Desire2Learn Day – April 24

14 04 2014

Reposting an all-faculty email from CTLE/IR:

Dear Faculty,

Please join us for
Desire2Learn Day
Brennan Hall, Room 509 (Rose Room)
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Several sessions for faculty members will be conducted during the day, as outlined in the schedule below. The highlight of the day will be the lunchtime forum for faculty Desire2Learn – More Than Just a Course Management System.

Desire2Learn is a next generation learning solution, addressing key challenges related to learner engagement, retention, and outcomes. Its design and functionality represent a shift from the simple course management capabilities of an LMS, to a highly pervasive, perceptive, and personal learning experience. Come learn about the advantages of using Desire2Learn for your teaching, and some of its key features, from Desire2Learn representatives.

Also hear about the “real-life” experience of one of our own faculty members, Dr. George Gomez, who is using the D2L learning environment this semester.

You must register by April 16 for the lunch/presentation here (select IT Forum).

All other events on the schedule below are available on a walk-in basis.

  • 10:00-10:30 AM   D2L Open Office Hours – come and ask any questions you have about Desire2Learn
  • 10:30-11:00 AM   Using Wiggio & Blogs in Desire2Learn
  • 11:00-11:30 AM   Incorporating Panopto video into Desire2Learn
  • 11:30-1:00 PM   Lunchtime Presentation: Desire2Learn – More than just a course management system.  Registration Required. Deadline is April 16, 2014.

The following afternoon sessions are open to both faculty and students.

  • 1:15-1:45 PM   Desire2Learn Mobile apps (Binder, Assignment Grader)
  • 1:45-2:15 PM   Using Notifications in D2L
  • 2:15-2:45 PM   Social Media in D2L
  • 2:45-3:30 PM   D2L Open Office Hours – come and ask any questions you have about Desire2Learn

Encryption with TrueCrypt

8 03 2014

Update 2014-07-02: Support for TrueCrypt has been discontinued! Information Security recommends using 7Zip instead – see instructions (.docx).


At our last TAG meeting, Adam Edwards and Scott Finlon from Information Security demonstrated automated Identity Finder scans as well as encrypting files with TrueCrypt (which is free and open source :). At our next TAG meeting, we’ll be starting to identify which departments can move forward with automated scans — so as a reminder, you’ll all want to make sure that any confidential or sensitive information stored on your desktop is safely encrypted.

Scott has sent along some brief  instructions (PDF) for encrypting a folder of files using TrueCrypt — the first page is set up and the second is everyday usage.  Please contact Information Security if you have any questions about encryption.

You can also run your own Identity Finder scan in the meantime – see IR’s Quick Guide if you need help getting started.

Many thanks to Adam and Scott for their guidance on this issue!


Desire2Learn Conversion Plan

10 10 2013

Reposting from email to all faculty, sent by CTLE Director Eugeniu Grigorescu on 2013-10-10:

Dear Faculty,

After an extensive and in-depth evaluation process by the Learning Management System Evaluation Working Group, the University has chosen Desire2Learn (D2L) as its next Learning Management System (LMS). An email from Dr. Harold Baillie and Dr. Jerry DeSanto regarding this decision was sent on July 1, 2013.

The Evaluation Working Group consisted of faculty members recommended by the Technology Advisory Group (TAG), undergraduate and graduate students, and staff members from several campus departments who will be supporting the new LMS.

D2L will be available for the Spring 2014 semester. ANGEL will be available until May 31, 2014. During the Spring 2014 semester, ANGEL and D2L will run in parallel. You will have the option to choose which system you want to use next spring.

The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) and the IT Development and Applications (ITDA) are working with a group of pilot faculty this semester to optimize the migration process and prepare “best practices” for teaching and learning in D2L.

Course Conversion – ANGEL to D2L
Over the next 2 months, ANGEL courses will be converted/migrated to D2L. Existing ANGEL courses from fall 2011 through summer 2013 will be converted automatically. Moreover, you will be able to request conversion of additional courses via an online form. The form will be available in early January 2014. The form’s availability will be announced via email.

