Archives for August 2016

Blackboard outage scheduled for 6:00AM—8:00AM on Aug. 26th

EdTech has scheduled a short Blackboard outage for the early-morning hours of 6:00AM—8:00AM on Friday, Aug. 26th. This outage should allow us to fix the persistent issues related to the Blackboard notification system. We regret any inconvenience this outage may represent. If you have questions please call us at (573) 341-4131 or email us at edtech@mst.edu

Blackboard Notifications Not Working

The “Notifications” feature in Blackboard is not working. EdTech is aware of this issue and is working with the vendor to implement a fix. We regret any inconvenience this is causing you. In other news, the notification feature in Canvas works great, and allows you to easily set your preferences about exactly how and when you’d like to be contacted.

A Memo to My Students Re: College and the Real World

What happens in college and what you’ll be doing in your career aren’t the same, but they aren’t as different as many of you seem to think.

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

How do we help students understand that what we are doing at the university is all about preparing them to be successful in their career?  Recently we heard from a graduate who was giving feedback on how their time at the university prepared them for their current job. There were a couple of comments this graduate made that struck a chord with me.  “Think of groups as ‘a way to prepare for groups in the real world’ instead of ‘group projects’ made me stop and think. So often we have assignments and activities in our courses because we know that they will help get students ready for their careers. We think students know why we are doing these things but in reality they may simply see it as busy work in order to get a grade.  Take time to explain why you chose to have the students complete the tasks that you do and how it can benefit them when they start their career.  This can go a long way to students being more receptive and hopefully they will give more effort.

A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning

A learner-centered syllabus can take many forms, but often includes shared decision-making, a rationale for course objectives and tips for staying on track.

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

Your syllabus can help you set the stage for a successful class. It can help you take students on a journey through your class. Where does the journey end (outcomes) and how are you going to get there? This is also a great opportunity to discuss shared responsibilities. What do you expect of your students and what should they expect of you? Making it learner-centered can help students better understand how to be successful in your course.

Trying Something New? Seven Things that Boost Success Rates

Trying a new quizzing strategy, assignment, or group activity? There are things you can do to boost the chance of success when you roll out something new.

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

It’s always scary to contemplate trying something new. That’s why I always advocate to start small and get really good at the new thing before you try to implement anything else.  Here are seven simple steps that can help you as you start planning to implement new things in your courses.  It’s also important that you reach out for help as you start this process. Sometimes having someone to commiserate with makes all the difference. We are always here to help!

Teaching Quantitative Problem-Solving Skills

Teach problem-solving by guiding STEM students through complete or partially worked-out problems and derivations using the TAPPS active-learning structure.

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

We had the opportunity to read the book Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide this summer and learned a lot of things from Dr.s Brent and Felder. One important concept that came out was around problem solving. Students may be able to solve problems that they have for homework. They can do the exact process over and over to get an answer but they may not understand the process or how to apply those skills to other problem types. They may also not understand how to solve problems in your discipline. As you introduce problems it’s important to teach them about the process for solving that problem type. When you reach a different type of problem you need to start over and teach them about the process for solving that problem.  We assume our students know these things because they can complete the homework but they’ve never been taught the basics of how to truly solve a problem.  As the instructor you have to model the process and provide feedback as students practice.

Scheduled Blackboard Outage on Thursday, Aug. 11th, 5PM—8PM

Blackboard will be unavailable for a short period on Thursday, Aug. 11th, from 5PM—8PM for a cumulative update security patch. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact EdTech at (573) 341-4131

Using Clickers in Fall 2016?

If you are planning to use clickers in your FALL 2016 classes, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by Friday, August 12.

https://itweb.mst.edu/auth-cgi-bin/cgiwrap/clickers/request_clickers.pl

 

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 edtech@mst.edu or 573-341-4131.

 

Thanks for your assistance!

 

NOTES:

 

·         STUDENTS WITH CLICKERS SHOULD GET A FIRMWARE UPGRADE!

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

 

Note: TurningPoint and Tegrity lecture capture software are NOT 100% compatible! TurningPoint graphs that use Excel (which is enabled by default in TurningPoint) will cause TurningPoint to “lock-up” if Tegrity is running simultaneously. If you plan on running a TurningPoint clicker session at the same time as a Tegrity recording session, you MUST read about this workaround that is necessary for TurningPoint Cloud to function!

Will You Be Using Tegrity Lecture Capture For FALL 2016?

Do you plan to use Tegrity lecture capture during FALL 2016?

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.

Please visit the link below and click the link for the appropriate survey in the right-hand sidebar:

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

 

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.

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

 

Note: Tegrity and TurningPoint are NOT 100% compatible! TurningPoint graphs that use Excel (which is enabled by default in TurningPoint) will cause TurningPoint to “lock-up” if Tegrity is running simultaneously. If you plan on running a TurningPoint clicker session at the same time as a Tegrity recording session, you MUST read about this workaround that is necessary for TurningPoint Cloud to function!

 

Summer 2016 Tegrity Recordings To Be Purged Aug. 15th!

Educational Technology (EdTech) will be purging ALL recorded Summer 2016 course sessions stored in Tegrity on Monday, August 15th, 2016.

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.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU:

  • 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.).

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/tegrity/downloadrecording/

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:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/tegrity/uploadrecording/

 

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 help.mst.edu. EdTech will be glad to provide that assistance.

More information about Tegrity lecture capture can be found at:

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