Instructional Technology News – Sept. 15, 2020
- September 15th, 2020
- in Instructional Technology News
An upcoming security change, a few maintenance items, and tech reminders to share this week.
Zoom Security Changes
Beginning Sept. 27, Zoom will require that all meetings have a passcode or a waiting room enabled. Meetings that do not have a passcode or waiting room enabled will automatically be applied a waiting room. Waiting rooms can be customized to fit the need and audience for your meeting. For more information, visit the Zoom Support website.
VoiceThread will be performing a database upgrade and maintenance on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 4am – 5am. VoiceThread will not be offline, but tools may be slow to load during this maintenance window.
myBama will be also undergo a database upgrade Saturday, Sept. 19 from 6am until 1pm. myBama will be unavailable during the maintenance window; however, Blackboard Learn will continue to be available by direct access – ualearn.blackboard.com.
Virtual Learning Spaces
If students need a space away from their residence to attend an online class, encourage them to visit one of UA’s 60+ virtual learning spaces. These spaces are designated areas where students can attend online class meetings while on campus.
Lockdown Browser Info for Students
Lockdown Browser is a tool new to many UA students. Consider sharing CIT’s Lockdown Browser Information with your students. A few reminders for students:
- Download the UA version of Lockdown browser, not just any version of Lockdown Browser found on the web.
- Choose Blackboard Learn from the server list.
- Use a hard-wire ethernet connection when possible.
- Restart the computer and shut down other programs on the computer before beginning Lockdown Browser.
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