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May 14 2019

New, Zoom-Based LiveTalk Tutorials for Students and Faculty

As previously announced, all LiveTalks in online courses in CoursePlus are switching to a new tool called Zoom starting with the summer institute term of academic year 2019-2020. Zoom is very different from Adobe Connect, which was previously used for LiveTalks.

It's important that all students, TAs, and faculty become familiar with how Zoom works before their first online, academic course in the coming academic year. To that end, the Center for Teaching and Learning has created two new tutorials to get you up to speed on using Zoom:

If, after viewing the tutorial, you have additional questions about using Zoom and LiveTalks, please contact the CTL Help team. They will be happy to help.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:25 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 1 2019

Reminder: Access to AY16-17 Courses Ends May 31, 2019

Access to academic year 2016-2017 courses ends on May 31, 2019. This is in line with the policy for access to CoursePlus websites. The policy states that access to a CoursePlus site is enabled for the academic year in which the course is offered and following two academic years. For example, if a course occurred in the third term of the 2016-2017 academic year, a student enrolled in the course has access to the CoursePlus site until the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. After that point, access to that CoursePlus site is terminated.

If you need materials from a CoursePlus site in the 2016-2017 academic year, please download them before May 31, 2019, as you will not be able to access the sites from the 2016-2017 academic year after that time.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:55 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Apr 22 2019

Important, Big Changes to All LiveTalks in Online Courses in CoursePlus

Starting with the Summer Institute term of AY19-20, all LiveTalks in online courses at the School are changing to use a new tool called Zoom. Zoom is the industry-leading videoconferencing platform. The entire University, not just the School, is moving to Zoom this coming academic year.

Zoom has a very different focus of interaction from Adobe Connect, which was previously used for LiveTalks. Zoom puts video —video of faculty, students, and the desktop — front and center. Chat is available in Zoom, but it is diminished within the user interface. Zoom expects all participants to be seen and heard throughout a session.

Zoom provides excellent quality video and a super simple setup that's superior to what was provided in Adobe Connect. Zoom makes it very easy for everyone to participate via audio and video. Unlike Adobe Connect, Zoom also offers recordings that are both downloadable and play back on mobile devices.

In the coming year, CTL will offer multiple trainings each term for faculty and TAs on how to effectively run a LiveTalk via Zoom. CTL will also provide on-demand training videos for the basic management of a Zoom session. Details on both of these training opportunities will be forthcoming. The instructional design team in CTL is also happy to work with faculty on planning for this change and, potentially, rethinking how you run your LiveTalk sessions. Students will also have multiple opportunities through the end of the calendar year to participate in Zoom training sessions.

We're very excited about the possibilities for improved interaction during LiveTalks that Zoom enables. We're happy to answer any questions you have now. The whole CTL team will be in touch in the coming months to provide you more details and lots of support for this change.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 7:58 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Previous Posts

Mar 18

New Look for the Main Faculty Tools Page

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:17 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Jan 31

Access to Three Years of Courses in CoursePlus

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:00 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Jan 16

CoursePlus Updates, Listed by Month

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:34 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

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