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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.

Request Moodle for Summer 2014 & Fall 2014 On-Campus Courses

Starting Monday, March 31, 2014, instructors can request Moodle for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 on-campus courses.

To request Moodle for Summer 2014 or 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

February 2014 Moodle News & Updates  

We have rolled out two new tools that will be available when Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 Moodle course requests open on Monday, March 31st. Both tools should come in handy for setting up new courses and reusing previous courses. Let us know how you like them! In addition, we have information on some changes to the Moodle Course Request form.

For complete details, please see our Academic Computing blog, TeachOIT:      

Topics covered include:

•   Update multiple dates in a course at once

•   Quick Settings block added to new courses by default

•   Changes to the Moodle course request form

•   Other Minor Fixes & Improvements

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:

Fuze Desktop Video Conferencing Available in Pilot at UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst is offering a pilot of Fuze, a desktop and mobile device video conferencing software to faculty, staff, and graduate student instructors. With high-quality video and audio and flexibility across computing devices, Fuze can help you host guest speakers in your classes or events, and much more.

For more information, please see our Academic Computing blog:

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: Mar. 28, 2014