Archives for September 2012

Blackboard Maintenance on Sunday, September 16, 2012

IT will be performing Blackboard maintenance on Sunday, September 16, 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

EdTech U Open for Business on Thursday, September 13, in IDE Room 105!

Educational Technology (EdTech) is offering a new service called “EdTech U”. This is an opportunity for instructors to gain some hands-on assistance with any educational technology supported by EdTech.

Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (excepting holidays), starting on September 13

Location: 105 Interdisciplinary Engineering Building (computer lab)

Have you ever wanted to learn:

  • more about SMART Podiums and Boards in classrooms?
  • how to capture a live class lecture?
  • new ways of using clickers?
  • which tools are available in Blackboard and how to use them effectively?
  • how to make a video or screencast?

Do you always forget:

  • how to upload content in a Blackboard course?
  • how to submit your grades?
  • how to copy items from one Blackboard course to another?
  • how to quickly check to see if student clickers are working?

Come find the answers to these questions and much, much more! Stay for 15 minutes, or stay for an hour!

If you plan on coming to EdTech U, please bring some specific task you hope to accomplish. When you are done, you will take away a completed task (or we will at least have you well on your way to completing it!).

We will answer one question or a hundred questions! Come learn something new!

For more information, or if you have any questions you want to ask before attending EdTech U, contact Educational Technology at

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2013

Educational Technology is now accepting presentation proposals for the Sixth Annual Teaching and Learning Technology Conference, scheduled for March 14-15, 2013. Interested presenters can download a copy of the Call for Presentation form at the EdTech web site or click one of the links below:

    Call for Presentations: Word Document

    Call for Presentations: PDF

The theme for this year’s conference is Assessments – From Syllabus to Final. EdTech is looking for presentations that showcase how assessments have an impact on student learning at all stages of a course. However, EdTech will review ALL submissions regardless of content.

The opening keynote speaker will be Dr. Richard M. Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Felder has many research interests, as outlined on his web site.

This year we will be offering several tracks for presenters and participants:

  • Teaching with Technology – Enhancing the instructional process by including a technology component
  • Blended Learning – Replacing some or all of the face-to-face communication in class with online tools
  • Best Practices in Teaching Strategies – Pedagogical theories on effective teaching (with or without technology)
  • “Hands-on” Activity – Computer labs are available for hands-on presentations or demonstrations
  • K-12 Education – By popular request, we will be offering a few sessions geared towards K-12 instructors. If you would like to present towards this audience, please use the same form available through the links above.

Proposals will be accepted until Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by Friday, November 16, 2012.