Category Archives: Classrooms

Are You Ready For Blackboard Learn?

Fall classes will be starting in a couple of weeks and with it the complete transition from ANGEL to Blackboard Learn.

As a reminder, the last day ANGEL access will be available is Monday, August 31, 2015.  After that, any attempts to access it will be redirected to Blackboard Learn.

If you need assistance preparing to use Blackboard Learn with your classes, you should register for one of our workshops or use the online documentation from our Blackboard Learn website at  There are a number of workshops being offered this month and span the following topics.

  • Introduction to Bb Learn and Content Creation:  learn how to create a course syllabus, various types of information/files, links to content and internet-based resources. Registration required.
  • Bb Learn Communications and Interaction Tools: learn how to use announcements, course messages, email, discussions, notifications, and other communication tools.  Registration required.
  • Bb Learn Assessment Tool: learn how to create a tests (quizzes), surveys, and test pools.  Registration required.
  • Bb Learn Grade Center: learn how to set up the grade center to easily manage student grades. Registration required.
  • Bb Learn Office Hours: Drop by and visit one of our instructional designers/technologists who will work individually with you to prepare your course(s) for the Fall 2015 semester.  Registration is NOT required.

We’d like to make the transition as smooth as possible for you.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Email us at

-The Blackboard Learn Migration Team (CTS, Extended Learning, Penfield Library)

FINAL Reminder – Blackboard Automatic Migration Deadline – June 7


This is a final reminder from a previous communication that the automatic migration of Fall 2015 ANGEL course shells to Blackboard is June 7.  If you would like to take advantage of this option, please follow the steps outlined on the Migration FAQ page, question 2. You must complete the steps by June 7 to ensure course shells are migrated on June 8.  NOTE: This is a one-time only process!

After June 7, the following migration options are available:

1) Self-Migration – Available anytime

Instructions on how to migrate content yourself are on the campus Blackboard Learn website on the Migration Resources page, under “Open SUNY ANGEL to Blackboard Learn Migration Guide.”

2) No Migration – Manually Add Content to Bb Learn – Available anytime

Fall 2015 course shells are now available in Blackboard Learn. You can upload or add content to them at any time. Get started by pointing a Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser to

ANGEL End of Life

It is important to remember that Blackboard Learn will be the only campus supported learning management system (LMS) as of the Fall 2015 semester. The last day ANGEL access will be available is Monday, August 31, 2015. After that, any attempts to access it will be redirected to Blackboard Learn. This means that any needed ANGEL content must either be saved and downloaded to your computer or migrated to Blackboard Learn.


Spring 2016 Course Content

If you have ANGEL content you may not be migrating but would like to use in the future, you will need to create an ANGEL Export file. This file will not include student work and must be imported into Blackboard Learn to be viewable. Please see Creating ANGEL Course Archive File for instructions on creating export files.


Bb Learn Training

We will be offering numerous Blackboard Learn workshops throughout the summer. In addition to the workshops, office hours are available for individual assistance.  Those times are also available from the workshops page.


Additional information about the migration is available from the Blackboard Migrations FAQs page. Blackboard related questions can be sent to Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns. The number one lesson we’ve learned is to start the migration process early!


Best Wishes,

-The Blackboard Migration Team (CTS, Extended Learning, Penfield Library)

First Set of Classes Now Teaching with Blackboard Learn

In the fall, we announced the planning surrounding the campus migration from the ANGEL learning management system to Blackboard Learn. The campus will be completely migrated to Blackboard Learn by the Fall 2015 semester.

The first cohort of faculty participating in the migration are now teaching with Blackboard Learn this spring semester. There are approximately 50 faculty teaching 130 courses with 3400 students in a mixture of fully online, hybrid and face-to-face offerings.

While there are a few configurations that are still being worked on, we are happy to say that the semester is off to a good start. There have been no major issues that would force us to revert back to ANGEL.

In the next few weeks, we will be seeking participants for the second cohort of faculty teaching summer classes. Please look for an announcement regarding that in the future.

Initial Configuration
The migration team spent the fall semester configuring the Blackboard Learn environment working on the integration to automatically pull in courses and registration data, single sign-on authentication using your Laker NetID, the look and feel of the system and the configuration of plugins such as Panopto for class capture, Ensemble for video storage, i-clicker for student response, Pearson and McGraw Hill publisher content access, for online tutorials, and ARES for access the library e-reserves system.

Faculty and Student Preparation
To prepare the first cohort for the migration, faculty participated in a full-day training taught by Open SUNY to learn about the differences between ANGEL and Blackboard Learn. Their courses were migrated to Blackboard and additional training sessions were offered to assist faculty in preparing their content and further understanding the features available in Blackboard Learn. An additional nine sessions were offered during the CELT-sponsored Winter BreakOut. Students were also offered some online training materials and an online orientation to help them understand using Blackboard Learn.

Migration Schedule
The rest of the migration schedule is as follows:

  • Spring 2015 semester:  First cohort of faculty and students will use Blackboard Learn. Refinements to the Blackboard Learn environment will be made based on feedback.
  • Summer 2015: Second cohort of faculty and students will use Blackboard Learn. Refinements to the Blackboard Learn environment will be made based on feedback.
  • Fall 2015: Migration completed. All courses will be available to teach in Learn. ANGEL will be decommissioned.

The Blackboard migration team includes Extended Learning, CTS, Penfield Library, CELT and OpenSUNY.

Questions regarding the migration can be directed to

ATC Computer Maintenance During Winter Break

In order to better serve you, Campus Technology Services will be scheduling maintenance of the Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) during Winter Break.  An ATC is considered to be any classroom equipped with a computer and projector.

CTS will start maintenance December 15th, 2014 through January 26th, 2015.  If you have saved data to any classroom computer, we ask that you back it up prior to this timeframe as it will be erased during the maintenance.

