Archives for April 2014

Will You Be Using Tegrity Lecture Capture For FALL 2014?

Do you plan to use Tegrity lecture capture during FALL 2014?

If so, then Educational Technology will need to gather some basic information from you so that we may prepare any room(s) in which you will be teaching with the appropriate technology.

To gather that information, we ask that you complete the survey linked below:

Tegrity Lecture Capture Information Survey
(This survey will expire at midnight on Friday, May 23)

This survey will ask you in which rooms you will be teaching and will also ask which technology (audio or video) that you will need. NOTE: Several rooms are already equipped with Tegrity technology.

If you want to find out more information about Tegrity, please visit the EdTech web page below:

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

For assistance with Tegrity-related issues, please contact the IT Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at help.mst.edu.

TEGRITY Courses Purged at End of Semester – SP 2014

IMPORTANT! Please read the following message VERY carefully!

Educational Technology (EdTech) will be purging ALL course sessions stored in Tegrity at close of business on Friday, May 30, 2013.

Missouri S&T’s usage agreement with Tegrity limits us to only 500 hours of recordings per semester. This means we MUST remove all recordings from Tegrity at the end of each semester in order to ensure we have enough space available for recordings in the next semester.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU:

If you used Tegrity lecture capture to record your class sessions, those recordings will be removed permanently from Tegrity’s servers. This includes any recordings in your private course. All Tegrity users are given a private course in addition to their regular courses (listed as “<NAME> Private Course” in the course list inside of Tegrity).

Any recordings that you wish to keep will need to be downloaded from Tegrity to a different storage space (e.g. local hard drive, flash drive, DVD, etc.). Fortunately, there are a few different ways of downloading recordings.

Download the recording to HTML/DVD compatible format:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/tegrity/downloadrecording/

This method will allow you to review your Tegrity recordings in a web browser. You will also be able to upload your Tegrity recordings back into Tegrity again if you need to recycle the recording from semester to semester.

To upload a recording that has been downloaded, visit this link:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/tegrity/uploadrecording/

WARNING: Please do NOT upload a recording back into Tegrity for Fall 2014 until AFTER the purge for Spring 2014 has taken place. The purge process will remove ALL Tegrity recordings, including any that have been uploaded back into Tegrity. (You will still be able to upload the recordings after the purge.)

NOTE: In previous semesters, it was possible for instructors and students to “subscribe” to a Tegrity recording as a podcast. The current version of Tegrity is apparently having difficulty interfacing properly with the most recent versions of iTunes. This means that iTunes no longer downloads the Tegrity recordings properly.

Any instructor who would like assistance in backing up their Tegrity recordings is strongly encouraged to contact the Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at help.mst.edu. EdTech will be glad to provide that assistance.

More information about Tegrity lecture capture can be found at:

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

 

Blackboard Course Renumbering for Fall Semester 2014

As a result of a proposal that was submitted and approved by the Faculty Senate to renumber course offering at Missouri S&T, the Registrar and academic departments are converting courses to a new 4-digit numbering system for Fall Semester 2014.

What does this mean for you and your Blackboard courses?

Please read the following information carefully!

  • Every semester, courses are normally created automatically in Blackboard from information contained in Joe’SS (PeopleSoft).
    • This semester (SP 2014), IT and EdTech have halted that process.
    • Creating courses NOW in Blackboard will result in duplicate courses being created later in the Summer with the new numbering system. That will result in confusion for faculty trying to prepare their courses for Fall.
  • Even though the official “cut-over” to the new 4-digit numbering system is scheduled to occur on August 1, 2014, IT and EdTech are working to prepare Blackboard courses early so that instructors can develop fall courses. This work should be completed by the end of April.
  • The Registrar and IT have worked together to create a web-based application to help you identify the new course numbers for courses you teach: Online Course Renumbering Crosswalk. This link can also be found through the Registrar’s website under the Class Offerings left-menu item.

This will be a complex process, but IT, EdTech, and Registrar will work to make the transition as smooth as possible. Stay tuned for further updates and information.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact EdTech (edtech@mst.edu or 573-341-4131).

USING CLICKERS IN SUMMER OR FALL 2014?

TurningTechnologies-ClickersIf you are planning to use clickers in SUMMER 2014, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by MAY 1, 2014.

If you are planning to use clickers in your FALL 2014 classes, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by JUNE 1, 2014.

https://itweb.mst.edu/auth-cgi-bin/cgiwrap/clickers/request_clickers.pl

(If you are using clickers for both Summer AND Fall 2014, please visit the clicker registration page linked above by May 1, 2014.)

This information helps EdTech prepare the classrooms for clicker technology and also alerts the bookstore about the number of clickers to purchase.

If you haven’t used clickers before and would like more information, please contact Educational Technology at edtech@mst.edu or 573-341-4131.

Thanks for your assistance!

NOTES:

  • IT will be updating TurningPoint on all classroom computers to version 5.3 for Summer/Fall 2014. There are no real noticeable changes.
  • STUDENTS WITH CLICKERS SHOULD GET A FIRMWARE UPGRADE!
    • Students can visit the Walk-in Center on the first floor of the Library. It only takes a few seconds to perform the upgrade.