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!

 

USING CLICKERS IN SPRING 2016?

turningpoint_cloud_logo_200wIf you are planning to use clickers in SPRING 2016, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2015.

https://itweb.mst.edu/auth-cgi-bin/cgiwrap/clickers/request_clickers.pl

This information helps EdTech prepare the classrooms for clicker technology. The S&T Store also needs to have a rough estimate of how many Turning Account licenses and clickers should be available for Spring 2016.

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!

TurningPoint Cloud Services Restored

turningpoint_cloud_upTurningPoint Cloud account services appear to be restored for the time being. However, it is possible for services to be intermittent for several hours until all required emergency maintenance has been performed.

EdTech will continue to monitor the situation.

TurningPoint Cloud Account Page is Down

turningpoint_cloud_downTurning Technologies’ account page is currently unavailable to students and faculty today, Monday, August 24, 2015. Servers are overloaded with requests and the website isn’t responding to user attempts to login.

As a result, students are unable to register their devices or create new accounts (or both). Faculty are unable to access their TurningPoint slides in the classroom, load participant lists, or manage a session.

Turning Technologies is working on a solution and hopes to have their servers up and running again soon. Please be patient.

We’ll send out an update once services have returned to normal.

INSTRUCTORS: Using Clickers In The Fall? There’s Been a Critical Change You Need To Know About!

turningpoint_cloud_logo_200wThe S&T Campus has moved to TurningPoint Cloud! Beginning in Fall 2015 the TurningPoint software is changing, and you’ll need to create a Turning account to use clickers in your classroom. The account is free for instructors, and is required to use clickers under the new framework. This change is driven by S&T’s move to TurningPoint Cloud, the internet-enabled version of the familiar TurningPoint interface for instructors.

You can create an account by following this short video tutorial: http://tinyurl.com/qg2dx7h

Alternately, EdTech can help you create an account. If you need assistance, please contact Help Desk (573-341-HELP) and we will be happy to help you as you manage this transition.

IMPORTANT: Your machine will need to have installed—or be updated to—Internet Explorer 11 in order for the new TurningPoint Cloud software to work. All campus machines are software updated, but this may be an issue with a home or personal machine.

REMINDER: Using Clickers in Fall 2015?

TurningPoint-ClickersIf you are planning to use clickers in your FALL 2015 classes, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by Friday, August 7.

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!
  • Students can visit the Walk-in Center at the Library. It only takes a few seconds to perform the upgrade.

USING CLICKERS IN SPRING 2015?

TurningPoint-ClickersIf you are planning to use clickers in SPRING 2015, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014.

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 who use the ResponseWare app will need to update the app. If the app is configured to auto-update, no action is required. Otherwise, the student will need to manually update the app on their smart device (phone or tablet).
  • Students will be notified that an update is required when they attempt to open the app.

Back-to-School Educational Technology Workshops on August 18-21

All instructors are cordially invited to attend a series of Back-to-School Educational Technology Workshops hosted by S&T Educational Technology. Workshops will be held in Centennial Hall Room 105.

This event is an open-attendance, free-form workshop. You can come when you want, stay for as long as you want, and leave when you want.

Workshop sessions will focus on:

  • Using Learning Management Systems (e.g. Blackboard)
  • Building Student Engagement (e.g. VoiceThread, Piazza, Google Apps, Clickers, etc.)
  • Fostering Online Collaboration (e.g. Kaltura streaming media, Tegrity lecture capture, Adobe Connect, and Big Blue Button).
  • S&Tconnect Early Alert replaces the current Academic Alert system and will be hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

EdTech staff will be available to assist you with any questions you may have about using EdTech-supported technologies. Have questions? We have answers!

The workshop schedule is listed below. Attend any or all as needed! No pre-registration required!

 

18 Aug

19 Aug

20 Aug

21 Aug

9 – 11 a.m. S&Tconnect Early Alert
Learning Management Systems Online Collaboration Student Engagement
1 – 3 p.m. Student Engagement Online Collaboration Learning Management Systems S&Tconnect Early Alert

For more information, contact Educational Technology at edtech@mst.edu or 573-341-4131.

USING CLICKERS IN SUMMER OR FALL 2014?

TurningTechnologies-ClickersIf you are planning to use clickers in SUMMER 2014, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by MAY 1, 2014.

If you are planning to use clickers in your FALL 2014 classes, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by JUNE 1, 2014.

https://itweb.mst.edu/auth-cgi-bin/cgiwrap/clickers/request_clickers.pl

(If you are using clickers for both Summer AND Fall 2014, please visit the clicker registration page linked above by May 1, 2014.)

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:

  • IT will be updating TurningPoint on all classroom computers to version 5.3 for Summer/Fall 2014. There are no real noticeable changes.
  • STUDENTS WITH CLICKERS SHOULD GET A FIRMWARE UPGRADE!
    • Students can visit the Walk-in Center on the first floor of the Library. It only takes a few seconds to perform the upgrade.

Clickers – Student attendance device (SAD)

clickers-iconStudent Response Device

The use of clickers is much more than as an attendance device. Students frantically enter the classroom to find a clicker slide on the screen waiting for them to respond to the question. The slide may have a relevant question pertaining to material or concepts covered in prior lectures, but after answering the question the student’s results are only used to give them credit for being in class. There is nothing wrong with this, but I say clickers are an awesome tool with which to engage students during your class period. So you want to engage students in your class, but are not sure how to go about it. Here I will discuss some of the techniques our faculty use with clickers to engage students during class.

Concept Understanding

The first technique is to make sure students are grasping the concepts covered either through readings, videos or prior class periods.  This could be in the form of well worded challenging multiple-choice or short answer questions for example. These are designed to make the student think and analyze the material about the important learning outcomes before answering the question. Instructors also use these questions to reveal misconceptions before moving on. This feedback is both important for the students and the instructor.  For instructors, the results may mean the material wasn’t covered well and a new approach is needed. For students, their immediate feedback may mean they need to study the concept more before tackling more challenging material.

Peer instruction

This technique is used to get students discussing the concepts and learning outcomes prior to answering the clicker question.  This technique is great for classes that are based on discussion or reflection.  The clicker device is a way to engage students in their learning by posing questions the students respond using the device.  The class results are shown, but without showing the correct answer if there is one. The instructor then lets the students discuss amongst themselves in small groups for a short period and the students resubmit an answer to the question. During this process the students are learning from each other to better understand the material presented.  If you want more information about Peer Instruction see: http://mazur.harvard.edu/research/detailspage.php?rowid=8.

Exam review

Using your course learning outcomes to create challenging conceptual questions to review prior to an exam is another technique in using clickers. Instructors have constructed questions that provide the student an idea of what concepts are covered on the exam. Depending on how well the student performs gives them an indication of what they need to go back and review prior to the actual exam. This is not teaching to the test, but provides a focus for the student’s shortcomings in understanding the concepts and material. If there is a large discrepancy in the results, then using the Peer Instruction technique, list above, can assist the learning process for students.

Missouri University of Science and Technology has on average about 30 to 35 faculty using the student response device or software to engage their students during the class period.  For more information on clickers use this link: http://certi.mst.edu/technology/clickers/#uses.