Archives for December 2013

Instructure Canvas Product Demo

Representatives from Instructure Canvas visited on Wednesday, December 11th to demo their LMS to S&T faculty, staff, and students and the LMS review committee.  The demo is posted below in its entirety for anyone who was unable to attend.

View the Canvas demo at Missouri S&T

For further demos of the product, please visit

Learning Management System Review Process – The Next Phase (Product Demos)

D2L-Blackboard-Canvas-01After reviewing results from surveys and open forums, examining data on current LMS usage at Missouri S&T, and collecting input from faculty representing a range of use cases, the LMS committee reached a unanimous decision on October 30th: Blackboard may not be adequately meeting the needs of Missouri S&T faculty and students, and should be evaluated against alternative learning management systems to determine the best fit for our campus.

The committee recommended that Blackboard and 2-3 additional LMS alternatives be evaluated in an actual course environment beginning as soon as January.

Educational Technology has invited two alternative learning management system providers to campus to showcase their products and answer questions from the campus community (students, faculty and staff).

Instructure Canvas will host a presentation on Wednesday, December 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Turner Room of the Havener Center.

Desire2Learn will host a presentation on Tuesday, December 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the Maramec/Gasconade Room in the Havener Center.

All faculty and students are welcome to attend!

For more information and updates about the Learning Management System review process, please visit:

EdTech U Prize Winner – Lian Duan

Congratulations to Dr. Lian Duan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for winning a Kindle Fire HD for attending EdTech U in Fall 2013! Dr. Duan is one of our newest faculty on campus, only arriving here in August 2013.

duanl-KindleWinner-EdTechU-FS2013EdTech U will continue in Spring 2014, but the hours will be changing slightly.

EdTech U will be offered in Interdiscplinary Engineering (IDE) Room 105 from 2 – 4 p.m. on Thursdays, instead of from noon – 2 p.m. It is generally available during the semester every week when classes are in session.

iPad U is offered on the first Thursday of the month when classes are in session from 2 – 3 p.m. in IDE room 104 (Faculty Center).

A special session of EdTech U will be offered on Thursday, January 16, from 1 – 3 p.m. (extended hours) to aid instructors in preparing for Spring 2014 courses.

We hope to see you there!

Don’t Cancel Your Class: Tools For Teaching on Snowy Days

2013-12-06 13_03_09-Live Video and ControlSo, you woke up this morning and thought, “Oh no! It’s Friday of dead week!  I can’t cancel class…but look at all that snow!” Am I right? EdTech can help with tools that take little or no advance planning.

Tool to use TODAY:

tegrity_vectorTegrity Lecture Capture: Have you noticed the “Tegrity Classes” button in every one of your Blackboard courses? The tool will only take a small download to use on your personal computer but it’s already set up correctly in most classrooms. Tegrity allows you to record your desktop and a webcam image as well if you would like. If you’re on your couch in your jammies, you can opt for a still shot instead.

Tools for the future:

If you need a little more robust tool for conversations with your students, Big Blue Button (available in January) and Adobe Connect (must be set up in advance by EdTech) are great for holding virtual classes or office hours.

bigbluebutton_vectorBig Blue Button: This is a virtual classroom that will be available in Blackboard for the spring semester. Be watching for details and announcements to help you learn more about Big Blue Button.

adobeconnect_vectorAdobe Connect: If you plan to use a virtual classroom regularly, EdTech can create an Adobe Connect room that will be dedicated to you for your classroom and office hour use. This room must be set up in advance but once it is available, you can use it on the fly by providing a link to your students through Blackboard.