Monthly Archives: July 2011

New Clicker System in the Fall

In Fall 2011 the UMass Amherst campus is switching from using eInstruction’s PRS clickers to i>clicker. Instructors will be pre-ordering i>clicker remotes through the Textbook Annex.

To stay up to date with announcements and information about the new i>clicker system please visit our new Audience Response System blog.

This August we will be offering introductory trainings to prepare folks for a smooth jump into the Fall 2011 semester. Join us for a hands-on workshop on setting up and using the i>clicker Audience Response System to pose questions and collect responses from your students

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

To register for a workshop, go to:
https://etna.oit.umass.edu/public/workshops/

The UMass Amherst campus is only supporting the i>clicker model 2, which has an LCD panel.
The cost for a new i>clicker2 remote will be $45.50 at the Textbook Annex. During the 2011/2012 academic year, UMass students who currently own an eInstruction PRS remote are eligible for a $10 rebate.

The Textbook Annex will not be buying back eInstruction PRS remotes.
We are setting-up a donation program for the old PRS devices (for those students who would like to give to a community cause), and will have donation boxes placed in locations around campus this fall.

Visit http://iclicker.com/dnn/Ordering/UMassAmherstRebate/tabid/257/Default.aspx to obtain your rebate.

Moodle Summer Update

The campus may be quiet during July… but our planning and preparations for the Fall 2012 Moodle Pilot continue to move forward.

If you are part of our Fall 2011 Moodle pilot, make sure to check out our upcoming Moodle workshops in August. In addition to startup and conversion workshops, we have sessions on setting up student groups, Moodle’s grade book, and it’s communication tools.

Registration for the Fall Moodle Pilot closed on June 27th. There has been more demand for access to the pilot than we can currently accommodate, so we are not able to add any more new classes for the Fall. Moodle will be fully open for business in Spring 2012, so you will be able request your Spring 2012 Moodle course in mid-fall when the official Moodle Spring Request Form is available.