Making the Switch to Collaborate Ultra

Still using Collaborate Original as your myLesley web conferencing tool? It’s time to switch to Collaborate Ultra. Earlier this year, Collaborate Ultra was integrated into myLesley and this January 2018, we will remove Collaborate Original from myLesley as part of our migration to SaaS.

Why are we making the switch?

Collaborate Original has been integrated into myLesley for several years. It has served us well, but as a java-based tool it required users to install multiple softwares on their computer often making it difficult to simply access an online meeting. Many faculty and students also found the interface overwhelming and clunky.

Collaborate Ultra has many advantages. First of all, it’s web-based. There is nothing to install on your computer prior to using Collaborate Ultra. Simply click on the link to the online meeting and join.

Secondly, it has a streamlined, easier to use interface. Faculty who have used it to meet with their students have found it much easier to use with a more familiar interface making it faster find the tools they need. We’ve been using it here in eLIS for two years and have been able to meet with many faculty, staff and students online while providing minimal to no prior training.

Finally, Collaborate Ultra is also integrated directly into myLesley. You can start using it right now.

Check it Out!

Take a look at the new look and feel in this video tour.

If you have questions or need assistance switching to Collaborate Ultra, contact us at elis@lesley.edu.

12 Days of Learning: Online Course Design

Atomic Learning has created the 12 Days of Learning, a series of articles designed to kick off resolutions to keep learning in the new year. We thought this was a great idea and have decided borrow (shamelessly steal) it and do our own. Today’s post looks at planning and designing an online course.  

When designing an online course there are several key elements you will need to consider. You will need to reimagine your course activities focusing on pedagogy first and technology second. It’s important to align your learning outcomes to your assessments and activities and pay careful attention to the selection of technology to achieve those outcomes without having it become about the technology.

Planning Your online course
This video from the University of New South Wales in Australia walks you through some useful strategies to begin planning your online course.  


 

Overview of the Course Design Process
This VoiceThread provides a brief overview of the eLIS course design process we use with Lesley faculty.

Kaltura Media Now Available

Kaltura Media is now available in all myLesley/Blackboard courses. All previous Kaltura content has been updated to the new version and is available in your courses and My Media area. For more information on the new version, review New Features in Kaltura below.

We apologize for any inconvenience delays in the update have caused. Please email elis@lesley.edu if you have questions or concerns.

Kaltura Currently Unavailable

Kaltura Media in Blackboard/myLesley was upgraded on June 26, 2015. Due to a series of errors related to migrating existing video content to the new version, Kaltura has been temporarily disabled. At this time, students and faculty are not be able to upload media content via Kaltura Media or view Kaltura Media content in their courses. We are working with the vendor on a fix and hope to have the issue resolved by early next week.

Please note that all existing content is still on the server and no content has been lost during the process.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please email elis@lesley.edu if you have questions or concerns.

Teaching and Designing with Voice Tools in myLesley

eLIS recently hosted a webinar on Teaching and Designing with Voice Tools in myLesley, presented by Blackboard Collaborate.

Voice Tools are a sophisticated yet simple way of giving your online classes a voice. Perfect for language learning or creating vocal exercises in any subject, voice authoring facilitates and promotes vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment. Embedding vocal interactions into your myLesley course can increase the interaction and student engagement level of any online class. To learn more, please view the recorded webinar below.

To learn more about the Voice Tools, please visit our Faculty Instructional Technology Resources site.