The software that’s available for use in the campus computer labs is now also available for you to use from your computer’s web browser. In your browser go to: https://virtualdesktop.truman.edu/, login with your Truman userid and password and you will have access to a virtual desktop where you can use all computer lab software just like being physically present in the lab.
This is available from any web browser (PC, Mac, tablet etc) and if you are off campus a VPN connection is not required.
If you have any questions please contact the IT Service Center at x4544.
Originally scheduled for Wed. Nov. 19th, we are postponing this exciting workshop to the Spring 2015 Semester. Watch the Truman Today or the ITS Blog for an updated date!
Flipped/SCALE-UP Classrooms – This session will include discussion regarding strategies that can be implemented for combining technology, group work, and discussion to increase student participation and foster improved learning. Participants will be introduced to the options and strategies that would work in specific Truman classrooms. For background information – see the following links!
(Virginia Tech: SCALE-UP Classroom)
This is a reminder that academic classroom VCR support ends at winter break, approximately eight weeks from now. Any remaining classroom VCRs will be removed at that time. If you have not already updated your VCR/VHS based materials to a newer format, you need to do so right away.
In our previous communications (March, October and December 2013), we shared that the Pickler Media Library has been replacing many of the educational and feature film VHS titles with DVD format media. If you have VCR/VHS based materials that you still need to replace please contact Sharon Hackney at 785-7366 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
The ITS Service Center and the Learning Technologies staff can also provide guidance to anyone needing to make their VCR based academic materials available in DVD format. There are many issues present when dealing with copyrighted materials; copyright law, the TEACH Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act etc., and we will work with you to help you find the best legal solution for your existing VCR based materials.
We do recognize that there may be some instances where a VCR player is still needed on occasion, and the Pickler Library classroom (PL103) will be available as a group media viewing room (i.e., if needed, you can reserve this room to play VHS tapes).
If you have any questions please contact the ITS Service Center at x4544.
The Learning Technologies Team has now rescheduled our lynda.com workshop! It will be held next Wednesday, September 24th at 12:30 pm in the Multimedia Lab – PML204, right next to the IT Services Help Desk Area. We hope you can join us for a brief introduction to lynda.com and the many useful tutorials you can find on this website! We look forward to seeing you there!
Diane Richmond & Susan Thomas
Due to the variety of Events scheduled for today, the Learning Technologies Team has decided to postpone the lynda.com workshop. It will be rescheduled for a later date, to be announced in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding lynda.com, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 660-785-7750 to ask any questions you may have. We encourage you to attend Constitution Day Events on campus today!
The Learning Technologies Team is pleased to announce a Fall 2014 Semester lineup of workshops for faculty focused on a variety of teaching with technology topics. These workshops will primarily take place every other Wednesday throughout the Semester at 12:30pm, with an occasional workshop occurring at a different time. Please see the schedule below for a full list of topics, dates, and times! The LTT Team will also be joining Dana Vazzana for her Magna Series Monday Morning Mentor Program. These sessions offer brief 20 minute presentations from faculty all over the United States on a wide variety of topics. Feel free to bring your lunch and join us! There’s plenty of time to watch and still have time for lunch and good conversation. We are also glad to schedule an individual consult following following any topic of special interest. Thank you, Dana, and the APD committee for sponsoring this lecture series!
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE MANY EVENTS SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS TODAY, THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE! The first scheduled workshop held by the Learning Technologies Team will be on Wednesday,
September 17th on lynda.com, at 12:30 in the Multimedia Lab – PML204. lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. With a lynda.com subscription, members such as Truman State University receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. You are free to join us in the Multimedia Lab for a brief demonstration on the power of lynda.com, then we strongly encourage you to attend Constitution Day festivities, including the guest speaker at 1:30!
On Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00 pm in SUB Georgian Room A, we will be watching the Magna Online Seminar Getting Started With Classroom Assessment Techniques with Dana Vazzana. This is an interactive online seminar that we will be watching live on the large screen. You can read more about the seminar and its content here: Classroom Assessment Techniques seminar. A late lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, September 19 via the following form: RSVP form.
