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November 19, 2015
by eLearning Staff
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LTU Gives Users UNLIMITED Storage

LTU gives its users UNLIMITED storage in Google Drive!

Putting your files in the “cloud” just got easier. LTU has given its users unlimited storage space in Google drive. Google drive works just like file storage on your computer. With Google Drive, you can:

  1. Create, add, or upload a file using a single button.
  2. Find and add files shared with you more easily.
  3. Single-click a file to select it and double-click a file to open it.
  4. Drag-and-drop files and folders just like you do on your desktop.
  5. Take advantage of improved accessibility.

You can create folders to keep your files organized. You can share the files easily and then email the link to the document or post the link in Blackboard so your students can access the file. And the file stays in your Google drive so you don’t need to worry about hard drive failures are Blackboard courses going away with all your files. Here is how to add a link to a Google document in Blackboard.

  1. Create the Google Doc using your Google account (if you need help with this, contact eLearning)
  2. Once the document is complete, select “Share” in the upper right corner 1
  3. Before sharing your document, edit who has access. In the center of the screen the text says “Anyone who has the link can ____”. Select “Change” and it will take you to an editing page. Select “Anyone with the Link” and “Can Edit”2


This allows only students on the Blackboard site access to the Google Document and edit the document.

  1. We also recommend modifying the permission settings. This will keep students from accessing the link and changing who has access to the document.

At the bottom of the page, select [Change] in order to edit these settings.3

Select “Only the owner can change the permission” then save your changes.4

Copy and paste the link to the Google Doc.


Now your class is ready to use Google Docs!

November 19, 2015
by eLearning Staff
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Why Back Up Your Personal Data?

Why Back Up your Personal Digital Data? What Are your Options?

First of all, why would you want to back up your digital data?

Let’s just say you have lots of personal music, videos, photos and personal documents that you don’t want to lose to unfortunate, unplanned for events. Yes, sure you can back up a lot of your work files using the university’s personal drive for back up. But, do you want pictures of you and your date or pictures of you waking up in the morning to be out there for anyone to potentially see? Well, you might be thinking, then I’ll use my home computer and/or an external drive to back up my personal files at home. However, what about a flood, a fire, or a theft? What happens to that information then? It’s not like you can really keep it in your home safe box or in the fridge, right? Highly inconvenient. Also, you probably wouldn’t want some of your financial, legal, professional nor medical information to be lost nor loosely floating around. (Please be reminded to be careful with this type of information with any type of storage or communication!)

However, here’s what you can do to back up your digital data:

There are many cloud-based back up services out there. We recommend these two free services: Google Drive (as mentioned in the previous article) or Dropbox. If you would like other options, the following two are ~$3/month: Just Cloud or MyPCBackup, which allow for multiple computers and external drives to be backed up (This includes PCs, Macs and mobile devices.) Here are just some of the features for Just Cloud and MyPCBackup:

  • Lots of storage space
  • Fast upload speed
  • 24/7 Support
  • Automated back ups
  • Encryption
  • File sharing
  • Easy to use

November 19, 2015
by eLearning Staff
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Hanging AV Cables On Cable Holders

Do you know the one thing you can do to reduce disruptions to your lecture or presentation using the classroom projector?

Just by hanging the video and audio cables on the cable holders you are helping to prevent damage to the cables by some stepping on them or a chair rolling on top of the cable. The HDMI and VGA video cables have very fragile wires inside that can break easily if too much pressure is applied on them. Furthermore, the ends of the cables have pins that connect to your tablet or laptop and can easily break or get bent. By storing the cables in the wall cable holders after use you are helping LTU save valuable dollars in cable replacement cost and protecting the cables from damage to insure they are in top condition when you need them.

If you notice a cable holder is missing in your classroom please email me at:

cjohnson@ltu.edu and tell me the location.

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November 19, 2015
by eLearning Staff
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Dear Dr. Larry

Dear Dr. Larry is a regular column in the LTU newsletter. Faculty and students can submit questions to Dr. Larry via this link. Dr. Larry will answer each week with leading-edge, witty, insightful responses.