During the maintenance time, CTS will complete the following items:

  • Test devices such as computers, video cameras, speakers, microphones and volume, projectors, etc.
  • Update/upgrade various software.
  • Clean device hardware such as monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Again, please back up any data you might have saved to a classroom computer prior to December 15.

Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated!

If you have any questions related to this work, please contact the Help Desk by phone, 315.312.3456 or email,


Google Classroom is Now in Session

On August 12, 2014, Google released the “Classroom” app to their Google Apps for Education customers.  Google has positioned the application into the Core Apps of our LakerApps suite of products, giving the application the protection of the SUNY Google contract.

While Classroom is available for the campus to use, it will be an unsupported application. The support for online learning remains with the ANGEL and soon Blackboard Learn environments.  The campus is welcome to use Classroom knowing the support will be limited to what Google has available.

Faculty should be aware that there is no student integration available with Google Classroom.  Student enrollments are managed by email invitation or through a PIN.

To get started, log into LakerApps and follow the three easy steps below.

  1. Click the application grid next to your email address in the upper right of the window.


  1. Click on the “More” link at the bottom. You will see something similar to the following:


  1. Click on the “Classroom” icon.

Alternatively, you can login directly to Classroom using the link.

For more information on Classroom, please visit

Wifi Expansions in Mahar, Rich and Lanigan

SUNY Oswego has committed to a three year expansion of the campus wifi with the first locations being completed by mid-September.

Year 1 of the three year plan includes wifi expansion to Mahar, Rich, Lanigan second floor, Lee/Shineman Quad, Sheldon Ballroom and Culkin.

By the start of the semester, all spaces in Rich Hall, including classrooms, all offices, conference rooms, lounges, public gathering spaces, will have complete wifi coverage.  In addition, the classrooms on the second floor of Lanigan will be covered.  By mid-September, all locations in Mahar will be covered.

The wifi expansion does not just include coverage in areas that did not have any.  It also includes capacity sizing to ensure users receive sufficient coverage in heavy use areas.  Sean Moriarty, SUNY Oswego’s CTO explains, “We have planned on improving the wireless capabilities on campus in two ways.  First, areas with no previous wireless will now have it.  Second, we have increased the capacity of the classrooms to accommodate all the students having devices to access multi-media on the Internet.  We have vastly improved the infrastructure to support more technology use in the classroom.”

For the fall and spring semester, CTS will be working on sizing and installing access points for the remaining Year 1 locations.

For more information on the full three year plan, please consult the CTS Wireless Project webpage.

After Hours Shineman Entry Requires ID

The Shineman Center is open Monday through Friday from 6:15am-10:30pm.  Weekends are variable dependent upon weekend events.  After hours entry will now require your College ID.

Selected students are given College ID card access based on their program of study, course enrollment, and/or specifically by ID.  Access is updated when course enrollment or program of study changes.  Any student who does not have after hours entry access and believes they should are encouraged to contact the department offering the course or activity.

The only door with card access is on the northwest side of the building (facing the Marano Campus Center).

Google Chrome Now the Default Web Browser in Labs and Classrooms

Previously, Internet Explorer (IE) was the default browser in labs and classrooms. However, with the increasing security vulnerabilities in IE, especially the one affecting IE versions 6-11 late last spring, we decided it would be a good time to re-evaluate the default browser.

To help us decide, we took a look at what browsers are accessing the SUNY Oswego website. From the network traffic originating from both on and off campus, Google Chrome is number one.   We also took a look at just the traffic originating from on-campus and that also was Chrome. Given that, coupled with the fact that SUNY Oswego is a Google Apps campus, we decided to promote Chrome.

As you can see from the image below, Chrome, IE and Firefox are still available for use from the quick launch bar on the bottom of the screen.  However, if you click on an HTML link within an application such as PowerPoint or Word, the default browser will be launched.


February Letter from the CTO

Welcome back to the Spring semester. As we are only in early February, “Spring” semester seems to be a misnomer, but I am sure that warmer weather is not far away.

Winter break allowed CTS to accomplish quite a few items to prepare for the start of school. Here are a few highlights:

  • Park Hall was completed and opened for classes on January 27. Ten new Advanced Technology Classrooms and wireless access throughout the building were added, along with some technically advanced meeting and conference rooms.
  • Hewitt Union was updated with new technology in three classrooms and also had extensive wireless network access added. Faculty from C&I moved into the building in preparation for construction in Wilber tower. In total, 36 wireless access points were added to the classroom and office areas on the first and second floor.
  • Wireless upgrades were made to Johnson and Funnelle in known dead areas. Additionally, two wireless access points were added to Lake Effects Cafe in Penfield Library to handle the large amount of technology use in this area.
  • Winter breakout was a success with record attendance. Many of the participants participated virtually, with the campus’s Panopto lecture capture application, helping people who could not be on campus still reap the benefits of the presentations.

One other highlight was the announcement of the TIP grant awards at the December CTAB meeting. Four awards were made from ten applicants – the full story is available on the CTAB Tip Grant page. One of the awards was for all campus members – faculty, staff and students – to have access to The grant application was the first ever to come from a faculty member from all four colleges and Penfield Library. will replace the campuses former app, Skillport. has tremendous potential for advancing the technical skills of everyone on campus. Over 500 people on campus had logged in to the system by early February. More information on Oswego State’s implimentation of is available at will be highlighted at the CTAB meeting on Thursday, February 13 in the Campus Center Room 114 at 8:00 am. Attendance is open to all campus members, so please feel free to join us.

Stay warm….

Sean Moriarty
Chief Technology Officer,  Campus Technology Services

Get Started with Lecture Capture at SUNY Oswego


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 or email 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.