Microphone Tips (for recording videos)

If you or your students use Kaltura to record videos, we recommend you confirm your microphone is working properly before recording a video. This will help ensure you don’t have to re-record your video. Follow these steps, depending on your device, to confirm your microphone is turned on and the volume is turned all the way up. You can also use the Online Mic Test tool to test your microphone.

Microsoft Windows 10

    1. Open the Control Panel. Or, search Windows for Control Panel.
    2. Click Sound.
    3. Click the Recording tab.
    4. Confirm the correct device is selected as the default device.
    5. Right-click the device, and then click Properties.
    6. Click the Levels tab.
    7. Confirm the volume is at 100.

Microsoft Windows 7

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Control Panel.
    3. Click Hardware and Sound.
    4. Click Sound.
    5. Click Speakers, and then Properties.
    6. Click the Levels tab.
    7. Confirm the volume is at 100.


    1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your monitor.
    2. Click System Preferences.
    3. Click Sound.
    4. Click the Input tab.
    5. Confirm the internal microphone is selected.
    6. Confirm the input volume slider is all the way to the right.
    7. Speak into your microphone and confirm the bars move as your speak.

iPad (iOS 9 and above)

    1. Tap Settings.
    2. Tap Privacy.
    3. Tap Microphone.
    4. Confirm the dial next to MediaSpace is turned on.

If your microphone is functioning properly, but you’re still experiencing audio playback issues, please email LDT.

Rafter 360 and Canvas: A new way to adopt and access course material

Maryville has chosen Rafter to provide a comprehensive solution for course materials. Going forward, faculty and students will access Rafter via Canvas. In order to accommodate Rafter, we’ve made a slight change to the global navigation menu in Canvas.

We added a new icon to the global navigation menu titled Resources.

When Resources is clicked, links to Rafter appear. These links are titled Course Materials, University Library, Writing Studio, Lynda.com, Grammarly, and Lockdown Browser.

When Course Materials is clicked, the appropriate links should be clicked.

  • Faculty will use Rafter to adopt course materials.
  • Students will use Rafter to access eBooks and update their shipping address for physical books.

For questions about Rafter, please contact the Maryville University Bookstore. For questions about Canvas, contact LDT.

Current Kaltura iPad App Limitation

Currently, the Kaltura iPad app MediaSpace will only allow you to record up to a 10 minute video. We are working with our Kaltura rep to have this time limit extended.

In the meantime, if you or your students need to record a video that’s longer than 10 minutes using the iPad, the device’s camera app is a good alternative. If the camera app is used, the video can be easily be uploaded into Kaltura. The upload time is typcially a few minutes.

Things to Remember

Keep in mind these tips to ensure easy recording using the iPad camera app.

  • There is enough storage space on the device to record a large video. This is an especially helpful reminder for those students whose iPads are linked to their iPhones.
  • Make sure the iPad is fully charged before starting the recording process.

Contact LDT with questions.

Required Panopto Update

On July 29, Panopto will require all recorders to be updated to version 5.1 or 5.2. You will be prompted to update your recorder on this date, and will be unable to use Panopto until your version is updated to 5.1 or 5.2. If you are currently using a Maryville-issued computer, please contact the Help Desk to complete the update.

If you want to update your recorder before July 29, please visit http://learn.hosted.panopto.com, and sign in using Panopto Canvas Integration.

    1. Type your Maryville.edu username and password.
    2. Once logged in, click Download Panopto.
    3. Click the appropriate Download Installer.
    4. Once the software is downloaded, the installer opens and you can begin the installation process.

Even though Panopto is still available, we recommend using our new video platform, Kaltura, for future video recording needs.


Please contact LDT with questions.

Panopto Update Coming Soon

On July 29, 2016, Panopto will require Panopto Desktop Recorders for Windows to be updated to version 5.1 and for Mac to version 4.9.1. The recorders will be updated on July 29 at 7 p.m. (CT). After this date and time, you will be prompted to update your recorder upon log in. To update your recorder, click the button download and install the latest version. For assistance updating the recorder, view one of these resources.

The recorders are being updated because Panopto 5.1 includes important bug fixes, which prevent data loss in certain circumstances. Panopto 4.9.1 includes important fixes to support the latest version of Keynote.

Please contact us with questions.

Evernote Shortcuts

Do you frequently use Evernote? Here are some shortcuts to help you quickly perform common actions.

Create a New Note

Use this shortcut to create a new note.
Windows: Ctrl + N
Mac: ⌘ + N

Find Your Notebooks

Use this shortcut to quickly find a specific notebook.
Windows: Alt + Shift + N
Mac: ⌘ + J

Paste Clipboard

Use this shortcut to paste content from the Web (or somewhere else) into a new note.
Windows: Ctrl + Alt + V
Mac: Ctrl + ⌘ + V

Paste and Match Style

Use this shortcut to paste content and keep your formatting style.
Windows: Win + V
Mac: Shift + ⌘ + V

Search in Evernote

Use this shortcut to search in Evernote from any program. This shortcut also works if Evernote is minimized.
Windows: Win + Shift + F
Mac: Ctrl + ⌘ + E

Found any other Evernote shortcuts? Let us know!

