Online – Classroom Technology
- All academic courses taught at Missouri Western State University (MWSU) have a Canvas course site that is created automatically. Even if you don’t use Canvas, your course site is there for you and your students are automatically enrolled in it.To find your Canvas course site, go to Missouri Western’s home page, go down to quick links at the bottom of the page and click on Canvas.
Or go to A-Z and click on Canvas in the “C” section. Or go directly to missouriwestern.instructure.com. You will be asked to sign in with your Missouri Western credentials if you have not already done so.
- You will see your Canvas Dashboard “course card(s)” for all the course sites associated with you. Find the name of your course and the appropriate term (i.e., ENG-100, Spring 2020)
- When you first enter your Canvas course site, you will see an empty site. Use the following resources as a guide to connect with your students, add course content, and teach online.
- Canvas resources:
- If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Matt Whipple at (816) 271-4210.
Panopto is a course capturing software that integrates smoothly with Canvas. Panopto uses an easy interface to record video, audio, screen capture and PowerPoint. Consider Panopto for capturing an entire course from home or in the classroom, for when you’re sick or away from campus for a seminar/convention, recording a portion of your lecture for students to review, and/or broadcasting live (webinar).
- How to Download and Install Panopto for Windows
- How to Download and Install Panopto for Mac
- The MWSU Panopto Video Library is located at: mwsu.hosted.panopto.com
- Recording a Video
- Viewing a Video
- Editing a Video
- Sharing a Video
Panopto can be accessed through Canvas, through the Panopto Recordings tab on the left-hand side of the course shell. If you start a recording from there, it will be sure to be stored in the correct class, which will give each student enrolled in that class, in that semester permission to access the video.
Panopto videos/recordings can be copied and shared between classes, and moved from semester to semester to share with the same class over and over.
Because classes are being held exclusively online there has been an increase in Zoom as well as other online resources. We have been seeing an increase of fraudulent participants causing disruption to classes and meetings. Some students have been posting the links to classes on other online mediums (reddit, etc.) and some people have just been keying in random numbers until they come up with a scheduled meeting/class that hasn’t started yet.
Click here to see what you can do to keep you sessions protected.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing software that makes it easy for participants to connect and interact via a computer or mobile device.
Use Zoom for advisement sessions. Use Zoom for online classes. Use Zoom for virtual office hours. Use Zoom for interviews. Use Zoom for meetings.
- Connect with up to 100 or possibly 300 participants at one time
- Interact with video, audio & chatting
- Share your screen with participants
- Record your sessions/classes to post into Panopto or Canvas later
- Create waiting rooms to speak to participants privately one at a time
Zoom Instructions for:
- Joining a meeting/class – student/participant
- Scheduling a meeting/class – professor/host
- Smart phone/mobile users
- Starting a meeting with Zoom
- Joining & Configuring Audio & Video
- Meeting Controls
- Manage Participants
- Recording a Zoom meeting/class
- Sharing your screen
If you sign up for your own free Zoom account using your Missouri Western email, you will have a basic account, which allows you to connect to 100 participants and hold meetings up to 40 minutes. When cut off, you can just reconnect for another 40 minutes with no problems. You have an unlimited amount of meetings/classes you can start. We also have a limited number of licensed/pro accounts which will allow you to connect to 300 participants, with an unlimited meeting time. To inquire about a licensed/pro account or for further information about Zoom, please contact Kevin McQuirter at (816) 271-5662 or Tara Stoll at (816) 271-4171.
Stay connected with students and colleagues with Google apps and programs
- Create and send emails. What can I do with Gmail?
- Gmail cheat sheet
- Use Gmail to email without an internet connection
Google Hangouts (chat)
Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Office 365 is available for students, faculty and staff at no charge. Download Office 365 for productivity and collaborative tools like Word, Excel and more.
Free Microsoft Office 365
To download the Microsoft Office 365 software, visit, griff.vn/office.
You will need to login with your MWSU campus email address and password (under sign in). The download will take some time so you need to have time set aside to do this and a good network connection. Once installed, the software can run on your computer while you are not on the network.
Note: If you are having problems with installing the software, you will need to contact Microsoft directly. The ITS department at Missouri Western will be unable to help you with this software.
