Archives for August 2012

REMINDER: Courses in Blackboard Need to be Made Available to Students

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Educational Technology wishes to remind all instructors that courses in Blackboard need to be made “Available” to students before students can access the content.

Instructions for making a course available can be found at:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/blackboard9-1/courseavailable/

By default, we make courses unavailable to give instructors time to populate a course with content before students can see the materials.

However, it is VERY important that when a course is ready, it be made available to students. We often receive tickets from the Help Desk that students cannot see a course and this is most often due to the fact that the course has not been made available.

Finally, if your will be teaching a clicker-enabled course, students will not be able to register their clickers inside of Blackboard until courses are made available. (The Walk-in Center in the Library has a temporary course they can use to help students register clickers if the students’ courses are not yet available.)

For more information, please contact the Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at help.mst.edu.

Upgrades to Classroom Technology for Fall Semester 2012

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Educational Technology has performed the following technology upgrades to classrooms and computer learning centers (CLCs) for Fall Semester 2012:

  • All CLCs now have Windows 7 installed.
  • All instructor stations in both classrooms and CLCs now have Skype installed.
  • All CLC machines now have the following upgrade software installed:
    • AutoCAD 2012
    • Maple 16
    • MathType 6.8
    • Matlab 2012a
  • The following CLCs now have upgraded computers installed:
    • Campus Support Facility 114
    • Centennial Hall 105
    • Emerson Electric Hall 106
    • Emerson Electric Hall 107
    • Engineering Management 222
    • Engineering Management 235

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the changes in technology, please contact the Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at help.mst.edu.

Blackboard Collaborate Upgrade on Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Blackboard Collaborate will be upgraded to the latest version at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Collaborate is a virtual learning environment integrated into Blackboard.

The newest version has some minor enhancements such as greatly improved noise cancellation features and the ability to better monitor which permissions each participant has within the Collaborate session.

This upgrade is not expected to cause any outage of Blackboard or Collaborate services.

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