IT Services is excited to announce full-access to Lynda.com’s extensive training catalog. We have arranged for two workstations to be available with our special licensing in the PML 204 Multimedia Lab. Lynda.com provides thousands of hours of interactive training on everything from MS Office products to 3-D animation, video production, eLearning tools, and so much more. To learn more – visit our link at http://training.truman.edu
Every Microsoft Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Windows XP will no longer be supported after April 8th 2014 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle).
What this means is after April 8th Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows XP. All systems on the Truman network need to have up-to-date security software in order to protect your data, as well as other computers on the network, so if you are using a Truman Windows XP computer an upgrade is required.
Truman owned Windows XP computer systems need to be upgraded before April 8th. Please contact the Truman IT Service Center at x4544 to request your system upgrade to Windows 7. Our technicians will contact you to schedule a time that works in your schedule.
We recommend you also keep your personally owned computing systems current and up-to-date with supported software.
If you have any questions please contact the IT Service Center.
The Learning Technologies Team is pleased to announce a Spring Semester lineup of workshops for faculty focused on a variety of teaching with technology topics. The next scheduled workshop held by the Learning Technologies Team will be Innovations in Classroom Technology, on Wednesday, February 5th at 12:30 pm in PML 103. Feel free to bring your lunch and join the Learning Technologies Team to learn more about the hottest topics in educational technology. Keep up with the latest applications and approaches to interactive teaching and learning by joining the Learning Technologies Team as they discuss blogs, wikis, podcasts, streaming video, widgets, and more!
Other Lunch-n-Learn dates and topics are listed below:
On Wednesday, February 5th at 12:30 (PML103) join the Learning Technologies Team for a workshop on Innovations in Classroom Technology. Feel free to bring your lunch and join the Learning Technologies Team to learn more about the hottest topics in educational technology. Keep up with the latest applications and approaches to interactive teaching and learning by joining the Learning Technologies Team as they discuss blogs, wikis, podcasts, streaming video, widgets, and more!
On Wednesday, February 19th at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will host a workshop on Improving Analytical and Discussion Skills with Group Work. This session will include discussion regarding specific strategies that can be implemented for combining technology, group work, and discussion to increase student participation and foster improved learning. Participants will learn hands-on how to use the Blackboard Discussion Board tool to increase the quality of student participation and to facilitate peer interaction.
On Wednesday, March 5th at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will share a presentation on Captivating Your Audience with Cost-Effective Lecture Capture and Screencasting Tools. Creating successful screencasts requires knowledge of the whole screencasting workflow, from planning, through production, to delivery. This is a hands-on session, which will offer plenty of practical exercises and resources. If you want to know how to capture a voice-over narration, enhance your screen and highlight important elements, this workshop is for you!
On Wednesday, March 19th at 12:30 (PML103), join the Learning Technologies Team as they discuss How to Become a Transformed Twitter Teacher in a Flash! Twitter is becoming an integral part of many digital lives and personal and professional learning networks. This introductory course explains how to use Twitter as an educational tool for professional development purposes. Demonstration of how to sign up, send and read Twitter updates (also called ‘Tweets’), and build your own PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network) of friends will be showcased.
*Note – the session originally scheduled for April 2nd has been rescheduled for April 23rd. See details below.
On Wednesday, April 16th at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will present Analog to Digital – How to Transform your Materials into 21st Century Learning Objects (VHS to DVD). At the end of 2014, all VHS players will be removed from the classroom. Do you have course materials still on VHS that you just can’t bear to part with? If so, this workshop is for you! Join the Learning Technologies Team for a hands-on tutorial on how to transform your analog VHS recordings into a digital format, and learn about potential issues with copyright you may need to consider before making the switch.
On Wednesday, April 23rd at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will host a workshop on Constructing Effective Assignments, Problem Sets & Exam Questions. This session highlights ways in which exams, problem sets, and homework assignments can be designed to best support student learning and understanding. In this hands-on workshop, participants will spend time creating effective problem sets and questions using the Blackboard Tests and Pools functions for a class of their choosing.
On Wednesday, April 30th at 12:30 (PML103), join the Learning Technologies Team for their final Lunch-n-Learn of the semester on the topic of Conducting Effective Online Meetings. Would you like to facilitate web-conferences with colleagues, group meetings with students, or hold office hours online? Are you interested in the many options available to facilitate web-based, real-time collaborative experiences? In this workshop, the Learning Technologies Team discusses web conferencing options, how to set up a meeting space, the meeting space layout, and the many options available to you. Specifically explore Zoom and Big Blue Button. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to set up the meeting space with Zoom and Big Blue Button, facilitate an online meeting, and take away a few best practices concerning online real-time collaboration.
