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!

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!

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.