Instructor Spotlight

As a faculty participant of the Digital Learning Certificate program, Dr. Pinnick is redesigning CHM 490: Synthetic Organic Chemistry in a hybrid format this semester. A seasoned chemistry faculty member, Dr. Pinnick understands that one of the common obstacles that students face when taking a chemistry course is the inadequate understanding of abstract concepts. Dr. Pinnick firmly believes that the best way of teaching concepts is to present them in a dynamic manner.

Changes to E-mail Address in Blackboard Learn

On May 17, we will be changing all e-mail addresses in Blackboard Learn to users’
How I am affected?

Your e-mail address in Blackboard will be listed as your address, but when students e-mail you, you will still receive the e-mail in your mailbox.
How are my students affected?

Students’ e-mail addresses in Blackboard will appear as their address, but they will still receive their e-mail in their gmail mailbox.

New Features in Blackboard Arriving May 17th

New Features in Blackboard Arriving May 17th

In March the Office of Instructional Technology spent time testing new service packs 12, 13, and 14 in Blackboard Learn. There are quite a few new features that we will gain by upgrading to service pack 14, some of which are highlighted below.
The move to service pack 14 is scheduled for May 17th. Please contact the Office of Instructional Technology if you have any questions about these features.

OIT Web Accessibility

We did it. 100% of the legacy Web pages under the supervision of Purdue University Calumet’s Department of University Relations are in compliance with our Web Accessibility Policy. This is based on reviews done using the evaluation software tool Compliance Sheriff by HiSoftware.

Compliance Sheriff™ is software that scans content online and it can only tell us so much. It recognizes its limitations by flagging some issues as requiring visual inspection or a judgment call by a person. Because of that, the tool rarely reports a site at 100%. It’s up to us to verify the extra percent or so. And we have done that with those sites.

Brown Bag Seminar – Digital Storytelling 1

Dr. Meg Rincker, Assistant Professor of Political Science taught POL-43300, International Organization: Model United Nations and spoke about the use of Digital Storytelling in her course on February 19th, 2014. During the seminar, Dr. Rincker shared with us her experience of why digital storytelling is a great learning tool. She also shared with us the digital story projects the students created in her class.

A Common Error in SafeAssign

Recently, we have discovered a solution to the following SafeAssign error: “Sorry we do not think you are logged in to SafeAssign. Your session may have timed out. If you have received this message in error, please contact your system administrator.”  Click on the following link to access the solution for this error: How to […]

Instructor Spotlight


196643_10100313971415698_6045670_nProfessor Barbara Henning, M.A., DTR, teaches F&N 203, Introductory Foods: Selection and Preparation, this semester. This course introduces students to the principles of food selection, preparation, and meal planning. In the course, students learn a wide range of skills from cutting techniques to plate preparation, from boiling water to preparing complex sauces, and from broiling to baking. In the past, a great deal of class time was spent on demonstrating techniques to students, while they passively observed, limiting their time to complete the assigned tasks during class. Finding more class time for the students has been accomplished by moving the demonstrations online.

Upcoming Event – Digital Storytelling 2

Digital Storytelling 2 Dr. Ningchun Han will take a deeper look at Digital Storytelling. The session will cover the educational uses of Digital Storytelling and the skills students will acquire during the creation of their stories. Example stories will be shared. Date/Time: Wednesday, March 19, 12:00 to 1:00 P.M.Location: Powers 204 Register for Digital Storytelling

Brown Bag Seminar

On October 16, Ningchun Han at the Office of Instructional Technology gave a presentation to Calumet faculty on Flipped Classroom. The presentation is available below as well as in PDF format. If you are interested in knowing more about it and how to flip your classroom, please contact the Office of Instructional Technology.