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Teaching with Technology: Services for Instructors Computing provides faculty with training, support, and resources to help them incorporate technological tools into teaching and research.

March 2015 Moodle Updates & Course Requests

With Spring 2015 classes ending on Thursday, April 30, 2015, and final exams on the horizon, we have some important Moodle-related information for you:

  • Summer & Fall 2015 Moodle Course Requests Open
  • What's Coming in Moodle 2.8?
  • Grading in Moodle
  • March 2015 Moodle Updates.

For complete details, visit our Instructional Technology blog.


Designing Effective Peer Review Assignment

Have you ever struggled with how to structure and administer peer review activities in your course? ELI Review published an excellent feature article (Designing Effective Reviews) on designing effective peer review activities, backed up with research and voices from instructors. Though ELI Review promotes their own peer review tool in this article, most of the faculty experiences and advice are largely tool-agnostic. 
More: Instructional Technology Blog.

Thinking About Tomorrow 

Around the office we’ve been thinking about the future.  We have a new boss, some of us will be relocating to the Library in the next year, the UMass Amherst IT strategic planning process is going full tilt, and the New Media Consortium has just released their 2015 Horizon Report. At our most recent staff meeting, we broke open a time capsule of predictions we made in 2010, and sealed up a new batch of predictions for 2020. Find out more: Instructional Technology blog.

February 2015 Moodle Updates

We have several updates for you this month: 

  • Turnitin Downtime - Saturday, March 7
  • Removal of Old Moodle Courses

  • Coming in July 2015: Moodle 2.8

  • February Moodle Updates
  • Fall & Summer Moodle Course Requests
For complete details, please visit our Instructional Technology blog.

Build Your Own Apps (Without coding!)

It seems, “to app or not to app…” is no longer the question. In a blink of an eye we turned into an app-savvy (or, some would argue app-dependent) society. Using apps in education became a common practice for many of us. It can be a great idea to have an app for some professional and research projects, or offer your students another way to access class materials and exercises, or perhaps have your students incorporate the results of a semester-long class project into an app. But how do you take that step? Could you or your students build your own apps?

The answer is most resounding “Yes, you can!”  Read our Instructional Technology blog to find out how.

Teaching Untethered

​Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology David Gross integrated a ton of technology to flip his team-based learning classroom, and he uses his tablet as the lynch-pin to hold it all together. Check out “Teaching Untethered at UMass.”

i>clicker Software- Update Required

i>clicker is a polling system that uses a handheld remote (clicker) to collect student responses to questions posed by the instructor. Student data is recorded and then displayed on a results graph via software on the instructor’s computer.

To address a potential security vulnerability, i>clicker has issued an updated version of the i>clicker software, v6.4.2.

For complete details, please see our i>clicker - Audience Response System page.

Lecture Capture at UMass Amherst

Lecture capture encompasses a range of technologies that provide instructors with the capacity to record content in their classrooms or on their own laptop or desktop. Recordings are available to students in a variety of digital formats.

UMass Amherst is offering lecture capture software and equipment from Echo360, a media capture technology company. For more information, please see Lecture Capture at UMass Amherst.

Want to learn more about Moodle?

Come to the OIT Academic Computing Instructional Media Lab and get help with your Moodle needs from some of the most knowledgeable (and patient) people you will ever meet.

One-to-one appointments are available in the Instructional Media Lab in up to 2-hour blocks most weekdays. Contact us at or 413-545-2823 to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are welcome on a space-available basis.

You can also learn more about Moodle and review our support documentation at:

Quick Links: Moodle | Clickers | Workshops  |  Instruct@UMass

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Last Updated: Mar. 30, 2015