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!

 

Summer 2016 Tegrity Recordings To Be Purged Aug. 15th!

Educational Technology (EdTech) will be purging ALL recorded Summer 2016 course sessions stored in Tegrity on Monday, August 15th, 2016.

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.).

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/

 

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/

 

 

The Last Class Session: How to Make It Count | Faculty Focus

First and last classes are the bookends that hold a semester together. How can we finish the semester with the same energy we had at the start? A few ideas:

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

At the beginning of the academic year we talked about how to make the first class have meaning. Here is an article  that focuses on how to make the last class focused and successful. It raises the question about how do you wrap everything up in your class. Do you just use the final and course evaluations to see how your course went for the semester? This article gives you a few quick strategies and activities that you can do on the last day of class as wrap up to the semester.

You’re Going to Want to Write This Down – Faculty Focus

Am I alone in this kind of mental ritual? Or do all of us regularly forget what we’ve heard, read, or learned … in this case, about teaching and learning?

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

I fall into the trap that Dr. Weimer mentions. I take notes at conference sessions, loving the ideas that I have heard. I know that I have heard similar things at other conferences or events but I don’t always do anything with that information.  Dr. Weimer makes a great suggestion to not just take notes but write down questions that you have, opportunities for research and how you might use this information as you are listening to the presentations.  

 

Dr. Weimer also gave a great tip about lecture notes. We always think we will have plenty of time for updating our notes before we teach that lesson again only to find that there is no time for that. Dr. Weimer’s suggestion is immediately following the lecture put a post-it note on the lecture notes with things you need to change or add to the lecture. You can identify questions that students had to help in preparation. Then if you only have a short amount of time before you give the lecture again, you know what you need to focus on.