We have rolled out two new tools that will be available when Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 Moodle course requests open on Monday, March 31st. Both tools should come in handy for setting up new courses and reusing previous courses. Let us know how you like them! In addition, we have information on some changes to the Moodle Course Request form.
New Media Consortium Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition (click to download the report)
NMC Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition
The 2014 Report identifies emerging technologies that will influence teaching and learning over the next 1-to-5 years. Among the key trends encouraging an immediate adoption of technology are the
- Pervasive use of social media;
- Increased offering of fully online, hybrid and collaborative learning models;
- Acceptance of data-driven learning and assessment;
- Emphasis on students learning through the creation of content;
- Promotion of organizational innovation at institutions of higher education;
- Shift in the perception of online learning.
This collaborative effort was developed by a group of 53 international experts in education and technology from 13 countries spanning 6 continents. For more information about the process and to see the work developed for the report, visit the report’s wiki at: http://horizon.wiki.nmc.org/
UMass Amherst is offering a pilot of Fuze, a desktop and mobile device video conferencing software to faculty, staff, and graduate student instructors.
USING FUZE VIDEO CONFERENCING SOFTWARE
With high-quality video and audio and flexibility across computing devices, Fuze can help you:
- Host guest speakers in your classes or events
- Hold office hours or advising sessions online
- Interview candidates remotely
- Hold demos, presentations, and other activities that require screen sharing
- Collaborate on projects with colleagues from other institutions
- And much more…
ABOUT FUZE VIDEO CONFERENCING SOFTWARE
Unlike other video conferencing software, Fuze:
- Provides high-quality video and audio
- Runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, tablets, and mobile devices
- Can hold up to 12 video feeds and up to 125 participants
- Is available at no cost to you and your video conference attendees (as part of this pilot)
- Allows for interactive content collaboration and screen sharing
- Robust technical support
- For more information, see:
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE PILOT
Please contact Michael W. Gilbert at email@example.com or 413-545-3124.
For questions about using video conferencing in your teaching, or to schedule a consultation to learn more, please contact the Instructional Media Lab (413-545-2823 | firstname.lastname@example.org).