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Oct 29 2012

Limited Support During University Closures

Due to the impact of hurricane Sandy, the Johns Hopkins University is closed on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30. This means that employees (except for essential hospital personnel) are not in the office and will not be working. As such, support for online courses and CoursePlus will be very limited during this time. For more information about University closures, please visit the JHU Weather Emergency page. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you, but the safety of our staff is paramount.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 4:05 PM - Categories: General | Online Courses | CoursePlus

Oct 26 2012

CoursePlus Problems on Friday, October 26

Just in time for the very last day of the first academic term and all the work that happens on the last day of an academic term, there were problems with the CoursePlus website on Friday, October 26 between 4:18pm and 4:47pm. While accessing the site, students, editors, and faculty would get random "Unexpected Error" messages. This was caused by connectivity problems to the database cluster which stores the data in CoursePlus. Database connections were being held for too long, which caused slowdowns and queuing of all connections on CoursePlus. 

We've resolved the issue and will continue to monitor the site for additional problems. We apologize for the inconvenience this caused you.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 4:51 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Oct 26 2012

No Official Support (Yet) for Windows 8

With the release of Windows 8 from Microsoft, some of you may be wondering if this new operating system is supported for online courses, CoursePlus, or the University in general. At this point in time, the answer is no, it is not. University and general JHSPH support for Windows 8 may not come for some time. In terms of online courses and CoursePlus, we have done some testing and found very few problems with Internet Explorer in Classic Desktop mode. A major issue with Internet Explorer in the new "Windows UI" mode (the one with all the tiles and bright, clean graphics that doesn't look anything like the traditional Windows desktop) is that content which requires the Flash plug-in will not play. You must use Internet Explorer in Classic Desktop mode in order to view things like course lectures and participate in Adobe Connect sessions.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:00 AM - Categories: General | Online Courses | CoursePlus

Oct 23 2012

Office Hours for Instructional Technology

Would you like to learn more about how to use the tools in the Online Course System or CoursePlus?

Have you heard of other faculty using new technology - such as VoiceThread or PollEverywhere - but you don't know what they are or how to use them?

You're in luck!  The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has started offering Drop-In, Hands-On Technology sessions several times each month.  These are essentially office hours for teaching technologies.  If you have a quick question,  want a brief tutorial on one of the technology tools we use in teaching at JHSPH, or want to brainstorm how to use technology to solve a teaching dilemma, stop in for a hands-on tutorial with one of the CTL Instructional Designers.

Drop-In Sessions are open to Faculty and TAs. 

Our next drop-in sessions:

Wednesday, October 24

10:00am – 12:00pm in E2618 Office hours - stop by any time!


Thursday, October 25

1:30pm – 3:30pm in E2618 Office hours - stop by any time!


Posted by Tracy Thompson at 11:19 AM - Categories: Online Courses | Tech Tools | Course Tools | CoursePlus

Oct 9 2012

Teachng Toolkit Workshop - VoiceThread

Join us for a hands-on session to learn to use a new tool for presentations, conversations, collaboration, and more!  

VoiceThread is a highly interactive and engaging tool online tool (nothing to install!) that’s available free to JHSPH faculty and students.  It can be used to for asynchronous discussion, narrating lectures, debate, and collaboration.  Current courses are using it to create presentations (individual or groups), have discussions about content (videos, images, slides), create brief lectures or updates, and much more.

Here is a page with some examples:

The Center for Teaching and Learning is holding two workshops on VoiceThread in the month of October.  Faculty and TAs are invited to attend either in-person or virtually via Adobe Connect. 

Use the links below to register:

Wednesday, October 10

12:15pm – 1:15pm in W4019

Workshop: Interaction beyond the Classroom: Present, Collaborate, and Discuss using VoiceThread


Thursday, October 18

3:00pm - 4:00pm in W2033

Workshop: Interaction beyond the Classroom: Present, Collaborate, and Discuss using VoiceThread


Drop-In Sessions

If you can’t make the hands-on sessions, but would still like assistance in setting up VoiceThread for use in your course, consider attending one of the Tech Drop-In Sessions instead.  These are essentially “office hours” for educational technology and instructional design.

Wednesday, October 24

10:00am – 12:00pm in E2618 Office hours - stop by any time! 


Thursday, October 25

1:30pm – 3:30pm in E2618 Office hours - stop by any time! 

Posted by Tracy Thompson at 12:20 PM - Categories: Tech Tools

Oct 5 2012

End of Google Apps Support for Internet Explorer 8

A warning to all of you on Windows XP who use Internet Explorer: Google just announced that when Internet Explorer 10 launches on October 26, 2012, Google will shortly thereafter stop supporting the use of Internet Explorer 8 for Google Apps, which includes Google Docs (word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations) and Google Drive. Google will officially end support for Internet Explorer 8 on November 15, 2012. There's no official statement on GMail support for Internet Explorer 8 just yet, but since GMail is technically part of Google Apps, it's likely that support for using Internet Explorer 8 on GMail will likely also end soon.

Your alternative is to use Google Chrome or Firefox on Windows XP. If you're on Windows Vista or Windows 7 you can use Internet Explorer 9 or 10, once that version of Internet Explorer is released, though you'll get a much better Web browsing experience and a much better Google Apps experience if you use Google Chrome instead.


Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:41 AM - Categories: General | Tech Tools

Oct 3 2012

Social Media, Twitter, and Future Applications to Public Health

With increasing usage among students, faculty, and alumni, social media tools are changing the way institutions of higher ed conduct classes, communicate, and recruit new students. Institutions of higher ed are not only using social media tools at an unprecedented rate, they are beginning to acknowledge the value of the collaborative nature of social media. University researchers are also finding new uses for social media in the area of public health.


Posted by Rick Ivy at 3:47 PM - Categories: General | Tech Tools

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