Having issues with VDI and VM usage?

If you’re experiencing difficulties when using the VDI or VM tools, please help us to best troubleshoot the issue by keeping the following tips in mind:

  • Please notify the IT Help Desk as soon as possible! Timely problem reporting helps us to better track and investigate reported problems, and gives us the lead time we need to fix system issues BEFORE the issue becomes a crisis.
  • Please provide as many specifics as you can! Screenshots, exact wording of error messages, and details about your browser and OS help us to identify potential causes and solutions.
  • Try to provide us with actionable information! Details about what you’re trying to accomplish and how you are being affected by outages helps us to prioritize and generate a specific fix for your issue.

Off-Campus users should ensure that their internet connection is fast enough to support VDI/VM usage. A latency of less than 300ms is required for smooth and lag-free VDI/VM sessions. You can check your internet connection speed by visiting http://speedtest.mst.edu

As always, please report any issues to the IT Help Desk by calling (573)-341-4357

S&T’s DELTA lab project to receive a 2015 Effective Practice Award from the Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium—formerly the Sloan Consortium—has recognized S&T’s DELTA labs (Delivering Experiential Labs To All) project as an outstanding work in the field of online education. The DELTA labs project was recognized based on its ability to provide evidence of quality, innovation, and replicability.

The DELTA labs project is a set of eLearning models, processes, technologies, and strategies for the redesign of traditional laboratory courses for blended and online delivery which are custom-tailored to the needs of each course. The DELTA labs project was developed though research in and adherence to recognized instructional design standards. The careful attention paid to the universal pedagogical foundations of instruction means that the DELTA labs project provides a flexible and research-grounded tool for instructors teaching a variety of lab courses.

Representatives from the S&T EdTech team will travel to Dallas, TX to attend the 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium on April 22-24. Angie Hammons and Amy Skyles will be representing Missouri S&T and the EdTech team. Congratulations on the recognition of all your hard work!

Westward Ho; The EdTech team is going to Colorado!

The S&T EdTech team was recently invited to speak at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO to share information about how they support faculty with respect to teaching and learning. Later this month, several key members of the S&T EdTech team will go from Centennial Hall to the Centennial State on a short trip to the Mines campus where they will present information related to teaching and learning, such as blended course redesign and establishing faculty development programs.

Mines is a peer institution to Missouri S&T, and the two universities share a very similar background and mission. Both universities are similar in size, STEM centric, and research-based. This opportunity will allow educational technology team leaders from both campuses to discuss current challenges surrounding teaching and learning at the two campuses, as well as forging an important partnership and collaboration with a great peer institution.

The trip itself will be a collaboration between the S&T Educational Technology division (EdTech), the Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation (CERTI), and the Provost’s Special Assistant for eLearning. The representatives for S&T will be Angie Hammons, Meg Brady, Julie Phelps, Diane Hagni, and Dr. Jeff Schramm.

eLearning Community of Practice – Setting Course Expectations: Assessment

On Thursday, April 9th, EdTech and CERTI will present the final installment of the eCOP series on classroom expectations. All S&T instructors are invited to attend this session, to be held on Thursday, April 9th from 3:00PM-4:30PM in the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, Room 203.

This event is focused on discussing assessment. The objectives for this session are:

– Develop learner-centered assessment techniques
– Expose participants to a variety of assessment techniques
– Develop an understanding of assessment beyond exams

The goal of this session is to assist participants in creating learner-centered assessments, and to give participants at least one new assessment technique to try in their classrooms. We hope to see you there!

Please contact Diane Hagni at hagnid@mst.edu or (573)-341-7648 with any questions.

Literature on Learning: The Little EdTech Library

Curious about course outcomes? Puzzled by pedagogy? Interested in instructional design? Come browse the EdTech library! All S&T instructors are welcome to stop by and check out any of the several books selected by our instructional design and development team. Each work was identified as a particularly useful reference for structuring your course content around established learning strategies. From classic methods to contemporary cures, you are sure to find some useful best practices which you can take back to your classroom.

Some recent highlights and new additions include:

The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach, 2nd Ed. – Grunert O’Brien, Millis, and Cohen
Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty – Barkley
How we Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why it Happens – Carey
The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-Based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education – Kapp

If you’re curious about any of these titles, please stop by EdTech office in 102 Centennial Hall and browse or check out one of them. We bought ‘em so you can read ‘em!

Congratulations Amy Skyles!

Congratulations to Amy Skyles! She has worked hard on the DELTA Lab initiative and just recently won the OLC Effective Practice Award. Check out the information on the award here http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/effective_practices/delivering-experiential-labs-all.

Using Tegrity? You must explicitly allow it to run in your browser.

The Tegrity lecture capture software was recently updated, and this update is causing browsers to flag Tegrity as a potentially unsafe program. This situation can cause problems when attempting to record or playback video; it may appear that the program has stalled or that nothing is happening, but the program is waiting for your permission to run in your browser!

Educational Technology is currently working with Tegrity to remedy this situation. For the moment, please follow the steps in these short visual tutorials when attempting to run the Tegrity software.

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Remember: You must explicitly allow the program to run in your browser.

If you have questions or difficulties, please contact Educational Technology at (573) 341-4131 or at edtech@mst.edu

“Electronic Blackboard” technology of the 1960’s – A quick look back

Did you know that electronic learning systems have been in use at American universities for over 50 years now? While Blackboard itself isn’t quite that old, its predecessors such as the PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations) system—pictured here—date back to the early 1960s, well before the implementation of the internet as we know it, and 20 years before the consumer computer market began to expand beyond a core group of dedicated hobbyists.

smart-blackboard-1974

While electronic learning systems have changed quite a bit over the years, they continue to share a common set of core functionalities. An instructor presents course material to multiple students, lessons and quizzes may be automated, and the system records user actions and results. Becasue all modern electronic learning systems share some similar core features, modern learning systems are largely differentiated by ease of use and the effectiveness of the user interface. The basic technical challenges involved were (mostly) solved over 50 years ago, but the ongoing struggle for a friendly, easy-to-use, easy-to-learn interface continues.

As technology and the way we use it evolves, will new learning management systems such as Canvas carry on the proud tradition of electronic learning systems here at S&T? We here in Educational Technology certainly hope so!

10 Online Learning Trends to Watch in 2015 [#Infographic]

The future’s biggest online movements in education are taking shape today.

Source: www.edtechmagazine.com

This infographic looks at 10 trends to watch in online learning.  It is interesting to note that most of them are things that we are looking into/actively working on at Missouri S&T.

Learning By Doing

Source: www4.ncsu.edu

Dr.s Felder and Brent (both have been keynotes at our conference) point out a very important fact in this article.  The only way for students to develop a skill is to have them practice that skill. If you require them to do something on a test or even in class it is important that you give students the opportunity to practice that skill where they can receive quality feedback from you as their instructor.