Missouri Western’s Micro Studio is your home for audio and visual recordings. The workstation is preloaded with software such as Panopto and Adobe’s Creative Cloud, so no matter what medium you’re recording, we have you covered!
To schedule the Micro Studio, please call (816) 271-5880.
Click the link below for availability!
HC117 Micro Studio Calender
Missouri Western’s Digital Signage System allows departments to display important content on displays around campus. Each department that has a display is responsible for creating/updating the content on the display. The IMC will insert and schedule the content to be displayed based on the criteria requested by each department. To request access to create content for your department’s display, and to set up your layout, please contact Kevin McQuirter by email at email@example.com.
For most users a simple slideshow will do everything you need. If that is what you need then see this GUIDE for instruction on building a slideshow in Google Slides.
Some users need to display videos. If that is your need then see this GUIDE to uploading your videos to YouTube. Please note that we no longer allow audio to be played out of the digital signage displays.
Adaptive Technology Services
Resources for Students
Funding for Equipment
- Missouri Assistive Technology – https://at.mo.gov/
- Vocational Rehabilitation – https://dese.mo.gov/adult-learning-rehabilitation-services/vocational-rehabilitation
- Sign Language Interpreter
- Closed Captioning for in-class videos
- CART Services – Live Transcription Services
- Listen Assist – Head set checked out to the student that assists with hearing loss, with or without hearing aid. It brings the speaker’s voice directly to the ear. Helps to overcome the problems of distant and surrounding noise.
- Large Monitors in class for screen share with Professor
- CCTV – magnifier
- Lab assistants
Note Taking Support
Digital Audio Recorders are available for students that qualify for services. Typically the systems are checked out to the students on a semester basis. Students use the audio recorders to record audio for classes and events for later review.
Panopto – Lecture Recordings – Panopto is a course capturing software that integrates smoothly with Canvas. Panopto uses an easy interface to record video, audio, screen capture and PowerPoint.
Public Use Software
Ad-Aware anti-spyware – Free anti-spyware program. (Some feature limitations, but no time limitation)
AVG Free anti-virus – Free anti-virus software. (Some feature limitations, but no time limitation)
Spybot Search & Destroy anti-spyware/popup blocker – Free anti-spyware software.
7zip – Free zip/unzip program.
StuffIt Expander – file compression/recompression software (note: 30 day trials)
Mac – http://my.smithmicro.com/mac/stuffit/expander.html
Windows – http://my.smithmicro.com/win/stuffit/expander.html
WinRAR – Zip/unzip program.
Audio/Video Players & Codecs
CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack) – large assortment of video and audio codecs.
Quicktime & iTunes – Quicktime is the player and codec for the mpeg/mov file types. iTunes is a free music marketplace and organization tool.
iTunes standalone download: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ Quicktime standalone or Quicktime/iTunes bundle: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
Real Audio/Player – Media player/codec for the RealAudio file types.
VLC player – media player that supports a wide variety of audio and video codecs/file types. Windows: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html Mac OS X: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html
Drivers and Patches
Flash Player – Latest Flash player, used for viewing Flash documents.
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack 2007 – Add-on allowing Microsoft Office 2003 to open Office 2007 documents.
Quickcam 11.8 – Drivers for the Logitech Quickcam webcams.
eInstruction CPS PC – Software for CPS clickers.
eInstruction CPS Powerpoint – Powerpoint plugin for CPS software.
ImgBurn – CD/DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray burning application.
Jet Screenshot – Desktop capture & sharing software
PC Pitstop – PC performance optimizer & security scanner.
Teracopy – File movement software.
Skype – Free VOIP and instant messaging program.
CCleaner – PC optimization software.
Fetch – FTP/SFTP client 15-day trial:
Filezilla – free FTP client and server
TightVNC – free remote desktop control software.
Internet Browsers & Email Clients
Firefox Web Browser – Free web browser.
Thunderbird Email Client – Free email client.
Audacity LAME Encoder – Plug-in allowing Audacity to export MP3 files.
(After downloading the zip file, unzip it and save the file lame_enc.dll that it contains to anywhere on your computer. Remember where you saved it, because when you first choose the “Export as MP3” option, you will be asked where the lame_enc.dll file is saved.)
