TEGRITY Courses Purged at End of Semester – SP 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 Friday, May 30, 2013.

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 Fall 2014 until AFTER the purge for Spring 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. 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/

 

Will You Be Using Tegrity Lecture Capture For Spring 2014?

Do you plan to use Tegrity lecture capture during Spring 2014?

If so, then Educational Technology will need to gather some basic information from you so that we may prepare any room(s) in which you will be teaching with the appropriate technology.

To gather that information, we ask that you complete the survey linked below:

Tegrity Lecture Capture Information Survey
(This survey will expire at midnight on Friday, December 20)

This survey will ask you in which rooms you will be teaching and will also ask which technology (audio or video) that you will need. NOTE: Several rooms are already equipped with Tegrity technology.

If you want to find out more information about Tegrity, please visit the EdTech web page below:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/tegrity

For assistance with Tegrity-related issues, please contact the IT Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at help.mst.edu.

TEGRITY Courses Purged at End of Semester (FS 2013)

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 Friday, December 20, 2013.

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 2014 until AFTER the purge for Fall 2013 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.)

Download the recording into iTunes as a podcast:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/tegrity/itunespodcast/

Tegrity recordings can be subscribed to as a podcast and from there they are converted into convenient, portable *.MP4 format. This is very handy for copying the recording into another storage location. IMPORTANT: Tegrity recordings converted into iTunes compatible format CANNOT be re-uploaded into Tegrity later.

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/

 

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.

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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.

Multivariate Calculus at Missouri S&T

Guest Post by:

Associate Teaching Professor Dee Leach – Mathematics and Statistics

DeeLeach-doccamSeveral new resources involving technology aimed at improving student success and course availability have been implemented for the Missouri S&T Math 22 (Multivariate Calculus) course.  These resources were created and implemented in support of the Missouri S&T Strategic Plan and the Calculus course redesign initiative.  One of the resources involves delivery and recording of multivariate calculus classes via the Tegrity application.  The lecture/discussion from one section of Math 22 are delivered and recorded on a daily basis using Tegrity.  These lectures/discussions are used synchronously by some students who are not physically present in the classroom.  Other students use the recordings in an asynchronous manner as review or supplemental material in support of learning the subject matter.  The recordings are made available to all 330+ students enrolled in Math 22 at Missouri S&T.  Initial feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive.  There have been over 200 viewings of the recordings in the first week.  Of equal importance, the students who are in the room while the class is being recorded report no degradation of their classroom experience.

This resource makes use of technology that is both currently-available and well-known on the Missouri S&T campus.  The system has proven to be very stable, “low overhead” and easy to use for students and instructor alike.  The challenge in this implementation has been the necessity of the instructor to use a doc cam rather than a blackboard as the writing medium.  Mathematics classes are not well-suited for pre-fabricated presentations (e.g., PowerPoint).  This is because it is very difficult or impossible to “walk” students through a proof or problem solution that has been written out in advance.  Thus, a large amount of writing on the part of the instructor occurs during these classes to help students to focus on the techniques being used.  Unfortunately, this is independent of the mode of instruction (lecture, discussion) and it a major reason why a lot of mathematics instructors prefer large spaces (blackboards/whiteboards) over an 11×17 piece of paper on which to show proofs, problem-solving methods, and worked examples of problems.  Asking a mathematics instructor to go from using a blackboard (large medium) to a doc cam (little piece of paper) is tantamount to asking that instructor to change her teaching style that she perhaps has spent her entire career honing to a fine art.

I am fortunate in that no one asked me to change anything; I made the decision to try the new approach (doc cam) with the idea that I could always go back to the blackboard if something unacceptable resulted from the change.  As it has turned out, I have found that, personally, I can deliver my lecture/discussion/problem demonstration/recitation using a doc cam and I can do this as effectively as I can do these things with a blackboard/whiteboard.  Surprisingly, it did not take long at all (a couple of days) to adjust from one medium to the other.   One aspect I find uncomfortable with using the doc cam is that I feel “chained” to the podium. My style is to walk back and forth as I write on the board and sometimes walk forward into the classroom seating area to interact with students.  I find that I am generally unable to do this with the doc cam.  One concern I had in the beginning was whether it would take additional time to write things on the small piece of paper because of neatness and readability concerns.  As it has turned out, my recorded lecture covers the same material as my later non-recorded lecture within 2-3 minutes either way.  Another concern I continue to have involves the impact (if any) on the students in the classroom with me during the classes that are recorded.  A promise I made to these students was that their experience would not be degraded or sacrificed in the name of “technology” or “progress”.  To address my own concern, I continually keep these students in the decision-making loop regarding such things as lighting in the room, color and size of pen to use, how fast/slow I’m conducting the class, etc.  I am fortunate in that I typically develop very good rapport with my students who are comfortable with giving me direct feedback on all aspects of the classes I teach and based on their suggestions (and concurrence) I have made modifications more or less “on the fly” as to how I present the material.

The implementation of synchronous delivery and recorded lectures for Math 22 has been relatively painless and trouble-free.  Students were, and continue to be, involved in the decision-making process and I believe that this is absolutely critical to the success of any strategic initiative implementation directed at students.   The transition from blackboard/whiteboard to doc cam for me was not huge as I discovered that many of my concerns quickly became non-issues.  In the future, I believe that the level of success for others in transitioning from one writing medium to another will be highly dependent on the individual instructors,  their preferences, their skills and abilities, and their respective teaching style.

