Archives for August 2013

Taking a hard look at Blackboard…how well does it measure up?

Do you think Blackboard should have features that it doesn’t have?  Are there things you like about Blackboard that you don’t want changed?  How well is Blackboard supporting your teaching and learning needs?  If you are an instructor and you don’t use Blackboard, why or why not?

During the fall semester, Educational Technology will be working with a committee of instructors and students to evaluate Blackboard against S&T’s needs and expectations for a learning management system. The features of other learning management systems will be reviewed as well. The process will allow everyone to be heard through surveys and open forums. Your input – what you like, dislike and wish for – is important to the project team.

This process works best if everyone is involved. Here is your first chance. The link below will take you to the survey to offer your opinion and feedback. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and let us know what you think. You will have the opportunity to enter your name for a prize.

http://tinyurl.com/LMS-Review
(Survey is available until Friday, September 20, 2013)

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Educational Technology at edtech@mst.edu or Angie Hammons at hammonsa@mst.edu.

EdTech U Open for Business on THURSDAYS in IDE Room 105!

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WALK-INS WELCOME!

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY!

Moved to Thursdays!
(Starting Aug. 22, 2013)

Noon to 2 p.m. in IDE 105

Educational Technology (EdTech) will be continuing “EdTech U” in Fall 2013. This is an opportunity for instructors to gain some hands-on assistance with any educational technology supported by EdTech.Attending EdTech U will also enter you in a raffle, the winner of which will be drawn at the end of each semester.

Hours of Operation: Noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays starting on August 22

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?
  • more about the instructional design process? Especially for online or blended courses?

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?
  • how to design a course for maximum pedagogical effectiveness?

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 edtech@mst.edu.

EdTech Newsletter for Fall Semester 2013 is Now Available!

Edward_Tech-02-sm1Ed Said, Educational Technology’s Fall 2013 newsletter is now available. The past several months have resulted in a number of changes in the services and support offered by Educational Technology. At the very least, the following services have been upgraded or added over the summer:

  • Blackboard – New “inline grading” feature.
  • TurningPoint – Unified interface that integrates PowerPoint Polling, Anywhere Polling, and Self-Paced Polling.
  • Kaltura – Upload streaming media files into Blackboard.

The newsletter also discusses the effective use of blogs in a course, additional student-focused resources that can be added to a Blackboard course, tips for managing online discussions, and more.

Download the current version of the newsletter today!