Truman State University is a member of MOREnet.
With the steady rise of streaming content and interactive web services, increased Internet bandwidth is in high demand. This past week, MOREnet completed a series of network equipment upgrades to increase its current infrastructure to support up to 8.8 terabits per second of network traffic in 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) optical paths. This upgrade ensures readiness to meet the demand of schools, libraries, government agencies and non-profit organizations who utilize the services of MOREnet and continue to rely more and more on Internet-based tools and resources.
With this equipment upgrade, MOREnet becomes one of the few networks in the country to support 100 gigabit optical paths. In addition, this lays the groundwork for the MOREnet network to meet future demands and support capacities of up to 1 terabit per second per optical path in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Dr. Gordon Springer, the scientific director of the University of Missouri Bioinformatics Consortium weighed in on the update, “These connections are enabling my ability to carry on research I have wanted to do for more than 20 years. Additionally, the capacity to move large quantities of data is of strategic importance for the State’s research and education institutions in the years to come.”
Work on this project began in early 2013 when the University of Missouri was awarded a $1 million Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC-NIE) grant to fund the build out of a 100Gbps circuit from Columbia to Kansas City and another 100Gbps circuit from Columbia to St. Louis. Both circuits will connect to Internet2’s National Innovation Platform, making MOREnet the only research and education network providing network transport services for Internet2.
“MOREnet’s upgrade dramatically expands capacity to access Internet2′s Advanced Network services at 100Gbps and beyond. This network project enables the University of Missouri’s researchers to better detect and treat autism, for example, while also supporting other Missouri researchers and connecting collaborators throughout the nation and the world,” said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 vice president of network services. “This is another key building block that expands Missouri’s support for large-scale science, technology, engineering and mathematics for future discoveries. The Internet2 community is delighted to have MOREnet as a leading national contributor to the nation’s innovation platform.”
Hank Niederhelm, Director of Infrastructure at MOREnet concludes, “We’ve seen tremendous growth in Internet bandwidth demand by our members in recent years and being able to position our statewide network to meet the continued demand is important to our members. Deploying a leading-edge network infrastructure capable of supporting very high bandwidth capacities will help Missouri to keep pace with new advances in education technology and research and we are excited to play a part in this.”
For more information on this equipment upgrade contact MOREnet Technical Support at email@example.com
In an effort to continually improve the learning experience at Truman, Information Technology Services (ITS) recently converted Baldwin Hall 156 into the University’s newest “smart” classroom.
Smart classrooms incorporate multiple technologies, which allow instructors to engage their students more fully with the material presented in class. Common features in C-Level (smart) classrooms include: a SMART or other interactive whiteboard; a podium outfitted with instructional technology tools; and a lecture capture system.
Due to its large size and need for renovation, Baldwin Hall 156 was selected to receive technology upgrades. Last summer, Physical Plant employees cleared the room, built new walls to cover exposed pipes, installed more sustainable and economic lighting, created new walkways and lowered the ceiling for better aesthetics and acoustics. Following that, the ITS Classroom Technology Support Team worked with a Kansas City-based business to outfit the space with various cutting-edge features.
A variety of disciplines took advantage of the room during the fall semester, including classes in nursing, English and Spanish. The room will be used for several classes in the spring semester, including writing and language classes, as well as classes in nursing.
The ITS team is continually looking for ways to make classrooms better for students and instructors. The inspiration for Baldwin Hall 156 came when Diane Richmond, director of Learning Technologies, attended a conference showcasing a new learning studio on the campus of St. Louis University. At Truman, Richmond and the ITS team work with faculty and the academic administration to identify classrooms that should be targeted for renovation or specialty upgrades. In addition, surveys of faculty and students are regularly conducted to evaluate the best ways the ITS team can meet their classroom needs.
With the addition of Baldwin Hall 156, Truman now has a total of 15 smart classrooms on campus, including two more rooms in Baldwin Hall, two each in Barnett Hall, Ophelia Parrish and the Health Sciences Building, one each in Magruder Hall and Pickler Memorial Library and four in Violette Hall.
For more information about Truman’s smart classrooms, visit learningtechnologies.truman.edu/classrooms.
As classroom technology becomes older it is often replaced by newer technologies providing better services at a lower cost. Video cassette recorders (VCRs) have largely been replaced by digital video discs (DVDs). DVDs are simpler, more durable, with higher video quality and better long term storage characteristics. All Truman classrooms with a console computer system currently have a DVD player. This plan will outline the process for phasing out and removing the VCRs from all Truman classrooms.
