About DELTA – Delivering Experiental Labs To All

The goal of DELTA labs is Delivering Experiential Labs TAll. The project began with the development of a set of eLearning models, processes, and strategies for the redesign of traditional laboratory courses for blended and online delivery. Several courses have been redesigned and piloted in both blended and online formats.

Missouri S&T strives to be a leader in how instructional labs for science and engineering courses are designed and delivered. Other institutions are attempting to transform undergraduate science and engineering programs to a blended or online delivery and are attaining mixed results and one-off solutions. DELTA labs provide the relevant information and research to build and share a handbook which includes a comprehensive set of models for redesigning instructional laboratories in any engineering and science discipline that other institutions could adopt. For inquiries, contact edtech@mst.edu


Delivering Experiental Labs To All (DELTA) has been noted in a number of news articles from around the country since its inception. Missouri S&T has been recognized as an innovative leader in the field of tranforming the laboratory experience in several disciplines into an online or at-home experience to help distance students receive the same quality laboratory experience as their on-campus counterparts.

DELTA – Lab Design Process

Redesigning a lab experience for a distance or blended audience is a challenging task. However, this process shares many of the same basic principles that can be applied to ANY course redesign! There are, of course, a few fundamental differences as well. For instance, you must be able to ensure that all students in the course will have access to the same equipment and materials—or at least reasonable approximations—to allow students to grasp the same breadth and depth of the application of concepts covered in the lecture sections.

To recap the basic course design/redesign process:

  1. What are your course goals?
  2. What are the learning objectives necessary to meet those course goals?
  3. What assessments will be used to measure student performance of the learning objectives?

To these, we can add the following

  1. Why to you teach the lab assignments that you teach?
  2. Do the labs fulfill the required learning objectives for the course?

For more information on how to begin redesigning your labs, contact the EdTech Instructional Design Team. We’ll be glad to help!

 

Canvas login issues with Shibboleth

We are currently experiencing issues with logins to Canvas. This is caused by an issue with Shibboleth, which is our login portal into Canvas. Other Missouri S&T applications that use Shibboleth are also affected by this outage. As soon as we have more information, we will pass it along.

Update: Shibboleth has been fixed. You should be able to log into Canvas now. If you experience further issues, please contact the Help Desk at 341-4357.

Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2017 – REGISTRATION OPEN!

TLT-X-01-medRegistration for the Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2017 (aka “TLT X”) on March 16 and 17, 2017 is now OPEN!

THEME: Celebrating Excellence in Teaching

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Web-based registration is now available at:

http://tlt.mst.edu/registration/

Registration for this event is FREE for all participants!

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

http://tlt.mst.edu

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

TEGRITY Courses Purged at End of Semester – FS2016

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, January 6, 2017.

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).

If you would like to maintain any recordings (for archival purposes), the link below shows how to download the recordings for storage:

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

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/

Canvas Third-Party Services Impacted (Resolved)

There is currently a very large DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack taking place on the internet which is degrading critical infrastructure.

Two separate DDoS attacks on key providers of core internet services (e.g. DNS) today have caused widespread problems with many internet-based products and services.

Some Canvas third-party services are currently unavailable.

Edit: Services were restored late Friday evening.

TLT X – Call for Presentations

TLT-X-01-medEducational Technology at Missouri University of Science and Technology is now accepting presentation proposals for the TENTH ANNUAL Teaching and Learning Technology Conference (a.k.a. TLT X), scheduled for March 16-17, 2017. Interested presenters can download a copy of the Call for Presentation form at the TLT website or click one of the links below:

Call for Presentations: Word Document

Call for Presentations: PDF

The theme for this year’s conference is Celebrating Excellence in Teaching. We want to recognize pedagogical practices and innovations that enhance and enrich the student learning experience.

We have several options for different types of sessions. View the submission forms for details:

  • Standard session (45-60 minutes)
  • “Learning Stack” short session (15-25 minutes)
  • Poster sessions (displayed at Vendor Reception)

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, November 18, 2016. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by Friday, December 9, 2016. Accepted presenters will be notified between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you do not hear back from us by then, then feel free to contact us by email (edtech@mst.edu) or by phone (573-341-4131).

Blackboard outage scheduled for 6:00AM—8:00AM on Aug. 26th

EdTech has scheduled a short Blackboard outage for the early-morning hours of 6:00AM—8:00AM on Friday, Aug. 26th. This outage should allow us to fix the persistent issues related to the Blackboard notification system. We regret any inconvenience this outage may represent. If you have questions please call us at (573) 341-4131 or email us at edtech@mst.edu

Using Clickers in Fall 2016?

If you are planning to use clickers in your FALL 2016 classes, please visit the clicker registration page (linked below) to register your classes by Friday, August 12.

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 WITH CLICKERS SHOULD GET A FIRMWARE UPGRADE!

o   Students can visit the Walk-in Center at the Library. It only takes a few seconds to perform the upgrade.

 

Note: TurningPoint and Tegrity lecture capture software are NOT 100% compatible! TurningPoint graphs that use Excel (which is enabled by default in TurningPoint) will cause TurningPoint to “lock-up” if Tegrity is running simultaneously. If you plan on running a TurningPoint clicker session at the same time as a Tegrity recording session, you MUST read about this workaround that is necessary for TurningPoint Cloud to function!

Will You Be Using Tegrity Lecture Capture For FALL 2016?

Do you plan to use Tegrity lecture capture during FALL 2016?

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.

Please visit the link below and click the link for the appropriate survey in the right-hand sidebar:

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

 

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.

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

 

Note: Tegrity and TurningPoint are NOT 100% compatible! TurningPoint graphs that use Excel (which is enabled by default in TurningPoint) will cause TurningPoint to “lock-up” if Tegrity is running simultaneously. If you plan on running a TurningPoint clicker session at the same time as a Tegrity recording session, you MUST read about this workaround that is necessary for TurningPoint Cloud to function!