Friday, January 11, 2019

NEW Feature Available to Instructors: Select which course homepage to use

In our Fall BOLT survey we asked if instructors preferred having a homepage set for you or if you would prefer being able to choose between different course homepage layouts and options.
  • 31% preferred having the homepage set.
  • 48% preferred having the ability to choose between different homepages.
  • 20% did not have a preference.

Starting NOW, instructors can select a course homepage for each course in BOLT.




All courses will have a default course homepage. If you want to use integrations such as Pearson MyLab and Mastering, or McGraw-Hill Connect, you can change your homepage to one with that integration. (If you already have an integration set up for 2018Winter or 2019Spring, don’t worry- your courses are still connected and set up! Previous semester courses are also still connected, but would need a homepage change to show your widget.)




What this means for you:
  • You can select homepages for different purposes in different courses.
  • You no longer need to request the Pearson MyLabs & Mastering integration.
  • You no longer need to request the McGraw-Hill Connect deeper integration.



Currently we have the default homepage, a Pearson homepage, and a McGraw-Hill homepage. In the future, other course homepages will be available to instructors to trial or use new tools and other features of BOLT.




For now, if you want to learn how to change your homepage, you can find information in both the BOLT Help Course in BOLT (in the Course Customization module) and on the IMDC Infobase at https://bloomuimdc.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/folders/35000211013

Friday, November 16, 2018

IMDC Learning Lounge CLOSED Nov 19-23

Please note the IMDC Learning Lounge in Andruss Library 206 will be closed the week of Nov 19th. However, if you need assistance with BOLT or other instructional technology, you can still reach us at imdc@bloomu.edu. 


If you need assistance right away, we also have 24/7/365 BOLT technical support at 1-866-921-0473, and technical support for Zoom at 1-888-799-9666. For assistance with Bloomsburg network systems, we recommend contacting the Bloomsburg University Help Desk at (570)389-4357.


We will reopen the Learning Lounge on Nov 26 at 9am. Thank you for your understanding. 


See you soon,
IMDC Staff

Friday, October 5, 2018

If you're using clickers in the classroom, here are some resources and tips you may find helpful.

Whether you are new to clickers or a seasoned veteran of our student response system, you may need some help now and then to keep things rolling smoothly. You may also want to think about new ways to use clickers, and see what others are doing. We have some resources to share that will benefit you in all of these situations.


If you want to know more, please read on.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

NOTICE: Use of Proctoring Tools in BOLT at Bloomsburg University

The IMDC provides several options to improve quiz security for online quizzing at Bloomsburg University. However, we have noticed an increase in the use of our ProctorU solution and want to make sure it is clear the purpose and use of the different tools.


ProctorU is intended ONLY for high stakes online exams which require test-taker identification for accreditative purposes.


ALL OTHER online quizzes and exams should use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor.


ProctorU exams should be scheduled by students at least 72 hours prior to the time they want to take their exam.


The IMDC will be monitoring use of these services and will make inquiries if this is not observed.


If you have questions please contact us at the IMDC.

Survey available in BOLT

A survey on the use of the features of BOLT is available to faculty. You can find the survey at the upper right hand corner of the BOLT My Home page, or visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6FG2Y6F


This survey is for FACULTY ONLY.


We appreciate any time taken to respond. Thank you!

Spring Course Combine Period Begins

If you are teaching more than one section of a class in the Spring and want them combined in BOLT, you can make your requests via MyHusky.


There is more information in BOLT about both this and Winter course combine requests. Please note Winter course combine requests are done via Google form at https://goo.gl/forms/ZbMAooN0YhYhW2ql2, but Spring requests are made directly in MyHusky once you are listed as the instructor in the courses in MyHusky.


If you are teaching a lecture/lab and want courses combined, you can make that request via email. Email us at imdc@bloomu.edu and let us know which sections you want combined for Spring.


The deadline for Spring requests is October 31st.



Thursday, September 20, 2018

You can now request combined course sections for Winter session!

If you're teaching multiple sections of the same course this Winter and want to combine your sections in BOLT, please complete the Winter BOLT Course Combine Request form at https://goo.gl/forms/ZbMAooN0YhYhW2ql2.




The deadline for this is October 19, 2018. Requests after the deadline will only be accepted for special circumstances.




If you need to request publisher integrations for Winter, use the links below.




Pearson request form: https://goo.gl/forms/ziV057YodfBKcrE52
McGraw-Hill Connect form: https://goo.gl/forms/CgHvk09yog4gW6S72


The deadline for requesting integrations for Winter is December 05, 2018.


If you have any questions please reach out to imdc@bloomu.edu