Feburary 2017 Ed Tech Update

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January 31, 2017

Get the latest scoop on Tech Jams, Moodle, Turnitin, Google Sites, a digital storytelling course, and Ed Tech support.

February Tech Jams

Tech Jams are face-to-face active learning sessions for faculty and staff on a variety of technology topics followed by an open session to continue hands-on work and address on-going projects. The sessions are free and registration is not required.

Get details on each Spring 2017 Tech Jam session and other offerings on the ITSS Workshop web page.

Unless otherwise noted, all Tech Jam sessions are scheduled from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and will be held in Kirby Plaza 175. An open session continues from 1:30-2 p.m. also in Kirby Plaza 175. Please bring your laptop or mobile device if you'd like to follow along. A limited number of laptops will be available to borrow if you don't have one of your own.

What's New In Moodle for Academic Year 2016-2017 (Moodle 3.0)

Wondering where that handy 'activity clipboard' block went in Moodle? Check out this list of new features and changes in Moodle 3.0. By the way, the activity clipboard has been replaced with a sharing cart block.

Verify/Fix Turnitin Settings

If your Spring 2017 Moodle course site was copied from a previous academic year's Moodle system, the Turnitin settings on Moodle Assignment, Forum, and Workshop activities are not copied over to you new course. If you wish to use Turnitin in these activities, you will want to enable Turnitin before students make submissions. For instructional steps, see Moodle: Add Turnitin to an Assignment, Forum, or Workshop.

Google Sites Gets a Makeover

Google recently unveiled a sweeping update to Google Sites and the new version will be available to the University of Minnesota Jan. 30. Learn more about the new Google Sites.

Updated Link to Access Free Digital Storytelling Course

A link to instructions on how to access a free Digital Storytelling course was inadvertently omitted from a January article about the course. Please use these access instructions to learn how to enroll in the course.

In case you missed it, here is a quick overview of the course:

Digital stories further transform teaching and learning by engaging students in project-based learning, deep reflection, and the use of higher-order thinking skills. Enroll in this free, self-paced Moodle course to learn more about digital storytelling. (credit: Greg Steinke, Pete McCauley, Christiane Reilly, and Scott Spicer)

Educational Technology Support

ITSS educational technology services are free and available to all UMD faculty and instructional staff. Learn more about UMD educational technology and our services.