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TechSmith Relay Replacement

August 14, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, TechSmith Relay Recorder and Relay Server (https://relay.grcc.edu) will no longer be available as their parent company, TechSmith, has discontinued both products.

If you have used TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past to create videos, SnagIt and Camtasia are more robust versions of TechSmith Relay Recorder that allow you to screen capture and edit your videos. Both SnagIt and Camtasia are available for download in the Software Center. If you have uploaded videos to RaiderCast using the TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past, those videos will still be available and you can upload to that location through December 31, 2018.

Starting January 1, 2019, videos can no longer be uploaded to RaiderCast. They can be uploaded to Google Drive or YouTube using the Share option in SnagIt and Camtasia. The video captioning process will stay the same. As a reminder, per the audiovisual captioning policy, compliance with federal law requires captioning of all created, purchased or continually used audiovisual media production shown at GRCC.

Tutorials for SnagIt and Camtasia are listed below.

SnagIt: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-snagit.html

Camtasia: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia.html

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

Blackboard Instant Messenger Going Away

August 14, 2018

Blackboard Instant Messenger will no longer be available for use as of January 1, 2019. This solution has been discontinued by its parent company, Blackboard.

Information Technology understands that many faculty and staff rely on the use of an instant messaging tool to communicate with students. With this, GRCC will officially support the use of Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts allows you to send chat messages, make video calls, and screen share. Whether you are new to Google Hangouts or are currently using it or have used it in the past, more information can be found at https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/hangouts/#!/. This resource includes information on all three platforms of Google Hangouts including Google Chat and Google Meet.

We encourage faculty and staff members to begin using Google Hangouts prior to January 1, 2019, to familiarize themselves with the product suite and to determine how to best use the new tool in your day-to-day operations. Faculty and staff can use the Hangouts suite by visiting https://hangouts.google.com and entering their GRCC email address and GRCC network password.  To switch between Hangouts, Chat, and Meet simply click the Google Apps menu in the upper right corner of your browser.

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

PeopleSoft Down for Maintenance August 9

August 8, 2018

PeopleSoft Student, HR, Financials, and the Online Center will be down between 10:00 p.m. and midnight on Thursday, August 9th, for required database security maintenance.

Classroom Computer Upgrades

August 3, 2018

Over the next three weeks, the IT Desktop Support team will be upgrading all teacher stations / multimedia computers in all of our classrooms. If you have saved any files locally to the hard drive please back them up as soon as possible.

Additionally, we will also be upgrading the following labs on campus:

Cook:

  • 100*
  • 402*

Midtown:

  • 306 (laptop cart)
  • 309*

Thompson MTec:

  • 109*
  • 111*

Main:

  • 339

* indicates systems that will also be migrated to Windows 10.

 

My Degree Path undergoing maintenance on August 2

August 1, 2018

My Degree Path will undergo scheduled maintenance starting at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 2.

Maintenance is scheduled to be completed by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 2. During this time, My Degree Path will be unavailable.

TechSmith Relay Replacement

August 1, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, TechSmith Relay Recorder and Relay Server (https://relay.grcc.edu) will no longer be available as their parent company, TechSmith, has discontinued both products.

If you have used TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past to create videos, SnagIt and Camtasia are more robust versions of TechSmith Relay Recorder that allow you to screen capture and edit your videos. Both SnagIt and Camtasia are available for download in the Software Center. If you have uploaded videos to RaiderCast using the TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past, those videos will still be available and you can upload to that location through December 31, 2018.

Starting January 1, 2019, videos can no longer be uploaded to RaiderCast. They can be uploaded to Google Drive or YouTube using the Share option in SnagIt and Camtasia. The video captioning process will stay the same. As a reminder, per the audiovisual captioning policy, compliance with federal law requires captioning of all created, purchased, or continually used audiovisual media production shown at GRCC.

Tutorials for SnagIt and Camtasia are listed below.

SnagIt: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-snagit.html

Camtasia: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia.html

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

Blackboard Instant Messenger Going Away

August 1, 2018

Blackboard Instant Messenger will no longer be available for use as of January 1, 2019. This solution has been discontinued by its parent company, Blackboard.

Information Technology understands that many faculty and staff rely on the use of an instant messaging tool to communicate with students. With this, GRCC will officially support the use of Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts allows you to send chat messages, make video calls, and screen share. Whether you are new to Google Hangouts or are currently using it or have used it in the past, more information can be found at https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/hangouts/#!/. This resource includes information on all three platforms of Google Hangouts, including Google Chat and Google Meet.

We encourage faculty and staff members to begin using Google Hangouts prior to January 1, 2019, to familiarize themselves with the product suite and to determine how to best use the new tool in your day-to-day operations. Faculty and staff can use the Hangouts suite by visiting https://hangouts.google.com and entering their GRCC email address and GRCC network password.  To switch between Hangouts, Chat, and Meet, simply click the Google Apps menu in the upper right corner of your browser.

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

Staff loaner laptops available at IT Support

July 30, 2018

Loaner laptops are now available for check out through the IT Support Desk at our G2 office in room 76 Main Building and in 130 Sneden. Laptop loaners will no longer be available through the Media Department.

