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ATS Newsletter January 2018

Navigating BeachBoard Video

BeachBoard Training Resources to Bookmark Now

As you become more familiar with the recently launched BeachBoard 2018, bookmark these resources and check regularly for updates ATS is developing:

  • Review the fundamentals and best practices of using BeachBoard written by Instructional Designers at Academic Technology Services on our web page, Getting Started in BeachBoard.
  • Find detailed instructions on features frequently used by CSULB faculty at Get Help With BeachBoard.
  • Take a free, online course from Brightspace, the developers of the BeachBoard learning management system. Access these courses through Lynda.com (sign-in via the 'Organizational Portal' and choose 'csulb.edu').
  • Partner with ATS Instructional Designers (IDs) to customize your BeachBoard course layout or adapt it to a hybrid or fully online mode of teaching. IDs are available for in-person appointments, by calling the Technology Help Desk at 562.985.4959 or by email at beachboard@csulb.edu.

 

Classroom Technology Updates Over Winter Break

Barrett Athletic Administration CenterLaser Projection System Installed in Barrett Athletic Administration Center (BAAC)

The BAAC facility is a frequently used location for new employee orientations and staff meetings. A high lumens laser projection system has now been installed to improve the visual quality of projected presentations. With this brighter display, you'll notice sharper text and more vibrant images on the screen. Other AV technologies available in the BAAC include:

  • Blu-ray player
  • Catch Box (a soft microphone you can throw)
  • PC with internet connection and Microsoft Office
  • Document Camera
  • Wireless hand-held and lapel microphones

Campus faculty and staff can reserve BAAC online for meetings that occur during business hours from 8-5pm, Monday through Friday only. This room is not available for student groups. For more information, contact Dyanne Roper at the Department of Administration and Finance, 562.985.7794.

Get Class Started Faster with These Computer Updates

University-supported computers are now outfitted with “Deep Freeze,” a software program that resets computers’ standard configurations each time they are powered on. Deep Freeze ensures a consistent experience because it removes any unwanted changes to the settings made by previous users with a simple reboot. With this improved reliability, instructors can depend on a computer having a ‘clean slate’ each time they start class. This utility does also remove any files that have been saved on the computer, so be sure to move your files to the cloud or other external storage device at the end of each class.

Automatic Login Now Available

An automatic login feature has also been deployed on university-supported computers. Faculty will no longer need to spend time logging in with their personal identification; the computer will log in automatically to give you quick access to the internet and other digital resources.

ATS Classroom Support Services (CSS) is continuously working to bring enhanced technology and equipment to the campus to meet high standards for teaching and learning outcomes. With Deep Freeze and automatic logins, we are confident that faculty will be able to get classes started faster and with greater ease.

 

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