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SUMMER EDITION
JUNE 27, 2018  •  V01

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UTEP's BLACKBOARD INSTITUTE
A COHORT-BASED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE


From now to August 3rd, Technology Support, in collaboration with the UTEP Graduate School, is looking for teaching graduate students and faculty to participate in the upcoming Blackboard Institute, being held August 6th to August 8th. In this 3-day experience, participants learn how to maximize their use of Blackboard tools and functions for teaching, learning, and research. They will create custom course designs and student engagement pieces created specifically for their courses. The institute is limited to 25 participants with graduate students having priority.

 

For full details and to register, visit
THE BB INSTITUTE REGISTRATION PAGE

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IMPORT EXAM FILES INTO BLACKBOARD
WITH RESPONDUS 4.0


Faculty can now import exams, created in Microsoft Word and other text file formats, into Blackboard with a new tool called Respondus 4.0. This tool will save faculty time since they will no longer have to re-type exam questions into Blackboard. Respondus 4.0 can be installed on your work and personally owned computers, at no cost. Please contact the Technology Support Help Desk for assistance with the installation.

 


For more information, visit
THE RESPONDUS 4.0 WEBSITE

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SUBMIT GRADES DIRECTLY FROM BLACKBOARD
GOLDMINE/BANNER INTEGRATION WITH GRADE CENTER


Submitting your students’ mid-term and final grades is now easier with Blackboard Grade Center. A direct connection between Blackboard and Banner has been established, which provides faculty with the ability to publish grades from Blackboard directly to Goldmine. With the ILP Integration Tool, faculty using Blackboard’s Grade Center will no longer have to manually enter mid-term or final grades again into Goldmine.

 

 

For more information, visit
BLACKBOARD TO GOLDMINE STEP-BY-STEP

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MAKING FILES ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE
WITH ADOBE ACROBAT PRO


According to UTEP's Blackboard data, many of the images and documents faculty are uploading to Blackboard are not ADA compliant, especially scanned documents saved in PDF format, but there are easy solutions to fix them. One of the best solutions is using Adobe Acrobat Pro, which can save documents into a compatible format for screen readers. Acrobat Pro is available to all faculty and staff for UTEP owned computers. For assistance with installing Adobe Acrobat Pro, please contact the Technology Support Help Desk.

 

For detailed instructions, visit
ADOBE ACROBAT STEP-BY-STEP

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ONEDRIVE CLOUD STORAGE
START USING YOUR FREE UTEP ONEDRIVE


Cloud Storage has become more important for UTEP faculty, staff and students. Many however, don’t know that UTEP currently provides unlimited, secured, and free cloud storage with Microsoft OneDrive for Business. With OneDrive, you can access your files from anywhere. You can sync and share your files safely, and even collaborate in real-time with others on the same document. So STOP paying for cloud storage, or saving files to your computer or other storage devices. Start using your UTEP OneDrive, available through My.UTEP. Just sign in and look for the OneDrive icon. Technology Support will also be holding monthly OneDrive workshops, open to everyone. Get info on the next workshop at campusedge.utep.edu.


For more information visit
ONEDRIVE.UTEP.EDU

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STEAMx
CREATING PATHWAYS FOR FUTURE UTEP STUDENTS


STEAMx was a two-day long event which took place on April 23rd & 24th, where 2,000 high school students participated in a variety of activities and competitions related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Learning Environments Director, Mike Pitcher, taught the next generation of UTEP students the impact that new technologies will have on their long-term careers, degrees and job opportunities. They partnered with Tech-E teams and the White Sands Army Research Labs to explore areas of cybersecurity, computer programming, and technology entrepreneurship; and held another partnership with STEMGROW at UTEP/EPCC to show the significance that UTEP is having with bridge programs. Participants from the STEAMx event are expected to arrive at the university as soon as Fall of 2018. These future UTEP students are setting a technology empowered vision that will bring progress and growth into the communities they live in.

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