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New this semester in MU Video, CaptureSpace Lite provides easy recording and publishing of audio, webcam video, and on-screen content in various combinations to suit many needs: course assignments, presentations, feedback, training, lecture capture, and more. CaptureSpace Lite is available to the entire campus community: students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Kaltura, the company that makes CaptureSpace Lite and the software that powers MU Video, will offer free, online CaptureSpace Lite training on two upcoming Thursdays in February:

Please follow the links above to register for these free sessions.

The sessions will be led by employees of Kaltura Inc. and will not be attended exclusively by Millersville community members, so the training will not be Millersville-specific.

If you cannot attend the above sessions; would like more information about CaptureSpace Lite or MU Video; or have Millersville-specific questions regarding CaptureSpace Lite, please contact Millersville's IT Help Desk.

 

Due to scheduled maintenance, Blackboard Collaborate will be unavailable from 10:00 p.m. to at least 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, February 6. During the maintenance period, you will not be able to:

  • join Blackboard Collaborate sessions
  • continue to work in Blackboard Collaborate sessions you joined prior to the maintenance period

Blackboard anticipate they will complete all necessary maintenance within the half hour period. However, should Blackboard encounter unexpected difficulties during the maintenance process, they may extend the maintenance window.

The D2L system will not be affected by this Blackboard Collaborate maintenance. Only Blackboard Collaborate—available from within D2L's Online Rooms tool—will be affected.

February 15th - February 26th

For the past six years, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has presented Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment, a totally virtual conference. Join us starting February 15, 2016 for our 7th annual edition. Over the course of two weeks we present 60 one-hour sessions. Each session is live and interactive. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with education professionals from all over the world. Topics have ranged from gamification to academic integrity to new technologies to many more.

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  • PASSHE Faculty or Staff Registration: free

Schedule of sessions (PDF):

RECAP

A Technology Conference for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Thursday, May 12, 2016

8:00am - 4:30pm

West Chester University | Sykes Student Union

An annual event for sharing, demonstrating and discussing innovative uses of technology to facilitate teaching and learning in higher education.

  • An excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues, collaborate, learn about technology and take away new ideas to try.
  • Sessions are presented by faculty and by staff who support technology for teaching and learning from West Chester University, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and local area universities.
  • Conference session themes reflect trends and current topics of interest.
  • Sponsored by West Chester University’s Information Services Division since 1996.

RECAP The RECAP Conference Planning and Content Teams

www.wcupa.edu/recap

 

 Follow @RECAPConference

 

 

At this time a bug in D2L disrupts the display to instructors of special access times for quizzes. This bug will be fixed by the next continuous improvement update of D2L, scheduled for Friday, February 19, 2016.

When entering times for special access to a quiz, enter the times as you want them. After you save the special access, the times will display to you incorrectly–off by five hours–but D2L has actually saved the correct time.

For students taking the quiz, D2L will use the times you enter and save, not the times it displays to you after saving.

Cause

This bug is due to a mistake in the way D2L handles time zones while displaying quiz special access times to instructors. Though the page into which you enter special access times asks for the times in Eastern Standard Time (EST), and saves them that way, D2L shows the times in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), which is five hours different from EST.

PowToon have added a new option to record a voice over for each individual slide. Or, instead of recording directly in PowToon, you may attach a pre-recorded voice over, or other sound file, to each slide.

Please see the video below for more information.

If the does not appear above, you can watch it on YouTube.

 

D2L, Inc. have cancelled the scheduled, monthly maintenance periods for December and January.

 

Upcoming monthly maintenance dates:

  • December 13, 2015 (cancelled)
  • January 10, 2016 (cancelled)
  • February 14, 2016
  • March 13, 2016
  • April 10, 2016
  • May 8, 2016

There are no feature or tool changes being made to the Millersville D2L system on Friday November 20, 2015 that will affect students or instructors.

Due to scheduled, monthly maintenance, D2L will be unavailable from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, November 8. No patches or upgrades to D2L are planned for this maintenance period. Instead, this monthly, scheduled downtime allows technicians at D2L, Inc.'s data center to perform necessary server hardware and networking equipment upgrades.

Upcoming monthly maintenance dates:

  • November 8, 2015
  • December 13, 2015 (cancelled)
  • January 10, 2016
  • February 14, 2016
  • March 13, 2016
  • April 10, 2016

 

Purpose

The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.

Goal

For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.

