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.

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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.

Blackboard: Wimba Live Classroom Upgrade on Friday, September 25

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IT will be upgrading Wimba Live Classroom tool inside Blackboard from version 3.3 to version 4.0 on Friday, September 25, starting at 5:30 p.m. Wimba Live Classrooms will be unavailable for approximately 30 minutes during the upgrade process.

Regular Blackboard services will still be available.

Wimba  Live Classroom provides a live virtual classroom experience for students and faculty that allows for in-class chat, class polling and participation, desktop and application sharing, etc.

This upgrade fixes a number of current Building block issues as well as provides MP4/MP3 downloads of Wimba Classroom Archives, support for Wimba Classroom 6.0 server, Grade Center integration with Wimba Voice Boards and support for Internet Explorer 8.

For more information about Wimba Live Classrooms, contact Educational Technology (edtech@mst.edu) or visit the EdTech web site:

http://edtech.mst.edu/servicesupport/wimba

The future of individualized instruction

paradigm-shift.gif ShrinkWrapped blog had an interesting post the other day about Paradigm Shifts, particularly focusing on how new researchers have “synthesized a new science of learning that is already reshaping how we think about learning and creating opportunities to re-imagine the classroom for the 21st century.”

Currently, most schools in this country offer education in the form of “collectivized” learning where all students are expected to learn at the pace of the slowest student in the class. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, but the politics between teachers, school administrators, and state governments have created a very challenging and difficult situation for students and teachers who want to push beyond the expected norms. Creativity in providing individualized instruction has often been punished, or at the very least, discouraged by school administrators.

What is really interesting about the article ShrinkWrapped links to is that it is scientific confirmation in what we here in EdTech have believed for some time–the more ways you can provide the information to students, the more chances they have for being successful students. As the article puts it, “if we can create the right environment for a child, magic happens.”

The science fiction story ShrinkWrapped refers to is Henry Kuttner’s “Mimsy were the Borogroves“, an allusion to Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” poem. The story tells how two young children are presented with some radical new toys that teach them to think and act in ways that are very different than their parents can even comprehend. In fact, the younger of the two children (the daughter), who can barely speak, unravels the mysteries of the toys much faster than the older child. The older child (the son) has to translate what the daughter is doing for his father’s sake, but this father is simply too old to wrap his mind around the radical new concepts. Eventually, the children learn enough about their new toys to construct a portal through time and space to the origin of the toys (the far distant future). The father is left in the here and now (actually 1942, the timeframe of the story). 

Shrink’s point is that childrens’ minds are far more plastic and malleable than we ever suspected. Modern research is starting to confirm that children, and even adolescents to a lesser extent, can learn far more than what we are currently teaching them in the classroom. It is very well established that younger minds are able to learn multiple languages at a very young age, especially if children are forced to be bilingual or trilingual through their circumstances. When I lived overseas, I knew a fair number of people who spoke three or four languages fluently.

In the future, it is not inconceivable that everyone, regardless of income or personal circumstances, can receive a highly individualized instruction suited to their own unique learning styles. However, there are still some societal and institutional paradigm shifts that need to be made before this can become a reality. I’ve personally seen how difficult it can be for someone to understand a new way of teaching. However, I’ve also seen the “A HA!” moment that happens when the lightbulb finally clicks on. Unfortunately, no one ever seems to have the authority to provide the funding needed to make the proposed changes in education and teaching a reality.

NOTE: ShrinkWrapped is a professional psychoanalyst and has a number of interesting posts on a wide variety of topics. Also look at the comments for the Paradigm Shifts post for some interesting discussion