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Tegrity Utilization for spring 2013

Tegrity Usage Report for the Spring 2013 semester (Jan 13 – May 9, 2013) for all of WSU

  • Total viewing time: 18,838 hours 33 minutes and 23 seconds (equals one person dedicated to 785 days of non-stop watching)
  • Total times viewed: 61,899 
  • Total recording duration: 1,889 hours, 55 minutes, and 59 seconds
    • Total number of recordings: 6,539
    • Total number of Podcast downloads: 665
    • Total number of MP3 downloads: 347
    • Total number of session downloads: 268

For a graph of usage over the last few semesters, see the Weekly and All-time Snapshot Report.

Total usage of Tegrity since Fall 2011:

  • Total number of viewers: 5664
  • Total views: 181,686
  • Total duration of views: 43,325 hours, 39 minutes, and 40 seconds
  • Total recordings: 22,034
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WSU Angel LMS Metrics Spring 2013 semester

Here are the numbers for Angel LMS this past spring semester at a glance. If you’re interested in more detailed reports, see references below to the attached reports.

Angel during the spring semester (Jan 13 – May 9, 2013)

  • 3,872,372 visits (see LMS Audience Overview)
  • 39,092,262 page views
  • Angel usage graphically represented for one semester by week:
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How to embed a tegrity recording inside a page

If you wish to embed a Tegrity recording inside your Angel course, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to your recording. You can get there either by directly logging into Tegrity, or by going into your Angel course, and then under your course home page, there should be the Tegrity icon. Click on it to go to your Tegrity recordings, and find the recording you wish to post, and put a checkmark in the box next to your recording title, see screenshot below.

    Finding the Tegrity video embed link

    Finding the Tegrity video embed link

  2. In the next Pop-up window, you will see one link. Un check the anonymous check box, and you will now see an embed link (see below). This does mean that now the video link can be shared publicly if you or someone with the link decided to do so. Click your cursor inside the embed link box, which will highlight the link. Now either do a Ctrl-C to copy with your keyboard shortcut, or right-click the mouse over the highlighted link, to copy the link. You can now paste this link inside Angel.

    copy embed link

    Copy embed link

  3. Go to Lessons within the course.
  4. Click on Add Content, and select the “Page” content item.
  5. Give it a good title, and then select the source icon on the formatting bar, see below.

    source code button

    source code button

  6. In the Page text window below this icon, paste the code you just copied from the Tegrity page, it should look something like this:
    <script type=”text/javascript” src=””></script&gt;
  7. Click Save. You should now see the Tegrity recording show inside the Angel page, with a “Full Screen” option if need be.
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Posting a link, such as Youtube video into Angel

There are several ways you add external links, such as a link to a youtube video to your Angel course. Either add a link in your content, or embed the video directly into your page.
The advantage of embedding, is that you keep the student in your course, they watch the video right in the page, and are not distracted by surrounding youtube advertizing or other links. If the video is embedded, the students don’t leave Angel, and they don’t have to look at advertisements surrounding the video on the Youtube site.Here are the directions for both methods:
First method, adding a link:
  1. Find the link, highlight it with your cursor, and then copy it from the address bar, see screenshot below (keyboard shortcut Ctrl-C).

    youtube link

    Copy YouTube link in browser address bar

  2. Go to Lessons within the course.
  3. Click on Add Content, and select the “Page” content item

Second Method, Embedding the Youtube video directly into Angel

  • Click the “G” icon (see second arrow in screenshot above) where you want to embed the video, and then paste the last part of the youtube link, into the search box, so in this example case that would be this text string, for example: vN5KV2LUDLY and click save. You will then see the embedded video as shown in the following screenshot.

    example of embedded video clip

    example of embedded video clip

  • Alternately, you can type the exact words that helped you find the Youtube link, or the last unique part of the link in the search field, and retrieve the video that way.
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How to record and retrieve a Blackboard Collaborate Session

Once you have created a virtual room with Collaborate, you can now enter the session.

