Archives for October 2014

Update: CLC Software Request Process for SPRING / SUMMER 2015 Now Closed.

UPDATE:

The Formal CLC Software Request Process is now closed. Sorry! If you want to request the purchase of specialized software, you may still email Educational Technology at edtech@mst.edu with your request.

EdTech is opening up the Computing Learning Center (CLC) Software Request Process for instructors who need specific software packages installed in computer learning centers across campus. Do you need specialized software such as Visual Studio, SPSS, NX, Minitab, Notepad++, or another discipline-specific program? Now is the time to request it!

The software request web-based application is available on the EdTech web site.

1. Go to edtech.mst.edu/clc/.

2. Click Request Software (Faculty).

Please enter all software requests before close of business on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2014.

Software must be requested for each semester in which it will be used!

Software currently available in each of the CLCs on campus can be found on EdTech’s CLC index page.

IMPORTANT:

  1. DO submit requests in a timely manner to ensure the best possible support from IT and EdTech.
  2. DO submit requests for software that is already installed. This helps IT and EdTech determine how each application is currently being used and which licenses need to be renewed.
  3. DO submit requests for software for which the license has not been acquired. We need to know which software is requested to obtain the proper licenses!

We appreciate your cooperation!

Questions, comments, or concerns about the CLC Request process can be sent to edtech@mst.edu.

CERTI and EdTech present a Freshman Faculty Forum event, “Do All Students Learn the Same Way?”, on Wednesday Oct 22 from 4:00PM til 5:00PM

CERTI and EdTech will be presenting a Freshman Faculty Forum event, “Do All Students Learn the Same Way?”, on Wednesday Oct 22 in Curtis Laws Wilson Library, room 204. This event will be held from 4:00PM until 5:00PM.

This event will be focused on discussing student learning styles, the concept of multiple intelligences, and examining the different types of learning styles instructors are likely to encounter “in the wild.” S&T’s own Merilee Krueger, professor of psychology, will be speaking at this event.

The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition

The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program.
The tenth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next o

Source: www.editlib.org

The Horizon Report is an annual document showing current and future trends in education. The 2013 report includes a chapter on gamification and how it is impacting both education and the workplace. It includes numerous resources for further reading and investigation.

CERTI presents a Faculty Learning Event, “Extreme Syllabus Makeover, Part 2”, on Friday Oct 31 from Noon til 1:00PM

CERTI will be presenting a Faculty Learning Event, “Extreme Syllabus Makeover, Part 2”, on Friday Oct 31 in the Havener Center, Meramec/Gasconade room, from Noon until 1:00PM.

This event will be focused on syllabi. Bring a copy of your syllabus and join with fellow instructors for a discussion and “how-to” session on writing good learning goals and aligning assignments and assessments with learning goals. Dessert and drinks will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

If you would like to attend this event, Please RSVP with Diane Hagni by Monday, October 27th. (hagnid@mst.edu)

Spine-tingling true stories from EdTech U:

Every week, EdTech U offers a session where instructors and students can get hands-on assistance with educational technology. These are their stories.

10/16 – An instructor was having an issue with tests and quizzes in Blackboard that use random blocks. The problem was that questions which were arrayed in random blocks were all being assigned the same point value, which was contrary to the instructor’s intentions. The fix for this issue was to use a different randomization method (Test Options > Apply Randomization) that allows for varying point values.

10/16 – An interesting issue that came up with TurningPoint and some podium computers on campus is the TurningPoint Dashboard seeming to disappear when logged in. It turns out that on a dual monitor PC, if you put the TP Dashboard on the second monitor and then log out, your roaming profile “remembers” the last location of the TP Dashboard. If you log into another dual monitor PC this is not normally a problem; however, if you log into a single monitor PC, the TP dashboard will attempt to appear in the last “remembered” spot on the second monitor, which is of course impossible on a one monitor machine. This leads to the apparent complete disappearance of the TP Dashboard. l An error like this can be very frustrating and confusing, to say the least! The fix for this issue is to place the TP Dashboard on the primary display of a dual monitor machine before logging out of that machine.

10/16 – Another TurningPoint issue was the inability to change the number value for the question timer. The instructor was able to change this value from a classroom computer, but not from a laptop computer. The problem was that the laptop computer was not running the most recent version of the Turning Point software. Updating the laptop’s installation of Turning Point to the current version, 5.2.1.3179, fixed this issue.

BLACKBOARD MAINTENANCE: Sunday, October 19, 2014

IT will be performing routine Blackboard maintenance on Sunday, October 19, 2014, starting at 12:00 a.m.

Blackboard will be unavailable for 4-6 hours between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Please contact the Help Desk with questions about this or any other IT issue at 573-341-HELP (4357) or submit an online Help Request at http://help.mst.edu.

