What’s New for June 2015
Tegrity Campus June 2015 Update Overview
Our Summer 2015 Update adds a number of core capabilities, as well as many enhancements, to the service. Here are the details on this update.
New Mac Recorder
The Summer 2015 Update brings with it a number of improvements to the Mac Recorder. The Mac Recorder gains the ability to process and upload recordings in the background, and its look and feel has been updated to be consistent with the PC recorder. In addition, support for Enforced Login has been added to the Mac Recorder.
Furthering our goal of making class time available anytime, anywhere, students can now view their classes live as they are happening. With a click of a check box, instructors can choose to broadcast their class live over the web while also recording the class. Students access Tegrity as they normally would, either directly or via their Course Management System (CMS), and will see a “Live Now” indicator next to any class being broadcasted live. Webcasting relies on the real-time processing facility described below.
Tegrity has added real-time processing capabilities in this update. Today, the post-processing of a Tegrity recording begins once the recording is completed. With real-time processing, recordings are processed as they are being captured, in real-time.
Assuming a high-speed Internet connection is available, recordings will be fully uploaded just minutes after the recording is ended (versus the approximate 30 minutes it takes today for that same recording).
The Tegrity Recorder automatically determines if the computer has sufficient capacity to perform real-time, background processing. Administrators can override the default automatic setting as needed. Real-time processing is only available for PC-based recorders at this time.
You can now embed Tegrity recordings in your own web pages and blogs, similar to YouTube videos.
Improved Mobile Streaming
Continuing in our efforts to enable mobile learning, we’ve enhanced the Tegrity Mobile App to stream not only video podcasts (vodcasts), but also enhanced audio podcasts and audio-only podcasts. For the iPad, the current Tegrity Mobile App runs great and presents recordings at full resolution quality.
Allowing exams to be taken remotely provides today’s busy students (and those with special needs) the utmost in flexibility; but other than forcing them to travel to a formal proctored facility, ensuring the integrity of the exam can be a real challenge. Until now that is!
Introducing Tegrity’s new Remote Proctoring feature. As the student takes an exam remotely, the Tegrity Remote Proctor feature captures all screen activity, as well as video of the exam taker – without the ability to pause. Once the recording is complete, it is automatically uploaded to the appropriate course, where it is immediately accessible by the instructor for potential review at up to 8x speed.
However, the mere fact that the recordings are available is typically enough to prevent cheating. Now institutions can have their cake and eat it too, providing students the flexibility they need, while easily maintaining the integrity of exams taken off-campus.
Institutions and instructors can optionally present content to students providing policy and instructions for test taking.
New and Improved Admin Interface
We’ve made a number of improvements to the admin interface, putting everything administrators need to manage Tegrity in one place – with improved navigation. The summer 2015 Update also introduces a number of new management capabilities, as follows:
- Additional customization options for the login page that give institutions more control over the look and feel of Tegrity.
- The ability for the administrator to impersonate other users. This is useful when an administrator would like to confirm that a specific instructor is seeing the appropriate course list, for example.
- Administrators are now able to install the Recorder, and are provided access to the Recorder MSI installer for use with administrative tools for managing standard computer configurations.
- New “Events and Alerts” section (see figure 1 below) is a convenient area to display events that occur (e.g. recording completed processing) or alerts of conditions needing administrator attention
- And more… additional information is available in the June 2015 Highlights for Administrators article.
Recorder and Recording Monitoring
The Summer 2015 Update also provides administrators with the ability to monitor recording computers and recordings more closely. Administrators can see a searchable and sortable list of all the Tegrity Recorders that have been installed or Recordings that have been created. The Recorder monitor provides information such as the computer name, number of recordings in the queue, and status (recording, processing, uploading, ready or offline). The Recording monitor provides information about the recording title, status, recording date/time, course ID and Name, and recording user.
New Tegrity AAIRS™ User Interface, Connectors and Agents (for CMS, SIS and authentication)
Tegrity AAIRS™ is unlike any other integration technology in the Lecture Capture space, because it runs as a web service, reaching out to the CMS/SIS or authentication source in real-time, each time a user logs in. AAIRS™ provides an easier, more seamless way to integrate Tegrity with your CMS/SIS or authentication source for authentication, authorization and identity management.
With Tegrity AAIRS™, integration is setup through a simplified drag-and-drop interface (see figure 2 below). Due to its transactional nature, there is no need to manage or monitor batch import/export processes (since there is no actual duplication, or synchronization, of data occurring).
The result is an integration that is always up-to-date, never needs any manual intervention, and doesn’t strain IT resources. Tegrity AAIRS™ even configures itself, and administrators can typically establish the connection to their CMS/SIS and/or authentication source in about 10 minutes!
This update adds AAIRS™ support for Blackboard, WebCT, Angel, Sakai, Moodle, eCollege, Active Directory, LDAP, Google Calendar and more
AAIRS™ Secure Gateway (ASG)
With the new ASG, Tegrity’s cloud-based service can connect with your authentication and authorization authorities even if they reside behind your firewall. You simply deploy a Tegrity ASG within your network and it serves as the local extension for Tegrity AAIRS™ – allowing Tegrity Campus to utilize your local authorities in a highly secure manner.
And coming soon…
Enhanced Support for System-wide Tegrity Implementations
Coming later in 2015 (planned for September) are a set of capabilities that will enable institutions to centrally control, manage and generate reports for multiple instances of Tegrity – as is typically the case for system-wide implementations. This allows the setting of system-wide policies, which are enforced across multiple institutions; and provides systems with the ability to generate reports that cover multiple institutions. And it does all this while maintaining the ability for each institution within the system to manage, as well as control the look and feel, of their particular Tegrity instance.