BLACKBOARD MAINTENANCE: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

IT will be performing Blackboard maintenance on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, starting at 3 p.m.

Blackboard will be unavailable for approximately 1 hour between 3 and 4 p.m.

Please contact the Help Desk with questions about this or any other IT issue at 573-341-HELP (4357) or submit an online Help Request at http://help.mst.edu.

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: hagnid@mst.edu 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!

TEGRITY Courses Purged at End of Semester – FS 2014

IMPORTANT! Please read the following message VERY carefully!

Educational Technology (EdTech) will be purging ALL course sessions stored in Tegrity at close of business on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014.

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.). Fortunately, there are a few different ways of downloading recordings.

Download the recording to HTML/DVD compatible format:

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/

WARNING: Please do NOT upload a recording back into Tegrity for Spring 2015 until AFTER the purge for Fall 2014 has taken place. The purge process will remove ALL Tegrity recordings, including any that have been uploaded back into Tegrity. (You will still be able to upload the recordings after the purge.)

NOTE: In previous semesters, it was possible for instructors and students to “subscribe” to a Tegrity recording as a podcast through iTunes. The current version of Tegrity is apparently having difficulty interfacing properly with the most recent versions of iTunes. This means that iTunes no longer downloads the Tegrity recordings properly.

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/

 

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.

EdTech and CERTI present a Freshman Faculty Forum Event, “Course Design to Optimize Student Learning”, in Curtis Laws Wilson Library room 204, from 4:00PM to 5:00PM on Nov. 19th

EdTech and CERTI present a Freshman Faculty Forum Event, “Course Design to Optimize Student Learning”, to be held in Curtis Laws Wilson Library room 204, from 4:00PM to 5:00PM on Nov 19th. This event will be focused on several topics related to course design such as student learning goals, backwards design, and developing a scaffold for using Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning in the classroom. All freshman faculty are invited to attend!

Please direct any questions to Diane Hagni, CERTI coordinator, at hagnid@mst.edu or 573-341-7648.

CERTI and EdTech present a Curators’ Teaching Summit event, “Great Expectations: Bridging the Gap Between Instructor and Student Expectations”, on Wednesday Nov 12 from Noon til 1:30PM

Update: The resources (videos and web article) presented at the Curators’ Teaching Summit are now available at: edtech.mst.edu/teach/services/workshops (click the November tab).

Update: The final Curators’ Teaching Summit of 2014 was a great event! More than 40 S&T professors from all over campus got together over lunch for a series of small-table guided discussions. This session was led by a panel of Curators’ Teaching Professors, including Dr. Larry Gragg, Dr. Roger LaBoube, Dr. Venkat Samaranayake, and Dr. David Riggins. The Session was moderated by Dr. Jeff Cawlfied.

Student expectations were a primary topic; a series of short video interviews with random S&T students filmed around campus provided some insightful student perspective. As one might expect, student attitudes toward academic honesty vary widely. Some students struggle to conform to what they view as a treacherous and unfamiliar set of rules, while other students do not seem aware that academic honesty is a problem area for many of their peers.

Many instructors shared their strategies for reducing or minimizing the effects of student academic dishonesty. Frankly discussing the topic at the beginning of each new semester, clearly outlining policies and expectations, and identifying repercussions for violations is a popular strategy to address the subject head-on. Some instructors have developed grading practices to minimize the value of cheating to students, for example reducing the gradebook value of easy-to-cheat-on assignments such as take-home work.

Several instructors noted that being aware of different cultural expectations regarding the tradition of academic scholarship practices is another useful mental tool for the classroom. In the Western tradition of scholarship (Academe), there exists a codified set of cultural expectations regarding practices of citation, originality, and independent work. These expectations are not common to all cultures, and are a set of learned practices. An instructor’s ability to identify mismatched student cultural expectations on, for example, group work, is often the first step towards correcting and normalizing student efforts to be in line with the accepted practices of scholarship inside academic culture.

