on blogs, through email, websites, and in ANGEL. Even on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site of your choice.

If you would like to hear how to get started, come to one of our Panopto workshops:

Thursday, January 9th, 2pm at Campus Center 202

Tuesday, January 21st, 2pm at Campus Center 210

Wednesday, February 12, 3pm at Mahar 210

For more information, please visit www.oswego.edu/cts/capture or email lecturecapture-list@ls.oswego.edu. The website shows you how to use the system, faculty testimonials, and actual classroom recordings made public by people using the system, so be sure to check it out.

Online Web Conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate

On May 17, the Elluminate Live online synchronous collaboration tool was upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate.  Blackboard purchased the company along with a competing product called Wimba in 2010.  Blackboard used the best of both products to create Collaborate and is their future direction for online conferencing.

Blackboard Collaborate has been used at SUNY Oswego for teaching classes, online office hours, workshops, demonstrations and presentations.  It allows the presenter and attendees to be located in different physical locations.  Video, audio, polling questions, chat, application sharing, and team breakout rooms allow many face-to-face classroom functions to be accomplished online.

Blackboard easily integrates with ANGEL and with the addition of the Collaborate nugget on the Communicate tab of your course, you can be on your way to creating online sessions. Once created, students merely login to ANGEL, go to the Communicate tab of your course and click on a link to join the session.  Instructors also have the option of recording sessions which can also be accessed through the nugget.

For more information on Collaborate, visit our web conferencing page.

Lecture Capture Service Expanding to 5 Additional Classrooms

CTS officially introduced lecture capture service to the campus in the Fall 2012 semester.  It was available in approximately 15 classrooms.  CTS will be expanding the lecture capture service to an additional 5 classrooms for the start of the Spring 2013 semester.  Campus Center 306, 323, Mahar 111, 203 and Sheldon 336 will be the newest members to the lecture capture family.

What is lecture capture?
Lecture capture is used for recording classroom presentations.  Generally, the audio of the speaker and any content presented through the podium computer or other presentation device is “captured.”   In some rooms, video of the front of the room can also be recorded.

CTS piloted multiple lecture capture systems over the past two years and with the help of faculty and student feedback, picked the Panopto lecture capture system for the campus.  It was available to the campus to use at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester.

How is it being used?
The service can be used in multiple ways.  Some faculty have been using it to record their lectures during class time.  They simply open Panopto, select their course, hit the record button and then the stop button when they are finished.  Panopto integrates with ANGEL so recordings are automatically uploaded to their course and students access the recordings right from within the ANGEL course.

With the appropriate permission from the speaker, it can also be used for recording general presentations and trainings.  CTS partnered with GreyCastle security to offer multiple Cyber Security Awareness trainings for the whole campus last fall.  One of those sessions was recorded and made available to the campus to view at anytime.  You can access it from our CTS Security page (you will need to enter your Laker NetID).

Panopto can also be used to make recordings right from your computer.  A client download is available to utilize for such purposes as demonstrating the use of software, recording supplemental lectures and in some cases recording your entire lecture to support the “flip the classroom” teaching and learning style.

What are people saying about the service?  Check out our faculty testimonials.

In what rooms is the service available?
The complete list of classrooms in which the service is available is as follows.  All classrooms have the ability to capture the speaker’s audio as well as activities on the computer and document camera.  Some also have video, as noted below.

  • Campus Center 211, 306, 323 (video available in all rooms)
  • Lanigan 101-107, excluding the “A” rooms (video available in Lanigan 104)
  • Mahar 111, 203, 208, 217, 309 (video available in all rooms)
  • Rich 221, 319 (video available in all rooms)
  • Sheldon 336 (video available)
  • Snygg 101, 102
  • Multimedia Production Room, 212 Penfield Library

The Multimedia Production Room is a facility equipped with computers, headsets, webcams and software such as Camtasia Studio and Audacity to allow you to create multimedia projects.

How do I sign up?
If you are interested in using lecture capture service for the Spring 2013 semester, please fill out the Lecture Capture Participation Form.  Note, if you have not used Panopto before, you will need to attend a training being offered over Winter Break.  Additional trainings will be available throughout the semester.

More Information
If you would like to learn more about lecture capture, CTS will be offering two Winter BreakOut sessions.

In addition, you may utilize the following resources:

CTS Teaching Approximately 20 Sessions During Winter BreakOut

CTS will be teaching approximately 20 sessions on various topics during the 2013 CELT-sponsored Winter BreakOut being held from Jan. 16 – 25.

