January 2017 Workshops and Events


https://etna.it.umass.edu/public/workshopsWhen 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.
Please join us for a discussion of the new, next-generation lecture capture system at UMass Amherst: the Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP). We’ll take a look at the options for capturing your lectures, how to find your way around the ALP, integrating with your learning management system, how to request the service, where to get support, and more.

Universally Accessible Classroom

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
With classrooms becoming larger and more diverse, educators work tirelessly to personalize learning for their students.  Principles of “Universal Design for Learning” (UDL) can aid educators in creating accessible classrooms, digital content, and websites to meet the needs of various learners.  Join us in learning about and discussing how UDL supports accessible classroom environments.  Please bring technology (personal computer, tablet, and/or smartphone) to engage in hands-on learning during this workshop.

Digital Brown Bag: Use Peer Evaluation to Improve Student Teams 

Friday, Jan. 13, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Students working in teams need tools and techniques to help them provide useful, constructive feedback on their peers performance and behavior. Which tools and techniques for peer evaluation have worked for the student teams in your classes? Bring your lunch, and come to share your experiences and hear about other instructors successes and challenges during this informal Brown Bag event.

Photosharing: Teaching and Learning with Instagram

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
According to the Pew Research Center 53 percent of young adults ages 18-29 are using Instagram, a social photo and video-sharing application. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll cover the basics of Instagram, and explore some of its uses in higher education. More importantly, we’re going to get out of the classroom and get some practice taking, transforming, and sharing pictures and videos. This is a snow/rain or shine workshop. (Bring weather-appropriate outdoor gear.) Prerequisite: Please have a mobile device that can take pictures and has an updated version of the Instagram app. Need help installing Instagram? Contact IT User Services: 413-545-9400 (8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., M-F). Email: it@umass.edu

Building a New Moodle Course

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of building a course Web site using Moodle. Instructors will be introduced to basic navigation, learn how to configure course settings, and practice adding content and activities to a Moodle course. This workshop does not cover the Moodle Gradebook, but provides a good foundation for further exploration. NOTE: In-depth discussions of grading and individual Moodle activities are outside the scope of this workshop. PREREQUISITE: Must be a teacher or a TA with course-designer access in Moodle.

iOS Accessibility

Thursday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Have you explored the capability of your iPhone or iPad? There’s so much more built-in than you may realize! iPhones and iPads have robust supports that provide greater access for individuals with varying needs and abilities. Join us for this hands-on demo of iOS accessibility features. Bringing your own iOS device (iPhone, iPad) is encouraged.


If you don’t see a workshop that interests you, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or instruct@umass.edu to set up an individual consultation. We would also be happy to offer workshops for departments, groups, or individual instructors and TAs on request.