GIMP – Free Photoshop equivalent
Handbrake – Open-source video encoder.
MPEG Streamclip – Free MPEG video editor, player, and converter. (NOTE: requires Quicktime)
Mac – http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html
Windows – http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-win.html
Picnik – Web-based photo editing software.
Snagit – Screenshot software that allows you to take a snapshot of anything on your screen.
30-day trial: http://www.techsmith.com/download/snagittrial.asp
SUPER – Free video/audio transcoder.
Switch Audio File Converter – Another free audio file converter.
Wav Converter – Free audio file converter.
Adobe Reader – Free PDF file reader.
CutePDF – Free PDF writer
Foxit PDF Reader – free PDF file viewer
Open Office – Free Microsoft Office equivalent.
PowerPoint Viewer 2007 – Free PowerPoint document viewer.
Audio Recording: Cassette Tape
Recording using the camera in MH 214
Using the Olympus WS-110 Digital Audio Recorder
Using the Wireless Mouse
Using the Document Camera and VCR
Using the Data Monitor
Setting up the Document Camera with Data Monitor
Setting up the Audio Tape and CD Player
Many machines reset themselves when shut off and turned back on. That is always good to try if nothing else works. For troubleshooting common problems that can be remedied please contact Classroom Services at (816) 271-4395 or report a problem if you cannot get the problem solved.
Welcome to the WordPress Resource Site. Here you will find all of the resources needed to help you update a web site using WordPress.
NOTE: To login to WordPress, go to https://www.missouriwestern.edu/deptname/wp-admin (replace deptname with your department’s web name). The login is your MWSU email username (without @missouriwestern.edu) and password.
How to Make Your Website Accessible to Everyone
- Auditing Your Website for Accessibility: A humorous and informative look at getting started with website accessibility and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
- Developing an Accessible Website: See how the team from the previous video teaches a resistant designer about the importance of access for people with disabilities and build’s an accessible site.
- The keyboard with one key: A first person account of how a young man with severe cerebral palsy operates the computer using accessibility features inherent in the Mac.
- Disability-led Innovations for the Masses: How technologies, originally created for people with disabilities, have become technologies that everyone can use everyday and how the inclusion of these technologies in the classroom can benefit everyone. The first 8-10 minutes of the video are of particular relevance.
- Demystifying WCAG 2.0: An Intro to Web, Office, InDesign, and PDF Accessibility: Web accessibility is a growing priority across industries, and in light of recent lawsuits, the threat of non-compliance in higher education is very real. However, bringing an entire organization up to accessibility standards can be daunting. In this webinar, David Berman, the #1 rated speaker on the topic of web accessibility standards as well as an international expert in the field, will provide you with strategies for meeting WCAG 2.0 standards in various design platforms.
- 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Web Content with WCAG 2.0: Web accessibility is a hot topic right now, with lawsuits, a Section 508 refresh, and the impending requirements of WCAG 2.0 fresh on people’s minds. In this webinar, Janet Sylvia, the Digital Media Professional Specialist and leader of the Web Accessibility Group at University of Georgia, will walk you through 10 tips for creating accessible websites following the international standard WCAG 2.0.
Creating Accessible Images
- DIAGRAM Center: This website contains information and resources about creating accessible images.
- WebAIM: web Accessibility In Mind: WebAIM provides accessibility resources and training as web as a popular and frequently very active discussion list on a wide range of topics of web accessibility.
- Web content Accessibility guidelines 2.0: The World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative accessibility guidelines. A little something for everyone.
- Open AJAX Accessibility: Open AJAX Examples: Examples of how to make dynamic content accessible using Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) markup.
- How to Make Websites User Friendly and Accessible for Everybody: Includes infographic on formatting web content (best practices)
Web Accessibility Testing Tools
- Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) and AInspector Sidebar: Use these tools for testing single websites. Either from a URL or through a browser plugin.
- Tenon: Use this flexible API to integrate accessibility testing into your daily workflow.
- Deque FireEyes: Used standalone or integrated with the Deque Worldspace Enterprise server this Firebug add-in gives you an accessibility testing tab right in Firebug.