St. Petersburg College’s Next Generation Learning Management System

We are excited to announce that SPC has chosen Desire2Learn (D2L) as the college’s new learning management system (LMS). D2L will begin to replace ANGEL in a college-wide transition starting in 2014.

Desire2Learn Chosen as St. Petersburg New Learning Management System




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Trouble Composing Emails, Discussions, or Announcements in Internet Explorer?

Internet Explorer recently released a new version, Internet Explorer 11, which has caused issues with several tools in ANGEL, including email, discussions, and announcements. To resolve these issues, switch to an alternative browser such as Firefox or Chrome or place Internet Explorer into Compatibility Mode which will allow it to work properly with ANGEL. See links below for downloads and tutorials.

 




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Trouble with ANGEL links in Firefox or Chrome?

What has Changed?

In the past web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer would warn a user on a secure site whenever insecure content with a “mixed content” security warning. Newer browser versions, however, are increasing security measures against insecure content in an otherwise secure site by refusing to render the content at all unless the user explicitly enables it.

How do I know if I’m on a Secure Site?

Secure sites are those that use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which provides extra security for information exchanged between the browser and the internet. These sites can be easily identified by the https protocol in the address bar versus the common http. ANGEL is an example of a secure site.

What is Impacted in the Learning Suite?

Below are the most common symptoms you may see in ANGEL due to these increased security measures.

  • Links to external non-secure (non https) sites will not load
  • Embedded Youtube videos will not load

Solutions

The videos below show the most common, current solutions for this issue.




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Stepping into Social Media

In 1987, Chickering and Gamson offered a summary of research in the best practices of undergraduate education that are still relevant in today’s world. Two of these principles, “encourage contact between student and faculty” and “develop reciprocity and cooperation among students” focus heavily on the importance of communication in the classroom. This, paired with the fact that Pew Research Center reports that, as of May 2013, 72% of online adults use social networking sites, it makes sense to explore the idea of using social media in the college classroom.

Communications faculty member Dr. Jennifer Haber has been experimenting with the use of Web 2.0 and social networking tools with her students over the last year. The three tools she has utilized so far are Google Voice, Twitter and Facebook. In this post we share how Dr. Haber uses these tools as well as other resources worth exploring. Please contact your campus Instructional Technologist if you would like support or more information on any of these tools.

Google Voice: Dr. Haber has used this tool to provide her students with a means to text message her as needed without providing them access to her personal phone number.  She has found that while this tool allows her students to easily access her, it is not a tool she uses to support course content.

Twitter: Twitter has been a way for Dr. Haber to share resources, articles and current events with her students. While some students have started following her Twitter feed, students have not been responding to her Tweets. This is somethings she plans on continuing to use and evaluate. You call follow her at @JenniferHaber2.

Facebook: Dr. Haber started using a Facebook group as a voluntary tool in her Humanities, HUM2233, class during the fall of 2013. This has met with great response from her students. Not only are they responding to the instructor led conversations, they are initiating their own posts based on course topics and requirements.  Dr. Haber’s biggest concern when starting to use this social networking tool was protecting not only her own privacy, but that of her students. This is why she chose the “secret” group settings.

Note: In light of the potential legal and practical concerns that may arise through use of these internet based resources, it is important to review the SPC  general cloud computing guidelines.



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Fall Training Schedule Update

For the Fall semester our training schedule has been adjusted. In the spirit of collaboration the Instructional Design Technologists are  participating on a number of new college-wide initiatives in support of the revitalization of online learning at SPC. We will still be offering campus based WITS events in partnership with CETL.  Watch for announcements about these new developments.




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