Access to D2L
D2L will be available for faculty access on Monday, January 6, 2014. At that time, you will be able to view all of your converted courses from ANGEL.

Teaching with D2L
During spring 2014, you may use either ANGEL or D2L, but not both. If you decide to use D2L, you must complete an online form to opt in to teach all of your courses in D2L. The form and instructions will be available in early January. The form’s availability will be announced via email. The deadline to commit to using D2L for Spring 2014 is Friday, January 17, 2014.

In spring 2014, the only courses accessible by students in D2L will be those that you committed (opted in) to teach using D2L.

D2L Showcase
The CTLE will be hosting showcases of the D2L features on Monday, November 11 (3:00 – 4:00 pm) and Tuesday, November 12 (4:00 – 5:00 pm). Both presentations will be in Brennan 228.

D2L Workshops
The CTLE will offer numerous workshops in January 2014 to prepare you for the switch to D2L. There will be 2 types of offerings: training hands-on sessions and open migration workshops. The hands-on sessions will cover basic functionality of D2L as well as the grade book, discussion forums, and assessments. The open migration workshops will provide one-on-one assistance in adjusting the converted content from ANGEL into D2L. The workshop schedule will be announced via email in mid November.

D2L Links

As always, the CTLE and ITDA will be available to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Please do not hesitate to call upon us at any time.

Best regards,
Connie Wisdo, ITDA
Eugeniu Grigorescu, CTLE

Technology and Learning Discussion on MOOCs

11 04 2013

Just a reminder that the Technology and Learning discussion group will reconvene on Monday, April 15, 6:00pm-7:15pm-ish in LSC 238 for our MOOC discussion (the one we had to postpone due to snow). All University community members are welcome, so feel free to spread the word!

Technology and Learning Discussion on MOOCs

7 03 2013

Reposting from Bboard — all are welcome!


The Technology and Learning discussion group (open to all University community members) will convene for a third meeting on Monday, March 18, 6:00pm-7:15pm in LSC 238 (the Forum/Faculty Dining Area), unless otherwise stated.

The theme of the evening’s discussion will be “all things MOOC.” Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were initially offered by faculty from Stanford and other prestigious universities as a way for their faculty to offer free courses online to tens of thousands of students at once. Since first offered through Stanford in 2011, faculty from many other institutions have begun offering MOOCs. The increasing popularity of MOOCs has caused a stir in higher education with arguments for and against their usefulness as an educational platform. We’re looking forward to a lively and informative discussion!

If you’d like to attend, please prepare for the discussion by reading/watching/browsing an article/video/website/etc of your choice that relates to MOOCs. Some suggestions if you don’t know where to start:

MOOC Hosting Sites:

History and General Articles About the “MOOC Revolution”:
What you Need to Know About MOOCs
The Year of the MOOC
Revolution Hits the Universities
Online Education (MOOCs)
Online Education Giant Gets Bigger
California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial
Big MOOCs on Campus

MOOCs for College Credit?
College Credits Eyed for Online Courses
MOOCs for Credit
MOOCs Take a Step Toward College Credit

Problems with and Arguments Against MOOCs:
MOOC Mess (MOOC course on building MOOC courses cancelled for technical issues)
The Real Digital Divide
Bandwidth Divide Could Bar Some from online Learning
Keeping an Eye on Online Test Takers
A New Era of Unfounded Hyperbole (MOOCs are Like Fancy Textbooks)
The Trouble with Online Education
Professor Leaves MOOC mid-Course in Dispute over Teaching

Universities Try MOOCs in Bid to Lure Successful Students to Online Programs
Replacing Live Lectures with Videos Increased Test Scores
In Colleges’ Rush to Try MOOCs, Faculty Are Not Always in the Conversation

Technology and Learning Discussion on 3D Printing – March 4

25 02 2013

Reposting from Bboard — all are welcome!


The Technology and Learning discussion group (open to all University community members) will convene for a second meeting *next* Monday, March 4, 6:00pm-7:15pm in LSC 238 (the Forum/Faculty Dining Area).

