DELTA – Lab Design Process

Redesigning a lab experience for a distance or blended audience is a challenging task. However, this process shares many of the same basic principles that can be applied to ANY course redesign! There are, of course, a few fundamental differences as well. For instance, you must be able to ensure that all students in the course will have access to the same equipment and materials—or at least reasonable approximations—to allow students to grasp the same breadth and depth of the application of concepts covered in the lecture sections.

To recap the basic course design/redesign process:

  1. What are your course goals?
  2. What are the learning objectives necessary to meet those course goals?
  3. What assessments will be used to measure student performance of the learning objectives?

To these, we can add the following

  1. Why to you teach the lab assignments that you teach?
  2. Do the labs fulfill the required learning objectives for the course?

For more information on how to begin redesigning your labs, contact the EdTech Instructional Design Team. We’ll be glad to help!

 

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.

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/

 

 

Instructors: FS15 Blackboard Courses to be Set to “Unavailable”

Blackboard courses from last semester, FS15, will be made “unavailable” on January 20th at the end of the day.

Don’t worry, the courses aren’t gone, they’re just hidden from the default student view. If you want to preserve student access to that course, you’ll have to go in and make it available again. Here is a link to help you: http://edtech.mst.edu/support/blackboard9-1/courseavailable/

If you have any problems or questions please contact EdTech at edtech@mst.edu.

Reminder to Instructors: You Must Make Your Course “Available” for Students to See It.

Blackboard courses are set to “Unavailable” by default; the instructor must make them “Available” in order for students to see and access the course from the Blackboard homepage. To set course availability using the control panel, navigate to Customization→Properties and set the course availability to “Yes.”

Here is a short visual tutorial of the required steps: http://edtech.mst.edu/support/blackboard9-1/courseavailable/

Avoid Using Microsoft Internet Explorer to Access Blackboard

S&T Educational Technology recommends NOT using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as your internet browser when accessing Blackboard.

As of Jan 12, 2016, Microsoft themselves are discontinuing support for all previous versions of Internet Explorer.

no-ie

 

You had a good run, IE, but it’s time to retire.