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!


Student Success Center Open House This Week! Visit 198 Toomey Hall, 11:00AM to 1:00PM on Jan. 27th, 28th, and 29th

Are you a student? Then the Student success center is for YOU! Stop by 198 Toomey Hall this week and check out what the Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center has to offer.

The SSC is staffed with 15 trained Student Success Coaches that are ready to assist in your journey towards success at Missouri S&T. All students are welcome to come by the Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center in 198 Toomey to connect with a coach and learn more about the following topics:

• Motivation
• Goal Setting
• Campus Resources
• Getting to Know Your Professor
• Note-taking Skills
• Study Skills
• How to be Successful

Check out the Student Success Center website at

CERTI and EdTech present an upcoming faculty learning event, “Rules of Student Engagement: A Workshop on Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom”, on Jan. 16th

CERTI and EdTech presents an upcoming faculty learning event, “Rules of Student Engagement: A Workshop on Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom”, to be held on Jan. 16th from 8AM to Noon in the Missouri/Ozark room of the Havener Center. All S&T faculty and instructors are invited to this event!

Join us for an interactive workshop featuring faculty who use active learning strategies to increase student engagement and enhance learning
You can expect to learn about:
• A variety of active learning strategies for different classroom environments
• Best practices and benefits of flipping, or partially flipping, a classroom
• Optimal use of clickers
• Generating good classroom discussions, and more!

When: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 8 AM-Noon (breakfast provided)
Where: Missouri/Ozark Room, Havener

Please RSVP to: by Monday, Jan. 12
Sponsored By: New Faculty Programs, Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation (CERTI), and Educational Technology

Hope to see you there!

iThenticate is now available to S&T academic researchers and publishers!

The Missouri S&T Educational Technology office is proud to support a new tool on campus called iThenticate. Brought to you by the same company behind Turnitin, iThenticate is a plagiarism prevention tool intended for use by professional academic researchers and publishers. Like Turnitin, iThenticate generates originality reports by comparing submitted work to previously published work. Unlike Turnitin—which is intended for classroom use—iThenticate is intended solely for the world of professional academic publishing. iThenticate is intended to be a formative tool which gives authors and editors the power to eliminate unintended plagiarism and improve citation practices. To that end, iThenticate searches over 100 million scholarly books, articles, and conference proceedings as well as periodicals, encyclopedias, abstracts, and over 50 billion current and archived web pages.

The primary users of iThenticate are academic researchers and publishers, including graduate and doctoral students (and their advisors!) who are writing theses or dissertations. These writers will appreciate iThenticate’s easy-to-use interface as well as several features not found in Turnitin. iThenticate allows for much longer documents to be submitted, as well as allowing for document sharing and version comparison. Unlike Turnitin, iThenticate does NOT save a copy of submitted work to a central database. This means your in-progress publication will stay confidential until it is ready for publication.

If you are a scholarly writer interested in using iThenticate, please contact the IT Help Desk to submit an iThenticate access request to the Educational Technology office; The EdTech office will get you set up and also provide a short training session, if desired. Happy writing and publishing!

GRANT OPPORTUNITY: UM Inter-Campus Course Sharing

UM-System-LogoUniversity of Missouri-System is providing funding to encourage faculty members to share their expertise with other UM campuses.

Grants will be awarded to faculty interested in developing and offering “shared courses” to be made available on at least two UM campuses.

The RFP linked below provides the full details of the Inter-Campus Course Sharing grant program.

ATTACHMENT-Course sharing- RFP – 01.27.14

Tegrity Service Restored

Tegrity service has now been restored.  Classes may now be viewed under Tegrity Classes in Blackboard, and any recordings created during the outage should automatically upload to Tegrity’s servers.

If you are an instructor who created a recording during the outage and it has not uploaded by this afternoon, please submit a ticket so that Educational Technology can manually upload your recording.

Thank you for your patience!

Tegrity Service Interruption

Educational Technology became aware of an interruption in Tegrity service at 10:03 this morning.  The vendor has been notified, and is currently working on restoring service.

Until Tegrity service is restored, all Tegrity videos will be unavailable for viewing and starting a new recording through Blackboard will not be possible.

If you are an instructor who needs to record a class, this is still possible by double-clicking the Tegrity tray icon, selecting your course, and starting a recording.


Please be aware that the recorder will take several minutes to start while it attempts to contact the service and the recording will not be uploaded until service is restored.  Your recording will be stored safely on the local hard drive.

More information will be shared as it becomes available.

EdTech Newsletter for Fall Semester 2013 is Now Available!

Edward_Tech-02-sm1Ed Said, Educational Technology’s Fall 2013 newsletter is now available. The past several months have resulted in a number of changes in the services and support offered by Educational Technology. At the very least, the following services have been upgraded or added over the summer:

  • Blackboard – New “inline grading” feature.
  • TurningPoint – Unified interface that integrates PowerPoint Polling, Anywhere Polling, and Self-Paced Polling.
  • Kaltura – Upload streaming media files into Blackboard.

The newsletter also discusses the effective use of blogs in a course, additional student-focused resources that can be added to a Blackboard course, tips for managing online discussions, and more.

Download the current version of the newsletter today!

Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2011 – REGISTRATION OPEN!





/* Style Definitions */
{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;
mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;

Registration for the Teaching and Learning Technology
Conference 2011 on March 10 and 11, 2011
is now OPEN!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eric Mazur
Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and
author of Peer
Instruction: A User’s Manual

Please send an email to
(with subject line of: REGISTRATION – Teaching and Learning Technology 2011)
and include the following information:

(First and


(if you plan on bringing someone besides yourself, please let us know so we
have an accurate count)

school, department, or institution)


(if applicable–4 year, 2 year, K-12, Community College, Other)

code + number)

Details about our conference can be found on the conference
web site:

We look forward to seeing you at our conference in March!

Ed Said! — EdTech Newsletter now available!

Ed Said! — The official newsletter of Educational Technology is now available!

This newsletter is intended to be published at the beginning of each semester to highlight news and activities of Educational Technology.

The current issue (Fall Semester 2010, Volume 1, Issue 1), discusses our new focus on eLearning, what you can do to make courses available in Blackboard 9, some tips and tricks of PowerPoint, what CERTI is up to these days, and more.