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Instructional Innovation Spring 2018 Workshops & Events

Photo of campus in spring

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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A New Look for Turnitin

In mid-January 2017, Turnitin in Moodle at UMass Amherst will get a new look and feel. Basic functionality will remain the same, and the Submission inbox will remain the same, but once instructors open a submission they’ll see a new, more compact interface for grading, providing feedback, and viewing originality reports. Dubbed “Turnitin Feedback Studio,”…

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Moodle News February 2016

This month’s announcements… Removal of Old Moodle Courses Moodle Course Request for Fall 2016 opens Monday, April 4 New Form for Allowing Another Instructor to Copy your Moodle Course VoiceThread Collaboration Tool Pilot Pilot New Features in Moodle February Moodle Update Honors student enrollment update Single-section course groups Box online storage integration Removal of Old…

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Digital Brown Bag Event Series

Bring a lunch, join the conversation, shape the future Every other week, we get together over lunch and talk about innovative learning and teaching practices at UMass Amherst. We invite anyone interested in these topics to join us for a series of brown bag lunches. Bring your lunch, your curiosity, your opinions, and any great stories you can share about these…

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Spring Cleanup and Moodle Updates

Spring 2015 Cleanup We recommend that you review your course and back up what you need for future reference: Download a CSV file of the gradebook and copies of any student-submitted materials (e.g., assignments or other activities) as PDFs in case you need to refer to them later. Make sure you have copies of your…

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April 2015 Moodle Updates

Need help with grading in Moodle? Grades need to be approved in SPIRE just before midnight on Tuesday, May 12. If you would like to meet with a Moodle Gradebook expert to review your gradebook before the end of the semester please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823, or instruct@umass.edu. Final grades from the Moodle…

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Entering Letter Grades in Moodle

Do you grade exclusively with letters and wish Moodle didn’t require you to enter numeric grade values then set them to display as letters? Did you know that there’s a new feature in Moodle that lets you enter or upload alphabetical letter grades into a manually created column in the Moodle Gradebook? This is especially…

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