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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.

Echo360 Unavailable 10 p.m. Sunday, 7/27 to 5 a.m. Monday, 7/28

Echo360 will be unavailable from approximately 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, to approximately 5:00 a.m. EST, on Monday, July 28, for a hosting infrastructure upgrade.

If you are teaching a class at this time, please notify your students of the outage.

As always, if you have any questions about Echo360, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at instruct@oit.umass.edu or 413-545-2823.

Summer 2014 Workshops

Our offices will continue to be open all summer to assist you with Fall 2014 course preparation, learning new technologies, and other instructional technology projects you may have.

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

  • Building a new course in Moodle
  • Moodle Drop-In Clinic
  • Moodle Grade Book Drop-In Clinic
  • Video Project Workflow for iMovie and Final Cut Pro X

If you don’t see a workshop that interests you, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or instruct@oit.umass.edu to set up an individual consultation or keep an eye out for our Fall 2014 workshops.

We would also be happy to offer workshops for departments, groups, or instructors and TAs to discuss any of our services.

Workshop Registration &  Descriptions

When completing a workshop registration request, read the description carefully. If you are asked to describe your goal(s) for taking a workshop, please do so in the Comments section of the request form. This information helps us determine if a workshop will meet your needs. Notification of enrollment status will be sent via email within 3 business days of receipt of registration request.

For complete workshop and event descriptions, dates and times, and to register online, visit:
https://etna.oit.umass.edu/public/workshops

(If you are asked to create an account, remember to register for the workshop after that!)

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:

http://blogs.umass.edu/teachoit/2014/07/07/echo360-lecture-capture-version-5-4-is-coming-monday-714/

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 instruct@oit.umass.edu 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:

http://blogs.umass.edu/teachoit/2014/07/03/moodle-2-5-is-here/

If you have any questions about the move to Moodle 2.5 (or Moodle in general), please contact the Instructional Media Lab at instruct@oit.umass.edu 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 https://www.spire.umass.edu 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 instruct@oit.umass.edu).

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 instruct@oit.umass.edu).

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 instruct@oit.umass.edu 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: http://www.oit.umass.edu/moodle

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Last Updated: Jul. 25, 2014