Archives for July 2012

Tegrity Lecture Capture Coming to Blackboard Courses

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On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Tegrity Lecture Capture will be made available in ALL Blackboard courses.

Up until now, Tegrity was deployed to select courses based on instructor needs. After August 1, Tegrity will be available for all instructors to use in their Blackboard courses.

Tegrity allows instructors to record their lecture notes. Students can monitor and participate in the recording live, or review the recording later. Both instructors and students can add their own annotations to the recordings (even after the recording process is completed).

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU:

  • In order to use Tegrity to its fullest potential, you will need a webcam/microphone for the lecture capture.
    1. Contact EdTech by submitting a ticket through the Help Desk (573-341-HELP or online at help.mst.edu) and we will arrange for the classroom in which you are teaching to be properly equipped with technology.
    2. EdTech can also arrange to show you how the technology works in the classroom.
  • A new Tegrity Classes button will appear at the bottom of the course menu.

    WARNING: Do NOT delete this button. If you do, it may be very difficult to restore the button if you decide later you want to use Tegrity. Please leave the button alone if you do not intend to use Tegrity.

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  • If you do not want students to see the button, you can hide the link from students as follows:
    1. Click the drop-down arrow on the right-hand side of the Tegrity Classes button.
    2. Click Hide Link.

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    3. A little gray square icon with a slash through it will appear on the Tegrity Classes button, indicating that the button is hidden from students.

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    4. To make the button visible to students again, click the drop-down arrow on the right-hand side of the Tegrity Classes button and click Show Link.

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Educational Technology will be conducting a series of Tegrity training sessions for all instructors interested in seeing what Tegrity is all about. Visit the link below to sign up for an available session!

http://edtech.mst.edu/events/tegrity/

For more information, contact Educational Technology at edtech@mst.edu.
 

Blackboard 9.1 Training Opportunities

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Educational Technology is offering several opportunities to learn more about Blackboard 9.1 in August (before Fall 2012).

To sign up for a training opportunity, visit the link below:

http://edtech.mst.edu/events/blackboard9-1/

Each training opportunity will cover the following:

  • Basic functions of Blackboard 9.1 – A few functions have changed since Blackboard 9. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Adding content (more features available)
    • Content management (single-sourcing now possible)
    • Syllabus tools
    • Learning Modules
    • And more…
  • Grade Center – Many of the Grade Center features remain unchanged from version 9, but many additional enhancements have been added.
    • “Needs Grading” to immediately see which assignments need attention.
    • “Quick” smart views for tests and assignments; additional smart views can be created for easy filtering.
    • Color code cells based on instructor-created criteria (e.g. grade thresholds).
    • Rubrics can be tied to assignments, blogs, wikis, and discussion forums for easy and consistent subjective grading. Rubrics can be made visible to students before or after they submit an assignment (or not at all).
  • Assessments – New test creation tools allow for much more flexibility in creating a test or quiz.
    • Create blocks and sets of questions, which can be randomly assigned to each student.
    • Pick questions out of a pool by a variety of criteria (or randomly assign questions from a pool).
    • Assign topics, levels of difficulty, and categories to question sets.

For more information, contact EdTech at edtech@mst.edu.

Blackboard Collaborate Training Opportunities

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Educational Technology is offering several opportunities to learn about Blackboard Collaborate in August (before Fall 2012). Collaborate is a virtual learning environment where students and instructors can interact online much as they do within a traditional classroom.

To sign up for a training opportunity, visit the link below:

http://edtech.mst.edu/events/collaborate/

Each training opportunity will cover the following:

  • Uses (live class, record a class, virtual office hours)
  • Features (white board, application sharing, web tour, changing permissions, chat, polling)
  • Creating a new session
  • Accessing recorded sessions

For more information, contact EdTech at edtech@mst.edu.

Tegrity Lecture Capture Training Opportunities

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Educational Technology is offering several opportunities to learn about Tegrity Lecture Capture in August (before Fall 2012). Tegrity records an instructor’s lecture notes for later review by students. Both students and instructors can add annotations to the recordings.

To sign up for a training opportunity, visit the link below:

http://edtech.mst.edu/events/tegrity/

Each training opportunity will cover the following:

  • When to use Tegrity
  • Getting started
  • Features
  • Accessing recordings and publishing recordings for student view
  • Advanced features

For more information, contact EdTech at edtech@mst.edu.

Blackboard Maintenance on Sunday, July 15, 2012

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IT will be performing Blackboard maintenance on Sunday, July 15, 2012, starting at 12:00 a.m.

Blackboard will be unavailable for 4-6 hours between midnight and 6 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.