Archives for August 2017

Clicker-Using Faculty: Please Read, This Is Critically Important!

Hello S&T Instructors,

The new TurningPoint 8.2.2 can now be synced with our instance of Canvas. We think this is a positive change that will benefit everyone, but first there is a minor inconvenience to deal with. If you’re using clickers, you MUST re-authorize TurningPoint to access data from Canvas (this is how the new course rosters are populated)!

It’s not hard and will make things easier in the long run. The new TurningPoint Sync tool will automatically update course rosters overnight, meaning you can set your course up and then not worry about it.

Here is how it works:

  1. Go to http://account.turningtechnologies.com and login with your Turning Account.
  2. Under Available Courses, you should see an option for connecting to Canvas. Click the “Connect” button, sign into Canvas with your S&T credentials and then click Authorize.
  3. TurningPoint will load your Available Courses. They MUST be published in order for TP to see them!
  4. Click the “Connect” button under each course you want to add to the Current Courses section.

That’s it! The next time you sign into TurningPoint, you should see your new course rosters! They will automatically update overnight.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Since you probably have session data from previous sessions, you will want to move them in the Manage tab so that they are associated with the most current list (from TurningPoint Sync).

You will also see your previous course rosters as well as the new course rosters. The new course rosters are marked with a little cloud icon, indicating that they exist on the web (i.e. in the cloud). The old list will be marked with two little people icons. Simply click and drag the sessions from the old roster to the new roster and everything will be properly synced.

Note: You must use TurningPoint version 8.2.2 or above. This version can be downloaded from the Turning Point website or updated from within the older installed version.

 

If you need assistance, please contact EdTech and we’ll be glad to help!

Weekly Canvas Stats Digest: 21Aug—28Aug, Week 1

Users – The first semester of the year started out strong with a steady uptick in Canvas usage actually beginning on Sunday, August 20 when cumulative student usage peaked at 2899 users. By Monday, that number had climbed to 5400 users. Wednesday saw the highest number of users at 7100. Participation then saw a steady decline to a low point of 2200 users on Saturday the 26th. The next day, Sunday the 27th, was a fairly studious one, with a peak cumulative user count of 4300.

Overall, S&T students initiated 63,451 Canvas sessions and racked up 488,422 pageviews over the first week of the Fall 2017 semester. If we average these numbers across the entire site for each day, each student session consisted of about 7 pageviews.

 

Location – 99.9% of student connections to Canvas originated from within the United States. 94% of those student connections were from within the state of Missouri. Students connected to Missouri S&T’s Canvas from every state in the Union except for Montana, Vermont, and Delaware.

There were a small handful of students connecting from outside of the United States. Students from China, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico, France, Belgium, Greece, Japan, and the United Kingdom also connected to S&T’s Canvas, but all of the sessions originating from outside of the US were numbered in the single digits.

 

Courses – The most “popular” Canvas course (as measured by student pageviews) is easily Chemistry 1310, the general Chemistry 1 course, with around 23000 pageviews in the first week. With over 750 enrolled users, it’s not a total surprise that it’s a very busy course!

The second most popular course by student pageviews is the FE 1100 Freshman Engineering course with 7745 pageviews in the first week. After that, it’s Math 1215, Calculus 2 with 3148 pageviews.

Rounding out the rest of the top five is Mech Eng 1720 (Intro to Engineering Design) and Eng Man 1210 (Econ Analysis of Engr Projects) with right around 3000 pageviews each.

 

Technology – In the first week of class, 90.7% of student access to Canvas was on a traditional desktop or laptop computer. 7.9% of student access was via a mobile cellular device, while only 1.4% of student access to Canvas was done on a tablet computer such as an iPad.

Windows is the most popular OS with 77% of sessions being made from a Windows machine. Macintosh machines accounted for 12.8% of sessions. Linux machines represented 0.48% of sessions, and one person even logged into Canvas using their Xbox One!

Chrome is the most popular Browser with 72% of sessions compared to Safari’s 11%. Surprisingly, Edge is more popular than Firefox, with 8% of sessions compared to 5.5%, respectively. Internet Explorer got 1.8% of sessions. The least popular browser, the stock Android Browser, was only used in 0.01% of Canvas sessions.

Mobile device usage was interesting. Literally hundreds of different types of Android-based cellular devices were used to access Canvas, but the Apple iPhone seems to be the most popular single cellular mobile device used, representing 45% of all mobile sessions.

 

Interested in Canvas stats like these? Follow us for more weekly Canvas analytic updates!

Questions/Problems With Canvas? Come See Us In The Library!

The semester has started, and that means we’re all logging into Canvas again! If you have questions or problems with the campus LMS, stop by the library this week and speak with an EdTech team member. Whatever your question or problem is, we can help you!

EdTech will be in the library from 8:00AM–4:30PM on Mon/Tue/Wed, and from 1:00PM–4:30PM on Thu/Fri. Look for us in the area behind the IT Help Desk.

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.

Instructors: The server you will connect to is mst.turningtechnologies.com. Questions? Call us.

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!