We’ll tackle 3D printing as our main topic for the evening, beginning with a 3D printing demonstration courtesy of Ben Bishop (Computing Sciences) and his students. After the demonstration, we’ll discuss about 3D printing in general and then focus in on how it might impact teaching and learning. Tim Cannon (Neuroscience), who has also been experimenting with 3D printing, has volunteered to lead the discussion (thanks, Tim!).

If you’d like to attend, please prepare for the discussion by reading/watching/browsing an article/video/website/etc of your choice that relates to 3D printing. Some suggestions if you don’t know where to start:

A few makers of 3D printers – MakerBot, FormLabs, Leapfrog, PrintrBot,…
Thingiverse – place for sharing 3D printing designs
Shapeways – 3D print on demand
3D Doodler – a hot glue gun-style approach to 3D printing

3D Printing a Wrench
A Factory on your Kitchen Counter
The Shape of Things to Come: A Consumer’s Guide to 3D Printers
Why 3D Printing Will Go the Way of Virtual Reality
Why 3D Printing Isn’t Like Virtual Reality
With a 3D Printer, Building a Gun With the Push of a Button
Smithsonian turns to 3D to bring collections to the world
Step into the world of 3D Printed tech couture
Transform your Facebook profile into a 3D printable sculpture
Materializing information: 3D printing and social change

Looking out a little further, we’re thinking about concentrating on MOOCs for our March 18th session. All discussions are open to the University community, so please feel free to join us if you’re interested and available.

TurnItIn – Updated Faculty Page

18 02 2013

Earlier this semester, TAG relayed some faculty concerns to the Library and CTLE about issues with, the academic integrity/anti-plagiarism tool that the Library subscribes to. As part of a response, the Library’s web page for faculty on TurnItIn has been updated with clearer instructions and the latest instructor manual and tutorials.

Library Dean Charles Kratz would like additional feedback from faculty members, so please let him know if the updated page is an improvement and/or if you have additional questions, suggestions, or concerns related to TurnItIn.


iTunes U Live Webcasts

9 11 2012

Apple is doing a few free webcasts for educators over the next few weeks to demonstrate how iPads and iTunes U are being used in teaching and learning.  Just passing the info along for anyone interested:

Webcast 1: Getting to Know iTunes U (Register)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PST
Find out how iTunes U is inspiring new ways to teach with iPad. You’ll learn how iTunes U brings a vast library of content — textbooks, videos, web links, and more — into a single app for students. You’ll also get to see an iTunes U course from a student’s perspective, and ask teachers live during the webcast how they’re educating with iPad.

Webcast 2: Creating Courses with iTunes U Course Manager (Register)
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PST
Get step-by-step instructions on how to build a course for iPad using dynamic content. Educators will share their experience, creating courses, and you’ll hear how their students are learning with iPad in surprising new ways.

Webcast 3: Creating Learning Materials for Your Course (Register)
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PST
Learn how to find, select, and add rich content to your courses and develop your own educational materials. Get tips and tricks for editing, capturing, and adding video. Plus, see demos on creating original content with iBooks Author and illustrating your ideas with widgets. It won’t be long before you’re building your own exciting courses for iPad.

Fall 2012 – Angel updates and workshops

21 08 2012

In case you missed a few of the Angel announcements this week – here’s the short version.

Training is available:

See CTLE’s Angel Workshop Calendar for scheduled sessions, or contact Brian Snapp or Aileen McHale for one-on-one help.

Students can access Angel courses 3 weeks early:

Students now have access to Angel courses beginning 3 weeks before the start of a semester. If you’re in the middle of developing or updating a course, and you don’t want students to see certain course materials, you can hide them. See the CTLE’s tutorial for details.

