Category Archives: Classrooms

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: