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.
Below is a list of some technology projects that are being piloted with select groups of faculty and staff this fall semester.
- Panopto software is being used this semester to pilot lecture capture. Last year, Camtasia was piloted with overall success. We are trying a different software this year to help us make a final decision on lecture capture software to be used in the new Sciences building when it opens.
- The Elluminate software used for synchronous online teaching and meetings is being piloted on campus this fall semester. Approximately ten faculty and staff will be using it to teach courses, conduct workshops and hold meetings all online. Workshops have been offered for these users and we look forward to their feedback on their usage of it. Elluminate is currently being hosted by SUNY ITEC with additional user support of the product through SLN.
- The Windows 7 operating system will soon be installed on Campus Technology staff computers. CTS staff will pilot the operating system to determine if there are any issues that we will need to address to help prepare for a full campus upgrade.