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New Upcoming APPQMR Opportunities

There are several new QM training opportunities available.  There are 4 upcoming “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” workshops within the Ohio Consortium.  They are:

  • Kent State University, May 8
  • An online version that runs May 12 – May 26
  • University of Findlay, May 12
  • The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, May 20

To register for any of these opportunities, please go to and login to your “MyQM” account.  If you do not have a MyQM account, you can create one by  clicking on “New Acct.”

Screenshot to select New Account

1).  Once you have created your account, in order to register click on “Higher Education.”

Click on Higher Education Screenshot



2).  Then, click on (1) Workshop Register.  This will expand the Workshop menu.  Then select (2) Dedicated Training.  Dedicated Training will narrow your results to trainings available through the Ohio QM Consortium.

Expand Register and Click on Dedicated Training

Then, select from the available trainings.  You will receive confirmation via email of your registration.

With thanks! – Sasha

Course Reports Issues in Blackboard

The “Student Overview for Single Course” and “Course Activity Overview” reports are not currently working for Spring 2014 Blackboard courses. We have been working with ITS and Blackboard to identify the cause of the issue and resolve the problem. We will post an announcement to the blog as soon as we have an update on the status of these reports. In the meantime, faculty who have academic integrity questions about activity in their course sites can contact the Office of eLearning & Innovation at 216-987-4257 for assistance. eLi can then work with ITS to retrieve the required data.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Internet Explorer 11 Issues in Blackboard

Faculty and Students are advised not to use Internet Explorer 11 to access Blackboard at this time. Microsoft released an update to IE11 on February 11 that can cause the web browser either to crash or become unresponsive when accessing Blackboard course sites. The Office of eLearning & Innovation is working with ITS and Blackboard to address the issue. Additional updates will be posted to the blog as soon as they are available. In the meantime, anybody who uses Internet Explorer 11 is encouraged to use an alternate browser such as Firefox or Chrome.

Blackboard Fixed with IE

Though we are still conducting follow-up testing, our results thus far indicate that Blackboard is functional with IE once again.  A couple of small issues have been reported that we are continuing to investigate.  If you notice anything atypical in IE, please contact or 216-987-4257.

The browser checker has also been updated by ITS.  It should more accurately reflect the compatibility of the browser you are accessing Blackboard on.

If you haven’t already, please “Follow” our blog by clicking on the button in the left-hand sidebar.  You’ll be able to subscribe to updates so that when we post information, it will come directly to your email inbox.  You can also use the “Search” feature to search for older posts using standard keywords (“faculty”, “support”, “SoftChalk”, etc.)

With thanks! – Sasha

Camtasia Relay – Temp Solution for Fall 13

After working with the Learning Commons, there appears to be no way for them to reinstall the Camtasia Relay software on the Academic Image successfully. When the new Academic Image for Spring 14 is created, we will again be asking them to include the software on the Academic Image.

Our best temporary solution for Fall 13 remains the use of the portable recorders.

We appreciate your patience with this as we work with the Learning Commons to improve future installs.

May Conference Day

Conference Day is coming up!  Thanks to all our faculty for a great semester.  Stay informed on all the latest from eLi by checking in with the eLi blog, and keep in mind that our Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10 + Update is occurring in August and the new functionality in Blackboard will be available to all faculty for Fall 2013 semester!

Check out our Conference Day page HERE.

Find more information about the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10 + Update HERE.

As always, if you have questions or comments, post them to the blog and we’d be happy to answer for all!  You can also contact the Office of eLearning and Innovation directly!

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10 + Update Announcement

Bb SP 10 Image 3Coming in Fall 2013, the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10 + Update will improve functionality for students and faculty alike!

Check out our page designated for updates on what to expect.

During the coming months, we’ll be sharing functionality, informing faculty and students of specific upcoming changes while simultaneously testing and creating how-to documents to make the transition easier and smoother.  This update is in alignment with the frequent release schedule from Blackboard to be more responsive to requested changes and fixes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post, or contact the Office of eLearning and Innovation.

Have you adopted OER?

adopt share pictureIf you’re looking for a great webinar to attend on Open Educational Resource (OER) adoptions, check out this one by the College Community Consortium for Open Educational Resources.  Our own Danielle Budzick will be sharing about Cuyahoga Community College’s adoption of a Flat World Knowledge textbook, and the results for both faculty and students.

The announcement includes this description:

Presenters from the Kaleidoscope Project at College of the Redwoods, Cuyahoga Community College, and Scottsdale Community College will talk about their challenges and achievements in finding, evaluating, and adapting high-quality OER to replace high cost publisher textbooks.

So check it out September 25th at 1 PM!


Has a hero been bumped from your list with one too many movie reboots?

Consider Jane McGonigal as a replacement!

Jane McGonigalThis innovative heroine champions the use of gaming to actually IMPROVE the real world!  Think of her as the cheerleader who will save the world!  (That works on multiple levels – think back to the now defunct TV show Heroes.)

I’ve posted her TED talk, and just began reading her new book – “Reality is Broken:  Why games make us better and how they can change the world.”

Favorite quotes so far from the book include:

“Games make us happy because they are hard work that we choose for ourselves, and it turns out that almost nothing makes us happier than good, hard work.”

There’s a whole bunch of actual research to back this up.  But blog entries aren’t exactly known for their ability to cite research and do a thorough literature review, so definitely check out her book for that.

“…extreme emotional activation is the primary reason why today’s most successful computer and video games are so addictive and mood-boosting.  When we’re in a concentrated state of optimistic engagement, it suddenly becomes biologically more possible for us to think positive thoughts, to make social connections, and to build personal strengths.  We are actively conditioning our minds and bodies to be happier.”

I was with Pat Stansberry  (shout out to faculty extraordinaire at Metro Campus, who shared her interview on Steven Colbert with me,) watching her talk about gaming when her book was mentioned, popped on my Cuyahoga County Public Library App on my iPad, found her book as an ePUB, downloaded it and started reading it.  If I think about conceptually what those activities would have entailed when I was in college back in the day, it would have taken me at least a couple of hours to accomplish the same thing…

So check out her work!  And maybe get a fresh new hero while you’re at it!

Let the games begin:) – Sasha