Archives for April 2009

TLT Conference 2009: Mark Bookout

Cycle of Learning: Effects from the Application of Technology in Instruction

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Technology affects Instruction.  Instruction affects Learning.  Learning affects Knowledge. Knowledge affects Technology

Technology
applied to teaching and learning has been in vogue for centuries.
Today, we typically think of this as the application of various
computer-based systems and components to enhance the learning
experience. Join us for a lighthearted, spirited, and entertaining
review of this serious issue. We will conduct a broad review of the
effect of the application of technology in teaching contrasted with the
technology itself. Participants will be challenged to review their own
perceptions of how they have used technology to enhance learning.
Audience participation is welcomed and strongly encouraged.

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TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Irina Ivliyeva

In-class Methods meet Online Tools: A Hybrid Class

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This presentation explores class participation, learning outcomes, and
the role of communication technologies in language learning and
teaching. Driven by sound pedagogical strategies, traditional in-class
activities are examined through the prism of Internet-based,
multi-user, interactive learning tools. New instructional options
(blogs, wikis, Audacity on Blackboard) illustrate how improved
technology helps to produce highly interactive collaborative learning
environments and provides effective support for learning assessment,
class management, content organization, and course design.

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Judith Sebesta

Using Clickers in the Arts & Humanities

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This presentation will provide ideas for using clickers in classes in
the Arts and Humanities, drawing on examples from the presenter’s
experience teaching a large Introduction to Theater course. Attendees
will have the chance to try out the clickers and share ideas for their
use in similar courses.

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TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Jeff Thomas

Flexible Learning, 100 Seats at a Time

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A combination of instructor-produced videos and web sites,
one-on-one tutoring, and automated (partial credit) grading allows
students to tailor their own learning experience in an engineering
course with 300 students.

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View demonstration pages at http://web.mst.edu/~mecmovie/ and view sample videos at http://web.mst.edu/~ide110-1/lessons/02/index.html.

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Stephen Ehrmann

Using Evidence to Improve Teaching and Learning (with Technology): Asking the Right Questions

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Ehrmann.jpgToo many options, too much information, too little time and too much
risk: those are just some of the reasons why we take relatively little
advantage of new technology to do new things.  Part of the risk is that
we often teach with blindfolds more than half-covering our eyes: what
are students thinking? What do they do on the course when they’re away
from the classroom? What advice might they give that would help improve
an assignment or classroom activity, the next time the course is taught?

We
will explore a few new options for getting inside students’ heads, and
what questions to ask, in order to improve teaching and learning in
courses.  We’ll consider surveys, video recording, and polling systems
(including what you can do with cell phones – bring yours!)

Then
we’ll explore the kinds of questions most likely to produce feedback an
instructor can use to improve a course, no matter how students answer
that question.  Some of those questions would work in almost any
course, while others ask about specific teaching/learning activities;
for example, suppose that you’re not happy with the number of students
participating in online discussion; what questions might you ask
students in order to figure out how to increase participation?  We’ll
pay particular attention to inquiries designed uncover ways to help all
students in the course, not just the ‘best’ student or the ‘average’
student.

The University has access to some tools and resources
you can use for this scholarship of teaching and learning, and to share
what you’ve learned with colleagues. We’ll look at a few of those. And
we’ll conclude by discussing whether any changes are needed in the ways
the University supports faculty inquiry of this type.

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CLC Software Request Process for Fall 2009 Now Open!

EdTech and IT are opening up the CLC software request process for faculty who need specific software packages installed in computer learning centers across campus.

All software requests should be submitted to IT for processing no later than close of business on Friday, April 17, 2009.

Software currently available in each of the CLCs on campus can be found at:

http://it.mst.edu/clc/


To request software be installed in a CLC, send an email to edtech@mst.edu that includes the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your department
  • The software to be installed and each software package requested should include:
    • Software name and version
    • CLC location(s)
    • Courses affected by the requested software

Please use this Subject line when sending email:

CLC Software Request – Fall Semester 2009

If you are requesting software on behalf of your entire departement, please include (in addition to the above information):

  • Instructors who will be using the software
  • Courses affected by the requested software (please do not use “ALL”; be specific–e.g. CHEM 001, CHEM 002, MATH 204, etc.)

Other important considerations when requesting CLC software:

  • If the software package requires a license, it will need to be managed by a license server
  • The software package has been tested by IT and has been determined not to “break” or interfere with the normal operation of other software installed in a CLC
  • The software package requested meets campus security standards.

Once the software request has been received by EdTech and IT, we will follow up with customers on an individual basis to ensure all software request needs have been met for Fall Semester.

We appreciate your cooperation and attention to detail when submitting software requests.


NOTES:

Software that meets all of the following criteria will no longer be included in the image for a given CLC:

  1. It has not been requested for 3 semesters or longer.
  2. It is not part of the standard software package for CLC images.

To ensure that software you need for your courses is available for your students, please submit a request for software every semester that you will need it. Do not assume that requesting it once means that it will always be available.

IT regularly rebuilds the images on all campus CLC machines to help maintain the integrity, stability security of the campus network.

Blackboard outage on Sunday, April 5

Blackboard_Logo.jpgBlackboard will be unavailable
this Sunday, April 5, for a period of 6 to 12 hours. The outage is due
to maintenance being performed by MOREnet and will begin at 12:00 a.m.
and continue through to at least 6:00 a.m. It is possible that the
outage could be extended until 12:00 p.m.

Please call the Help Desk with questions about this or any other issue at 573-341-HELP (4357).   

Blackboard courses older than two years to expire

On April 17, IT will perform a cleanup of all Blackboard courses older
than two years as part of Missouri S&T’s two year Blackboard course
retention policy. After April 17, any course content, enrollment, and
entire courses themselves which are older than two years, will be
purged from Blackboard and will not be recoverable.

If you wish
to retain content in any of these courses, it is important that you
archive, export, or copy off any content you wish to retain for these
courses prior to the remove date.If you require assistance with
archiving or copying off any of the course information, please contact
the Educational Technology team at 341-4131 or edtech@mst.edu.

You
should receive several email reminders during March, listing your
specific courses that are set to expire. If you are one of multiple
instructors for any of these courses, please coordinate efforts with
other instructors in the course to ensure any data which needs to be
retained is archived or copied by April 17.

If you have any questions about this issue, please contact the IT Help Desk at 573-341-HELP (4357).