Archives for July 2014

Blackboard 9.1 Upgrading to Service Pack 14 on Friday, August 8

Blackboard 9.1 services will be upgrading to Service Pack (SP) 14 on Friday, August 8, starting at 8 a.m.

Blackboard will be unavailable for about 6 hours while the upgrade takes place.

This service pack contains several new useful features for both students and instructors.

  • The Grade Center has made a few new improvements and changes.
    • Students can change the order in which they view their graded items and can filter the list of items by All, Graded, Upcoming, and Submitted.
    • New options for setting how scores are calculated (based on their attempts) is now available when creating a test or assignment.
  • Tests now have the much-needed ability to create text exceptions based on student criteria. This is very useful for students who may have a documented disability and need more time. Or this can be used for students who need another attempt for some reason.
  • The Messages tool can now send notification to users that there are new messages to be read. Previously, the only way users knew if they had Messages was to login to Blackboard and check their personal Messages folder. (Messages is different from the built-in emailing tool inside of Blackboard.)

Educational Technology is conducting a series of workshops on August 18 – 21. The changes in Service Pack 14 will be discussed at those sessions. Visit the link below for information about these workshops:

http://edtechconnect.mst.edu/2014/07/21/back-to-school-technology-workshops-on-august-18-21/

For more information, please contact Educational Technology at 573-341-4131 or edtech@mst.edu.

Classroom Technology Walkthroughs

Are you teaching in a new classroom this semester? Do you have questions about using classroom technology? Do you want to verify that your room is set up properly for using lecture capture (Tegrity) or clickers?

The EdTech staff is here to set your mind at ease. You can schedule a classroom technology walkthrough and EdTech staff will be able to assist you with any questions you may have about using any of the equipment available to you as an S&T instructor. Have questions? We’ve got answers!

To schedule an appointment, send an email to edtech@mst.edu or call 573-341-4131 and leave a voicemail message!

Changes to Academic File Storage (course numbers) on August 1

Academic File Storage (also known more informally as the “R:\ drive” hosts a variety of content used by instructors for educational purposes. Academic File Storage is allocated based on course number, rather than by instructor. The course numbers recently have changed between Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 from a one-, two-, or three-digit number to a four-digit number for ALL courses. For instance, Freshman Engineering 10 is now Freshman Engineering 1100. These changes have already occurred in Blackboard and Joe’SS for Fall 2014. Now EdTech needs to apply this same change to the Academic File Storage system.

Changes are scheduled to take affect around August 1, 2014. Academic file storage will be UNAVAILABLE during the change window while changes are implemented.

How does this affect you?

  • The folder name will be changed to the new four digit course number. For instance:
    OLD FOLDER NEW FOLDER
    chem1 chem1310
    math22 math2222
    biosci110 biosci1113
    geo_eng441 geo_eng6441
  • Instructors will need to change any links that may have used the old link. This includes links that may be inside of Blackboard, Canvas, or on personal course web pages that are linking to the Academic File Storage Web folders.
  • IMPORTANT: If webpages are used to share videos, then Kaltura video streaming would be a better solution.
    • EdTech can assist with uploading videos into Kaltura for sharing with students.
    • Finished video projects should be uploaded to Kaltura for final distribution and sharing. Kaltura media streaming has many different options for sharing and is compatible with Blackboard.
    • Video projects “in progress” can still be stored in the academic file storage space while you are working on them.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process or would like some assistance from EdTech, please contact us at edtech@mst.edu or 573-341-4131.

New Respondus Password Available

Logo-RespondusS&T has renewed its campus-wide license for Respondus (test creation software) and a new license password is now available.

Instructors who use Respondus can contact the IT Help Desk (help.mst.edu or 573-341-HELP) to obtain the newest license password.

Respondus license passwords expire on July 31 of each year.

Instructors can also contact the Help Desk to obtain a copy of Respondus, which is free for all S&T instructors as long as they are affiliated with S&T.

For more information about how to use Respondus, visit EdTech’s Respondus web resources:

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

Back-to-School Educational Technology Workshops on August 18-21

All instructors are cordially invited to attend a series of Back-to-School Educational Technology Workshops hosted by S&T Educational Technology. Workshops will be held in Centennial Hall Room 105.

This event is an open-attendance, free-form workshop. You can come when you want, stay for as long as you want, and leave when you want.

Workshop sessions will focus on:

  • Using Learning Management Systems (e.g. Blackboard)
  • Building Student Engagement (e.g. VoiceThread, Piazza, Google Apps, Clickers, etc.)
  • Fostering Online Collaboration (e.g. Kaltura streaming media, Tegrity lecture capture, Adobe Connect, and Big Blue Button).
  • S&Tconnect Early Alert replaces the current Academic Alert system and will be hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

EdTech staff will be available to assist you with any questions you may have about using EdTech-supported technologies. Have questions? We have answers!

The workshop schedule is listed below. Attend any or all as needed! No pre-registration required!

 

18 Aug

19 Aug

20 Aug

21 Aug

9 – 11 a.m. S&Tconnect Early Alert
Learning Management Systems Online Collaboration Student Engagement
1 – 3 p.m. Student Engagement Online Collaboration Learning Management Systems S&Tconnect Early Alert

For more information, contact Educational Technology at edtech@mst.edu or 573-341-4131.