Back-to-School Technology Workshops on August 5, 7, and 9!

back-to-school-workshop-logoEducational Technology (EdTech) will be hosting a series of back-to-school technology workshops on August 5, 7, and 9. These workshops will be held in Centennial Hall Room 105, starting at 9 a.m. (see detailed schedule below).

Topics will include Blackboard, Google Apps for Education, Clickers/TurningPoint, Tegrity, and more… To accommodate the schedules of busy instructors, EdTech will present a series of 50-minute sessions to introduce the technology.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THE WORKSHOPS! Simply choose a time/date/topic that interests you from the list below and show up!

NOTE: Because multiple workshop topics will be taking place at the same time in the same room, it will not be possible to record the event.

Here’s how each workshop will operate:

  1. Interested attendees attend a workshop of their choosing at their convenience.
  2. The room will be divided into several “pods”, where each pod will cover one of the subtopics listed below.

EXAMPLE: An instructor interested in learning about Blackboard Assessments can attend the workshop on Monday, August 5 at 9 a.m. and visit the Assessments pod. If he or she wants to find out more about Grade Center, he or she can stick around at 10 a.m. on August 5 and move to the Grade Center pod or choose a different Blackboard workshop later in the week. EdTech will have workers on hand to guide attendees to the pod covering the technology in which they are most interested.

The schedule of the workshops is detailed below:

DATE / TIME MAIN TOPIC
Monday, August 5, 9 a.m. Blackboard 1
Monday, August 5, 10 a.m. Blackboard 1
Monday, August 5, 1 p.m. “Other” Technologies 2
Monday, August 5, 2 p.m. “Other” Technologies 2
Wednesday, August 7, 9 a.m. Google Apps for Education 3
Wednesday, August 7, 10 a.m. Google Apps for Education 3
Wednesday, August 7, 1 p.m. Blackboard 1
Wednesday, August 7, 2 p.m. Blackboard 1
Friday, August 9, 9 a.m. “Other” Technologies 2
Friday, August 9, 10 a.m. “Other” Technologies 2
Friday, August 9, 1 p.m. Google Apps for Education 3
Friday, August 9, 2 p.m. Google Apps for Education 3

 

SUBTOPICS:

  1. Blackboard subtopics will include: Orientation, Organization, Assessments, Grade Center, Tools, and other Content Options.
  2. “Other” Technologies subtopics includes: Adobe Connect, Tegrity, Clickers/TurningPoint, Kaltura, and basic classroom technology.
  3. Google Apps for Education subtopics includes: Sites, Drive, Plus / Hangouts, Groups, and Voice

NOTE: These workshops are intended to provide a general overview of the technology supported by EdTech. Further assistance can be obtained by scheduling a one-on-one consultation with EdTech support staff or by attending an EdTech U event later in the semester. EdTech U is offered on Thursdays, from Noon – 2 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Engineering Room 105.

If you are having a technology issue, you can also contact the IT Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at help.mst.edu.

Tegrity Lecture Capture Coming to Blackboard Courses

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On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Tegrity Lecture Capture will be made available in ALL Blackboard courses.

Up until now, Tegrity was deployed to select courses based on instructor needs. After August 1, Tegrity will be available for all instructors to use in their Blackboard courses.

Tegrity allows instructors to record their lecture notes. Students can monitor and participate in the recording live, or review the recording later. Both instructors and students can add their own annotations to the recordings (even after the recording process is completed).

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU:

  • In order to use Tegrity to its fullest potential, you will need a webcam/microphone for the lecture capture.
    1. Contact EdTech by submitting a ticket through the Help Desk (573-341-HELP or online at help.mst.edu) and we will arrange for the classroom in which you are teaching to be properly equipped with technology.
    2. EdTech can also arrange to show you how the technology works in the classroom.
  • A new Tegrity Classes button will appear at the bottom of the course menu.

    WARNING: Do NOT delete this button. If you do, it may be very difficult to restore the button if you decide later you want to use Tegrity. Please leave the button alone if you do not intend to use Tegrity.

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  • If you do not want students to see the button, you can hide the link from students as follows:
    1. Click the drop-down arrow on the right-hand side of the Tegrity Classes button.
    2. Click Hide Link.

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    3. A little gray square icon with a slash through it will appear on the Tegrity Classes button, indicating that the button is hidden from students.

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    4. To make the button visible to students again, click the drop-down arrow on the right-hand side of the Tegrity Classes button and click Show Link.

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Educational Technology will be conducting a series of Tegrity training sessions for all instructors interested in seeing what Tegrity is all about. Visit the link below to sign up for an available session!

http://edtech.mst.edu/events/tegrity/

For more information, contact Educational Technology at edtech@mst.edu.
 

Tegrity Lecture Capture Training Opportunities

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Educational Technology is offering several opportunities to learn about Tegrity Lecture Capture in August (before Fall 2012). Tegrity records an instructor’s lecture notes for later review by students. Both students and instructors can add annotations to the recordings.

To sign up for a training opportunity, visit the link below:

http://edtech.mst.edu/events/tegrity/

Each training opportunity will cover the following:

  • When to use Tegrity
  • Getting started
  • Features
  • Accessing recordings and publishing recordings for student view
  • Advanced features

For more information, contact EdTech at edtech@mst.edu.