When

November 9 - 13, 2015

Who

Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies

Free Webinars

  • Monday, November 9, 2015
    • 10:00 am Eastern:
      • Accessibility and Usability in Online Courses
      • by Cecelia Green (Quality Matters)
    • 1:00 pm Eastern:
      • Discover The Latest Mobile Learning & Collaboration Technology
      • by Derek Lundsten, CEO (Scrimmage)
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    • 10:00 am Eastern:
      • Keep Them Begging for More: Professional Development That Matters
      • by Dr. Roseann Torsiello and Barbara Monaghan 
(Berkeley College)
    • 1:00 pm Eastern:
      • CBE: Employers and Employability (Pearson)
      • by Ed Sargent, Project Director PACE-IT, VP of Workforce Development /Training (Edmonds Community College); Mary Hendrix, Ph.D, Vice President Student Access & Success Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program (Texas A&M University)
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
    • 11:30 am Eastern:
      • Distance Learning Resources in Telehealth
      • by Janet Major, Associate Director for Facilities, Arizona Telemedicine Program (Arizona Health Sciences Center)
, USDLA Board Member, Telehealth
    • 1:00 pm Eastern:
      • Virtual Presence: Inspire and Engage in the Virtual Classroom and Beyond
      • by Kate Nugent, Facilitator and Director of Product & Training (The Ariel Group)
    • 2:00 pm Eastern:
      • USDLA Chapter Program Overview
      • by Ken Conn (USDLA)
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
    • 10:00 am Eastern:
      • Company’s Coming. Get Out The Good China!
      • by Pam Birtolo and Amy McGrath (Global Personalized Academics)
    • 1:00 pm Eastern:
      • 10 Signs That the Shift to Digital Is Underway – and 5 Ways to Get Ahead of the Curve!
      • by John Watson, President (Evergreen Education Group), lead author of the annual Keeping Pace Report; Mickey Revenaugh, co-founder (Connections Education) and Board President (iNACOL)
  • Friday, November 13, 2015
    • to be determined

For more information about these free webinars, and to register for them, please see the 2015 NDLW Webinar Schedule & Registration page.

For more information on NDLW

contact USDLA at 617.399.1770 or admin@usdla.org today!

PowToon Trial Open

PowToon is now available in MU Video. To create a PowToon:

  1. Go to MU Video.
  2. Log in.
  3. Click "Add New".
  4. From the menu that opens, select "Create a PowToon".

For more information on creating PowToon animations, please see:

At this time, you can only create new PowToon animations from within MU Video. Once you've created a PowToon though, you can embed it within D2L using Insert Stuff.

Please bear in mind that this is a trial. Should you find PowToon useful (or not!), please let the IT Help Desk or the Instructional & Technology Support team know.

 

EDITED: added PowToon Quick Start User Guide (PDF)

PowToon in MU Video

What is PowToon?

PowToon allows you to create animated videos and presentations that can include voice overs and background music.

How do I get PowToon?

For Millersville's PowToon trial, you won't need to download or install anything. You'll create, share, and view PowToon animations from within MU Video, right in your web browser.

What is this trial?

Right now, the companies that make the software behind MU Video and PowToon are working together on the integration between their two systems. Millersville University is joining the beta test of that integration.

Because this is a beta test, you may encounter bugs or other problems while using PowToon in MU Video. If you do, please tell the IT Help Desk about them.

How do I create a PowToon in MU Video?

Please see the video below.

If your web browser does not display, or properly play, the embedded video above, please watch the video on its own, external page.

When the trial ends, will Millersville keep PowToon?

If enough people find PowToon in MU Video effective for teaching and learning, and if the price is right, we'll consider it. Please share your thoughts on PowToon in MU Video, your stories of success of success (or failure!), with the IT Help Desk.

Due to scheduled maintenance, Blackboard Collaborate will be partially unavailable from 4:00 a.m. to at least 4:30 a.m. Eastern on Friday, October 16. During the maintenance period, you:

  • will not be able to join Blackboard Collaborate sessions
  • will be able to continue participating in, or leading, Blackboard Collaborate sessions you joined prior to the maintenance period

Blackboard anticipate they will be able to complete maintenance within a half hour. However, should they encounter unexpected difficulties during their system maintenance, they may extend the maintenance window until 6 a.m. Eastern on Friday, October 16.

The D2L system will not be affected by this Blackboard Collaborate maintenance. Only Blackboard Collaborate—available from within D2L's Online Rooms tool—will be affected.

There are no feature or tool changes being made to the Millersville D2L system on Friday October 16 2015 that will affect students or instructors.

Information Technology Maintenance / Outage
Network Maintenace

Description

IT will be upgrading the campus firewalls, campus core and datacenter core networks.

IT Maintenance / Outage Timeframe

  • Beginning Outage: October 19, 2015, 5:00 PM Eastern
  • Ending Outage: October 19, 2015, 9:00 PM Eastern

Campus Impact

Campus services including but not limited to: authentication services, email, web - wiki/blogs/portal, file shares, virtual desktops, enterprise applications - banner/hyperion/onbase will be unavailable for periods of time during the outage.

Please contact the Help Desk at 871-7777 or Help.Desk@millersville.edu with any questions or concerns.