Time to start your thesis? Time to sign up for iThenticate!

The semester is almost halfway over, and if you’re a graduate student writing a thesis or dissertation, it’s time for you to sign up to iThenticate. iThenticate is a web-based service that analyzes your writing for similarity to other published sources. iThenticate can help you check the accuracy of your citations and quotations, avoid unintentional plagiarism, and even let you know when you need to do a better job of synthesizing or paraphrasing. iThenticate is available free of charge to all graduate students at Missouri S&T. To find out more or sign up for access, visit http://edtech.mst.edu/support/ithenticate/

Weekly Canvas Stats Digest: 21Aug—28Aug, Week 1

Users – The first semester of the year started out strong with a steady uptick in Canvas usage actually beginning on Sunday, August 20 when cumulative student usage peaked at 2899 users. By Monday, that number had climbed to 5400 users. Wednesday saw the highest number of users at 7100. Participation then saw a steady decline to a low point of 2200 users on Saturday the 26th. The next day, Sunday the 27th, was a fairly studious one, with a peak cumulative user count of 4300.

Overall, S&T students initiated 63,451 Canvas sessions and racked up 488,422 pageviews over the first week of the Fall 2017 semester. If we average these numbers across the entire site for each day, each student session consisted of about 7 pageviews.

 

Location – 99.9% of student connections to Canvas originated from within the United States. 94% of those student connections were from within the state of Missouri. Students connected to Missouri S&T’s Canvas from every state in the Union except for Montana, Vermont, and Delaware.

There were a small handful of students connecting from outside of the United States. Students from China, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico, France, Belgium, Greece, Japan, and the United Kingdom also connected to S&T’s Canvas, but all of the sessions originating from outside of the US were numbered in the single digits.

 

Courses – The most “popular” Canvas course (as measured by student pageviews) is easily Chemistry 1310, the general Chemistry 1 course, with around 23000 pageviews in the first week. With over 750 enrolled users, it’s not a total surprise that it’s a very busy course!

The second most popular course by student pageviews is the FE 1100 Freshman Engineering course with 7745 pageviews in the first week. After that, it’s Math 1215, Calculus 2 with 3148 pageviews.

Rounding out the rest of the top five is Mech Eng 1720 (Intro to Engineering Design) and Eng Man 1210 (Econ Analysis of Engr Projects) with right around 3000 pageviews each.

 

Technology – In the first week of class, 90.7% of student access to Canvas was on a traditional desktop or laptop computer. 7.9% of student access was via a mobile cellular device, while only 1.4% of student access to Canvas was done on a tablet computer such as an iPad.

Windows is the most popular OS with 77% of sessions being made from a Windows machine. Macintosh machines accounted for 12.8% of sessions. Linux machines represented 0.48% of sessions, and one person even logged into Canvas using their Xbox One!

Chrome is the most popular Browser with 72% of sessions compared to Safari’s 11%. Surprisingly, Edge is more popular than Firefox, with 8% of sessions compared to 5.5%, respectively. Internet Explorer got 1.8% of sessions. The least popular browser, the stock Android Browser, was only used in 0.01% of Canvas sessions.

Mobile device usage was interesting. Literally hundreds of different types of Android-based cellular devices were used to access Canvas, but the Apple iPhone seems to be the most popular single cellular mobile device used, representing 45% of all mobile sessions.

 

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Questions/Problems With Canvas? Come See Us In The Library!

The semester has started, and that means we’re all logging into Canvas again! If you have questions or problems with the campus LMS, stop by the library this week and speak with an EdTech team member. Whatever your question or problem is, we can help you!

EdTech will be in the library from 8:00AM–4:30PM on Mon/Tue/Wed, and from 1:00PM–4:30PM on Thu/Fri. Look for us in the area behind the IT Help Desk.

Windows 10 and Office 2016 Now on Classroom Instructor Stations

As of Fall 2017, classroom instructor stations will be upgraded to the Windows 10 operating system. This includes distance classrooms and CLC classrooms.

In addition, these machines are also being upgraded to Office 2016. Documents created in Office 2013 should open just fine in Office 2016.

If you would like Windows 10 or Office 2016 on your office computer, please submit a Help ticket through the IT Help Desk (573-341-HELP or help.mst.edu).

