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information technology services: June 10, 2014

ITS announces 2014-15 Active Learning Fellows

This July, 12 Case Western Reserve University faculty members will immerse themselves in updated pedagogies, new teaching methods and modern academic technologies. The 12 faculty members were selected from more than 40 highly qualified applicants for the second annual Information Technology Services (ITS) Active Learning Fellowship.

Fellows will design or completely remodel their course with techniques that require active involvement by the students and the instructor. Technology will play a supporting role and enhance learning without hindering instruction. The adoption of 21st-century teaching methods remains a cornerstone of Case Western Reserve's next strategic plan, which also champions the creation of active learning environments at the university. See which faculty members were awarded the fellowship.

Blackboard Learn update offers new features, enhancements

Blackboard Learn received a significant upgrade, providing instructors with new, optional features to streamline their workflow. Enhancements include:

  • More robust notifications: When an event takes place within a Blackboard course site, students and instructors will be notified in the "Updates" and "What's New" modules, as well as receive an optional email message. Use this feature to track new discussion board posts, set reminders for due dates, see when assignments have been graded, learn when a test has been made available and more.
  • Easier group management: Instructors now may import a large number of students into groups at once, as well as identify students who do not have membership to a specific group.
  • Improved testing and surveying: Updates to tests and surveys will improve the feedback and grading options available. Instructors will be able to view a detailed log of when each student accessed the test and each individual question.
  • New date management tool: A new date management tool will make it easier to change due dates, availability dates, and release dates for content across an entire course.
  • Better accessibility: Improved accessibility options will enable test exceptions for individual students and make course sites accessible via keyboard input.

To learn more about the upgrade, see the "Administrator Announcements" module on the Blackboard Learn homepage,

Commencement livestream proves meaningful to graduating student, grandfather

ITS' MediaVision provided the staging, lighting, audio, video and Web streaming in support of Case Western Reserve's annual commencement ceremonies across Veal Center, Horsburgh Gymnasium and Ford Auditorium on Sunday, May 18. More than 100 people viewed the live stream, including the grandfather of Class of 2014 President Gabriella Chandra, pictured above. Unable to travel due to ill health, Chandra's grandfather watched from Indonesia as his granddaughter delivered the senior class speech and received her diploma.

MediaVision video production team awarded national honors

 The MediaVision video production team was awarded three Telly awards in May. The Telly Awards honor the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, as well as outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs. Watch the winning entries today:

  1. Case Western Reserve University Ph.D. program in Physiology and Biophysics
  2. CWRU School of Dental Medicine Cranio-Frontonasal Dysplasia; Craniofacial Anomalies Treatment at CWRU Craniofacial Orthodontic Clinic - Matthew Patient Story
  3. The Inverted Classroom Experiment

in this issue:

  • ITS announces 2014-15 Active Learning Fellows
  • Blackboard Learn update offers new features, enhancements
  • Commencement livestream proves meaningful to graduating student, grandfather
  • MediaVision video production team awarded national honors
  • Tech tips: Google Mail for administrative assistants
  • New and updated on the Software Center
  • CAPS training
  • New on
  • Top 5 courses at CWRU

June 10, 2014

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Tech tips: Google Mail for administrative assistants

From sending mail as your manager to labeling messages, Google Mail sports helpful features for administrative assistants. Peruse the full guide

New and updated on the Software Center

  LabVIEW Spring 2014
Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Freely available to CWRU faculty and staff members. Students may access via university-owned computers in lab settings.

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CAPS training

The following CAPS courses will be offered during June; click the course title to register:

  All Things Travel
9 a.m. June 11.
  Financial Reporting
9 a.m. June 12
  Effective Interpersonal

9 a.m. June 18

New on

Check out's newest titles today to discover informative, educational content that can help you improve your business skills, learn design concepts and get inspired!

The latest additions to the library include:

  Marketing Tips
  Business Analysis Fundamentals
  Writing Marketing Copy
  Up and Running with Excel Cluster Analysis
  Designing a Print Ad

The service is provided free to CWRU students, faculty and staff. Try it now!

Top 5 courses at CWRU

The top 5 courses being watched at CWRU during April were:

1. Python 3 Essential Training
2. Access 2010 Essential Training
3. Illustrator CC Essential Training
4. Foundations of Logo Design
5. Photoshop CS6 Quick Start for Photographers 


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