Archives for January 2015

Student Success Center Open House This Week! Visit 198 Toomey Hall, 11:00AM to 1:00PM on Jan. 27th, 28th, and 29th

Are you a student? Then the Student success center is for YOU! Stop by 198 Toomey Hall this week and check out what the Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center has to offer.

The SSC is staffed with 15 trained Student Success Coaches that are ready to assist in your journey towards success at Missouri S&T. All students are welcome to come by the Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center in 198 Toomey to connect with a coach and learn more about the following topics:

• Motivation
• Goal Setting
• Campus Resources
• Getting to Know Your Professor
• Note-taking Skills
• Study Skills
• How to be Successful

Check out the Student Success Center website at


In order for students to “see” your course on Blackboard, you must set the course to “available.”
This is an easy process. In the Control Panel, simply go to “Customization” → “Properties” → and set “Course availability” to ON and click the “Submit” button.
You can also follow the EdTech tutorial at:

10 Online Learning Trends to Watch in 2015 [#Infographic]

The future’s biggest online movements in education are taking shape today.


This infographic looks at 10 trends to watch in online learning.  It is interesting to note that most of them are things that we are looking into/actively working on at Missouri S&T.

Learning By Doing


Dr.s Felder and Brent (both have been keynotes at our conference) point out a very important fact in this article.  The only way for students to develop a skill is to have them practice that skill. If you require them to do something on a test or even in class it is important that you give students the opportunity to practice that skill where they can receive quality feedback from you as their instructor.

Active Learning Strategies in Face-to-Face Courses


This is a great article that brings together various research studies on active learning in STEM fields.  The research shows that students learn more when active group-work methods are used.  This article also gives examples of these different methods.

EdTech U Open for Business on THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, in Centennial Hall Room 101

Educational Technology (EdTech) will be continuing “EdTech U” in Spring 2015. This is an opportunity for instructors to gain some hands-on assistance with any educational technology supported by EdTech.

Attending EdTech U will also enter you in a raffle, the winner of which will be drawn at the end of each semester.

Hours of Operation: 2 – 4 p.m. on Thursdays during the semester (closed for St. Pat’s and Spring Break)

Location: Centennial Hall Room 101 (next to the elevator)

Have you ever wanted to learn:

  • more about SMART Podiums and Boards in classrooms?
  • how to capture a live class lecture?
  • new ways of using clickers?
  • which tools are available in Blackboard and how to use them effectively?
  • how to make a video or screencast?
  • more about the instructional design process? Especially for online or blended courses?

Do you always forget:

  • how to upload content in a Blackboard course?
  • how to submit your grades?
  • how to copy items from one Blackboard course to another?
  • how to quickly check to see if student clickers are working?
  • how to design a course for maximum pedagogical effectiveness?

Come find the answers to these questions and much, much more! Stay for 15 minutes, or stay for an hour!

If you plan on coming to EdTech U, please bring some specific task you hope to accomplish. When you are done, you will take away a completed task (or we will at least have you well on your way to completing it!).

We will answer one question or a hundred questions! Come learn something new!

For more information, or if you have any questions you want to ask before attending EdTech U, contact Educational Technology at

Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2015 – REGISTRATION OPEN!

TLT-header-2015-RegistrationRegistration for the Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2015 on March 12 and 13, 2015 is now OPEN!

THEME: Building Expectations


  • Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D. – Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization Emerging Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents
    • The Emergence of Mobile and Smart Devices: Is Your Device Smarter than You?

  • Jeff Schramm – Associate Professor of History & Political Science
    • MOOC’s, LMS, ELI, PRR, CB&Q and EMD: What the history of technology can teach us about the future of higher education.

Web-based registration is now available at:

Registration for this event is FREE for all participants!

Details about our conference can be found on the conference web site:

We look forward to seeing you at our conference in March!

Reminder to Instructors: You Must Make Your Course “Available” For Students To Access It.

Blackboard courses are set to “Unavailable” by default; the instructor must make them “Available” in order for students to see and access the course from the Blackboard homepage. To set course availability using the control panel, navigate to Customization→Properties and set the course availability to “Yes.”

Here is a short visual tutorial of the required steps:

DON’T PANIC: Blackboard has a brand-new theme!

The IT department has changed the look and feel of Blackboard for Spring 2015!
We hope you enjoy our new look! As always, if you have questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at (573) 341-4357.