Dear Dr. Larry,

I’ve taken to posting my handouts and lecture notes in Blackboard. I no longer have to carry them to class which is wonderful! I just click a few buttons and submit and vola’, everything my students need is there. But this week I clicked submit and get an “over quota” error. Apparently, I ran out of storage space in Blackboard. I want to use these great digital tools, but what do I do when I run out of space?

No more space!

Dear No More Space,

It can be frustrating when you’re trying to post something for your class and you get this error. Blackboard gives faculty considerable space, but if you’re using publisher powerpoints, images and/or high resolution files, you will go through that space quickly. There are several ways to maximize your space utilization so you never run out of room again.   Here are some tips when managing your Blackboard course


Tip #1: Before even uploading the presentation open it in PowerPoint, then select File, Export and Save as a PDF. When the PDF file opens, then select File, Save as Other, select Reduced Size PDF! This may reduce the file up to 50%

Added Benefit — Tip# 1a – saving as a PDF also makes it easier and takes less time for the student to open and PDF reader is free unlike PowerPoint!!!

Tip#2: If you replacing/updating the presentation in your course – don’t just delete the original! Although you may think it has been deleted it just removes it from the course view (the document is still in course content area!) Instead, select the down arrow to the right of the file and select to “overwrite” the file. Then you can upload the revised presentation and save space!

Tip#3: Are you deleting the presentation totally? Once you select the “Delete” option – go to Control Panel, Course Content, find the presentation title and delete it from the content area (in the content area. Removing the presentation from the course does not delete it from your allotted course space!


Check out the articles in this edition, and, as always, you can call those nice people over in eLearning for more help.

–Dr. Larry

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September 8, 2015
by eLearning Staff
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Dear, Dr. Larry

Dear Dr. Larry is a regular column in the LTU newsletter. Faculty and students can submit questions to Dr. Larry via this link. Dr. Larry will answer each week with leading-edge, witty, insightful responses.

Dear Dr. Larry,

Well, it’s a new semester here at LTU! I’m so happy to see these excited students in my classes. They are so eager and anxious to do well. While things are off to a great start, I am finding one thing difficult . . . I’m trying to find the best way to get information out to my students in a timely manner. I post to Blackboard, but not everyone checks it every day. I email, but not everyone checks their LTU email address. So I end up with half my students getting the information and the other half missing it. Any suggestions for the best way to get information to my students?

Trying to Spread the Word

Dear Spread the Word,

What a great question! We all stuggle with the best way to push timely information out to students. I, too, use Blackboard announcements and email but run into the same issues you mentioned. I once overheard two students talking about how one of their professors was making a last minute change to class and wanted them to bring a plastic bottle with them for an experiment. I asked how they knew that. The students said, “he just tweeted it.” They got the “tweet” immediately on their phone. Super fast; super easy.


This eLearning newsletter edition contains articles on using social media tools to communicate with this “always connected” generation of students. Using these tools will not only get your messages out faster and consistently, but it will make you look cool — #bestLTUprofever!


Check out the articles in this edition, and, as always, you can call those nice people over in eLearning for more help. They will have you Tweeting in no time!
–Dr. Larry

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September 8, 2015
by eLearning Staff
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Welcome back, Colleagues!

Dear Colleagues,


The energy and enthusiasm of a new academic year is upon us. Welcome back to all of you.


I would like to share a few items with you:

  • We are working closely with the Colleges of Architecture and Design; Engineering; and Management to move the online degree programs to an 8-week or 8-module format.  We are working with faculty to develop the new versions and piloting some this fall.  The goal will be to complete the development and launch the new format in Fall 2016.
  • We are working with the Colleges of Architecture and Design and Management to increase our contacts with prospective online students. They have helped up narrow and focus our efforts on key populations.
  • New workshops will be rolled out this year through a collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and eLearning Services.
  • We have increased our ability to bring high-quality capture and live streaming to academic lectures and events.  Contact the media pro team at mediapro@ltu.edu for more information;

Finally, let’s all celebrate the start of another school year knowing that we are here for our students, and for the ideas, curiosity, and service they will contribute to our LTU Community and beyond.  Let us take a moment to remind ourselves and celebrate our goal to teach, to encourage lifelong learning, to have a positive impact on our communities through our research, to prepare students to be outstanding in the jobs of tomorrow, and to engage our communities through innovative and productive means.  We are here to advance knowledge for the common good and watch as that knowledge takes root and changes our world.  I cannot think of anything more important or satisfying than that.


