IT Cleanup of Spring and Summer 2010 Blackboard Courses

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IT will be performing a cleanup of all Blackboard courses older than two years as part of Missouri S&T’s two year Blackboard course retention policy, starting on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

This will ONLY affect Spring (SP2010) and Summer (SS2010) courses in Blackboard! Every instructor will receive an email indicating which courses are scheduled for removal.

This will NOT affect any current (Spring, Summer, or Fall 2012) or future (Spring 2013 and Summer 2013) courses!

After the remove date, the course contents, enrollment, and the entire course itself, will be purged from Blackboard and will not be recoverable.

This process will take place without any action or communication necessary from the instructor.

However, if an instructor wishes to retain content in any course for purposes of retaining the student grade data or for use in future courses, there are a few options available.

First, courses can be Archived. This will preserve all student work, enrollments, and grades, in the event that data from the course needs to be recovered. Instructions on archiving a course can be found at:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/blackboard9-1/archivecourse/    

Second, content can be Copied from one course to another. This does NOT preserve student data, but is an easy way for moving content forward. WARNING: Copying a course from a previous semester always runs the risk that some portions of the course may not function as desired due to changes in Blackboard over time (e.g. upgrading to a new version). For example, a course created in Blackboard version 8 may have content features that are NOT supported in version 9.1.

Instructions for coping course content can be found at:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/blackboard9-1/coursecopy/

If you require additional assistance with archiving or copying off any of the course information, please contact Educational Technology at 341-4131, edtech@mst.edu, or submit a Help Request (online at help.mst.edu or via phone at 573-341-HELP).

If you are one of multiple instructors for a course, please coordinate efforts with other instructors in the course to ensure any data which needs to be retained is archived or copied by the course’s remove date.
 

eFellows Community of Practice Meeting on Monday, October 22, 2012

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EdTech is hosting an eFellows Community of Practice meeting on Monday, October, 22, 2012, from Noon to 1 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Engineering Room 206. EdTech will provide dessert and beverages (please bring your own brown bag lunch).

The eFellows Community of Practice (CoP) is made up of instructors who have gone through the eFellows program in previous years as well as any instructor who wishes to learn more about how to use technology to improve student performance. The eFellows program is focused on transforming courses to teach in an online or blended format.

eFellows grant recipients are required to attend this meeting! It is the first of several face-to-face meetings they will attend as they go through the eFellows program.

Other instructors who wish to attend are more than welcome to do so! Current and previous eFellows will share their ideas on how they are reshaping their courses with technology.

EdTech strongly encourages all non-eFellows who attend to participate with their own ideas!

We look forward to seeing you there!

CLC Software Request Process for SPRING 2013 Now Open!

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EdTech is opening up the Computing Learning Center (CLC) software request process for instructors who need specific software packages installed in computer learning centers across campus.

It is very important to submit requests in a timely manner to ensure the best possible support from IT and EdTech. We appreciate your cooperation!

The software request web-based application is available on the EdTech web site.

    1. Go to edtech.mst.edu/clc.

    2. Click Request Software (Faculty).

Please enter ALL software requests before close of business on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (This is the day after the General Election.)

Software requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. If questions arise, you will be contacted by the CLC coordinator for further discussion.

Software currently available in each of the CLCs on campus can be found on EdTech’s CLC index page.

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

Blackboard Collaborate Outage

At 6:45 p.m. tonight, October 9, 2012 an email was sent to faculty identified as S&T Blackboard Collaborate users.

Subject: Blackboard Collaborate Outage – Update

Attention: Instructors using Blackboard Collaborate

Missouri S&T’s Blackboard (Bb) Collaborate has been unavailable since Monday, October 8th. It is believed this outage is an unexpected consequence of a maintenance procedure. EdTech staff are engaged with Bb Collaborate technical support to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Updates on the status of this issue will be posted to edtechconnect.mst.edu .

IT understands the impact of an outage of this nature and extends sincere apologies for course disruptions and inconveniences.

To provide feedback or comment on this incident, please contact the IT Help Desk at 573-341-4357 (HELP) or submit a ticket online at help.mst.edu . Your input will help our support team in their evaluation of all aspects of this event as they take measures to mitigate future risks.

