Instructional Design Newsletter – December 2014

Instructional Design Newsletter
2014 December

2014 December | Instructional Design Newsletter (pdf)

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard CollaborateFaculty can now offer synchronous online lectures, office hours, guest speakers, and break out rooms to support student collaboration. Collaborate is integrated within Blackboard courses, allowing seamless access to real-time online communication.

Archive Your Blackboard Course

BlackboardIn order to make room for new courses in Blackboard, the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center will carry out a master deletion of Blackboard courses listed with the University Registrar for Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 on December 15, 2014.
If you would like to have access to Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 semester Blackboard course materials in the future, you will need to archive, copy or export the course(s) before the master deletion on December 15, 2014.
   How To:

Archive your Blackboard course
Copy your Blackboard course
Export your Blackboard course

Winter IT Scheduled Maintenance

Winter IT Scheduled MaintenanceEach year the Department of Information Technology schedules major IT systems upgrades and maintenance in early January and early August in order to minimize disruption of the University’s academic operations. This year’s January maintenance will start on Saturday, January 3 at 12:01 a.m., and will end on Sunday, January 11 at 8 a.m., 2015.


Workshops and Special Events

Session descriptions and registration links available at:

File Management / Backing Up Your Data
Tech Bytes – Faculty
Monday, Dec. 1 @ 2:00 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 2 @ 12:00 PM
Thursday, Dec. 4 @ 10:00 AM

File Management / Backing Up Your Data
Tech Bytes – Student
Wednesday, Dec. 3 @ 3:00 PM

Submitting Final Grades
Tech Bytes – Faculty
Monday, Dec. 8 @ 2:00 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 9 @ 12:00 PM

Blackboard Collaborate [webinar]
Tuesday, Dec. 9 @ 10:00 AM

Echo360 Personal Capture
Tuesday, Dec. 9 @ 10:30 AM

Technology Open Lab
Tuesday, Dec. 9 @ 1:00 PM



Instructional Design Team


Danielle Mirliss, Ed.D.
Associate Director, TLT Center
(973) 313-6021
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Renee M. Cicchino, M.A.
Senior Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6249
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  • Online Course Development Project Manager
  • Special Projects
  • School of Diplomacy
  • University Library


Amy Phillips, M.Ed.
Learning Systems Manager
(973) 275-2933
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  • Blackboard Support


Bill Otskey
Computer Training Services, Manager
(973) 275-2161


Shayle Adrian, M.S., M.Ed. 
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6189
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  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • Department of Communication & The Arts
  • School of Health & Medical Sciences


Veronica Armour, M.A.T.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2930
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  • College of Education & Human Services
  • Department of English
  • Freshman Studies
  • Department of Criminal Justice
  • Language, Literature & Culture


Heidi Trotta, M.A., Ed.M.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2882
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  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Political Science & Public Affairs
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • School of Theology
  • Department of Religion


Riad Twal, M.A, M.S., Ed.S.
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6043
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  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Math & Computer Science
  • Stillman School of Business