Archives for October 2009

Call for Proposals: Missouri S&T Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2010

Educational Technology is now accepting presentation proposals for the Third Annual Teaching and Learning Technology Conference, scheduled for March 11-12, 2010. Interested presenters can download a copy of the Call for Proposal form at our web site: edtech.mst.edu.

This year’s theme will be Cyberlearning.

Proposals will be accepted until November 20, 2009. The conference schedule will be finalized around December 11, 2009. At that time submitters will be notified of acceptance.
 
Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Joel Hartman — Vice Provost for Information Technologies and Resources at the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Hartman has been instrumental in leading the University of Central Florida in the arena of online and blended learning.

EdTech Joins YouTube

EdTech is a little late to the game, but we finally set up a YouTube account for our group. Although we have access to other ways of posting videos, I figured YouTube has some versatility that our other methods don’t have.

However, the quality of our videos has diminished somewhat. Compare the video below to the one that is found on our own web space: How to Login to Blackboard.

Wimba Upgrade on October 9, 2009

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IT will be upgrading Wimba Voice Tools building block within Blackboard on Friday, October 9, 2009, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Wimba Live Classroom and other Voice Tools will be unavailable for approximately 30 minutes during the upgrade process.

Regular Blackboard services will still be available.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at 573-341-HELP.

Blackboard — Digital Dropbox Permanently Decommissioned Summer 2010

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Blackboard’s Digital Dropbox  will be permanently decommissioned in Summer 2010, prior to the release of Blackboard Version 9 on our campus. The Digital Dropbox has been used most commonly by students to store data files prior to submission to the instructor’s dropbox, but will no longer be supported in Blackboard 9.

Digital Dropbox will no longer be available starting in Summer 2010.

We realize that a large number of instructors rely on digital dropbox for collecting assignments from students.  

The Assignment tool is much more effective for organizing student assignments. Assignments can be downloaded for grading in bulk, or individually, depending on an instructor’s needs. They are also tied to the Grade Center and have numerous feedback options for providing timely responses to student submissions. The Assignment tool is currently available in Blackboard 8, our current version, and will continue to be supported in Blackboard 9.

EdTech wants to help instructors who are currently using the Digital Dropbox to transition their courses to using the Assignments tool. During the rest of Fall Semester 2009 and Spring Semester 2010, we encourage instructors to engage with us on how to best make the transition.

Online resources for using the Assignments tool can be found at:

http://edtech.mst.edu/servicesupport/blackboard/addassignments.html

If you would like some assistance with restructuring your course to take advantage of Assignments, please contact EdTech (edtech@mst.edu) for a consultation. We would be glad to talk to you and provide guidance.