 

Wimba, Blackboard Collaborate temporarily unavailable in classrooms and CLCs

Wimba and Blackboard Collaborate are temporarily unavailable in classrooms and CLCs due to a security issue identified and blocked by a vendor.

Information Technology technicians are investigating and will restore functionality on classroom and CLC computers as soon as possible.

Updates on this issue will be posted to itpress.mst.eduedtechconnect.mst.edu, and distributed to the Edumine group via email.

For further assistance, please call the IT Help Desk at 573-341-HELP (4357) or submit a ticket online at help.mst.edu

National Science Foundation Spring Webinar Series

The following was forward along to EdTech. We will be making our EdTech Collaboration Room (101 Centennial Hall) available on the dates and times below if possible. If the room is unavailable, we can make arrangements for another room and will send out an announcement to that effect.

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Dear Colleague:

There is still time to register for the first webinar in the
NSF Webinar Series focused on the Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education
(TUES) Program and presented by Engineering and Computer Science Program
Officers of the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education- Funding Decision
Processes at NSF. Duplicate sessions on this topic are scheduled for March 6th
and 7th
[at 1 p.m. Eastern Time — ed.]. In addition, registration is still open for three
subsequent webinars- Proposal Writing Strategies, Project Evaluation, and
Making an Impact: Building Sustainable and Transportable Projects. Details are
provided below.

[Read more…]

Focus on Teaching and Technology: A Regional Conference at UMSL

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University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) invites you to register for their Focus on Teaching and Technology Regional Conference on November 10-11, 2011.

Scholars, educators, and practitioners from numerous universities share their technology innovations and teaching experiences.

This year, they will offer two keynote presentations:

  • Thursday, November 10:
    Tom Mills — Executive Director of Global Education; Google
    Education Administration Auditorium 100
    Marillac Hall, UMSL South Campus
  • Friday, November 11:
    Dr. Michele DiPietro — Executive Director; Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Kennesaw State University
    “Understanding the Learning Process as the Gateway to Smart Teaching”
    JC Penney Summit; UMSL North Campus

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Choose from 24 concurrent sessions and 9 pre-conference workshops during the two-day conference! There is no charge to attend the concurrent sessions at the conference (thanks to generous sponsors), and there are always good ideas and networking opportunities to take away.  There is, however, a $20 fee for each two-hour pre-conference workshop on Thursday (this fee includes lunch.)  Register for one or both days now!

For program details and to register — http://www.umsl.edu/ctl/fttc.htm

Blackboard Maintenance on Sunday, September 18, 2011

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IT will be performing Blackboard maintenance on Sunday, September 18, 2011, starting at 12:00 a.m.

Blackboard will be unavailable for 4 hours between midnight and 4 a.m.

Please call the Help Desk with questions about this or any other IT issue at 573-341-HELP (4357) or submit an online Help Request at http://help.mst.edu.

Call for Proposals: Missouri S&T Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2010

Educational Technology is now accepting presentation proposals for the Third Annual Teaching and Learning Technology Conference, scheduled for March 11-12, 2010. Interested presenters can download a copy of the Call for Proposal form at our web site: edtech.mst.edu.

This year’s theme will be Cyberlearning.

Proposals will be accepted until November 20, 2009. The conference schedule will be finalized around December 11, 2009. At that time submitters will be notified of acceptance.
 
Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Joel Hartman — Vice Provost for Information Technologies and Resources at the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Hartman has been instrumental in leading the University of Central Florida in the arena of online and blended learning.

Blackboard: Message Communications Tool Available on Friday, September 25

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Blackboard Message, a tool available within the Communications Area of Blackboard, will be made available to all instructors starting on Friday, September 25, 2009.

EdTech will be conducting a demonstration of the Blackboard Message functionality and best practices at noon on Friday, October 2, 2009, during the Cyberlearning Faculty Learning Community (FLC) meeting in Civil Engineering 115.

All instructors are welcome to bring their lunch to the Cyberlearning FLC meeting.

Blackboard Message is an internal email service within Blackboard that allows instructors and students to focus discussions about a course exclusively within the course, rather than through more traditional email channels such as Outlook.

Documentation on how to use this tool will be available on the EdTech web site (edtech.mst.edu) before the FLC meeting on October 2.