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Distributed Learning Technologies

Student Success Initiatives

In alignment with Chico State’s current campus objectives and Information Resources’ (IRES) Information and Technology Strategic Plan, Distributed Learning Technologies (DLT) has been actively engaged in the following Student Success Support projects and initiatives.


Blackboard Ally. Campus wide activation went live May 24, 2018.  This tool should continue to help foster continuous improvement via faculty reports and the distribution of the “Institutional Report”.

Video Migration Project. Still in progress. There is resistance to moving existing video content from other video platforms (Bb Learn, YouTube, Vimeo) to Kaltura. As we offload video content from Blackboard Learn into other locations, this will mitigate risks involving non-captioned content.

Standardized Process. We have enacted a new project intake progress that helps ensure campus ITPR’s are completed prior to academic software activation.

DLT Website Redesign. DLT’s website has been redesigned in Cascade 3.0 in order to take advantage of the latest advances in mobile-friendly, accessible design. The site is regularly scanned by SiteImprove to detect and resolve accessibility issues.


Proctorio. For the 2018-19 academic year, Chico has entered into a contract that will support the unlimited per student annual use of this tool for up to 3,200 students.  This represent a 50% annual savings per user, demonstrates a more logical and affordable model to students, and helps to ensuring the integrity of campus assessments. It also shifts financial burden to the campus instead of individual students.

Google Classroom. The School of Education (SOE) has been attempting to “turn-on” Google Classroom (GC) so they can better prepare students to meet the expectations of the educational workforce. Recently, former Chico State students confirmed the value of this business need, and identified the inability to use GC as a “hole” in their education.  Additional discussion have uncovered that GC is used heavily by North State K-12 schools, and that it would be beneficial if incorporated into the teaching credential curriculum.

Key features:

  • Empower credential students to manage LMS content at no additional cost.
  • Creates a new educational model leveraging students as course administrators and peer interaction for feedback.
  • Make additional use of existing resources.

Lynda Campus. For the last 3 years, Chico has had a university-wide contract allowing students, faculty and staff unlimited use of Lynda’s online training materials. During the 2017-18 academic year, this supported:

  • 86,235 videos viewed
  • An average of 1,500 user logins a month
  • 8,452 active users
  • 1,965 new users
  • 5,877 Hours of video viewed

Within the next year, Chico will be looking to move to Lynda’s new platform, called LinkedIn Learning. This should provide additional resources to students, including direct integration with their professional profile and access to an ePortfolio tool. Additional details will be forthcoming.