Updated ISS Website

With the great help of WSDM team, ISS website has been updated. There are lots of the tutorials under Resources section for your reference. And I especially want to thank James Murphy and Tony Vu from WSDM to explain the ADA compliance standards for PDF files and their turnaround for the request is very efficient. Kudos to WSDM team! :)

Here is ISS website or you can click the link on the left column anytime. Please let us know what you want to know about and we will meet your needs.

Set Up Weighted Total in Grade Center in Blackboard

I often got the questions from our faculty about how to set up weighted total in the grade center in Blackboard.  Here is the instruction you can refer to and of course, if you prefer to meet in person, I will be very happy to work with you. Please feel free to contact us for individual meeting.

Set up Weighted Total by Categories and Columns in Grade Center (PDF)

Instructor Cart Control Panel Tutorial

Thanks for our campus IT staff Obed Sorto, ISS and IT department has been working together during the summer. The following PDF files are the instructions we created for Woodbridge WAS building and WS building instructor cart control panel. Please check them out:

Art & Science Building Instructor Cart Control Panel Tutorial (PDF)

Trouble Shooting with Epson DC-20 Doc Cam (PDF)

Trouble Shooting with Elmo TT-12 Doc Cam (PDF)

WS-Seefeldt Building Instructor Cart Control Panel Tutorial (PDF)

Elmo TT-12 Doc Cam Instruction (PDF)

Epson DC-20 Doc Cam Instruction (Video)

BbWorld2015 Live

Can’t make to this conference in person, but it’s great they do some live streaming. I’m attending this in front of my computer. If you’re interested, you can register at http://www.bbworldlive.com/all/ right now.

Streaming Now


Design Digital Posters with Smore

I came across this online application another day and thought it would be a handy tool to create the digital poster, which you can add text, images, videos, links, buttons and other elements easily.

Smore can be used to create class digital newsletter by instructors that include a link to the video and various resources online, an image with the same theme, a paragraph of the topic and/or assignment instruction, a link to a Google Doc that has an activity for students to complete.

Or, let students use Smore to create their own newsletter. You might be surprised to see how creative they are.  Sharing a Smore is simple. It can be easily uploaded directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, or use the embed code or the shareable link in Blackboard system.

Here is a good tutorial of Smore from YouTube.

Easy way to download YouTube video

No plugin needed. Following the steps:

  • Step 1.  Open the YouTube video webpage.  (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mgmayMSESI)
  • Step 2.  Add “ss” without the quotation marks in front of the youtube in the URL (g.g. https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=0mgmayMSESI)
  • Step 3.  It will open a new window called savefrom.net.  Just patiently wait for the download button is showed up, and choose the appropriate video solution, and click the download button.
Screen captured from savefrom.net

Screen captured from savefrom.net

Be aware of the copyright of the video.

Extended Hours

ISS extends working hours to 7:00pm on every Thursday for faculty who can’t make to the campus during the work time. Please feel free to contact us for individual consultation at your convenience. We’re looking forward to working with you!

ISS Infographic

Add-ons for Google Docs, Sheets and Forms

The following Add-ons will help you make a good use of Google Drive applications.

FormLimiter:  One faculty asked me whether Google From could be shut off when it hits a max number of responses.  FormLimiter is a free add-on for this purpose.  Not only that, it can close the form at the specific date and time, or when a spreadsheet cell contains a specified value.

Form Notification: This add-on allows you to set up the email notification to the creator of the form and/or send short, customized reply emails to the Form submitter.  This will be very helpful to add the virtual meeting room information for our Webinars.

Add Reminders: This add-on is for Google Sheets, which allows you to send the reminder messages and email address on a specific date.

EasyBib: This add-on allows you to easily create a bibliography for your research paper by entering the titles or URLs. Format citation could be MLA, APA, Chicago and others.

Tag Cloud Generator:  This add-on creates a tag cloud in the side car from you Google Docs document, which helps you to identify the emerging theme.