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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.

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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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Web Conferencing Options

Have you ever wished you could bring a remote speaker to your class?  Ever wanted to conduct an online meeting with people from afar?  Teach a class online with a synchronous component?  If so, there are a couple of options available to you.

CTS has been working on making two different web-conferencing services available.  They are both software-based solutions using Skype or Elluminate.

You may have used Skype before from home to see and communicate with friends or family.  For those that might not have used it before, Skype allows you to communicate with someone online using your computer, a webcam and a microphone.  Skype requires that both people have an account created with them.  Once you are both logged in, one can “call” the other to initiate a conversation.  Skype is good for one-to-one communication.  It does not have the ability to call more than one person.  Not yet, anyway.

Elluminate is also web-conferencing software that can be used to communicate online with many people that are physically in different locations.  As with Skype, you can use a webcam and microphone to communicate.  It also has some features geared towards teaching and learning including break-out rooms where the presenter can divide the online participants into groups to work on activities, sharing of computer desktops or applications, sharing of files and multimedia, polling activities, Powerpoint presentations and whiteboard areas.

When might you use Skype on-campus?  Perhaps you need to collaborate with another person at a different university for research or a presentation for an upcoming seminar or conference.  Perhaps you would like to invite a presenter into your class, but they cannot be physically present.  You could “call” them on Skype and present them to your class using an Advanced Technology Classroom (ATC).

All ATCs have Skype installed on the podium computer ready for you to use.  If you would like to have Skype installed on your office computer, you may do so from the LanDesk Desktop Manager.  Simply go to the Start Menu->Programs->LANDesk Management->Desktop Manager.  In the window that opens up, click the checkbox next to “Skype” and click the “Deploy” button.

When might you use Elluminate?  Some examples include online office hours, teaching a class, teaching a workshop, holding online meetings, all with people that are physically located in different areas.

Anybody wishing to use Elluminate from within ANGEL may do so by enabling the Elluminate nugget and then simply creating a room and instructing their students to enter the room on a certain date/time.  Presenters not using ANGEL will need to have an Elluminate account and room created.  Participants do not need an account to participate.  The presenter just needs to send them the link to the room and the date/time to enter.

Anyone who would like to use either Skype or Elluminate and needs a webcam or headset can request one by visiting the Technology Support Center in 26 Lanigan Hall during normal business hours.

Please review our CTS Web Conferencing options web site for further details.

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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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Professional Development

The CTS Spring semester workshop calendar and registration is now available. Workshops on using the Elluminate web conferencing software, Windows 7 operating system, beginning and advanced Apple Lion operating system, LakerApps Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sites, beginning and advanced MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint are available. Most workshops have multiple offerings.

In addition to instructor-led workshops, feel free to check out our self-paced, on-demand tutorials available from our iTunes U site.  Tutorials covering Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and LakerApps Sites are currently available.

Other technical training opportunities:

  • -  ANGEL workshops are available from the ANGEL website.
  • -  Updating your department web site with Ingeniux workshops are available at the Ingeniux Training site.
  • -  The Skillport e-learning software is available to all students, faculty, and staff.  Skillport includes business and technology-related courses (including Office 2010) as well as courses and test preps needed to prepare you for many business and technical certifications.   Get started at the Skillport home page.
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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.
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Professional Development

Instructor-led workshops for the fall semester have wrapped up, but look for some to be held during the CELT sponsored Winter Breakout January 17-20.Until then, feel free to check out our self-paced, on-demand tutorials available from our iTunes U site.  Tutorials covering Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and LakerApps Sites are currently available.

Other technical training opportunities:

  • ANGEL workshops are available from the main ANGEL website.
  • Updating your department web site with Ingeniux workshops are available at the Ingeniux Training site.
  • The Skillport e-learning software is available to all students, faculty, and staff.  Skillport includes business and technology-related courses (including Office 2010) as well as courses and test preps needed to prepare you for many business and technical certifications.   Get started at the Skillport home page.

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.

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Did You Know?

Did you know myOswego underwent a change that now allows users to login using their Laker NetID?

Early this summer, myOswego was modified to accommodate the use of Laker NetID logins.  Your Laker NetID is the same username and password used to login to services such as ANGEL, the campus wireless network and the campus computer lab machines. Previously, your College ID number and a custom PIN were required to login to myOswego.   This change helps reduce the number of different logins needed to access various campus-based services.