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Teaching with Technology: Services for Instructors

Academic Computing provides faculty with training, support, and resources to help them incorporate technological tools into teaching and research.

October 2014 Moodle Updates

Greetings Moodle Instructors! 

With midterm past, and the end of the semester in sight, we want to remind you that our friendly and capable consultants in the Instructional Media Lab are available to assist you with importing exam scores, working with your Moodle gradebook, and other seasonal Moodle activities.

We also have some important Moodle-related announcements. For more details, please see our Instructional Technology blog.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding Moodle, please contact the Instructional Media Lab (413-545-2823 or

i>clicker Software- Update Required

i>clicker is a polling system that uses a handheld remote (clicker) to collect student responses to questions posed by the instructor. Student data is recorded and then displayed on a results graph via software on the instructor’s computer.

To address a potential security vulnerability, i>clicker has issued an updated version of the i>clicker software, v6.4.2.

For complete details, please see our i>clicker - Audience Response System page.

Fall 2014 Workshops & Events

This fall our workshops focus on screencasting and video technology, but we are available to assist you with learning other new technologies.

Please join us for our Fall 2014 workshops, or contact us for one-on-one appointments to learn about a variety of topics, including:

  • Screencasting with Camtasia (Mac)
  • Screencasting with Camtasia (Windows)
  • Final Cut X – Digital Video Basics for MacOS
  • iMovie 11 – Digital Video Basics for MacOS
  • Echo360 Lecture Capture Community of Practice

For more details, including how to register, please see our IT blog:

For questions, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or to set up an individual consultation or keep an eye out for our Fall 2014 workshops.

UMass Amherst Has Upgraded to Echo360 Version 5.4

On Monday, July 14, 2014, UMass Amherst upgraded the Echo360 lecture capture service to version 5.4.

This upgrade includes new versions of Personal Capture Software for Windows (download and install required) and Macintosh (update required), as well as a number of other new features and system improvements. For complete details, see:

As always, if you have any questions about Echo360 lecture capture version 5.4 (or lecture capture in general), please contact the Instructional Media Lab at or 413-545-2823.

Lecture Capture at UMass Amherst

Lecture capture encompasses a range of technologies that provide instructors with the capacity to record content in their classrooms or on their own laptop or desktop. Recordings are available to students in a variety of digital formats.

UMass Amherst is offering lecture capture software and equipment from Echo360, a media capture technology company. For more information, please see Lecture Capture at UMass Amherst.

Want to learn more about Moodle?

Come to the OIT Academic Computing Instructional Media Lab and get help with your Moodle needs from some of the most knowledgeable (and patient) people you will ever meet.

One-to-one appointments are available in the Instructional Media Lab in up to 2-hour blocks most weekdays. Contact us at or 413-545-2823 to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are welcome on a space-available basis.

You can also learn more about Moodle and review our support documentation at:

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Last Updated: Nov. 06, 2014