Archives for June 2014

REMINDER: Using Clickers in Fall 2014?

TurningPoint-ClickersIf you are planning to use clickers in your FALL 2014 classes, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014.

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

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 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.

Zombies at Instructurecon 2014

InstructureCon-2014-249x300Last week I attended my second Instructurecon conference in beautiful Park City, Utah. While everyone at S&T was baking in the Missouri sun, I was chilling out in the mountain snow learning some really cool things that are going on in the Canvas Network.

Instructurecon-2014-Zombies

One conference session that was particularly interesting demonstrated the use of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to develop a MOOC course at UCIrvine. Several instructors from various areas of expertise came together to create this course very quickly. At the conclusion of the course in the fall of 2013, there were around 3,000 who earned completion certificates and around 17,000 badges collected, not bad for a MOOC.

To learn more about this course or other MOOC classes available for free on the Canvas Network, visit the course description page on the Canvas Network site at the link below.

https://www.canvas.net/courses/the-walking-dead

VoiceThread Maintenance on Sunday, July 6, 2014

VoiceThread-maint-01VoiceThread is a learning tool integrated into the campus Blackboard environment. It allows for students and instructors to share ideas through multimedia tools online.

VoiceThread will be performing site maintenance on Sunday, July 6, from 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM EDT. VoiceThread will be unavailable during this time. From 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM, VoiceThread users may experience degraded performance while the updates are being tested. These updates are being performed to help prepare VoiceThread for new features and services for fall.

Questions or comments can be directed to: support@voicethread.com.