VDI Maintenance on Thursday, February 4, 2016

IT will updating of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) systems on Thursday, February 4, starting at around 10 p.m.

This will result in a 30-minute outage of VMWare View services during the maintenance window (10 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday).

IT strongly recommends that you do NOT attempt to login to the VDI through VMWare View during the maintenance window. If you lose connectivity during the outage, you will NOT be able to save any work.

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class


Four quick ways to shift students’ attention from life’s distractions to your course content.Source: chronicle.comOne of the more challenging aspects to teaching is to start each class in the right way. This means getting students to put … [Continue reading]

A Lecture From the Lectured


We're tired of sitting silently in the dark, listening to you read the PowerPoint aloud.Source: chroniclevitae.comNote: This essay was written by a group of students taught by Catherine Prendergast, a professor of English at the University of … [Continue reading]

What is Authentic Assessment? (Authentic Assessment Toolbox)


Let me clarify the attributes by elaborating on each in the context of traditional and authentic assessments: Selecting a Response to Performing a Task: On traditional assessments, students are typically given several choices (e.g., a,b,c or … [Continue reading]

Instructors: FS15 Blackboard Courses to be Set to “Unavailable”

Blackboard courses from last semester, FS15, will be made "unavailable" on January 20th at the end of the day. Don't worry, the courses aren't gone, they're just hidden from the default student view. If you want to preserve student access to that … [Continue reading]

Reminder to Instructors: You Must Make Your Course “Available” for Students to See It.

Blackboard courses are set to "Unavailable" by default; the instructor must make them "Available" in order for students to see and access the course from the Blackboard homepage. To set course availability using the control panel, navigate to … [Continue reading]

Avoid Using Microsoft Internet Explorer to Access Blackboard


S&T Educational Technology recommends NOT using Microsoft's Internet Explorer as your internet browser when accessing Blackboard. As of Jan 12, 2016, Microsoft themselves are discontinuing support for all previous versions of Internet … [Continue reading]


If you are planning to use clickers in SPRING 2016, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2015. https://itweb.mst.edu/auth-cgi-bin/cgiwrap/clickers/request_clickers.pl This … [Continue reading]

TEGRITY Courses Purged at End of Semester – FS 2015

IMPORTANT! Please read the following message VERY carefully! Educational Technology (EdTech) will be purging ALL course sessions stored in Tegrity at close of business on Friday, January 8, 2016. Missouri S&T’s usage agreement with Tegrity … [Continue reading]

Will You Be Using Tegrity Lecture Capture for SPRING 2016?

Do you plan to use Tegrity lecture capture during SPRING 2016? If so, then Educational Technology will need to gather some basic information from you so that we may prepare any room(s) in which you will be teaching with the appropriate … [Continue reading]