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Teaching with Technology: Services for Instructors

Academic Computing provides faculty with training, support, and resources to help them incorporate technological tools into teaching and research.

Removal of Old Moodle Courses

On Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, courses taught up to and including Spring 2013 will be removed from Moodle at UMass Amherst ( Please note that Adhoc courses and courses on will not be affected.

Courses are removed from the server 18 months after the end of the semester taught to make room in Moodle for new courses. For details, please visit our Instructional Technology blog.

January 2015 Moodle Updates

With classes starting up next week, we are here to help you get your Spring Semester Moodle courses underway. This update covers the following announcements:
    •    Reminder: Removal of Old Moodle Courses

    •    New in Moodle for Spring 2015

    •    Coming in July: Moodle 2.8
For complete details, please visit our Instructional Technology blog.

Is Your Moodle Course Ready for Spring 2015?

With Spring 2015 classes set to begin on Tuesday, Jan, 20, we have some information to help make sure you are ready for the start of the semester:

Most Moodle courses open to students on Friday, Jan. 16
Make sure your TAs have access to Moodle
How to request your Spring 2015 on-campus Moodle courses
How to reuse a previous Moodle course
Where to get help with Moodle
For more information please visit our blog.

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.”


Winter 2015 Workshops

Please join us for our Winter 2015 workshops, or contact us for one-on-one appointments to learn about a variety of topics, including:

  • Building Your New Moodle Course
  • Use Apple TV to Untether Your Teaching
  • Build Your Own iOS Apps (Without Coding!)
  • Final Cut Pro X – Digital Video Basics for MacOS
For more details, including dates and how to register, please see our blog.

For questions, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or to set up an individual consultation or keep an eye out for our Spring 2015 workshops.

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  | TeachOIT

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Last Updated: Jan. 23, 2015