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2015

MAY
22
FRI
  • TechTalks - Electronic Signatures 101

  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • In response to campus requests regarding new usages for electronic signatures (e.g., tenure process and other), we are offering this valuable workshop. An electronic signature is a simple way to indicate consent or approval on a digital document or form. UMass Amherst currently uses Adobe EchoSign, a cloud-based platform that allows you to send digital documents, such as contracts, directly to signers. Document originators can create an account for $204 per year. Signers can return the signed document electronically and securely through a web interface at no cost.

  • Open to: Faculty, Staff
MAY
28
THU
  • TechTalks: Curating a Digital Reputation

  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • This talk, geared for faculty and graduate students, will focus on building and managing your digital reputation. This is a critical skill that can help you strengthen your visibility and establish your expertise in your field. In this workshop, you will learn how to use social media and web-based tools including Google Sites and blogs to proactively develop your digital reputation.

    Speaker: Torrey Trust, Assistant Professor, College of Education

  • Open to: Graduate, Faculty
JUN
10
WED
  • TechTalks - Building a New Moodle Course

  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of building a course website using Moodle. Instructors will be introduced to basic navigation, learn how to configure course settings, and practice adding content and activities to a Moodle course. This workshop provides a good foundation for further exploration.

    Prerequisite: Must be an instructor or a TA with course-designer access in Moodle.

  • Open to: Faculty
JUN
16
TUE
  • TechTalks - Intro to Video Editing: Final Cut Pro X

  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • This hands-on course teaches participants to perform basic editing functions while becoming familiar with the user interface. We start with basic video editing techniques and work our way through some of the advanced features of FCP X.

  • Open to: Faculty, Staff
JUN
18
THU
  • TechTalks - Intro to Video Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro

  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • In this hands-on course participants get acquainted with Adobe Premiere Pro's main features and functions and learn how to import, edit, and export finished videos. Participants will also learn about the most common audio and image quality improvements necessary to produce good quality video projects.

  • Open to: Faculty, Staff
JUN
23
TUE
  • TechTalks - Screencasting with Camtasia (Mac OS)

  • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Record a lecture presentation, narrated tutorial, or a software demonstration and then post the resulting "screencast" on your Moodle course or class website. In this hands-on workshop we will use Camtasia. We will also discuss the different ways screencasting is being used to enhance classroom and online instruction.

  • Open to: Faculty, Staff
JUN
25
THU
  • TechTalks - “IT Under the Trees”: Instagram

  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • According to the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of young adults ages 18-29 are using Instagram, a social photo and video-sharing application. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll cover the basics of Instagram and explore some of its uses in higher education. More importantly, we’re going to get out of the classroom and get some practice taking, transforming, and sharing pictures and videos. This is a rain or shine workshop. (Bring your umbrella if it’s raining.)

  • Open to: Faculty, Staff
JUN
25
THU
  • TechTalks - Screencasting with Camtasia (Windows)

  • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Record a lecture presentation, narrated tutorial, or a software demonstration and then post the resulting "screencast" on your Moodle course or class website. In this hands-on workshop we will use Camtasia. We will also discuss the different ways screencasting is being used to enhance classroom and online instruction.

  • Open to: Faculty, Staff