On Wednesday, October 1st, at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will host a workshop on Assessment Techniques you can Employ in Blackboard. Following the Magna Presentation, are you considering your assessment strategies? If so, you might find this workshop particularly helpful. We will be demonstrating ways in which exams and problem sets can be designed to best support student learning and understanding. In this workshop, participants learn more about creating effective problem sets and questions using the Blackboard Tests and Pools functions for a class of their choosing.
On Thursday, October 2nd, at 3:30pm (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will host a workshop designed specifically for New Faculty on Lecture Capture. This session will include a discussion regarding lecture capture for both face to face and online classes – another resource for professors to increase student participation and foster improved learning. Participants will be given resources and links to several lecture capture options, including Panopto and Screencast-O-Matic.
On Tuesday, October 14th at 10:30 am in VH1304, the Learning Technologies Team will hold a special session on Google Drive. Whether it’s collaborative group projects or just an easy way to store or share your projects with others, Google Drive has you covered! Learn more about using Google Docs, Presentations, and Calendars – all features found in Google Drive that can enhance your personal and professional life!
On Wednesday, October 15th, at 12:30 pm via Zoom Cloud Meeting, we’ll take a look at Zoom, an awesome platform that combines cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings and mobile collaboration. Feel free to sit at your desk, eat your lunch and join the Learning Technologies Team to learn more about one of the hottest topics in educational technology. To join the meeting via computer, please go to: https://zoom.us/j/803727492
To join by phone only: +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 US Toll Meeting ID: 803 727 492 A video tutorial regarding Zoom:
On Wednesday, October 29th, at 12:30 pm in PML103 the Learning Technologies Team will cover the topic of Lecture Capture, specifically how to use Screencast-O-Matic. This session will include a discussion regarding screen recording for flipped or online classes, another resource for professors to increase student participation and foster improved learning. Participants will be given resources and links to include this recorder within a class.
On Wednesday December 3rd, the Learning Technologies Team would like to invite you to swing by their office in PML205 sometime between 10am and 3pm for refreshments. This is an opportunity for you to visit with the Learning Technologies Team about anything technology related you desire, and share ideas regarding future workshop topics.
On Dec. 9th, 10th, and 11th, the Learning Technologies Team will be hosting “Open Office Hours” for New Faculty in PML205. Now that you have survived the semester, we have some things to share with you! Please stop in for Apple Cider, and ask any questions you may have as you reflect on your semester and begin to think about the Spring!
When you create a computer document it’s important to think about what would happen if your document were to be lost or destroyed; do you have a backup? Hard drives fail, laptops fall, flash drives usually don’t survive being washed in the laundry, and people make mistakes and delete the wrong files. Accidents happen. If you have documents that are important to you, then you need to have a back up. Truman provides several places to store your files where they are automatically backed up. We encourage you to use these locations to help protect against loss.
* Files stored on your Y: drive (your personal network storage area) or on your W: drive (your department network storage area) are automatically backed up by Truman Information Technology Services.
* Email on the Exchange server is automatically backed up. Email archives are NOT automatically backed up unless you put the archive file on either the Y: or W: drive. Note: It is possible to setup your email client to move your email from Exchange to only your PC. This is NOT recommended because then your email is not backed up.
* Faculty course materials on the Blackboard system are automatically backed up.
* Faculty materials in the Truman Google Apps for Education system are backed up.
* Staff materials in the Google Apps for Education system are NOT backed up.
If you keep important files on your personal computer hard drive they are NOT automatically backed up. Be sure you regularly copy your personal computer documents to a network drive, an external hard drive, to cloud storage or some other secure storage location to ensure your files are backed up and protected.
If you have questions about storing your documents or on any other campus technology items we encourage you to contact the IT Service Center at 660.785.4544.
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.