Did you know that S&T has a streaming video service?

We do, and it’s awesome. It’s called “Kaltura”, and it’s integrated into Canvas under the “My Media” and “Media Gallery” features.  Instructors can upload videos, and students can stream those videos to their devices. Streaming videos can be standalone or embedded into a course, and there is no practical limit to how many videos can be uploaded. Instructors can make playlists, video quizzes, and even check out viewing analytics. Students can have custom lectures, demonstrations, and other video available to them 24/7.

It’s win-win; like mixing together the two great tastes of peanut butter and chocolate! If you have questions about using the streaming video service at S&T, you can check out our support page at http://edtech.mst.edu/support/kaltura/ or contact EdTech at edtech@mst.edu

Instructors: October 23rd is Active Learning Day–Learn How to Get Involved!

Last year, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced Active Learning Day as part of a nationwide effort to improve STEM higher education. Today, Project Kaleidoscope of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is proud to invite you to join us as a change agent at the forefront of STEM higher education reform.

Learn more about AAC&U’s Project Kaleidoscope and the 2017 Active Learning Day
How can you participate in active learning?

  • Spend at least 10 minutes implementing a culturally responsive STEM teaching strategy that promotes active learning in your classroom (Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning);
  • Identify innovative ways to deepen and extend your departmental/institutional commitment to inclusive STEM higher education reform throughout the week, academic year, and beyond;
  • Tell a friend! Reach out to at least one colleague (in either a STEM or non-STEM discipline), and engage in dialogue around what they can do to implement similar strategies in their classroom;
  • Tweet or post on social media about your participation using #ActiveLearningDay2017; and
  • Share with others what you did on Active Learning Day by creating and uploading a two-minute video! Upload the video to YouTube and send us the link at pkal@aacu.org. We will showcase your effort on STEM Central.


Interested in participating and/or need help with making a video? Contact EdTech@mst.edu to schedule a videographer to stop by your classroom while you engage your students in an active learning exercise!


EdTech resources for active learning in the classroom

Doing some research? Brush up on your Copyright knowledge!

Public domain, fair use, academic exemption, DMCA, the TEACH act—there’s a lot to know about copyright law in the United States! As you begin putting your research together into a formal paper, it’s good to refresh yourself on this body of copyright law.

Roger Weaver,  the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Missouri S&T, has prepared a fantastic resource on copyright for all scholars here at S&T. This purpose of this guide is to provide our faculty, students, staff and others in our community an understanding of copyright law and it’s proper application in an academic environment. A better understanding and application of copyright law both avoids potential legal issues and makes us all better stewards of the intellectual property of others.

EdTech recommends starting with the Copyright 101 Tutorial, and then Testing Your Knowledge

Time to start your thesis? Time to sign up for iThenticate!

The semester is almost halfway over, and if you’re a graduate student writing a thesis or dissertation, it’s time for you to sign up to iThenticate. iThenticate is a web-based service that analyzes your writing for similarity to other published sources. iThenticate can help you check the accuracy of your citations and quotations, avoid unintentional plagiarism, and even let you know when you need to do a better job of synthesizing or paraphrasing. iThenticate is available free of charge to all graduate students at Missouri S&T. To find out more or sign up for access, visit http://edtech.mst.edu/support/ithenticate/

Friendly Reminder: Don’t Run Script Blockers When Using Canvas!

Canvas relies on your browser being able to run bits of Javascript for several important tasks such as logging in, viewing your course, uploading files and assignments, and other forms of participation. If you’re using a browser plugin that disables Javascript, EdTech recommends disabling that plugin before initiating a Canvas session.

If you have questions or need assistance, call us at (573) 341-4131 or contact us at edtech@mst.edu

Canvas Stats Digest: First Three Weeks (Aug 21—Sep 11)

USERS – Now that we have a few weeks behind us, we can look back at what the data show us about student Canvas use, and we can begin to see some patterns emerge. For example, on what days do students log in the most?  The answer to that is not surprising–Saturdays are consistently the least busy day on Canvas, with an average of only 2000 users checking in.  Sundays, however, are when at least half of S&T students (about 4000 users or so) actually start the academic week. Usage shoots up in the early part of the week, and by Wednesday the number of active students has climbed to over 7000 users. By Thursday the usage starts to taper downward again.

If Saturday is the nadir of Canvas participation, then Wednesday is the zenith! A quick look at this up-and-down pattern of student usage suggests that Monday or Wednesday may be the optimum day for instructors to post things on Canvas, and that Saturday due dates are likely to be missed by all but the most diligent students.

The most common times for students to be active in Canvas are between the hours of 8AM to 10PM. There are a few hundred night owls up past Midnight, but the number of users drops drastically after 2AM.


TECHNOLOGY – Desktop and Laptop computers remain the primary way that students interact with Canvas, as 90% of all sessions in the first three weeks were made on these more “traditional” types of computing devices. Only 10% of sessions were on a mobile device. Of that 10%, only 1.3% were on a tablet computer such as an iPad. That number is interesting–are tablets a passing fad? Have phones surpassed the tablet as a more compact and useful device in general? Perhaps it’s just that tablets are great for passive media consumption, but not as good for content creation like students are tasked with inside of Canvas.

As for browsers, Chrome is still crushing the nearest competition with a monolithic 74% of all sessions. Safari is at 10%, followed by Edge at 7%, Firefox at 5%, and Internet Explorer at a dismal 2% of all sessions.


COURSES – Chem 1310 is still in the lead as “Most popular Canvas course” (counted by pageviews), with Freshman Engineering close behind. By sheer enrollment numbers alone, it’s going to be hard to beat these two courses. Mech Eng 1720 rounds out the top three, with Eng Man 1210 and Calc 2 completing the top five.

A surprise addition has recently joined the ranks of “Most popular”, that of Comp Sci 1972, a course on Matlab programming. With only 175 student enrollments, Comp Sci 1972 is punching way above its weight to make it into the top ten most visited pages in Canvas!


If you’re interested in more Canvas analytics, keep following us on EdTechConnect!


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.



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.

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.