Thank you for all that you do for LTU and her students.  I hope you have a great semester!




Richard G. Bush, Ph. D.

Executive Director, eLearning Services


September 8, 2015
by eLearning Staff
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How does eLearning Services communicate?

What information does eLearning Services provide, why do you want to know, and where can you find the information?

eLearning Services strives to provide quality services in support of faculty and students achieving University and personal academic goals. To accomplish this there are several resources currently in place to communicate information to assist with learning more about Blackboard, teaching and learning strategies, and staying in the loop through social media. The current resources include:

Method of Communication Purpose, Communication Timeline
eNewsletter Topics include teaching strategies and techniques to build your tool chest with effective teaching practices and Blackboard functions.
Distributed mid-month during the Fall and Spring semester.

Past issues are available on the eLearning LTU webpages. Newsletter/Blog

eLearning LTU Webpages The eLearning Services Webpages (www.ltu.edu/elearning) provides information supporting the use of classroom technologies, multimedia content, and course development services. This includes:

•Design, develop, and manage LTU online programs

•Provide second-level support through the Help Desk for campus-wide applications•  Coordinate with IT services to provide third-level support for campus-wide technology applications

•  Plan and conduct individual, department, and campus-wide training sessions

•  Coordinate the implementation of new and upgraded campus-wide technology applications

•  Consult on the development and use of other eLearning tools and resources

•  Design of effective evaluation and assessment methods

eHelp www.ltu.edu/ehelp
eHelp is a one stop source for instructions and documentation to help you navigate the computing environment at Lawrence Tech.

This includes: Blackboard, LTU eMail, Password Management, Helpdesk, and more.

Facebook Group page “Lawrence Tech eLearning Services
Updated weekly with links to the eLearning Newsletter and images of Media Pro filmed events.
Twitter @LTUeLearning
Updated weekly

Retweets from the LTU Twitter handle, links to professional articles with technology and academic themes

YouTube LTU YouTube Channel
Updated on a regular basis by Media Pro as recorded material becomes available

Events recorded by Media Pro Services are available on the private LTU YouTube channel


eLearning Services strives to continually improve and learn more about concepts and services that can help you to achieve your academic goals. You will receive a survey mid-September requesting feedback on the topics you are interested in learning more about and the method of distribution that works best for you. The data collected will be used to identify topics and methods of distribution supporting your academic goals. The results will be published in the October eNewsletter.

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September 8, 2015
by eLearning Staff
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Reflective teaching strategy: Using a “Course Objectives Checklist”

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

  • Confucius

Often times we are given a course to teach and the previous instructor’s syllabus. And, there isn’t even time to review the course objectives to see if they align with the rest of the course. We may be also teaching the same course however we don’t necessarily reevaluate our course objectives. Reflective teaching can occur through reviewing one’s course objectives and then assessing what can be done differently. Each course will approximately have 6-10 course objectives. For each objective, ask the following questions:

  • Is it aligned to your class sessions’ sub-objectives, lectures, activities, assessments?
  • Does it describe what students will learn and be able to do?
  • Is it measurable?
  • Is it realistic? Challenging yet achievable?
  • Does it require appropriate levels of thinking and learning for the level of the course?
  • Is it clear and understandable to students and instructors and stated in student terms (e.g. At the end of this course, you should be able to…)
  • Does it have an appropriate level of generality?
  • Does it lead to authentic and motivating tasks?
  • Does it allow for flexibility?
  • Is it consistent with the goals of the program curriculum?
  • Are you iteratively reviewing it based on student input? Assessment results?

For example, let’s say your students report back that they didn’t feel that they successfully mastered collaborating in teams and that was one of your objectives. Could it be that maybe your objective doesn’t meet the first item on this checklist? What about other items on the checklist? Now, ask yourself – what can be done differently?

If you’re new to this or want to find out more, please feel free to contact eLearning@ltu.edu with subject heading “Course Design.”  A Course Developer that liaisons with your college can work with you and/or your department to refine those objectives so that they are aligned with your course.