Apps for Use in and out of the Classroom

During a recent professional development activity, faculty members shared different iPad apps they’re using in and out of the classroom. Here is a list of some of the apps discussed and where you can go to find more information about each.


Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is an app that allows you to create digital designs, or visual stories.

BiblioBoard Library

BiblioBoard Library is an app that allows you to access digital books, images, articles, documents, audio, and video.


Flipboard is an app that acts as a pocket-sized magazine. It allows you to access stories, photos, and videos of interest to you.


MathBot is an app that allows you to use a math keyboard to easily create equations.


Mendeley is an app that allows you to organize and annotate PDFs. It syncs across all your devices and content is accessible offline.


Pocket is an app that allows you to save articles, videos, or links to access later. It syncs across all your devices and content is accessible offline.


Slack is an app that allows you to message and share files with individuals or groups. It syncs across all your devices.


TeamViewer is an app that allows you to remotely control Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. It also allows you to remotely access unattended computers, such as servers.

TouchCast Studio

TouchCast Studio is an app that allows you to present anything, including webpages, files, images, and videos. It also allows you to record presentations to share.

Ulysses Mobile

Ulysses Mobile is an app that allows you to work on every phase of the writing process, including editing. Writings can be exported into PDFs, webpages, eBooks, and Word documents. It also syncs across all your devices.


Wunderlist is an app that allows you to create and share to-do lists and tasks. It syncs across all your devices.


Here are some iPad accessories that may interest you. When purchasing accessories, make sure you purchase ones that are compatible with your specific device.

Origami keyboard stand

Adonit jot stylus

Do you have any apps or accessories you currently use that you’d like to share with other faculty members? Email us, and we’ll add your ideas to the list!

Why the Striking Down of Net Neutrality Could be a BIG Deal

Last week the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the “Federal Communication’s Open Internet Order.”

The “Open Internet Rules” did three things:

1. ISP’s have to be transparent about how they manage network congestion

2. They can’t block traffic on wired networks, no matter the source

3. They can’t put competing services into an “internet” slow lane to benefit their own interests.

In short, this order gave the FCC the power to treat the internet as a utility (i.e. water, electric), and in doing so provide what is called “net neutrality.”

Net neutrality is the idea that all data on the internet should be treated the same. No matter who is consuming it. No matter where it is coming from. No matter what device it is being consumed with. For example, your Internet Services Provider (ISP—ex. Charter), should treat your ability to consume a YouTube video the same as your ability to consume a Netflix show.

Here is why these rules being overturned could be a BIG deal.

Without net neutrality, ISP’s can treat the consumer differently. This, in itself, could be devastating. 

A recent article at campustechnology.com, put it this way :

“”It’s not hard to imagine, for example, a commercial network that has Apple as a major sponsor and makes it harder to use an Android phone or vice-versa. Or, a network where the video for courses from the University of Phoenix or Coursera run quickly, but those from edX and your local community college run at slower speed and lower resolution.””

It’s difficult to say what will become of this. Many are arguing that the case actually gave the FCC more leverage in regulating ISP’s. It’s unlikely that ISP’s will enact any of these policies in the near future, as it would cause consumer unrest, but it’s in the realm of possibility that the internet that we’ve become accustomed to could be a thing of the past.


Using Technology to Assist in Criminal Investigations (a post by Geri Brandt, Assistant Professor Criminal Justice and Criminology)

In the early morning hours of May 2009, a small neighborhood awoke to police sirens breaking the silence in Columbia, Illinois. Christopher Coleman called his neighbor to inform him that he had repeatedly calling his wife at home, and failing to contact her became extremely worried. The neighbor was Detective Justin Barlow of the Columbia, Illinois Police Department. Since it was a school day, and his wife and children (Garett, 11 and Gavin, 9), would normally be starting their morning routine, Chris Coleman asked his neighbor to check on the family. What the detective discovered in the home made national news.

Aside from the overwhelming trace and physical evidence indicative of a triple homicide, which had taken place inside the Coleman home, a simple cell phone ‘ping’ would connect Christopher Coleman to the murder of this wife and sons, (along with other damaging evidence). He had originally told homicide detectives that he was in the unincorporated south St. Louis County area driving to his gym. Once the case detectives obtained a search warrant for this cell phone records, the transcripts would show that he was actually calling from a location near Dupo, Illinois to check on his family, not where he had originally informed detectives. This form of forensic technology is called “pinging.” Although the ping hit/transcript will not yield the exact location of the person in question, it does provide any investigative tool that discloses the exact tower where the cell phone signal ‘hit’ off, sending the signal back to the user phone. Although cell phone records are protected under The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006, with the proper documentation provided by law enforcement, these records must be disclosed.

The above-mentioned story may not be considered a ‘high-tech’ method in helping with criminal investigations when compared to the pervasive use of drones in our society, digital DNA printing, recon robots, and the more popular use of iPads, however, technology is assisting law enforcement agencies throughout our nation every day in the apprehension of offenders and solving crimes.

Submitted by Geriann Brandt M.A.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice/ Criminology