EdTech recommends scheduling a walkthrough of classrooms. Please contact Malcolm Hays (mhays@mst.edu, 573-341-6779) for an appointment. Walkthroughs will be available from August 7 – 18.

Lecture Capture Update – Panopto is in, Tegrity is on the way out

Panopto® will be replacing Tegrity® as the preferred lecture capture solution for Fall 2017. Panopto offers greater flexibility in recording, and is more tightly integrated into Canvas for a much more seamless viewing experience for students.
Panopto Recorder will be installed on all classroom computers for Fall 2017.
To enable Panopto Recordings within Canvas, follow these steps for each course in which you will be using lecture capture:

  1. Login to Canvas and navigate to a course.
  2. Click Settings within the course menu.
  3. Select the Navigation tab at the top of the Settings page.
  4. Click-and-drag Panopto Recordings until it is within the top part of the course menu.
  5. Click Save.

More details for getting started with Panopto lecture capture can be found at:
http://edtech.mst.edu/support/panopto/
NOTE: The campus Tegrity license will be expiring on or around Dec 31, 2017. Until then, instructors can still use Tegrity lecture capture for recordings. EdTech recommends trying out Panopto!
For assistance with Panopto lecture capture, please contact Educational Technology (edtech@mst.edu). 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!

Students Appreciate When Combined Courses Have Been Descriptively Named!

Instructors: When using the Canvas course combine tool, you have the option to rename your course. This ability is very useful, but you should keep in mind that the name you pick should be descriptive and easy for students to recognize. At the minimum, the name you choose should include the subject and general title of the course. For example, if you were to combine two sections of Technical Writing, you might want to call the combined section something like “English 3560 – Tech Writing – 1A & 1C”.

When named so, it’s easy to see and recognize the combined section when it appears on the Canvas dashboard. Much less useful are short names such as simply “3560” or “1A & 1C”. Students typically have 4-5 courses on their Canvas dashboards at any given time, and it’s helpful when they (and you!) can easily see and navigate to your course because it is descriptively named.

When you use the Canvas course combine tool, there is a default naming option, but because we wanted to allow for instructor flexibility, we decided to let you name your class whatever you want—so whatever you do decide to name your course, please just remember to name it descriptively!

Here is a link to the Canvas Course Combine Tool 

 

EdTech Has Moved To The Library

Good news, everyone! EdTech is now closer and more available than ever—because the instructional design and developer portions of the EdTech team have moved to Curtis Laws Wilson Library! We can now be found in room G-8, lower level. If you need help with course design, content development, or other issues with classroom software support (like Canvas!), come visit us at our new location. Our phone number and email address remains the same—(573) 341-4131 and edtech@mst.edu

CLC Software Request Application for Fall 2017 Now Available

It’s time to request the software you would like to use in Computer Learning Centers (CLC) across campus for the Fall 2017 semester.

You can access the application on the EdTech CLC web site and click the Submit Request button on the page.

The software request application will close at the end of the business day on April 21, 2017, so please get your requests in by then.

Even if you have requested software previously, we need to know if you are still planning on using the software this Fall. Please submit software requests for all of your classes, if you have more than one class that accesses the requested software. This process helps us make sure we have enough licenses for your software requests as well as determining if we need to purchase new licenses for new software that is requested.

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

The History of DELTA

DELTA – HISTORY

Missouri S&T strives to be a leader in how instructional labs for science and engineering courses are designed and delivered in a blended or online format. Towards that end, DELTA labs started as an instructional laboratory pilot project aimed ad developing a set of eLearning models, processes, and strategies for the redesign of the traditional laboratory course for blended/online delivery. The instructional laboratory pilot project started with instructors interested in transforming their labs to reach the blended/online audience who may not be able to access the traditional, on-campus laboratory venue. Educational Technology also wanted to create a handbook for other instructors and institutions who would like to apply these same models to their own courses/programs. This overall effort became known as DELTA – Delivering Experiential Labs TAll.

In order to create the S&T model of laboratory course redesign, S&T conducted extensive research into the whole laboratory experience. The following were considered during the process:

  • Case Studies – several institutions are also trying to transform undergraduate science and engineering programs into a blended/online format.
  • Laboratory Kit Information – S&T found two manufacturers of at-home lab kits suitable for the courses in the pilot project.
  • Laboratory Kit Evaluations – S&T evaluated each of the two manufacturers of at-home lab kits. Each has its pros and cons.