Michael Pisa, interim Chief Technology Officer had this to say in regards to the department’s participation,

“CTS is offering a rich menu of technical trainings during Winter BreakOut scheduled for January 16-25.  If you haven’t been to the Cyber Security Awareness training, don’t miss Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security.  He teaches a very engaging training and certainly gets you thinking about cyber security at work and at home.  If you are looking for ways to become more productive in your use of LakerApps Gmail, Calendar and Drive, we have a number of short sessions geared towards specific features that can do just that.  If you’ve been thinking about lecture capture for recording your classes, make sure to attend the introductory session.  Elluminate web-conferencing continues to gain ground for those interested in synchronous online meetings.  Elluminate will be upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate in Summer 2013, so if you are already using Elluminate, be sure to attend the preview session.  Lastly, we always have a lot of projects we are working on in CTS.  Come to our ‘CTS Projects’ session to learn about those that may affect you, your department or the entire campus. Hope to see you there!”

Below are the sessions CTS will be offering.  Be sure to click on the session name to read the full description of the course.  If you’d like to attend a session, be sure to register, using the “Register” link!

Cyber Security
Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security will be back on campus January 16th giving two additional Cyber Security Awareness trainings.  He was on campus in October and November giving a knowledgeable and engaging training for faculty, staff and students on many security topics ranging from passwords and social engineering to mobile device and physical security for both work and home.  See our article entitled: “Did You Miss the Cyber Security Awareness Training?”

Elluminate
Elluminate Web-Conferencing has been used on campus for conducting synchronous online meetings for a variety of purposes including courses, meetings, workshops and more.  Elluminate will be upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate during Summer of 2013.  If you are a current Elluminate user or will be for the Spring, please attend the preview session to learn more about it.

CTS Projects
Come to the CTS Projects session to learn about the projects CTS is currently working on and those being planned that may affect you, your department or the entire campus.

Lecture Capture
CTS officially released the Panopto lecture capture service in specific rooms during the Fall 2012 semester.  We have an introductory session for those that would like to learn more about the service, how it works and how it is being used.  We also have an advanced session for those that have already been using the service that will show more advanced features and uses of the system.

Captioning
If you are working on a multimedia project and need to caption it, be sure to attend the following:

ANGEL
Have an ANGEL Question you’d like answered? Want to see how to use a certain feature?  Maybe you’re just having a problem you can’t fix?  Our team of local experts can help you out.

LakerApps
We have a number of LakerApps sessions geared towards making your life a little more productive.  Learn about specific features that could make it easier to read and compose email, create meetings and get notified of them, work and collaborate on documents:

Extending ANGEL Beyond the Standard LMS Features

Extending ANGEL Beyond the Standard LMS Features

ANGEL has been part of the SUNY Oswego campus for about four years now.  Since that time, the number of fully online classes using it has risen to over 100 courses and the number of web-enhanced course sections has risen to over 700 with both continuing to grow each semester.  With that many sections, ANGEL has truly become a valuable tool for teaching and learning.

Those that use ANGEL know there are many features available and you can use as little or as many as you want.  From posting course announcements and creating drop boxes to discussion groups, quizzes and the gradebook, there is a lot to explore.  But did you know you can also integrate ANGEL with other campus technology tools?  Extended Learning and CTS have worked behind the scenes to make the following add-ons available.

McGraw-Hill Campus:  When enabled, this nugget allows you to browse and use McGraw-Hill textbook resources such as PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, sample chapters, etc. in your course. Just input the textbooks ISBN you are using and you will have access to all of the McGraw-Hill resources for it.  Whether or not you’ve actually adopted a McGraw-Hill text, you’ll have free access to these resources. In addition, McGraw-Hill also allows you an option to create your own textbook.  Do you use a few chapters from a few different McGraw-Hill books?  You can combine those few chapters and even upload your own pdfs into a single book making it easier for you to teach from and cheaper for students to buy!  Please view this McGraw Hill webinar recording for more detailed information on the product.  To enable the McGraw-Hill (MH) Campus nugget, follow the “How-To McGraw Hill Campus Nugget to ANGEL Course” instructions.

Elluminate Live:   The Elluminate Live web conferencing software became available to the campus to use in the Spring 2012 semester.  By enabling the Elluminate Live nugget in ANGEL, faculty can then use Elluminate to conduct a remote synchronous class or remote office hours with their students.  Students just login to ANGEL, access the Elluminate Live nugget and click on the appropriate link to join the session.   Visit our website for more information on Elluminate Live.  If you’d like to use the service in ANGEL, follow these instructions:

iTunes U:  Need a place to store the audio and video files you are using for your class?  You can use the SUNY Oswego on iTunes U service to request a space for those multimedia files and then restrict them to viewing by students in your course.  By enabling the iTunes U nugget within ANGEL, students will be able to easily access your course multimedia content.  For more information, visit our “SUNY Oswego on iTunes U” website.  To enable the nugget for your course, edit your course home page, click the “Add Components” link from your course home page and then select “My iTunes U Courses.”