Finally, the subject of classroom technology was broached; while instructors interact with students on a constant basis, it can be unusual for students to be open and candid with instructors about their expectations and opinions. The short video interviews with S&T students were a breath of fresh air in that regard. So what do students have to say about classroom technology? Basically, they want their instructors to use the Learning Management System (Blackboard, in our case) to host course content. Many instructors completely ignore this resource. This is unfortunate, because students seem to crave electronic access to their grades and course materials, and they express a strong preference for more recordings of lessons, worked problems, and classroom sessions.

CERTI and EdTech will be presenting a Curators’ Teaching Summit event, “Great Expectations: Bridging the Gap Between Instructor and Student Expectations”, on Wednesday, Nov 12 in the Missouri/Ozark Room of the Havener Center. This event will be held from Noon until 1:30PM. Lunch is provided

This event will be the third and final session of the fall series. We’ll be discussing two topics brought up by faculty in earlier sessions – student/instructor expectations regarding academic integrity, and use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning.

Update: CLC Software Request Process for SPRING / SUMMER 2015 Now Closed.

UPDATE:

The Formal CLC Software Request Process is now closed. Sorry! If you want to request the purchase of specialized software, you may still email Educational Technology at edtech@mst.edu with your request.

EdTech is opening up the Computing Learning Center (CLC) Software Request Process for instructors who need specific software packages installed in computer learning centers across campus. Do you need specialized software such as Visual Studio, SPSS, NX, Minitab, Notepad++, or another discipline-specific program? Now is the time to request it!

The software request web-based application is available on the EdTech web site.

1. Go to edtech.mst.edu/clc/.

2. Click Request Software (Faculty).

Please enter all software requests before close of business on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2014.

Software must be requested for each semester in which it will be used!

Software currently available in each of the CLCs on campus can be found on EdTech’s CLC index page.

IMPORTANT:

  1. DO submit requests in a timely manner to ensure the best possible support from IT and EdTech.
  2. DO submit requests for software that is already installed. This helps IT and EdTech determine how each application is currently being used and which licenses need to be renewed.
  3. DO submit requests for software for which the license has not been acquired. We need to know which software is requested to obtain the proper licenses!

We appreciate your cooperation!

Questions, comments, or concerns about the CLC Request process can be sent to edtech@mst.edu.

CERTI and EdTech present a Freshman Faculty Forum event, “Do All Students Learn the Same Way?”, on Wednesday Oct 22 from 4:00PM til 5:00PM

CERTI and EdTech will be presenting a Freshman Faculty Forum event, “Do All Students Learn the Same Way?”, on Wednesday Oct 22 in Curtis Laws Wilson Library, room 204. This event will be held from 4:00PM until 5:00PM.

This event will be focused on discussing student learning styles, the concept of multiple intelligences, and examining the different types of learning styles instructors are likely to encounter “in the wild.” S&T’s own Merilee Krueger, professor of psychology, will be speaking at this event.

CERTI presents a Faculty Learning Event, “Extreme Syllabus Makeover, Part 2”, on Friday Oct 31 from Noon til 1:00PM

CERTI will be presenting a Faculty Learning Event, “Extreme Syllabus Makeover, Part 2”, on Friday Oct 31 in the Havener Center, Meramec/Gasconade room, from Noon until 1:00PM.

This event will be focused on syllabi. Bring a copy of your syllabus and join with fellow instructors for a discussion and “how-to” session on writing good learning goals and aligning assignments and assessments with learning goals. Dessert and drinks will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

If you would like to attend this event, Please RSVP with Diane Hagni by Monday, October 27th. (hagnid@mst.edu)

BLACKBOARD MAINTENANCE: Sunday, October 19, 2014

IT will be performing routine Blackboard maintenance on Sunday, October 19, 2014, starting at 12:00 a.m.

Blackboard will be unavailable for 4-6 hours between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Please contact the Help Desk with questions about this or any other IT issue at 573-341-HELP (4357) or submit an online Help Request at http://help.mst.edu.