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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.

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.

September 2014 Moodle Updates

Fall courses are well underway and we hope Moodle is serving you well.

No major changes have been made to Moodle at UMass Amherst over the past month—just a few tweaks and bug fixes and behind-the-scenes security updates.

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

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.

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.

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: Oct. 15, 2014