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ITSS offers technology learning opportunities in a variety of formats for faculty and staff. If you don't see what you need or if you have an idea your group, project team or program would like to explore check out our Custom Session options and contacts below.

Scheduled Sessions

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Tech Jams are face-to-face active learning session 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. We are currently planning Spring 2017 Tech Jam offerings. Below you will find topics from our 2016 Tech Jam series. If you have ideas for future Tech Jam topics, please email them to et-itss@d.umn.edu.

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.

Google Groups - Course Groups, Mailman replacement and so much more

If you regularly send out emails to large groups of people, chances are that you're already familiar with Google Groups, which has replaced Mailman as UMD's group email management solution. But did you know that Google Groups does a lot more than just email? It's a powerful sharing and collaboration tool as well. In this session, we'll explore the basics, including:

  • Requesting a Google Group
  • Configuring and managing Google Group settings
  • Managing Group membership
  • Using Google Groups to schedule meetings
  • Using Google Groups to share and collaborate on documents
  • Accessibility settings and considerations

Google Calendar

We can't add more hours to your day, but we can help you keep track of them better. It will cover the basics of using Google Calendar, including:

  • Creating events on Google Calendar
  • Managing how your calendar is shared
  • Scheduling meetings and viewing availability of others
  • Adding the option to meet via Hangout when setting up a meeting
  • Appointment slots for office hours
  • Creating and viewing additional calendars
  • Meeting reminders and attachments
  • Using UMD Google Calendar on your phone or tablet

Google Hangouts

Want to make a video call from your computer, tablet, or smartphone? Google Hangouts is a lot like Skype or FaceTime, but has the advantage of being integrated with other Google Services offered by the University.

Hangouts allows you to voice or video chat with multiple people at once, collaborate on documents, and send texts. It's free and easy to use on most any device.

Come get hands-on experience with Google Hangouts! Along with your computer or phone, please bring headphones if possible.

Google Drive

You know that you should be backing up your files. But how? And where? These days you don't just have a desktop computer, but you've got a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone as well. You work on campus, at home, and on the road. Is there a way to get your work done from all your different locations and on all your different devices?

Collaboration is more important than ever. How can you share files with your colleagues and students, control what they can and cannot do, and ensure you don't end up with multiple copies of the same thing?

Google Drive may be just the solution you've been searching for, but getting started can feel overwhelming. In this session we'll address the basics, including:

  • How to upload and store files of all kinds (including video files) on Google Drive
  • Sharing files for viewing and collaboration
  • Navigating and organizing Google Drive
  • File conversion options
  • Syncing files for offline use
  • Accessing Drive and editing documents from smartphones and tablets
  • Accessibility settings and considerations

Google Sites - Creating and managing personal, club or course websites

In the past, students, staff and faculty were given personal space on the UMD web server commonly referred to as ~ sites. That option is still available, but knowledge of HTML, SFTP, and file permissions is required in order to build and maintain sites. Often people rely on specialized, expensive software such as Dreamweaver in order to do it.

If you're not a web development professional but would still like to create a website for your C.V., resume, club information, or other personal project, Google Sites may be the free, easy to use solution you've been looking for. Whether you're starting fresh or looking to replace an older site, come to learn the basics of Google Sites including:

  • Creating a site
  • Selecting a template and theme
  • Layout and navigation options
  • Embedding calendars, documents, videos, and other media
  • Sharing and collaboration
  • Redirecting from your ~ site url
  • Accessibility considerations

Video, Screencasting and Captioning

Interested in creating multimedia projects like video or screencasting but not sure where or how to start? Or, have a video project that needs captioning or annotating? In this session will we:

  • Discuss and provide materials to help you plan your multimedia project. Feel free to review these materials before coming to the session.
  • Consult on selecting the right media for your project and explore appropriate equipment and software and/or project development support
  • Learn tips and tricks on how to deliver video via YouTube, either on its own or through a Moodle course site. You will learn about sharing options, captioning, annotating and editing in your YouTube Channel.
  • Have the opportunity to record a short video or screencast.

This session will be held in The Multimedia Hub on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Custom Sessions

Not finding a topic that suits your needs? Got a specific problem or idea? ITSS offers customized learning sessions that fit your time, topic and individual or group needs.

Technology Training

Custom training sessions available to groups of eight or more people who need training on a specific (non-educational) technology tool. No cost for eight or more participants.

To get started complete the technology training request form.

Educational Technology Group Intensive or Personal Consults

Educational Technologists can create multi-session, customized workshops designed upon departmental or unit needs. ITSS and/or ATSS/CEI led. No cost. Examples include:

  • active learning in any classroom
  • designing and execution of an online course
  • reviewing Moodle features to support course outcomes

Individuals can also request project-based, one-to-one faculty consultations with an ITSS Educational Technologist.

To get started with an educational technology custom service email et-itss@d.umn.edu.

Additional options include: