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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.

Final Grades Due in SPIRE Monday, December 22, 2014

Final grades are due in SPIRE just before midnight on Monday, December 22.

To make sure you are ready, we have some important Moodle grading and end-of-semester information to share with you:

  • Instructional Media Lab winter availability
  • Transferring grades to Moodle from SPIRE
  • Grading with Moodle
  • Update i>clicker software if you are using i>Grader to upload clicker scores to Moodle
  • Tips for avoiding Moodle Gradebook conflicts and overrides
  • Moodle Opscan support
  • Requesting Moodle for Winter Session and Spring 2015 on-campus courses\
  • Removal of old Moodle Courses

For complete details on all of these topics, please see our Academic Computing Blog.

For questions or help with grading, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or

Teaching Untethered

​Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology David Gross integrated a ton of technology to flip his team-based learning classroom, and he uses his tablet as the lynch-pin to hold it all together. Check out “Teaching Untethered at UMass.”

Winter 2015 Workshops

Please join us for our Winter 2015 workshops, or contact us for one-on-one appointments to learn about a variety of topics, including:

  • Building Your New Moodle Course
  • Use Apple TV to Untether Your Teaching
  • Build Your Own iOS Apps (Without Coding!)
  • Final Cut Pro X – Digital Video Basics for MacOS
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 Spring 2015 workshops.

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.

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

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:

Quick Links: Moodle | Clickers | Workshops  | TeachOIT

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Last Updated: Dec. 18, 2014