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!

Students Appreciate When Combined Courses Have Been Descriptively Named!

Instructors: When using the Canvas course combine tool, you have the option to rename your course. This ability is very useful, but you should keep in mind that the name you pick should be descriptive and easy for students to recognize. At the minimum, the name you choose should include the subject and general title of the course. For example, if you were to combine two sections of Technical Writing, you might want to call the combined section something like “English 3560 – Tech Writing – 1A & 1C”.

When named so, it’s easy to see and recognize the combined section when it appears on the Canvas dashboard. Much less useful are short names such as simply “3560” or “1A & 1C”. Students typically have 4-5 courses on their Canvas dashboards at any given time, and it’s helpful when they (and you!) can easily see and navigate to your course because it is descriptively named.

When you use the Canvas course combine tool, there is a default naming option, but because we wanted to allow for instructor flexibility, we decided to let you name your class whatever you want—so whatever you do decide to name your course, please just remember to name it descriptively!

Here is a link to the Canvas Course Combine Tool 

 

EdTech Has Moved To The Library

Good news, everyone! EdTech is now closer and more available than ever—because the instructional design and developer portions of the EdTech team have moved to Curtis Laws Wilson Library! We can now be found in room G-8, lower level. If you need help with course design, content development, or other issues with classroom software support (like Canvas!), come visit us at our new location. Our phone number and email address remains the same—(573) 341-4131 and edtech@mst.edu

The First Day of Summer Marks Another Season of Changes For EdTech

Summer is here, and that means EdTech is busy with a number of changes and initiatives! We’ve got a lot of projects, and only a few months before the start of the Fall semester. Here’s a quick rundown: The Video Communication Center is merging with EdTech under Global Learning, which is going to give us some expanded capability for supporting and delivering distance instruction. We’re overhauling our website to put more emphasis on support and media services, and we’re fine-tuning our instructional services.

On the technology front, we’re supporting the IT department as they work on the continuing rollout of Windows 10 & Office 2016 in classroom computers around campus. In our own technology portfolio, we’re sundowning the Tegrity lecture capture tool in favor of another tool called Panopto, and we’re upgrading to the latest Turning Point software release.

We’ll be in touch as these projects mature, and as the Fall semester gets closer. Have a happy and productive summer!

 

The History of DELTA

DELTA – HISTORY

Missouri S&T strives to be a leader in how instructional labs for science and engineering courses are designed and delivered in a blended or online format. Towards that end, DELTA labs started as an instructional laboratory pilot project aimed ad developing a set of eLearning models, processes, and strategies for the redesign of the traditional laboratory course for blended/online delivery. The instructional laboratory pilot project started with instructors interested in transforming their labs to reach the blended/online audience who may not be able to access the traditional, on-campus laboratory venue. Educational Technology also wanted to create a handbook for other instructors and institutions who would like to apply these same models to their own courses/programs. This overall effort became known as DELTA – Delivering Experiential Labs TAll.

In order to create the S&T model of laboratory course redesign, S&T conducted extensive research into the whole laboratory experience. The following were considered during the process:

  • Case Studies – several institutions are also trying to transform undergraduate science and engineering programs into a blended/online format.
  • Laboratory Kit Information – S&T found two manufacturers of at-home lab kits suitable for the courses in the pilot project.
  • Laboratory Kit Evaluations – S&T evaluated each of the two manufacturers of at-home lab kits. Each has its pros and cons.

About DELTA – Delivering Experiental Labs To All

The goal of DELTA labs is Delivering Experiential Labs TAll. The project began with the development of a set of eLearning models, processes, and strategies for the redesign of traditional laboratory courses for blended and online delivery. Several courses have been redesigned and piloted in both blended and online formats.

Missouri S&T strives to be a leader in how instructional labs for science and engineering courses are designed and delivered. Other institutions are attempting to transform undergraduate science and engineering programs to a blended or online delivery and are attaining mixed results and one-off solutions. DELTA labs provide the relevant information and research to build and share a handbook which includes a comprehensive set of models for redesigning instructional laboratories in any engineering and science discipline that other institutions could adopt. For inquiries, contact edtech@mst.edu


Delivering Experiental Labs To All (DELTA) has been noted in a number of news articles from around the country since its inception. Missouri S&T has been recognized as an innovative leader in the field of tranforming the laboratory experience in several disciplines into an online or at-home experience to help distance students receive the same quality laboratory experience as their on-campus counterparts.