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Mar 30 2020

Report a Content Problem or Transcript Error While You Watch Online Lectures

Video lectures form the heart of much of the content in online — and some on-campus — courses. While a lot of work goes in to making these lectures as great as they can be, sometimes small mistakes in content or transcription errors get through the thorough quality control process employed by the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

The CoursePlus team has added a button to the lecture video playback screen to let you quickly report content or transcription errors in an online lecture:

Screenshot of the Report a Video or Transcript Problem tool

Clicking the button brings up a simple, one-question form that asks you to detail the problem and the time at which it occurred. Reporting these kinds of problems will help make the quality of online lectures better for everyone. 

Regular technical issues with CoursePlus should, as always, be reported to CTL Help via the "Help" link on every page in CoursePlus.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:30 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 24 2020

Hear How Students Pronounce Their Names in CoursePlus

For the past two years, the University has used a service called NameCoach to allow students to record a brief pronunciation of their name so that faculty (and those speaking at commencement) can properly pronounce a student's name. The roster page in CoursePlus now shows a button to pronounce a student's name when a student has made a recording of their name in NameCoach.

Screenshot of new "Pronounce" name button

We hope that faculty and TAs will take advantage of this new feature to help create a safer and more positive learning environment for their students by ensuring a student name is always correctly spoken. Please note that many students are not yet aware of this feature, so current availability is sparse. Faculty and TA encouragement to have students record their name in NameCoach will help spur adoption.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:37 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 20 2020

CoursePlus Now Pulls Enrollments for Multiple Terms in the Future

For a very long time, CoursePlus has only been able to pull course registration data from SIS for a single term at a time. This largely stemmed from the fact that there are many courses with the same course and section numbers in multiple, back-to-back terms.

We're pleased to announce that as of the fourth term, AY2019-2020, CoursePlus now pulls registration data for all future terms in which students are currently registered. This means that course rosters will populate far in advance in the start of the term, instead of the previous practice of two weeks before the start of the term. Additionally, students who register for courses far in advance of the course start date will begin to see those courses listed in CoursePlus shortly after they register in SIS.

Please note that for courses newly approved in the JHSPH course system, it may take a few hours for registration data to appear in CoursePlus. For all other courses, registration data is updated in CoursePlus every 30 minutes.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:05 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 18 2020

CTL Services During the “Remote” Fourth Term

As telework and online classes become the new normal for all of us in the fourth term, the team in CTL wanted to remind you that most of the services we normally provide around lecture production, video recordings, and LiveTalks continue to be offered as normal, though with a “remote” twist.

  • Recordings for lectures produced by CTL will continue to occur, in a “remote studio” with CTL staff.
  • Video recordings continue to be available via our Media Bridge technology.
  • LiveTalks in fully online (.81 or .86 section) classes will continue, even though they will be run and supported remotely.

As always, the CTL instructional design team is here to help you with this transition from on-campus to fully online instruction. CTL Help is ready to answer your questions about CoursePlus. The JHSPH Multimedia team is here to provide one-on-one assistance with Zoom and Panopto. 

Just let us know how we can help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:35 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

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