Archives for August 2017

FSI Tip: A “One-Minute Message” Engages all Students

To retain students in Engineering, ENGAGE students in Engineering. Retain
undergraduates, particularly underrepresented groups, by improving their
day-to-day classroom and educational experiences. ENGAGE’s free,
research-based resources can help you do this.

Source: www.engageengineering.org

One the statements that I hear a lot is “this topic that I’m studying doesn’t have anything to do with what I’ll be doing when I graduate.” Students sometimes lack the ability to connect what they are learning in the courses they are taking with what they will be doing when they graduate and “get a real job.” See if there are ways that you can relate the topics and lectures that you are giving to real-world applications. This will also help students connect to you, especially when you showcase your research as part of this process.

The Importance of Learning Students’ Names

In a recent study, more than 85% of students said it was important to them that their instructors knew their names. Their reasons were quite convincing.

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

Knowing someone’s name and greeting them by that name when they come in your classroom is a great way to set the tone for the semester. It is the first steps in creating an atmosphere of collegiality. It also shows that as the instructor you are invested in this class because you took the time to learn the students’ names. Sometimes it is the most simple things that can have the most impact. 

Canvas Teacher App Now Available on Android and iOS

Good News S&T Instructors,

Canvas has published a mobile app meant for instructors called “Canvas Teacher”. Now you can keep track of several different aspects of your course from your mobile device. The Canvas Teacher app is available for both Android and iOS.


Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes

The Canvas Teacher app lets you make announcements, browse and grade assignments, moderate discussions, and evaluate quizzes from within the app. The Canvas Teacher app is not meant to be a full replacement for your primary working computer, but rather to compliment your setup and to allow you the flexibility to communicate with students and to check submissions or give feedback when you’re on the go.

Give it a try..

In general, instructors are not heavy mobile users of Canvas. Our usage analytics indicate that less than 5% of instructors regularly interact with Canvas on a mobile device. Why is that? One likely reason is that the previous Canvas app was very student-centric, and instructors couldn’t do much but look at the course. That has changed—with the Canvas Teacher App you can now do many of the tasks you could normally do at your office computer on your smartphone.

Using Respondus? Get the New Password for 2017-2018!

If you’re using Respondus for exam creation, please email us to receive the new password for the 2017-2018 year.

As a reminder, if you’d like to use Respondus to create, edit, or import quizzes into your Canvas course, you’ll need to have Respondus installed on your computer. The IT Help Desk can easily push this software to your campus machine. You can call the Help Desk at 341-4357 and they can arrange the install.

Windows 10 and Office 2016 Now on Classroom Instructor Stations

As of Fall 2017, classroom instructor stations will be upgraded to the Windows 10 operating system. This includes distance classrooms and CLC classrooms.

In addition, these machines are also being upgraded to Office 2016. Documents created in Office 2013 should open just fine in Office 2016.

If you would like Windows 10 or Office 2016 on your office computer, please submit a Help ticket through the IT Help Desk (573-341-HELP or help.mst.edu).

EdTech recommends scheduling a walkthrough of classrooms. Please contact Malcolm Hays (mhays@mst.edu, 573-341-6779) for an appointment. Walkthroughs will be available from August 7 – 18.

Lecture Capture Update – Panopto is in, Tegrity is on the way out

Panopto® will be replacing Tegrity® as the preferred lecture capture solution for Fall 2017. Panopto offers greater flexibility in recording, and is more tightly integrated into Canvas for a much more seamless viewing experience for students.
Panopto Recorder will be installed on all classroom computers for Fall 2017.
To enable Panopto Recordings within Canvas, follow these steps for each course in which you will be using lecture capture:

  1. Login to Canvas and navigate to a course.
  2. Click Settings within the course menu.
  3. Select the Navigation tab at the top of the Settings page.
  4. Click-and-drag Panopto Recordings until it is within the top part of the course menu.
  5. Click Save.

More details for getting started with Panopto lecture capture can be found at:
http://edtech.mst.edu/support/panopto/
NOTE: The campus Tegrity license will be expiring on or around Dec 31, 2017. Until then, instructors can still use Tegrity lecture capture for recordings. EdTech recommends trying out Panopto!
For assistance with Panopto lecture capture, please contact Educational Technology (edtech@mst.edu). We’ll be glad to help!

TurningPoint Cloud Upgrading to TurningPoint 8.2 for Fall 2017

 

For Fall 2017, Missouri S&T will be transitioning from TurningPoint Cloud (a.k.a. version 7.5) to TurningPoint 8.2, the most recent version.
The results of this transition are as follows. Most of these changes are cosmetic, but there are a few changes in functionality.

  • IMPORTANT: PowerPoint Polling files (i.e. TurningPoint presentations) within TP 8.2 are NOT backwards compatible with TurningPoint Cloud files. When you first open TurningPoint 8.2, you will be prompted to create new versions of the presentations. The original files will still be available.
    • EdTech recommends TurningPoint 8.2 be installed on any computers on which you may be editing TurningPoint presentations.
  • “Participant Lists” are now referred to as “Courses” or “Course Rosters” within TurningPoint.
  • “ResponseWare” is now known as “Mobile Responses.” The ResponseWare app on mobile devices is now simply “TurningPoint.”
  • The Manage tab of the TurningPoint dashboard now has the following buttons:
    • Upload Grades – push the existing grades into Canvas.
    • Update (highly recommended!) – quickly updates any changes to the course roster.
    • Edit Roster (not recommended) – allows instructors to manually make changes to the course roster.
    • Results Manager – same button as before, just moved to a different location.
  • The buttons for PowerPoint Polling, Anywhere Polling, and Self-Paced Polling look different, but function as before.

Students will NOT need to do anything differently in order to ensure their Turning Account is synced with a course. They still need to do the following:

  1. Purchase a Turning Account – this can be done from the S&T store or through the TurningPoint store.
  2. Sync their Turning Account with Canvas – this can be done via the Canvas Help and Resources course in Canvas, in which ALL students are enrolled.
  3. (Optional) Register a Clicker – Students who purchase a clicker will need to also register their device with TurningPoint. This only applies if students are required to purchase a clicker and the Mobile Devices option (formerly know as ResponseWare) is not being used.

Educational Technology will be spending a lot of time in the Library during the week before classes start as well as the first week of classes. We’ll be available to help both students and instructors prepare for TurningPoint.
As always, Educational Technology (edtech@mst.edu) will gladly hear any questions, comments, or concerns regarding TurningPoint. We look forward to a smooth transition to the new TurningPoint!