OAT Update for 6/10/22

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Welcome to the latest issue of the OAT Update.  In this issue, you can learn about:

Reminder from ATLC: Faculty Access to Blackboard ends June 30, 2022 

Bb to CanvasThis is an important reminder that access to Blackboard to retrieve existing course materials will end on June 30, 2022. If you have not yet downloaded course content you may need in the future, you must do so before this date. After June 30, faculty will no longer be able to log in to the Blackboard site. 

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Panopto Maintenance June 25

Panopto logoOAT has been notified by Panopto that the system will be taken offline for maintenance and updates on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 6:00 pm Pacific.  Downtime is expected to last up to 3 hours.

Instructors should communicate this outage to their students ahead of time to prevent confusion.  OAT will also make an announcement through Canvas.

Apply to become an Accessibility Champion

The Office of Academic Technology (OAT) is excited to announce an opportunity to serve as an Accessibility Champion for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year. We especially invite faculty who are passionate about implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles in their courses and who are eager to spread the word about the benefits of universally-designed instructional materials to apply!

OAT would also like to thank our inaugural Accessibility Champions cohort for their incredible hard work and their many accomplishments, including:

  • Leading numerous faculty workshops
  • Conducting department outreach
  • Providing feedback for the development of accessibility resources for faculty
  • Piloting a new Canvas accessibility tool – Ally – which later was implemented in all Stan State Canvas courses. In Spring 2022, 2,386 students used the Ally tool to download 8,638 files in alternative formats, thereby enabling innovative new ways of interacting with their course content.

Accessibility Champions - Inaugural cohort:

  • Betsy Eudey, Gender Studies
  • Brittany Desnoyer, Teacher Education
  • Cassandra Drake, Liberal Studies
  • Kanwaljit Dulai, Biological Sciences
  • Karen Webster, Teacher Education
  • Karen Zandarski, English

Measure Learning Outcomes in Canvas 

Departments now have a powerful way to create and assess learning outcomes/objectives in Canvas. Thanks to a reorganization of the way classes are laid out within Canvas, departments can easily create centralized learning outcomes that can be attached to specific assignments within any of their courses. Once assessed by an instructor, that data is available as part of a departmental report that an assessment coordinator or similar individual can retrieve. Bonus: outcomes can usually be assessed in past courses, retroactively! 

Contact Glenn Pillsbury in OAT to learn more. 

Instructors! You can also use Outcomes to assess students according to the formal learning outcomes that you’ve developed for your course. Results of those assessments can be viewed using the “Learning Mastery Gradebook” feature of Canvas. 


Padlet @ Stan State  

Collaborate and Brainstorm with Padlet

 What is Padlet?  

Padlet is a digital storyboard application used for curating media and collaborative learning. Students and faculty can use Padlet to collaborate, reflect, and share information onto a board (“Padlet”) by posting text messages, images, links, audio files, videos or documents.  

Getting Started with Padlet  

Go to https://csustan.padlet.org. Select “Log in with Microsoft” from the dropdown menu. Login using your Stan State credentials. When you login for the first time, your new Padlet account will be created.  

Have existing Padlets in a free account? Follow the instructions on the What happens if I have multiple accounts? web page to import them into your new University padlet account. 

For more information, review the OAT Padlet webpage.

Accessibile PDFs

Supercharge accessibility scores for your Canvas courses! 

Now that the Spring semester is winding down, now is the perfect time to have our Document Remediation team make your PDF files accessible! 

  • Were your PDFs created by scanning printed pages? 
  • Is the image quality of your PDFs less than ideal? (e.g., skewed pages, handwritten notes) 
  • Is the PDF your only copy of the content? 

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, the PDFs are a perfect fit to submit to our Document Remediation team! 

  • Submit a document remediation work order: Select Accessibility Work Request in the Request Type drop-down menu, and Make my document accessible for me in the Service Type section


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