Instructors: S&T connect is now used for sending Academic Alerts

S&T Connect is the new system for sending out Academic Alerts. Instead of sending out an “Alert”, you “Raise a Flag.” As before, challenged students and their academic advisors will receive a copy of your communication so that corrective actions can be identified and taken.

Here’s a quick visual tutorial to help you start using the S&T connect system.

1. Access S&T connect via the Blackboard top navigation bar.

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2. Click the “Students” tab:

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3. If you teach multiple sections, choose the desired section from the drop down list.

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4. Place a checkmark next to the challenged student’s name and click the “Flag” button:

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5. Select the appropriate type of Flag, fill in the details, and click “Save.”

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That’s it!
S&T connect is your one-stop-shop for communication with challenged students and their academic advisors. For more detailed support, contact Rachel Morris in the Office of Undergraduate Studies at (573) 341-7276

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 http://studentsuccess.mst.edu/

Reminder to Instructors: You Must Make Your Course “Available” For Students To Access 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/

What is STEM Transformation?

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I had the opportunity to attend a conference in October called Transforming Institutions: 21st Century STEM Education.  There were many good ideas that I took away from this conference but the question that I started the conference with is, what is Transforming Institutions, STEM Education really all about. I know what STEM is.  It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  But what does transformation mean? The easy definition that I found was “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance”. (Thanks Google!) So the question really is, what needs to change (or be transformed) about the way that we teach STEM disciplines?

That question is a little harder to answer. If we say that we need to transform the way we teach, that first assumes that we admit there is an issue with how we are teaching now.  Is that true?  The opening keynote gave a couple of statistics that are quite startling.  Two-thirds of Americans over the age of 25 don’t have a college degree. Around 50% of students who start college never complete.  Is this true?

In the past few years we have seen an increase in the scholarship of teaching that has been focused on actively engaging students in courses and the positive outcomes that come from that.  Unfortunately, these activities are a minority on most campuses.  The culture of most campuses was fashioned many years ago and success for all students wasn’t part of that culture.  What was re-iterated over and over at the conference was that to make true change we must make student success the focus for the campus and make it the mission of everyone.

What does student success mean to you?

Faculty Success = Student Success & Student Success = Faculty Success

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I had the opportunity to attend a conference in October called Transforming Institutions: 21st Century STEM Education. There were many good ideas that I took away from this conference but one that continues to resonate with me is that for many of us in higher education, we influence student success by helping to make faculty successful. When faculty succeed in the teaching and learning mission we can help students succeed as well.

In order to establish this culture of success, we need to first understand who we are as a university. Many of our institutions have a culture that was formed many years ago and hasn’t changed even though our students have changed. We base are strategic plans, activities and events around assumptions. As those who want to change this culture we need to be deliberate and systematic about analytics. Spending time studying our data will help us understand who we are and where we are. We must never stop taking risks as it is through these risks, and sometimes failures, that we can learn the most.

We can make a difference and the way that our universities were in the past doesn’t mean they must be that way in the future. We can be agents for change. We must always strive for success and realize that when we have success in one area we should not consider it final. We should push for a culture that accepts nothing less than continued success.

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates at Clemson University

MST-and-ClemsonClemson University in South Carolina is offering several research opportunities for undergraduate students involved with data-intensive computing projects. All students participating in the REU program will take part in tutorials on tools and techniques that are widely used in data-intensive computing research, as well as on useful professional development topics (e.g., applying to graduate school, writing NSF graduate fellowship applications). Students will receive a stipend, low-cost housing on the Clemson campus, and assistance with travel costs to/from Clemson.

The deadline for application is MARCH 1, 2014!

Application review will begin in March, and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. The program starts on June 2, 2014.

For more information and application materials, visit the link below.

Data-Intensive Computing Research Experiences for Undergraduates:

http://people.cs.clemson.edu/~bcdean/reu/

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates at Louisiana State University

MST-and-LSULouisiana State University (LSU) is offering TWO research opportunities for undergraduate students involved with computational (CCT) or materials sciences (LA-SiGMA). Students will spend the summer (10 weeks) at the LSU campus working on research projects in very diverse fields, so any student in a STEM field is encouraged to apply. Students will receive a stipend, free housing in LSU dormitories, and a travel allowance.

The deadline for application is MARCH 1, 2014!

Accepted undergraduates will be notified by April 1, 2014. The program starts on May 26, 2014.

For more information and application materials, visit one or both of the links below.

CCT REU: Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Computational Studies

http://reu.cct.lsu.edu

LA-SiGMA REU: Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Materials Science

http://reu.lasigma.loni.org