Instructional Innovation Spring 2018 Workshops & Events

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Instructional Innovation events are open to all instructors: faculty, lecturers, adjuncts, grad instructors, and instructional staff. Come extend your toolkit for teaching! Spring topics include: Communities of Practice Echo 360 Community of Practice Game-Based (Learning?) Scholarship Community of Practice Digital Brown Bags Minecraft for Education TechnoStress—How Electronic Devices & Information Systems Work Against Employees (And…

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Blogs at UMass Upgrade, Theme and Plugin Changes

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This month, UMass Amherst IT will be upgrading and performing maintenance on WordPress, the software behind Blogs at UMass Amherst. The work will take place in two stages. Stage 1: Blogs at UMass Amherst Unavailable, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Blogs at UMass Amherst will be unavailable while we upgrade…

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January 2018 Moodle News

Reminder: Removal of Old Moodle Courses On Thursday, February 15, 2018, access to Moodle courses taught up to and including Spring 2016 will be removed from Moodle at UMass Amherst. Please backup any course content you do not wish to lose, including course materials, grades, and student submissions. To ensure you have everything you need from your…

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Is Your Moodle Course Ready for Spring 2018?

With Spring 2018 classes set to begin on Monday, Jan. 22, we have some information to help make sure you are ready for the start of the semester: Most Moodle courses open to students on Friday, Jan. 19; Make sure your TAs have access to Moodle; How to request your Spring 20178 on-campus Moodle courses;…

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January 2018 Faculty Workshops

Full Workshop Descriptions & Registration: Winter 2018 Workshops and Events Log in with your UMass Amherst NetID. If you are asked to create an account, remember to register for the workshop after that! Workshops are open to all instructors: faculty, lecturers, adjuncts, grad instructors, and instructional staff. Come extend your toolkit for teaching! iClicker Reef Information…

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November 2017 Moodle News

The Moodle cow in front of DuBois Library, under a double rainbow.

Help with Grading Grades must be approved in SPIRE before noon on Tuesday, January 2nd. We are pleased to announce that the Instructional Media Lab will be open when the University is open. Tuesday, December 26th and Wednesday, December 27th. Tuesday, January 2nd. Due to the limited open days between the end of the finals…

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October 2017 Moodle News

zombie moodle cow-happy halloween!

Winter/Spring 2018 Course Materials Adoptions due by Sunday, Nov. 5 The Textbook portal is now open, and course material adoptions for winter and spring terms are due in SPIRE before pre-registration opens on Monday, November 6, 2017. For more, see About Amazon Course Materials for UMass. Note: The Amazon Course Materials tool (scheduled to be…

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August 2017 Moodle News

Moodle Courses Open Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 Fall 2017 Moodle courses will be made available to students on Friday, Sept. 1 starting at approximately 12 p.m. If you are not ready for students to use your course, you can hide individual elements of the course, or you can wait until after the automatic release, then…

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July – August 2017 Workshops and Events

Registration: https://etna.it.umass.edu/public/workshops. When you get to this registration page, click on “Summer 2017 Workshops” above the calendar. If you are asked to create an account, remember to register for the workshop after that! Digital Brown Bag: Best practices for video conferencing Thursday, July 20, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.; 750 W.E.B. Du Bois Library Bring your lunch and join…

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Moodle Unavailable July 13, 2017 from 7 a.m.

  On Thursday, July 13, 2017, UMass Amherst Information Technology will perform a scheduled upgrade to Moodle 3.1. Moodle will be unavailable beginning at 7 a.m. (for as long as 5 hours).  Please plan accordingly. For details about new features and changes to the software, see Moodle 3.1 Highlights. Also watch for August events, including…

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April 2017 Moodle News

Instructional Media Lab Temporarily Relocated Morning of Monday, May 15 On Monday, May 15, W.E.B. Du Bois Library will be closed until noon. We will be able to take appointments in LGRC A210 between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and in Du Bois Library, Rm.765 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on May 15. Note this is…

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Introducing Techspresso Retreats

From Idea to Innovation: Introducing TECHSPRESSO Retreats Next week we will launch new TECHSPRESSO Retreats: Drop-in events where faculty can work with key Instructional Innovation staff, resources and campus partners to bring instructional ideas to life. Transform your course completely, or simply add a new component. Drop by to see the latest in instructional technology…

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