Archives for December 2014

BLACKBOARD MAINTENANCE: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

IT will be performing Blackboard maintenance on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, starting at 3 p.m.

Blackboard will be unavailable for approximately 1 hour between 3 and 4 p.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

CERTI and EdTech present an upcoming faculty learning event, “Rules of Student Engagement: A Workshop on Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom”, on Jan. 16th

CERTI and EdTech presents an upcoming faculty learning event, “Rules of Student Engagement: A Workshop on Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom”, to be held on Jan. 16th from 8AM to Noon in the Missouri/Ozark room of the Havener Center. All S&T faculty and instructors are invited to this event!

Join us for an interactive workshop featuring faculty who use active learning strategies to increase student engagement and enhance learning
You can expect to learn about:
• A variety of active learning strategies for different classroom environments
• Best practices and benefits of flipping, or partially flipping, a classroom
• Optimal use of clickers
• Generating good classroom discussions, and more!

When: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 8 AM-Noon (breakfast provided)
Where: Missouri/Ozark Room, Havener

Please RSVP to: by Monday, Jan. 12
Sponsored By: New Faculty Programs, Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation (CERTI), and Educational Technology

Hope to see you there!

TEGRITY Courses Purged at End of Semester – FS 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 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014.

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.


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:

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:

WARNING: Please do NOT upload a recording back into Tegrity for Spring 2015 until AFTER the purge for Fall 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 through iTunes. 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 EdTech will be glad to provide that assistance.

More information about Tegrity lecture capture can be found at:


EdTech U Prize Winner – Dr. F. Scott Miller

Congratulations to Dr. F. Scott Miller, Teaching Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, for winning a Kindle Fire HD6 for attending EdTech U in Fall 2014! Dr. Miller has been a regular customer of EdTech U and of EdTech services in general for the past several semesters.

Dr. F. Scott Miller Teaching Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Dr. F. Scott Miller
Teaching Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

EdTech U will continue in Spring 2015, with more opportunities to win a grand prize at the end of the semester! We hope to see you there!

EdTech U is currently open on Thursdays during the semester (when school is in session, excluding holidays such as St. Pat’s and Thanksgiving) in Centennial Hall Room 102 from 2 – 4 p.m. Hours may be subject to change, so stay tuned the eConnection for updates!


Plagiarism software can be beaten by simple tech tricks

IT scholar says PDF tweaks allow students’ copied work to evade detection. Hannah Fearn reports


Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Good Resources for Avoiding, Preventing, and Detecting Plagiarism


The College Plagiarism Infographic – e-Learning Infographics

The health informatics program at the University of Illinois at Chicago presents The Reality And Solution Of College Plagiarism Infographic.

Source: University of Illinois-Chicago

Understanding Plagiarism

Staff and students at York St John University talk about what constitutes as plagiarism, how to avoid it and what is expected in regards of good academic wri…



TurningPoint-ClickersIf you are planning to use clickers in SPRING 2015, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 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 or 573-341-4131.

Thanks for your assistance!


  • Students who use the ResponseWare app will need to update the app. If the app is configured to auto-update, no action is required. Otherwise, the student will need to manually update the app on their smart device (phone or tablet).
  • Students will be notified that an update is required when they attempt to open the app.