Blackboard 9 Upgrade
This summer UIS will
upgrade to the latest version of Blackboard complete with new
features that students want and improved browser support. This
upgrade features a host of new tools, including:
New module that automatically populates with any changes to the
course since the last log in
a To Do
module that highlights overdue work and assignments that are
nightly digest sent via e-mail highlighting any changes to
the course that day
also includes improvements in several areas, including:
easier-to-use Grade Center
separate drop box available for each assignment
ability to drag and drop to customize the layout
creation and management of self and peer assessments and groups
integrated Control Panel making the addition of content much
simpler for faculty
For more information visit the
Blackboard 9 Blog.
Training on Blackboard 9 is available for both
AnyConnect: UIS' New VPN Client
ITS has implemented the AnyConnect VPN
client that will replace the older Cisco VPN client. The new
AnyConnect VPN client is fully compatible with all versions of
Windows and Macintosh operating systems and is available free of
charge for all UIS faculty, students, and staff. Also, because the
UISWiFi network is now campus-wide, a VPN client is no longer needed
for connecting to the campus wireless network. The AnyConnect VPN
client will only be necessary for those wishing to connect to the
UIS network from off-campus. For more information about downloading
and installing the new VPN client, please visit the
Coming This Fall:
This fall, all classroom and lab PCs will be upgraded to Windows 7,
Microsoft's latest operating system. Windows 7 comes with many
benefits for our campus, including ease of use, additional
functionality, and improved security.
For those interested in upgrading to
Windows 7 on office PCs, please contact the
Support Center. We will verify that your computer meets
the system requirements and help you backup your files before we
upgrade your machine.
For those interested in upgrading at
home, Windows 7 can be purchased from the
Windows 7 workshops will continue
to be offered throughout the summer and fall. Upcoming
workshops for May will be held in BRK 141B on:
Thursday, May 20: 2pm -
Wednesday, May 26: 10am -
The University Hall Computer Lab (UHB 2000) is now offering laptop
checkout service to
Windows-based laptops with wireless internet connections
are available for loan without charge for periods up to 4 hours (1
per person). Eligible patrons will need to provide a valid I-Card
upon checkout and return.
All users are required to follow UIS policies regarding:
Fines will be assessed for late returns as well as missing / damaged
equipment. Patrons with fines/revoked privileges will not be
eligible for laptop checkout.
For more information, please
We are excited about the many ways
that the portal is being used at UIS and are now pleased to announce
that a new version (3.1.1) of the my.UIS portal has been unveiled.
We believe that the upgraded portal better reflects the expectations
which users have for current interactive websites. Details
about the new features, including ease of navigation and faster
customization, are available on the
We have also extended the time-out
period to 3 hours for faculty/staff. Student sessions will
continue to be timed-out after 1 hour of inactivity.
this issue, we are showcasing the work of Dr. Keenan
Dungey, Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department.
This semester, Dr. Dungey is teaching a large chemistry
class (more than 50 students) and has been using a
SMART Podium installed in UHB 2034, along with Camtasia
Relay, to help with delivering his lectures.
Camtasia Relay was introduced to UIS last semester, and
Dr. Harshavardhan Bapat pioneered its use in a large
lecture class (more than 90 students). He used it in
conjunction with a Tablet PC to capture his lectures for
streaming to Blackboard so that the students could
review the material. Since Dr. Dungey is teaching the
same students, he decided to try the technology.
The Podium is like a Tablet PC, only it’s installed
in the classroom, replacing the normal computer screen.
It has a stylus that can be used for making notations
directly onto the monitor. The user can create
drawings, sketches, highlight text, handwrite, and
access the mouse functions with the stylus. Since it’s
plugged into the classroom computer, the notations are
projected so that the entire class can see them.
In CHE 241 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry, this tool
has been very useful, allowing Dr. Dungey to show
students how to solve problems by writing out each step
of a calculation, as well as drawing chemical
structures. His approach to each class session is to
organize his lectures notes with Microsoft PowerPoint
and make the slides available for the students to
download before class. During the lecture he makes notes
directly onto the PowerPoint screen. He has the
flexibility to engage the students with questions (ConcepTests
and Guided Inquiry worksheets) and respond to their
questions. It is all recorded in real-time with audio
using the Camtasia Relay software and a directional
microphone installed in the classroom. The Camtasia
Relay software automatically links the captured lecture
into his course Blackboard site so that students can
review it later.
For years with this course (and others), Dr. Dungey had
been handwriting his notes onto printed PowerPoint
slides, projected with the classroom document camera.
The SMART Podium technology is much better. It was easy to
learn and automatically takes care of posting the notes
for the students.
learn how we can support you in incorporating technology
into your curriculum, please contact
Learn more about Windows 7?
Watch this short video to learn how.
Please keep in mind that you can easily
embed any video file from Atomic Learning into your
Blackboard course or course website, allowing
students to review or learn new skills that will help
them complete course assignments and projects.
Support Center, HSB 110
(877) 847-0443 [Toll free]
Media Lab, BRK 180
Computer Lab, UHB 2000