Archives for July 2015

SoTL Applied: Evidence-based Strategies for Better Classroom Discussions

Written by Jennifer Friberg, SoTL Scholar-Mentor at Illinois State University Over the last few years, my colleague, Kathleen McKinney, has been adding to a document titled A Sampling of What We Kn…


Active learning can be a large activity that your class is involved in or it can be as simple as incorporating discussions in your class.  Start out small and have students discuss solutions with the person sitting next to them.  Have them come to a consensus on the answer.  Then have them discuss their answer with another pair close to them. Can they come to consensus as well?  It can take as little as five minutes of class time but it can have great rewards for your overall class.  What you are actually doing is having the students process information before they leave the classroom. This can help them remember this information when preparing for exams.

Will You Be Using Tegrity Lecture Capture For FALL 2015?

Do you plan to use Tegrity lecture capture during FALL 2015?

If so, then Educational Technology will need to gather some basic information from you so that we may prepare any room(s) in which you will be teaching with the appropriate technology.

To gather that information, we ask that you complete the survey linked below:

Tegrity Lecture Capture Information Survey
(This survey will expire at midnight on Friday, July 31)

This survey will ask you in which rooms you will be teaching and will also ask which technology (audio or video) that you will need. NOTE: Several rooms are already equipped with Tegrity technology.

If you want to find out more information about Tegrity, please visit the EdTech web page below:

For assistance with Tegrity-related issues, please contact the IT Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at

REMINDER: Using Clickers in Fall 2015?

TurningPoint-ClickersIf you are planning to use clickers in your FALL 2015 classes, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by Friday, August 7.

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 can visit the Walk-in Center at the Library. It only takes a few seconds to perform the upgrade.

VoiceThread Maintenance Scheduled for July 18th, 2015

VoiceThread will be performing system updates on Saturday, July 18 from 12:00 AM to 8:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time. VoiceThread will be unavailable from 12:00 AM to 2:00 AM, and service will be available but slow from 2:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

Date: 07/18/2015
Expected duration: 8 hours
VoiceThread unavailable: 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM EDT
VoiceThread service slow: 2:00 AM – 8:00 AM EDT

If you have any questions or experience any issues after the update, please let us know immediately by emailing or submitting a ticket to the IT Help Desk at (573) 341-4357