REMINDER: Call for Presentations – Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2015

TLT-header-2015-CallForPresentationsEducational Technology at Missouri University of Science and Technology is now accepting presentation proposals for the Eighth Annual Teaching and Learning Technology Conference, scheduled for March 12-13, 2015. Interested presenters can download a copy of the Call for Presentation form at the TLT 2015 website or click one of the links below:

Call for Presentations: Word Document

Call for Presentations: PDF

The theme for this year’s conference is Building Expectations. EdTech is looking for presentations that demonstrate how innovations in teaching and technology have had a positive impact on building expectations between students and instructors.

The opening keynote speaker will be Robbie Melton, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization Emerging Technologies, Tennessee Board of Regents.

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, November 21, 2014. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by Friday, December 12, 2014. Accepted presenters will be notified between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you do not hear back from us by then, then feel free to contact us by email (edtech@mst.edu) or by phone (573-341-4131).

CERTI and the Curator’s Teaching Summit presents “Great Expectations: Bridging the Gap between Instructor and Student Expectations” on October 13th

Update: As expected, the CERTI and CTS session entitled “Great Expectations: Bridging the Gap between Instructor and Student Expectations” was a great presentation! With over 40 instructors and faculty members in attendance from departments around campus, this session was a great opportunity for fellow instructors to get together and talk about teaching and learning over lunch. In several small groups, individual instructor expectations were examined, discussed, and then later compared with “man on the street” style recorded student interviews. Seasoned instructors and faculty members challenged each other to remember their own days as students, in an attempt to dispel the myth of “the golden age”, that Elysian vision of a time when students studied hard and did their homework earnestly and promptly. Sadly, such a time never seems to have really existed! Near the end of the session, instructors shared with each other their successful strategies and tools for forming realistic student expectations about the college course workload and what it takes to be a successful student.

 

On October 13th CERTI and the S&T Curators’ Teaching Professors will present “Great Expectations: Bridging the Gap between Instructor and Student Expectations” from Noon to 1:30PM om the Havener Center, Missouri/Ozark room. This session will explore bridging the gap between instructor and student perceptions on the topics of academic workload and technology usage. How much work do students expect to do in college? How much do their instructors expect? Where should the majority of learning occur on a college campus? What technologies enhance that learning – from a student’s viewpoint, as well as an instructor’s?

Come and join the discussion; all S&T instructors are welcome to attend!
Reservations are necessary. Please RSVP with Diane Hagni at hagnid@mst.edu or by phone at (573) 341-7648

eLearning Community of Practice presents “Course organization and social presence” on Oct. 9th

UPDATE: “Course Organization and Social Presence” was a great session! Several engaging speakers challenged sixteen of S&T’s leading instructors to think about their course organization in both face-to-face and online/distance sections. The resulting small group conversation was a mixture of stimulating food for thought and lessons from practical teaching experience across several disciplines. Later, attendees discussed strategies for increasing instructor presence and student engagement through non-traditional means such as video syllabi. Near the end of the session, video creation and sharing was discussed, along with numerous tips for producing videos intended for use in the virtual classroom. 

 

On October 9th CERTI and EdTech will present “Course Organization and Social Presence” from 3:00PM to 4:30PM in Curtis Laws Wilson Library, Room 204. This eLearning Community of Practice / eFellows presentation will cover how instructors can set clear expectations as they redesign their courses for blended/online learning.

Objectives for this session include:

  • Create a plan for course organization
  • Identify instructor presence
  • Identify how instructor presence might be included in your course

All S&T instructors are welcome to attend!
Please RSVP with Diane Hagni at hagnid@mst.edu or by phone at (573) 341-7648

 

 

Blackboard Tests & Quizzes Display Issue

A number of instructors have discovered a troubling issue when students access a test or quiz in Blackboard. For lengthy written questions, the point value and “Save Answer” button will partially obscure the question (see screenshot below). This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to answer questions sometimes.

Bb-Test-Issue-01

WORKAROUND: When creating Tests & Quizzes, insert one or two paragraph breaks (press ENTER once or twice) before your main question text. This will shift the text low enough so that it is not obscured by the Save Answer button. Instructors can preview the test to verify their questions will display properly for students. See below for an example of a “fixed” question:

Bb-Test-Issue-02

Students are being told that if they see this problem in one of their quizzes, they can adjust the font size in the browser (using CTRL+ or CTRL-) or resizing the browser to reveal concealed text.

RESOLUTION: This issue is being caused by the current “theme” (look and feel) applied to Blackboard. The current theme is somewhat outdated according to the latest version of Blackboard (version 9.1 service pack 14). Applying a newer theme WILL fix the problem, but does look VERY different, even though the functionality is EXACTLY the same. EdTech is looking to fix this problem during the semester break.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Educational Technology (573-341-4131 or edtech@mst.edu).