Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching


Fwd: FridayLive! Next Steps to Flipped/Blended/… Teaching/Learning: FridayLive! Collaborative Development Series: September 30th 30 Sep 2016

This week’s FridayLive! is Next Steps to Flipped/Blended/… Teaching/Learning: FridayLive! Collaborative Development Series: September 30th on 30 Sep 2016. 


Next Steps to

Flipped/Blended/… Teaching/Learning:


Collaborative Development Series

Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
Beth Dailey, TLT Group
Dale Parker, Senior Faculty, Cambridge College
Penny Kuckkahn, Nicolet College, Instructional Designer
Robert Voelker-Morris, Faculty Technology Consultant, University of Oregon
Winona Hatcher, Instructional Designer, Augusta University


This is the first in our Flipped/Blended… Teaching/Learning Collaborative Development Series. Faculty considering the next steps toward flipping/blended..teaching/learning and instructional designers and design consultants will all find something of benefit from this series.

In the spring we explored what it means to flip a classroom and added to the flipped classroom toolkit.  Over the summer a team of instructional designers assisted a faculty member in designing a flipped lesson. This collaborative development process is the basis of the series. 

The first session in our series focuses on Phase 1 and the Curriculum Development Framework

NOTE:  Login instructions for the session will be sent in the Registration Confirmation Email. Please check your Junk folder as sometimes these emails get trapped there. We will also send an additional login reminder a few hours prior to the start of the event.

REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: You can become a TLT Group Individual Member for one year for $75.  You’ll be supporting just the sort of event you just registered for.  Please join us! 

Listen during the session for this week’s special membership offer.

As always, we welcome your attendance and your participation.

Register here.



Using ZOOM – the Basics September 23rd TLT Group Event Announcement

Using ZOOM – the Basics September 23rd
23 Sep 2016 2:00 PM EDT


Using ZOOM – the Basics

William McMullen, Professor, Cambridge College
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
Beth Dailey, TLT Group 


Dr McMullen has be led the effort at Cambridge College in exploring all facets of Zoom. He will share information about their journey and the basics of how to use ZOOM. Dr McMullen has met with TLT Members several times this summer and has been so valuable in our efforts to learn more about this tool.

NOTE:  Login instructions for the session will be sent in the Registration Confirmation Email. Please check your Junk folder as sometimes these emails get trapped there. We will also send an additional login reminder a few hours prior to the start of the event.

REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: You can become a TLT Group Individual Member for one year for $75.  You’ll be supporting just the sort of event you just registered for.  Please join us! 

More information and online registration:
Using ZOOM – the Basics September 23rd


Blackboard glitch

Last night (9/7/2016) at approximately 6:50pm all students enrolled in Fall semester courses were ‘disabled’ by Blackboard. By 9:50pm we were back in business.

What happened?  Every day a number of feed files are created by pulling data from our registration, student information and HR systems. These files contain information about active students, staff and faculty, as well as the affiliations of these users to courses and organizations. This information in multiple files is used to create user accounts, populate courses with instructors and students,  and populate organizations with  faculty and staff.

These files are recreated at 7:04 am and 5:35pm every day.  They are copied to Blackboard servers where they are processed by Blackboard and adjustments are made to users, course enrollment and organization enrollments. It takes approximately 1 hour to process all the files and info.

Given this process, the problem could have been at 1 of many junctures.  The file that was created could have been corrupted or not created properly, the process for sending the files to Blackboard could have failed, the installer on Blackboard’s end could have had a problem …

After looking at all of our feed files, calling Blackboard and trying a few adjustments on our end, we were able to figure out that a temp file used by the Blackboard process involved in processing these files was corrupted. This caused the processing of the enrollment file,  that contains the student-course enrollment information, to fail and ‘disable’ all students in all courses for this semester. Why it didn’t cause a problem with any of the other files is still a mystery.  We have since reactivated the students but we are still looking for the cause. There was no loss of data since the students were never technically removed from the course, only ‘disabled.’


Bottom-line is that students were unable to access their course sites in Blackboard between 7pm and 10pm.  Please adjust due dates accordingly.


Classroom response system (i>clicker) available as a stand alone or integrated with your Blackboard course

$_3The i>clicker, student response system is now integrated into Blackboard.

The integration with Blackboard will allow you to more easily manage the registration of a particular clicker to a particular student, create the roster that is used by the iclicker software to identify users and make results accessible to students via the grade center in Blackboard so that students can monitor their progress.

Who’s using them on campus:

  • Computer Sciences: Ben Kuperman, Bob Geitz, Tom Wexler
  • Classics: Naomi Campa
  • Chemistry:   Albert Matlin, Matt Elrod
  • Biology: Yolanda Cruz
  • Physics:  Dan Stinebring, Rob Owen, Melinda Keller, Stephen FitzGerald, Jason Stalnaker

Why and how to use clickers in your course. Short Video Explanations from i>Clicker.

To use the technology, the Instructor will need some software on their laptop. Links to Oberlin specific i>clicker software (Ver 7.8) is provided below.  These packages also include the instructors guide on how to use the software.  If you have trouble installing the software, simply give us a call (775-8345) or email octet@oberlin.edu.
Students will need clickers (but see below).  Clickers can be ordered through the bookstore in the same way that faculty indicate which book they will be using for the class. Students can then purchase an iclicker.  They do not need a different iclicker for each course.  They can register their iclicker through Blackboard and use the same iclicker for multiple courses.
This software is compatible with version 5.04 on the base station. If you have an older version of the firmware on your basestation you can either upgrade the firmware using the utility provide by iclicker or download a previous version of the desktop software.
Instructions for getting your software connected to your Blackboard grade book can be found here.

