Olga Kyle

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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Check for iClicker Software Updates

Check if your i>clicker software is current: If you’re using i>clicker 7 software, please run the “Check for Update” feature to download the most recent version of i>clicker 7. Staying current with the latest i>clicker release helps your classes run smoothly. The newest available release is version 7.10. This is an optional update, however, updating to this version…

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January 2017 Workshops and Events

Registration: https://etna.it.umass.edu/public/workshops. When you get to this registration page, click on “Winter 2017 Workshops” above the calendar. If you are asked to create an account, remember to register for the workshop after that! Lecture Capture Information Session (Echo 360) Tuesday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration: https://etna.it.umass.edu/public/workshops Please join us for a discussion of the new, next-generation…

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August 2016 Workshops and Events

To register, please visit:  https://etna.it.umass.edu/public/workshops When you get to this registration page, click on “August and September 2016 Workshops” above the calendar. If you are asked to create an account, remember to register for the workshop after that!   Echo360 Lecture Capture Information and Q&A Session Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please join…

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First 5 minutes of class

The Spring 2016 semester is here, and you’re probably ready to jump into teaching. But first, you have to get your students’ attention!  Here is something that could help – take a look at this advice from The Chronicle of Higher Education: Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class: Four quick ways to shift students’ attention from life’s distractions…

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iClicker Software Update

i>clicker 7.4.6 update: If you’re using i>clicker software, please run the “Check for Update”  to download the most recent version of i>clicker 7. Staying current with the latest i>clicker release helps your classes run smoothly. The newest available release is version 7.4.6. This is an optional update, however, updating to this version ensures access to the very…

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December 2015 – January 2016 Workshops

Please join us for our December 2015 – January 2016 workshops, or contact us for one-on-one appointments to learn about a variety of topics, such as: UMass Amherst IT Faculty Support Open House Instructional Innovation at UMass Amherst Presentation Design Lecture Capture Information Session (Echo360) Managing Student Video Projects User Group Photosharing: Teaching and Learning…

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It’s Time to Upgrade to iClicker 7

We’re happy to announce that UMass Amherst i>clicker 7 software package is now available for download. This latest release integrates i>grader into i>clicker app as a Gradebook feature and provides better ease of use, improved stability and access to new and improved polling features. Downloading and using i>clicker 7 Please visit IT Support Center’s i>clicker Support…

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Moodle News and August 2015 Workshops

Moodle Upgrade On Tuesday June 30, 2015 UMass Amherst upgraded Moodle to version 2.8. This upgrade continues to make Moodle more usable and efficient. The Moodle team at UMass Amherst is especially excited to see that many of the modifications we previously added to our Moodle Gradebook have been incorporated into the official release of…

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The Story of Your Life on Earth

It’s no secret, we love technology here at IT (well, at least most of the time). We spend our days working with tech and assisting faculty and academic support staff. Quite often we’re tasked with predicting the future of instructional tech. We give presentations and teach about the newest and most promising instructional tools, we…

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Summer 2015 Workshops

Please join us for our Summer 2015 workshops, or contact us for one-on-one appointments to learn about a variety of topics, including: Building a New Moodle Course Intro to Video Editing: Final Cut Pro X Intro to Video Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro Screencasting with Camtasia (Mac) “IT Under the Trees”: Instagram Screencasting with Camtasia (Windows)…

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i>Clicker Lunch & Learn Event

We would like to invite you to a Lunch & Learn event on Friday, May 1st, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Our campus i>Clicker representative will join us to talk about the new i>Clicker 7, which we will use on campus this fall; REEF Polling, i>Clicker’s new mobile solution; and best practices for using i>Clicker…

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Build Your Own Apps (Without coding!)

It seems, “to app or not to app…” is no longer the question. In a blink of an eye we turned into an app-savvy (or, some would argue app-dependent) society. Using apps in education became a common practice for many of us. It can be a great idea to have an app for some professional…

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Teaching Untethered

Advancing technology and changing pedagogy have flipped our classrooms, changed the way we lecture, and put lectures, homework and assignments online. Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology David Gross has embraced these changes and uses his tablet as the lynch-pin to hold it all together. Here’s a look at how he’s integrated a ton of…

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