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June 30, 2014

June 2014 Newsletter


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Blackboard is live!

After an arduous implementation process we are happy to announce that your Fall 2014 courses are now available for you to access.   

I have this strange feeling the title says it all, “Blackboard is Live.”  Since August 2013, the staff of OIT and CIS have worked diligently to implement a behemoth of a learning management system.   

During the spring 2014 semester 19 faculty participated in a Blackboard pilot.  With their help we  learned a lot and were able to take their opinion and apply it to the training programs that are being developed for the summer; specifically topics like the grade book.   

Throughout the summer we will be refining the features of Blackboard into a sound and extremely useful product for you and your students. If you have any problems please fill out the form on our website or type in this link:  

We also have an exiting news from the Library Media Committee dealing with their Films on Demand project.  This project is a great resource and hopefully it will be wonderful resource for your classes. 

To view the newsletter in its proper form with all the articles please download the pdf file:  June 2014 OIT Newsletter

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Films on demand

Streaming Video Service for Academics 

 During the month of April, the college-wide Library Media committee ran a trial of the video streaming service, Films on Demand. The video clips and films were used by faculty in the classroom and also as supplemental material for students to view between classes.  The response to the variety of films available and the user friendly nature of the site was overwhelmingly positive. Due to the high interest expressed by faculty, the libraries and Office of Instructional Technology will be working very closely with CIS to help monitor the impact and use of the Films on Demand. During the next year we will examine how the service is used, the relevance of the content, the streaming quality and its overall impact on college network resources.  This will help us determine which services are most popular to the faculty and students, as well as allow us to propose an increase to the networking budget if the demand is taxing those services.

Films on Demand provides 24/7 access to educational streaming videos covering a wide variety of subjects. The Master Academic Collection contains 238,500 video clips and 15,500 full length videos in subject areas  ranging from business and economics; humanities and social sciences; health and medicine; and science and mathematics. Special features allow users to create custom segments, bookmark and share videos or playlists, view closed captioning and transcripts and embed any video into Blackboard. Content for the service is provided by well-regarded educational producers including: Films for the Humanities; PBS; BBC; National Geographic; TED; American Museum of Natural History and many more.

For more information on Films on Demand, visit  or contact the Library Media committee:

Kevin Peterman, chair  (Grant) [email protected]

Rebecca Turner-Wallace (Central) [email protected]

Dawn Wing (Ammerman) [email protected]

Susan Wood (Eastern) [email protected]

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