Teaching & Learning

Share with students: Seeking Student Applications for $2500 Digital Storytelling Scholarship

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Please share this widely with your students. Students can submit their applications now. The application period closes Tuesday, December 13. The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s UMass Flex Initiative is pleased to kick off the Student FLEXperience: Amplifying Student Voices through Digital Storytelling in 2022-2023. All matriculated UMass Students are invited to propose Digital Stories to…

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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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October 2016 Moodle News

Turnitin Scheduled Downtime Saturday, Nov. 5 On Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Turnitin will be unavailable while Turnitin performs maintenance on internal network hardware to increase capacity and ensure continued dependable service. No submissions or grading will be possible during the downtime. We advise instructors to set submission deadlines be…

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10 New Echo360 Lecture Capture Classrooms for Fall 2016

For the Fall 2016 semester, UMass Amherst has 10 new classrooms with integrated Echo360 lecture capture technology: Ag Engineering 119 Arnold House 120 Furcolo 101 Furcolo 102 Draper 124 Herter 225 Marcus 131 Morrill IV N201 Stockbridge 301 Totman 156 To request Echo360 for these or any of our other classrooms with integrated lecture capture technology, see our Request…

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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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July 2016 Digital Brown Bags

Bring a lunch, join the conversation! This July, we’re getting together over lunch to talk about technology and 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 topics. If you…

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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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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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Getting the Most Out of Peer Instruction (with Clickers!)

Looking for a detailed guide to provoking rich, focused discussions among students in your courses, even large ones? Peter Newbury of UC San Diego has a great set of procedures and recommendations for how to use audience response tools like i>clicker to do just that. “Peer instruction is a powerful, evidence-based instructional strategy that supports…

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Teaching Anthropology of/Through Games

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UMass Amherst Anthropology Professor Krista Harper (blog and Twitter) recently published an excellent two–part article on her experiences teaching a Fall 2014 Commonwealth Honors College on “Anthropology of/through Games,” and on game-based pedagogy in theory and practice generally. See also: our post on Using Games to Explore and Experience Complicated Issues If you are interested…

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Personalized Learning

This is video series produced by an ed tech consulting company on the buzzy but still hazily-defined topic of personalized learning in higher ed:


The series mainly consists of interviews with students, faculty, and administrators at Middlebury College, Essex County College, and Arizona State University, examining the programs and policies these institutions have adopted to provide their own brand of personalized learning. This series of video case studies has just finished up with a set of videos on UC Davis. Very interesting discussion.

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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