  1. Click on the link that has the name of your session under the communicate tab.

    Click on your session name to initiate Collaborate

    Click on your session name to initiate Collaborate

  2. This will launch Blackboard Collaborate, click OK, as shown below, to allow the Java Start Web Launcher.

    Collaborate Java Start Dialog window

    Collaborate Java Start Dialog window

  3. Depending on whether you have ever used Collaborate before, it could take a minute to load the Collaborate window. When everything is loaded, you should see a window like the one shown below. Note you can maximize the window, and you can click the Start button to initiate the recording of your session.

    Collaborate window

    Collaborate window

  4. If you want a student to make the recording, you’ll either have to give the student moderator privileges in Collaborate, or you would need to request to have their account upgraded to instructor or TA with instructor privileges (the grade book can be removed from that student, if that is what you wanted.)
  5. To pause or stop the recording, click the recording button, as shown below:

    Stop or pause the recording

    Stop or pause the recording

  6. When everyone leaves this session, Collaborate will create the recording, and post it in the communicate area, under recordings, the same place where you go to enter the open forum (duration of posting the recording varies, depending on how long the session was). If you wish to view a past recording, click on recordings, and put the correct date range in there. So in this case, just make sure the “From” field has a date and time that is before you started the recording, see below:
    Access the recordings

    Access the recordings

    Now, all you do is click on the recording to open up the recording

More information about Blackboard Collaborate, both for instructors, moderators, and participants:

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How to start a Blackboard Collaborate session from Angel

If you would like to start collaborating remotely, whether this is creating a virtual classroom, or hosting and participating in a virtual meeting, you can do so with Blackboard Collaborate. This tool will allow you to utilize video,  audio, text chat, whiteboard sharing, show a presentation, do a virtual tour, or allow screen sharing with students or colleagues. The Collaborate web conferencing application is easy to set up from within any of your Angel course sites. You can also record a session for those who can’t make it, or for use in future classes.

View these demos to learn more about Blackboard Collaborate.

Most users of Collaborate would like to meet multiple times during the semester, or the year using Collaborate, so it is easiest to create a session for the duration of a semester, or even the entire year. When you want to record, Collaborate will only record the session, and will stop recording when no one is logged into the virtual room.

  1. To create a virtual room in your Angel course, first log into one of your Angel courses where you wish to create the virtual room, and click on the Communicate tab. You will see the, “Collaborate Live” nugget likely a ways down the page. Hover your mouse over this box, until you see a pencil icon, click the icon to create a new session. (see screenshot below, click on image to enlarge)

    Creating a new Collaborate sesion

    Creating a new Collaborate session

  2. On the next screen, click, “Add Session” to create a new session.

    Add Session

    Add Session

  3. Add a descriptive title that will become the link, and then make sure you add three hours as Angel creates this session in Eastern time. So if your session starts right away, make sure it has 3 hours added to it for the starting time. You can leave the “Never Repeats” setting.

    Compensate for Eastern timezone

    Compensate for Eastern timezone

  4. You can now add any other session settings from the other tabs in this menu, such as how many simultaneous talkers (leave at 1 or two if you don’t want too much confusion in the audio). You can always change some of these attributes while in session, but this can be helpful if for example, you wish everyone to be a moderator in each session. By making it a default, everyone automatically is given the permissions to use whiteboard, chat, video etc.

    Add session attributes

    Add session attributes

  5. Once you’ve created the session, they will show up in the Session Editor as shown below. You can click on the Edit button to make further changes, or you can click on the session name to open the session.

    Collaborate session edits

    Session edit area

  6. You can now click on “Exit Session Editor” to go back to the main communicate area in your Angel course. The newly created session should be showing if you made it start that same day. If it is on a future date, you can adust the date fields, and click on “Go” to display the event or room, see example below.

    Change the dates

    Change the dates

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