March 2018 Ed Tech Update

Illustration: Ed Tech Update
February 28, 2018

A grant deadline is approaching. A webinar series is offered. Canvas sessions and information are available.

UMN System-wide Teaching Innovation Grants and Webinar Series about Learning Sciences

Teaching Innovation Grants

University of Minnesota system-wide Teaching Support @ UMN units will be awarding Teaching Innovation Grants (up to $1000) starting this spring. Proposals will be accepted from faculty and instructors at any U of M campus twice each year. Innovation is broadly defined and encompasses innovation in all forms, including pedagogy, content, accessibility for students with disabilities, and technology.

Deadline for submission is March 9, 2018.

2017-18 Learning Sciences Webinar Series

Are you interested in finding out how the science of learning can change your teaching practice? Our webinars can show you how.

The research on how students learn can inform our teaching in a variety of ways, but the vastness of this literature can be overwhelming. This workshop series will explore four facets of student learning and each will provide concrete strategies for enhancing student learning, whether you teach face-to-face, online or hybrid courses. Each workshop will incorporate the expertise of teaching and learning professionals from the Center for Educational Innovation, Academic Technology Support Services, the Libraries and the Disability Resource Center.

Links for specific sessions can be found on the Teaching Support Workshop webpage.

Upcoming Canvas Overview Sessions & More

Attend an online Canvas Basics overview session. These 90 minute sessions are designed for faculty and instructional staff who are beginning to explore Canvas.

Day Date Time Location Register
Wednesday March 21 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Online RSVP for March 21
Thursday April 26 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Online RSVP for April 26

Learn about more Canvas resources, guides, examples and training opportunities. Or, stay in touch by visiting the Canvas transition site for related information, updates, and help resources.

Questions about the Canvas transition can be directed to

Non-credit Canvas Course Request Tool Coming in March

This new tool will offer the same functions as the current Moodle option, but with the capability to allow users to specify requests to the department level. UMN OIT is currently working with units to understand overall needs and deliver the best balance between basic creation and provisioning to more specialized and complex course placement and control. The plan is to release the new process and form by end of March 2018.

FERPA Form for Publishers and Other Third-party Vendors with Canvas LTI Integrations

In an effort to streamline and speed-up the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) integration vetting process and ensure Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance, an agreement has been approved by the Office of General Council and Data Compliance for use with third-party vendors. This form will be critical moving forward to document our expectations when it comes to protecting student data and privacy.