Laptops may be checked out on a short term basis for up to 10 business days. Long term loaners may be requested, but faculty and staff will need to complete a justification form. Requests may be made in person or ahead of time through our Service Request portal (available on campus only with your Campus Network credentials).

As a reminder to faculty and staff who may be traveling abroad; the use of your assigned college owned laptop is not recommended due to security concerns. If you are traveling abroad, please check out a loaner laptop.

GRCC staff travel to the MSU HUB

July 12, 2018

Klaas Kwant and staff inside a 360-degree projection space on the MSU HUB trip.

6 GRCC staff, representing the Learning Environments Team (faculty, I.T. and DL) recently visited the MSU Digital Scholarship Lab, Makerspace & HUB.

Their HUB uses a design-based approach to project management and implementation.  An interdisciplinary team approaches projects for faculty and other campus departments with a lean mindset, allowing failure and rapid adaptation to design – great for fostering innovation.

Dedicated space for faculty and community exists in their Makerspace, which contains many of the items we have in the ATC’s Maker Lab (3D Scanner, 3D Printers, Vinyl Cutters, BR viewing systems.)  Additionally, they house book making systems.  Their space is intentionally in the same building as the library to allow for greatest access, along with multiple staff to assist in the planning and use of tools.

They also have a 360-degree projection space in which 15-20 people can experience a group immersive presentation (six 4K projectors create an image that surrounds the audience.)

More pictures are available at https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPqHThBfNArOtOtWYTNIw19E7I2df-fmvgPdpPf_uaItMTC946KYkuoPX2eFvPtNA?key=UGNTZGlESXdUNERfeWpwVnJLZ2h4RV8xTVYtV2d3

Overall, it was a great demonstration of the value of having dedicated space for collaboration and experimentation.

PeopleSoft Down for Maintenance

June 13, 2018

PeopleSoft Student, the Online Center, HR, and Financials will be down for required maintenance starting at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14th, and will be available at 2:00 a.m. on Friday, June 15th.

Human Resources professional development opportunities

June 8, 2018

https://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/professionaldevelopment/learningopportunitiesregistration

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Google Docs & Google Drive

Thursday, June 14, 2018 (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

Learn how to access Google Drive for staff. Google Drive is a cloud-based service that offers file storage, document creation, and more. Real-time collaboration with multiple users is possible. The class will provide an overview of how to access your GRCC account, the basics of Google Drive for file management, and an overview of Google online collaboration using various Google Apps.

 

Summer Canning Fun! with The Canning Diva-Diane Devereaux

Friday, June 15, 2018 (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)

Gardens are starting to take shape and grow delicious seasonal vegetables. What better time than now to learn how to successfully preserve their bounty. The Canning Diva® will facilitate a two-hour workshop teaching the basics of home canning, dehydrating, and proper long-term storage methods. Additionally, the workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to learn the art and craft of home canning. This is an instructional and participative class where you can help prep foods we are canning. Each participant will take home a jar of their culinary creation.

FREE Blackboard Users Conference May 18th

May 7, 2018

GRCC Faculty and Staff – You are invited to attend the FREE Michigan Blackboard Users Group (miBUG) Spring Conference on Friday, May 18th.

Registration for the MiBUG Spring Conference closes Friday, May 11th, so register today!  There are currently over 85 people registered, including staff from GRCC.

Why should you register for the MiBUG Spring Conference? 

  • It’s a FREE opportunity for you to network with and learn from other Blackboard users from across the state.
  • You’ll have the opportunity check out all of the cool products and services that our sponsors have to offer (Sharp, Cengage, Kaltura, Qwickly, Respondus)
  • We have an awesome keynote presentation, as well as ten breakout sessions being offered.  See the full session descriptions on their website (link below).
  • Have your questions answered by a panel of Blackboard representatives, including Chad Kainz, Principal Strategist; Tim Atkin, Chief Client Officer; Emmah Schramke, Customer Programs Manager; and Mark Burris, Customer Success Advocate.
  • See the first annual MiBUG Distinguished Member Award presentation.
  •     and still be home early on a Friday!

Register today: https://community.blackboard.com/events/1629-mibug-spring-conference-2018

GRCC Student Wins GVSU hackGVSU 2018

April 30, 2018

Congratulations to GRCC student Chris Bell and his team on winning first place in the API category of hackGVSU 2018 with their “Echo4Education” Alexa app that helps teachers manage the Blackboard Learn Application!

1st Place API Team winners - Echo4Education Alexa app.

Here is the link to the full article: https://gvsuelearn.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/first-ever-hackgvsu-hackathon-brings-innovative-ideas-to-enhance-blackboard-at-gvsu/

STEM event designed for boys in 6th to 8th grades

March 17, 2015

GRCC is hosting a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) event for 6-8th grade boys on April 11. The event is to complement the STEM for Girls event GRCC hosted in November and is designed to engage young minds in the fields of science and technology. Participants will do hands-on activities such as building a robot to drawing a picture, designing a method to move ping pong balls without touching them, and solving a forensics mystery. Students also have the opportunity to interact with community role models who work in STEM fields. The cost is $15 and students can register here.