Email Migration for Gmail Users

10 01 2012

DISCLAIMER: IR has warned TAG that faculty need to be extremely careful about using Gmail.  Our Information Security Manager Tony Maszeroski says, “Individuals shouldn’t, in general, be storing their University credentials on external systems… there are HUGE potential issues with storing University email on external systems that end users need to be aware of –  (FERPA, Court-ordered eDiscovery, Business continuity (access to separated employee’s email accounts), International legal jurisdiction, PATRIOT act requests, etc).” See Tony’s Guidance on the Use of Cloud Applications by Individuals for details.


Not that TAG recommends it, but on the off chance that some of you might be using Gmail to read your University email, and should you hypothetically want to continue doing so, you will need to change your account settings in Gmail after your University email has been migrated (see the migration schedule here).

1. The morning after your overnight migration, log in to my.scranton and claim your new account (step by step instructions).

2. The last step of claiming your account is logging out and logging back in to my.scranton, so that you see the Live@Edu icon in the upper right of your my.scranton home page.  Click on that icon to get into your Live@Edu account.

3. Look for a question mark at the top right of your Live@Edu web app. Click on it and select “About” from the drop down menu.

4. You’ll get a page of information. From this page you need:

  • External POP setting: Server name, Port, and Encryption method
  • External SMTP setting: Server name, Port, and Encryption method

5. Log in to your Gmail account.

6. At the top right of Gmail, click on the gear icon and select “Mail Settings.”

7. Click on “Accounts and Import.”

8. Under “Check Mail using POP3,” click on “Add a POP3 mail account you own.”

9. In the pop-up window, put your new Live@Edu email address – for most of us, that’s

10. You’ll then be asked for your mail settings:

  • Your username is your new email address –
  • Your password is your new password (remember, you had to reset it when you claimed your Live@Edu account).
  • POP Server – put in the server name that you found on the “About” page of your Live@Edu account.
  • Port – put in the POP port number from your “About” page.
  • Check the box for “Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail”.
  • “Leave a copy of retrieved messages on the server”: If this box is not checked, Gmail will download the mail locally and then delete from Live@Edu. Your mail will be in your Gmail account, but that is the only place where it is stored. If you would like to access your mail via Live@Edu as well as Gmail, click this box.
  • “Label incoming messages”: You have the option to automatically put a label on all the mail coming in from this account. Labels in Gmail are like folders in other mail applications. This will help you keep your “work email” separate from your personal email, if you want to make this distinction.
  • “Archive incoming messages”: Gmail allows you the option to simply not put the messages in your main inbox. Chances are, you don’t want this button checked.

11. Click “Add Account.” Gmail will attempt to access the account and will show you an error message if it cannot.

12. Next, Gmail will ask you if you want to be able to send mail from your University email account. If so, click “Next Step.”

13. Pick your display name. Your email address should already be there.

14. “Treat as an alias” – Gmail historically has treated your added email addresses as aliases, so it treats mail sent from your address the same way as mail sent from your Gmail address. The option to deselect “Treat as an alias” is pretty new – see Google’s explanation here.  For most of us, you’ll probably want to continue treating your address as an alias, so keep this box checked.

15. Click “Next Step.”

16.  Now you have an option:

  • “Send through Gmail (easier to set up)”: This is easier. BUT, it just looks like the mail is sent from you. If you use this method, it’ll say something like sent by, but the actual electronic breadcrumbs will be If you’re ok with that, go ahead and click there. They’ll send you a verification email, click the link, and you’re good to go.
  • “Send through SMTP servers”: This will make sure that your mail will be sent through Live@Edu’s servers.  If you select this, you’ll be given a form to type in. Use the SMTP server, port, and encryption method from your Live@Edu “About” page to fill in the remaining boxes.  Your username is still your email address –

17. Click “Add Account.” Gmail will send you a confirmation email. Click the link in that email, or enter the confirmation code and click “Verify.”

18. Done!  Go back to “Accounts and Import” under “Mail Settings” to delete your old account from “Send Mail As” and “Check Mail Using POP3.”

19.  Update any listservs, etc that you subscribe to with your new address.  Don’t forget — you’ll still receive email sent to your old address (, but you won’t be able to send mail from that address.