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      • The iPeer Web-based software provides a set of evaluation tools for students to complete evaluations of their peers. This is particularly useful in courses where teams or groups are utilized for collaborative work.    Instructors can place their students into groups manually or by using Team Maker...
      • Team Maker surveys are evaluation tools that work with the Team Maker application to create teams in your iPeer course. Students respond to questions on the surveys, and Team Maker will sort students into groups sets based on the criteria your set for their responses. Create a Team Maker...
      • Evaluation events are specific timeframes during which students are asked to evaluate their group members. Evaluation events are set up to use an Evaluation Tool specified by the instructor.   Create an Evaluation Event Log in to iPeer and click on your course. The course homepage will open...
      • Overview iPeer provides four different Evaluation Tools: Simple: students evaluate other group members with a single numeric rating and an optional comment. Students are presented with a table with one row per group member and must allocate a pool of points to rate each member relative the...
      • Because iPeer uses a daily auto-rostering process from SPIRE, we recommend waiting until after Add/Drop is over before creating your groups in iPeer (unless you have a high degree of confidence that your roster will not change). Changes to your class roster after you have formed groups in iPeer...
      • This document outlines the UMass Amherst Echo360 lecture recording policy.* Intellectual Property rights of the recorded material are in accordance with the UMass Amherst Intellectual Property Guidelines. Instructors must request a new Echo360 course section each semester they teach a class...
      • This page provides information on getting started with Echo360 for instructors who have received email confirmation that their lecture capture request has been processed, and their Echo360 course has been created. Note: For Fall 2015, all courses generating new classroom or Personal Capture...
      • Team Maker in iPeer is a tool that helps you create groups of students based on their responses to a survey. You decide on how many groups, how large they should be, and whether they should be based on similar or dissimilar answers, and Team Maker will sort students into the appropriate groups. In...
      • For faculty who are interested in posting materials online, IT offers several options: Blogs, Moodle, UDrive, and Web Hosting. Each service has its strengths and weaknesses so be sure that the service you choose matches your instructional goals. Several services can be used in combination for a...
      • The UMass Amherst classrooms currently outfitted with lecture capture, and those scheduled to be outfitted in the future, are listed below. If you are scheduled to teach in these rooms and would like to request lecture capture, please complete the Lecture Capture Request Form. Bartlett...
      • Although you probably use Echo360 to primarily to record class lectures, you might also want to use it to preserve and distribute other materials. You can upload any of these materials to the Echo360 then edit and manage them as you would a recording made with the Echo360 system. Echo360 calls...