February 2012 How-to Sessions Scheduled

February Training ScheduleThe how-to/training schedule for February 2012 has been posted.  Visit http://www.shsu.edu/~dl_www/SHSUOnlineTrainingForm.html#signup to sign up today.  We have added some new sessions this month.  Here is what is being offered:

  • SHSU Online Basics
  • SHSU Online Intermediate
  • SHSU Online Advanced
  • Collaborative Learning With Wikis and Blogs
  • Using Tegrity:  Student Presentations, Remote Proctoring and Video Capture
  • Getting Started Activities for your Online Course – New
  • Using Classlive: Synchronous Webinars and Presentations (Audio/Video meetings with your class in real time) – New

Remember you can get a “SHSU Online Technical Certification” by attending the Basics, Intermediate and Advanced Sessions.

Don’t see a session that you need?  Just let us know and we’d be glad to meet your needs!

The Importance of a Welcome Video in your Online Course

The importance of using video in your online course and even in your hybrid and supplemental courses cannot be overstated.   We all know that today’s learners are multimodal and multinodal, they digest their information in different ways through different mechanisms.  One type of video in your course that is ofttimes overlooked is a “Welcome” or “Introduction to the Course” video.  Students in an online environment feel more connected when they know who is facilitating the learning process.  Putting a face to course materials and discussion posts can help the learner feel closer to the professor even though the real distance my be great.

The good news is that recording a Welcome video is a breeze and we can help you do it!  Below is the welcome video for the SHSU Online Technical Certification course for faculty:


We can have you appear almost anywhere from Madrid for a Spanish Course to the World Wide Web for a certification course!  Let our video team work with you to design the video that bests suits your needs.  To schedule time to record a welcome video or any video please contact Charles Henson @ 936.294.2430 or cmh025@shsu.edu.

Tegrity Winter update – New Features

Tegrity Winter UpdateOver the break, Tegrity was updated with some great new features.  From Twitter hashtags to managing student and test recordings, these features will make Tegrity more flexible and engaging.  See below for all the new features:


  • New Twitter hashtags for each course with automatic tweets announcing new recordings.


  • Selection of the display/monitor to record when starting a recording on the Mac.
  • More visible ‘recording paused’ indicator on the Mac and PC.
  • Copy and move for student and test recordings.
  • New ‘Properties’ action to modify the name, date, owner, and type of a recording.
  • Re-upload a downloaded Tegrity recording using the ‘Upload video as class’ feature. (Lets you take your movies with you to another Tegrity institution)