Archives for April 2011

CLCs and Classrooms are upgrading to Windows 7

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EdTech and IT will be upgrading all of the computers in the classrooms and several of the Computer Learning Centers (CLCs) to the Windows 7 operating
system.

Classroom upgrades will be completed by June 6, 2011. Several of the CLCs have been upgraded. Throughout
the summer, several others will be converted. ALL CLCs are expected to be
upgraded to Windows 7 by Summer 2012.

CLCs which have already been upgraded are as follows:

Library

V.H. McNutt Hall 130

V.H. McNutt Hall B12

Toomey Hall 251

Toomey Hall 345

Pace Lab (Toomey Hall)

Thomas Jefferson Residence Hall

CLCs scheduled to be upgraded over the summer include:

Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering 115

Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering 122

Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering 313

Computer Science 206

Computer Science 212/213

Quadrangle Residence Hall

Residential College

A basic video introduction on Windows 7 is available at:

http://tinyurl.com/IntroWindows7

Windows 7 has many more features than XP or Vista, and most
of the features that exist in all versions of Windows have been improved for
Windows 7. This change is for the betterment of the students as well as the
faculty and staff of Missouri S&T.

Visit edtechconnect.mst.edu
for news and updates regarding Windows 7 on campus.

Contact the Help Desk at (573) 341-HELP or http://help.mst.edu
for assistance in using Windows 7 or to request a copy of Windows 7 for a
campus-owned machine.

Blackboard Maintenance on Sunday, April 17, 2011

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IT will be performing Blackboard maintenance on Sunday, April 17, 2011, starting at 12:00 a.m.

Blackboard will be unavailable for 4 hours between midnight and 4 a.m.

Please call the Help Desk with questions about this or any other IT issue at 573-341-HELP (4357) or submit an online Help Request at http://help.mst.edu.

Blackboard Seminar Series on Friday, April 15, 2011

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EdTech is hosting a Blackboard Seminar Series on Friday, April 15, at Noon in Centennial Hall Room 103.

This session will focus on how to effectively use assessment tools inside (and outside) of Blackboard.

Topics will include:

  • Assignment tools – students can submit assignments that show up in the Grade Center for easy download and feedback
  • Adaptive Release – determine which students are able to view and complete assignments, or determine grading criteria for which assignments are available.
  • Test options – see which options are available for deploying a test, such as multiple attempts, date and time restrictions, and more.
  • Respondus – a test creation tool compatible with Blackboard that facilitates the process of creating tests and pools. It is also compatible with Microsoft Word for easy import into Blackboard.

This will be a brown-bag lunch event, with beverages provided courtesy of EdTech.

For more information, contact Educational Technology at edtech@mst.edu or 341-4131.

Technology and Mathematics: Who Knew?

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Barb Wilkins and Angie Hammons submitted a poster session for the recent SLOAN-C Blended Learning conference and workshop, held in Oak Brook, Illinois. Everyone from the “Ed” side of EdTech attended, leaving only the “Tech” part at home in Rolla, large and in charge.

Here is a brief overview of the poster session we presented, along with some pictures of the other poster presentations. Ours was the only one (out of many) that used an actual display board. The conference organizers tried to encourage everyone who attended to go “green” this year. Ours is definitely “green”, but not in the way they intended.