ITS will support the current classroom VCRs until December 2014. During the 2014 Winter Break the classroom VCRs will be removed. Until December 2014 any classroom VCRs that fail will be replaced with used VCRs as long as a spare VCR unit is available. No new VCRs will be purchased.
Pickler Media Library has been replacing many of the educational and feature film VHS titles it holds with DVD format media. Please contact Sharon Hackney at 785-7366 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for the Library to purchase DVDs or other media for your classes. Replacing the older media with new media like DVDs is much better than trying to convert old media.
The ITS Helpdesk and the Learning Technologies office can also provide guidance and assistance to anyone needing to make their VCR based academic materials available in DVD format. The recent copyright workshop hosted by the Library and the Learning Technologies Office covered many of the issues present when dealing with copyrighted materials; copyright law, the TEACH Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act etc. We will work with you to help you find the best legal solution for your existing VCR based materials.
Please review your academic media materials and discuss your needs with your department head. Replacing your academic materials could take some time and the operational life of the VCRs is counting down; we recommend you start working on upgrading your academic materials soon.
ITS will provide additional status updates on the VCR support plan as we approach December 2014.
If you have any questions please contact the ITS HelpDesk at x4544.
Faculty Workshop Series for Fall 2013 Announced
The Learning Technologies Team in conjunction with Dana Vazzana, Director of Academic Professional Development are pleased to announce a Fall Semester lineup of workshops for faculty focused on a variety of topics, ranging from advising, to scholarship, to teaching with technology. The workshops will be held on the following dates:
Additional workshops for faculty will be covered by Dana Vazzana, Director of Academic Professional Development.
To view a list of all workshop topics and dates, please visit:
Monday, October 7 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the University Club: Meet our Instructional Designers
The Information Technology Services staff had a very busy and productive summer, with a focus on efforts that truly benefit all faculty, staff and students.
Here are some highlights of our summer work ….
High Definition Television available now –
On July 1st, we migrated to a new Cable Television provider. The new provider offers more channels, including channels in high definition, and any existing cable connection in your building now accesses the new system.
We are upgrading from 500 megabit-per-second to 2 gigabit-per-second internet speed – which represents a four-fold increase –
Thanks to the new iTech student fee, the campus internet connection is in the process of being upgraded. When we complete all of the necessary changes over the next few weeks, we will have a 2 gigabit-per-second (2 Gbps) connection to the internet spanning two geographically separate internet connection points (one in Kansas City and one in St. Louis). If one of the provider links should fail, the other will continue to function.
Faster Wireless Access is coming too –
The upgraded bandwidth also provides us a platform for a much faster wireless system. Returning or new students living in Centennial and Missouri Residence Halls will enjoy a wireless system that is 5 times faster than other areas on campus. We will continue to upgrade the wireless systems across campus, with our initial focus on the residence halls.
Five years of Classroom Improvements –
This past summer marks the 5th year of Truman’s classroom improvement efforts. In this timeframe, we’ve upgraded the technology in all of our classrooms to a common framework, and we continue to make improvements intended to benefit both faculty and students.
Speaking of new improvements, our Learning Technologies and Classroom Support staff selected 2 new projectors that are brighter and provide for the modern wide-screen display ratio (along with the other necessary features required of our data projectors). One of the new projectors is a traditional ceiling mount system, while the other is a wall-mounted system.
The new wall-mount projector is an ultra-short throw projector which eliminates shadows and the “blinding light” effect on the instructor when passing through the projected image. This projector also provides touch-screen capabilities similar to a SMARTBoard, and it displays on a projection-ready whiteboard (which doubles as a traditional whiteboard). All of these features can be used at the discretion of the instructor. More information will be coming soon on how to take advantage of some of the new interactive board features.
Campus-wide classroom improvements:
Classroom support projects to be completed later this fall:
Progress on desktop/workstations replacements –
Some of the over 165 planned personal workstation replacements were completed over the summer, but a good number will happen in the early fall semester. The same individuals working on the classroom upgrades also work on the desktop replacements, and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete the classroom upgrades first.
“Pursuing” a new Truman website –
The new website was unveiled at the SPAW conference, and we’ve spent this past summer preparing for the transition to the new template. We expect the new system to be available for general use in January 2014.
Applications and System Improvements –
Several servers were upgraded over the summer, resulting in better support for DegreeWorks and more disk added to the Blackboard Learn system. Summer is also a time when many of our applications are upgraded or enhanced, and we’ve improved our procedures for collections processing, benefits enrollment, student application processing, and tracking electrical usage in the residence halls.
Providing support and assistance –
We hope this update provides you with a bit more information on IT activities over the summer, and we want to wish everyone a great fall semester!