Using the iclicker, polling software without a base station or clicker:

Additionally, i>clicker software can be used without a base station or clickers. Students simply use their phones, laptops or tablets. This is called REEF polling. To use this feature instructors need to create a course site that will accept answers that are not from the separate devices i.e. REEF polling  accessible AND the students will need to register their device.  The cost of registering the device is less then the cost of purchasing a clicker but not by much.

Clickers cost about $30-40 with a $10-20 buy back by the bookstore when the student is finished using the clicker.  The REEF registration has  costs associated with it.

For more info, visit the i>Clicker site at https://www1.iclicker.com/products/reef-polling/

If you’re interested in trying out a set, contact octet@oberlin.edu to inquire about borrowing their set.





Fwd: BbMH – Notification 1099228535 – Upcoming Datacenter Maintenance – Service Interruption Not Expected

Subject: Emergency Datacenter Maintenance – Service Interruption Not Expected
Date: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 02:00am – 06:00am EDT
Services: Clients with Server(s) at VA3

On Friday, August 5, 2016 between the hours of 2:00am EDT and 6:00am EDT, the Managed Hosting Engineers will be performing emergency maintenance at our internal datacenter. This maintenance is not expected to be service impacting. However we are notifying you in the event you experience any intermittent connectivity for few minutes during this maintenance window.

For questions, please contact Managed Hosting Support at 1.888.788.5264 (US/Canada toll-free), or 1.202.715.6019, or your local toll-free number found at http://www.blackboard.com/support/phonenumbers.aspx or submit a ticket through https://behind.blackboard.com.


Blackboard MH Change Management

MH Operations Engineers


Where can I find my SmartEvals course evaluations? (for faculty)

After fall and spring break, courses that are assigned to be evaluated using SmartEvals will be available for faculty via Blackboard.  Simply log in to Blackboard using your ObieID (not email address but simply 8 character ObieID).

Once in Blackboard, click on the   Survey   tab and click on the link titled “Login to SmartEvals–>”.

Up until surveys are released to students, you can:




Letter to Faculty (based on student data in survey)

To all faculty Blackboard users:

This letter is written by a Student Tech Assistant in OCTET and is meant to reflect views from the survey, personal opinions withheld. Please direct any questions and concerns to octet@oberlin.edu
The complete survey results can be found here.
Read More


Common Themes in BB Survey Answers

The survey referenced in this article was administered in Nov or 2015 as a due diligence assessment of our current system, Blackboard.  The process is outlined in another post.

Broad stroke summary of results:

Faculty are definitely frustrated by some aspects of Blackboard. However, they are not so frustrated that they are willing to move to another system.  Students are frustrated more with how the tool is being used than how the tool works. We’ve put together a short ‘letter to faculty‘ that is based on the responses given by students.  In this ‘letter’ we’ve also included some advice on how to deal with some of the ‘problems’ students reported. Read More


Blackboard Review Process outlined (2016)

A Blackboard review is being conducted during the Spring 2016 semester. The process includes:

  • Convening of a core group of individuals who make use of Blackboard. This includes reps from the faculty, ResEd, Deans Offices, Athletics and students:
    • Allison Gallaher, Ben Kuperman, Bill Denneen, Chester Andrews, Liz Clerking, Jan Cooper, Jason Hudson, Martin Hundley, Pam Snyder, Steven Wojtal, Zeb Page, Rebecca Mosely, Al Porterfield, Robert Thompson, Albert Borroni, Megan Mitchell
  • Development and deployment of a survey to assess usage, satisfaction and needs (week of Feb. 22nd, 2016).
    • development in Qualtrics
    • advertising via posters, image/notice in Blackboard and email
  • Analysis of survey data and review by committee 3/31/16
  • Reconvening the group to convey information from survey and Blackboard analytics
  • focus groups to address outstanding questions
  • Scheduling vendor demonstrations for Schoology, Canvas (May 10th, 2016), and Blackboard (May 9th, 2016).  Consider the use of google classroom and Moodle.
  • Reconvene group to form a recommendation.

Begin the process of negotiating and moving forward either with Blackboard or another product (the hard stuff).


Staff Teaching, Technology and more: Jan 13th, 2016


Wednesday January 13, 2016 Mudd Library, Academic Commons

9:00- 9:25          coffee available

9:30- 9:45          Intro — Albert Borroni

9:45-10:15        Client Services — Chester Andrews

10:15-10:40     AMAM — Andria Derstine, Jason Trimmer, Liliana Milkova: Tumblr site   eMuseum

10:40-11:00     Library — Megan Mitchell

11:00-11:30     Curricular Coherence — Tim Elgren    Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 5.54.23 PM

11:30-12:10     Lunch

12:10-12:30     Buildings & Spaces — Steve Varelmann

12:30-1:00 OCTET – current projects

1:00-1:10 Break

1:10-1:30 Quick Hits –

  • Alison Ricker / Data Archiving
  • Bob Peters / Tools Used in the Languages
  • Linda Iroff, Scott Saluga / Oberlin Technology Store
  • Pete Naegele / Psychology / Research
  • Anne Salich / Ohio 5 data preservation initiative