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April 16, 2015
by eLearning Staff

Juggling end-of-year tasks

Throughout the semester faculty email questions on how they can capture information from Blackboard because colleges have to provide information regarding program performance, student learning outcomes, examples of student’s tests, assignments and other course work to present for accreditation purposes.

Examples of the questions that we receive especially near the end of the semester and before the current semester courses become unavailable in Blackboard are:

  • “Is there a way to download and save test questions from Blackboard into a Microsoft Word or PDF file?”
  • “Is there a way to capture and save students attempts on tests and grading (such as high pass/low pass)?”
  • “We have accreditation upcoming and part of the requirements is showing graded tests that students have taken and statistics related to those tests. How can I provide this information before the Blackboard courses become unavailable?”

eLearning sends an all-faculty email at the end of each semester that provide inks to our eHelp website on documentation to capture current course content, copy and save student information such as course grades, assignments and submitted projects; HOWEVER, this semester we are offering you a chance to bring your questions and participate in a “hands on” session that will demonstrate the process of capturing and saving current course information from Blackboard before courses become unavailable.

Don’t miss the opportunity to bring your laptop and questions and join us!

When?   May 12, 2015 (Tuesday) at 11:00 am until…

Where? Help Desk Conference Room C202

Why:     Prevent migraines, cold sweats and panic attacks!!!

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April 16, 2015
by eLearning Staff

Supplement courses with professional resources

Lawrence Technological University provides access to a valuable professional instruction resource, lynda.com. Students, faculty, and staff have access to the resources using their LTU Network Id. The instructional material provides a wealth of information in the categories of developer, design, web, photography, education, 3D + animation, audio + music, technology tools, and business. The instruction is available from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Lynda.com instruction material can be used to supplement curricula, lectures, and the development of new skills.

As a faculty member is there a specific topic you have identified students struggle with in your course and extra practice or supplemental material would help students? Students can be directed to use lynda.com to complete specific instruction outside of the classroom. This provides the opportunity for students to learn and practice new skills in preparation for an upcoming assignment and classroom material. Finding material to supplement student experiences can be challenging. Adult learning is a multidimensional phenomenon. Learning can take place in various contexts. Implementing various instructional strategies can encourage reflection and dialogue internally or as a group enabling learning to take place.

To get started you will want to access the Lynda.com resources. This information is available on the ltu.edu/ehelp website. Following are some suggested approaches to include professional instruction resources in your class. Begin with a selected topic to identify instructional material you want students to learn more about. Using the software option to “share” you will be provided a link to share with students. Introducing this course resource to students can open the opportunity for additional resources the students may choose to complete.

Some examples for integrating lynda.com instruction and exercise tutorials in the classroom:

  1. A business course requires students to understand and apply Return On Investment (ROI). The instructor of the course has provided chapter problems to solve and has worked through the problems in the classroom. Students have requested additional knowledge. Lynda.com provides several instructional videos on the subject of ROI. The instructor assigns students two specific instructional Lynda.com videos to complete before the next class session. Students are also assigned an out of class exercise to post to a Discussion Forum to share what they have learned and where there are still gaps in knowledge to complete current and future course assignments. The instructor will use the discussion information to follow-up in the next class.
  2. Students are learning about 3D printing and use of AutoCad’s 3D Modeling Tools and Functions. The instructor assigns students several Lynda.com instruction videos on this subject to be completed for the next class. This will help the instructor to engage the students in understanding the fundamentals of the AutoCad 3D functions and demonstrate how these functions are applied for an upcoming assignment and in practical applications.
  3. Design students will be presenting their design assignments in a couple of weeks. The instructor wants to introduce presentation tips to gain knowledge in the important aspects of the art of persuasion that help the client to see the possibilities of the students design. The Lynda.com instruction video(s) on this subject are assigned for out of class homework and the class time is used for students to discuss how they will apply these skills in their presentation.
  4. A set of students are struggling with use of proper grammar and this is affecting their written assignments. The instructor assigns students several grammar instructional videos available in Lynda.com and requests the student to submit a certificate of completion for their student files.

Explore Lynda.com and learn more about the instructional videos available to faculty and students to increase skills in selected topics. Using your LTU network login Id and Password you can access the material.