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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.

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.

Moodle 2.5 is here!

On the morning of Wednesday, July 2, 2014, UMass Amherst completed an upgrade to Moodle 2.5.

This new release will provide Moodle users with new features and updates including:

  • Interface enhancements
  • Gradebook improvements
  • Assignment activity improvements
  • and more...

For additional details, please see our Academic Computing Blog, TeachOIT:

If you have any questions about the move to Moodle 2.5 (or Moodle in general), please contact the Instructional Media Lab at or 413-545-2823.

Request Moodle for Fall 2014 On-Campus Courses

Instructors can now request Moodle for Fall 2014 on-campus courses.

To request Moodle for Fall 2014 on-campus courses, log in to SPIRE at with your OIT Account NetID and password. In the Menu, go to Faculty Home > Moodle Course Request. You will go through a series of screens that will gather information about your course.

For more information, see Request a Moodle Course through SPIRE.

Note: On-campus courses for the College of Nursing will not be listed as eligible for Moodle in SPIRE. (Instructors teaching in this college require approval to use Moodle.)

For questions or help with requesting a Moodle course in SPIRE, please contact the Instructional Media Lab (413-545-2823 or

Want to reuse an existing Moodle course?

You'll need to request a new Moodle course each semester you teach a class. Once a new empty Moodle course "shell" has been created, you can use the Moodle Import feature to move content from the course you would like to reuse into the new course shell. For step-by-step instructions, see Reuse a Moodle Course using "Import."

You can import a course you taught in a previous semester that is still on the Moodle server, or a course belonging to another instructor if you have their permission to copy it.

For questions or help with reusing an existing Moodle course, please contact the Instructional Media Lab (413-545-2823 or

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:

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.

For questions or help with your instructional technology needs from knowledgeable and patient consultants, contact the OIT Academic Computing Instructional Media Lab.

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Last Updated: Jul. 22, 2014