Panopto Lecture Capture:   CTS recently finished a two-year pilot assessing five different lecture capture software solutions and selected Panopto.  Lecture capture is used in the classroom for recording lectures that can be reviewed later by students.  Panopto is available for use by any faculty teaching in Lanigan 101-107 (minus the “A” rooms), Mahar 208, 217 and 309,  Campus Center 211, Rich 221 and 319,  Snygg 101-102.  After a lecture is captured it can then be published directly to the Panopto nugget in ANGEL automatically.  To review the lecture, all the students need to do is login to ANGEL.  If you are interested in using Panopto, please see our Panopto website for more information.  To add Panopto to ANGEL, see “Adding Panopto Nugget to ANGEL Course Shell.”

i>clicker: i>Clicker is a company that makes classroom response solutions.  The professor asks a questions with multiple choice answers and students use a remote (clicker) to answer the question.  This is a more anonymous way of asking questions without students needing to raise their hands.  Students don’t need to feel embarrassed in front of their peers if they answered a question incorrectly.  Additionally, using clickers adds faculty/student interaction in large lecture sections. Using clickers to gather student feedback immediately allows faculty to adjust or clarify their lectures as they unfold. The ANGEL integration of i>clicker allows students to register their clickers for the course and allows faculty to sync class roster information and class polling results.  For more information, please visit i>clicker’s website.  To add i>clicker to ANGEL, see “Setting up i>Clicker ANGEL Nugget

If you have any questions related to this article, please email angelhelp-list@ls.oswego.edu.

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ANGEL to Blackboard Migration Delayed

Blackboard announced in late March that ANGEL would be extended as a product “indefinitely”. This announcement, while lacking in many details, impacts our planned migration to Blackboard originally slated to begin in 2013.

We anticipate that further details regarding ongoing ANGEL support and any potential enhancements will emerge after the Blackboard World user conference in mid-July. We also anticipate that the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) will be communicating with Blackboard regarding this announcement, and that SLN will provide further details on ongoing support at the SUNY CIT conference in early June.

Based on the initial information in hand, we will delay our migration to Blackboard until we know more details. We will continue to remain on ANGEL through the 2013-2014 academic year.

We are still on course to upgrade to ANGEL version 8 late summer (see “ANGEL Upgrading to Version 8”).

If you have any questions related to this announcement, please email angelhelp-list@ls.oswego.edu.

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ANGEL Version 8 Upgrade August 20-21

SLN will be upgrading SUNY Oswego’s ANGEL instance to version 8 on August 20-21st.  ANGEL will not be available during this time frame.  Please plan accordingly.

One of the biggest advantages for upgrading to version 8 is compatibility with Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers.  There are also enhancements to dropboxes, discussion forum rubrics, the gradebook and more.

For detailed information on all of the new features and enhancements, please see Blackboard’s “What’s New in ANGEL 8.0” document.

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Using Textbook Resources in ANGEL

Recently, the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) negotiated a contract with McGraw-Hill (MH) to allow all SUNY campuses access to the MH Campus “nugget” within ANGEL. When enabled, this nugget allows you to use MH textbook resources such as PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, sample chapters, etc. in your course.

In addition to utilizing textbook resources, you can also use the MH Create product to create your own textbook. This feature allows you to pick specific chapters of different textbooks and upload pdf documents to create your own textbook. You can then specify whether you would like the textbook in printed or e-text format.Please view this McGraw Hill webinar recording for more detailed information on the product.
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Tech Tip

Have you made a backup of your online or web-enhanced course lately?  If you are a faculty member teaching with the ANGEL learning management system, you should make a few backups of your course regularly throughout the semester.  Here are the steps:

  1. Click on the course link for which you want to backup.
  2. From the Manage tab within the Data Management nugget, click on Backup & Restore link
  3. In the Your Backups area, click on the here link to create a backup.
  4. Your backup request will be queued to run and you will receive an email once it has completed.
  5. To download the backup to your computer, return to the Your Backups area on the Manage tab and click on the file to download.

Learning Management System (ANGEL) Updates

Browser Compatibility
This past spring, Microsoft released Internet Explorer (IE) version 9 and shortly afterward, Mozilla released Firefox version 4.  ANGEL was not immediately compatible with these two browsers.  An ANGEL software patch was applied to our installation last month that now makes it compatible with both of these browsers.

ANGEL to Blackboard Migration
In 2009,  Blackboard acquired ANGEL and since then have been working on merging the two products.   They have started this merger by slowly blending the strengths of each product and introducing them into Blackboard version 9.

Over the last two years since Blackboard’s acquisition of ANGEL, the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) has been investigating migration paths away from ANGEL to another Learning Management System (LMS) product.  SLN is a SUNY unit that provides distance learning services to member campuses.  They currently host the SUNY Oswego installation of ANGEL along with 26 other SUNY campuses.

Recently, SLN announced that they will officially be supporting Blackboard as the next LMS for SLN campuses.  A new three-year contract between SUNY and Blackboard is nearly complete.  SUNY Oswego has chosen to participate in this contract when it becomes available and will be looking at migrating from ANGEL to Blackboard sometime over the next 12-18 months.  We will keep users informed of the details on the actual migration as we have them.  Look for announcements on the SUNY Oswego ANGEL website.