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Math Faculty Online Teaching Resources

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This page is intended to be a resource for faculty to assist with general technology questions, particularly those related to online teaching methods.  If you have topics that you would like to have included on this site, please submit them to me via email at ih10@txstate.edu

This page will not cover all aspects of online teaching, but should contain enough information to allow faculty to successfully develop and conduct an online course using available Texas State technology.

Additional information, training, and resources can be found at the Texas State Teaching, Learning, and Working Remotely at TXST.

A general FAQ section can be found at the bottom of this page.

The department staff are committed to helping you in any way possible and will be available during regular operating hours (8 am - 5 pm - unless otherwise indicated) either online or on campus.  

All math staff are available via Teams chat.  This is the preferred way to contact us.  If you have questions on how to use Teams chat feature, please refer to this URL.

Software Resources

Zoom

Video Conferencing

MediaFlo & Ensemble Anthem

Video hosting & Screen capture/voice over

Remote Desktop

Access your office computer from home

Adobe Software

Read/edit PDF's/graphic design

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  • Zoom FAQ

    • The decision to use Zoom for your class depends largely on your teaching style, course content, and class size among others.  It is ultimately up to you to know your teaching style and choose a method that will work for both you and your students.

      Smaller seminar type classes, particularly graduate seminars, would be well served using Zoom.  Zoom allows for robust discussion from all participants, document and screen sharing, and even remote access for help and troubleshooting.  If your course relies on class participation and real time questions and feedback, then Zoom could be a good option. 

      If you have a very large section, or a course where student participation is not as critical, then other tools, such as Ensemble Anthem, may be a better solution.  It could prove difficult to manage discussions with more than 20 individuals in a meeting so class participation would be limited. 

      Additionally, participants will need a reliable internet connection to use Zoom so access could be a factor for some students. 

    • Log in through the Zoom Support page.

    • There are two primary ways to track attendance in Zoom.

      1.  Request that students use the chat feature to indicate they were present for the lecture or meeting.  Zoom saves all chats so you will be able to look through the log after class to determine who was present or absent.

      2.  Zoom also logs meetings participants in the "Reports" section on your profile page.  From the "Reports" page, choose "Usage" then use the date selection tools to search for your meetings by date ranges.  In the participants column, click the number to view the participants who attended as well as other attendance counts. This data can be exported as an Excel file for your records and is available approximately 30 minutes after the meeting ends.

    • A co-host allows the host to share hosting privileges with another user, allowing the co-host to manage the administrative side of the meeting, such as managing participants or starting/stopping the recording.

      Watch a video

      An alternative host allows you to designate another user to start a meeting.

      Read about alternative hosting

    • Texas State offers numerous training resources on the Zoom Support page.

    • ZoomBombing is when a meeting participant (usually an uninvited one) takes control of the screen and shares inappropriate or irrelevant content.  This page contains step-by-step instructions for locking down your Zoom sessions.

      To avoid this:

      • Disable “Join Before Host” so people can’t cause trouble before you arrive.
      • Enabling “Co-Host” so you can assign others to help moderate (a class assistant, UIA or other helper).
      • Disable “File Transfer” so there’s no digital virus sharing.
      • Disable “Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin” so booted attendees can’t slip back in.
      • Limit your participants to signing in using their @txstate.edu email address
      • Invite your participants via email or share the link in a location that they can easily find and click on to join the meeting.
      • Do not post the meeting URL on social media.

Using MediaFlo & Ensemble Anthem

MediaFlo and Ensemble Anthem work together as a tool that enables you to record the content of your screen and share it with others.  You can also record voice and/or video to enhance recordings of PowerPoint presentations, documents, or anything else you wish to share from your screen.

  • MediaFlo and Ensemble Anthem FAQ

    • The decision to use Ensemble Anthem for your class depends largely on your teaching style, course content, and class size among others.  It is ultimately up to you to know your teaching style and choose a method that will work for both you and your students.

      Ensemble Anthem works well for large classes, lectures, and those that do not require a great deal of student interaction.  Using Ensemble Anthem allows you to record lectures in advance and share videos with students when needed, eliminating the need to stick to a definitive class meeting time.  It also enables you to prepare material in advance.

      Keep in mind that it will take some time to get used to recording and publishing videos, so it is best to prepare lectures well in advance of class times so you have the opportunity to review them before sending to students.

      Ensemble Anthem will not be as effective for seminar type courses or those that require class discussion and student interaction.  Since you are only sending a static video to students, they do not have the opportunity to directly ask questions.  Keep this in mind as you plan your schedules and leave ample time for answering question via email or through TRACS/Canvas discussion forums. 

    • Before you begin using either of these tools, you must submit a request form to ITAC so they can create your Ensemble and Mediaflo accounts.  The request form can be found on the Ensemble Anthem support page.

      You will need to have two factor authorization set up to access the request form.

    • You can sign into Mediaflo, install Ensemble Anthem, and view/share your content from the Welcome to Mediaflo! page.


Using Remote Desktop (VPN)

Using Remote Desktop (VPN) will allow you to securely access your Texas State office computer while away from campus.  This service will give you access to all the files, including network drives or connected external drives, that you would have if you were in your office.



Installing Adobe Creative Cloud Software

Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to all Texas State students, faculty, and staff.  The Adobe programs will allow you to read and edit PDF documents, edit pictures and videos, create digital media and perform many other tasks. 

New licensing agreements with Adobe now require individual users to download and install the software using their own Net ID and two factor authorization.


General Questions and Answers

The following section will provide general FAQs regarding Texas State technology and services, as well as online teaching help.  This section will be updated frequently, so if you have questions you would like addressed please submit them to me: ih10@txstate.edu and check back frequently for answers.