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Office for mobile devices is released!

 Microsoft has officially released Microsoft Office for iOS and Android.
 There are two versions, depending on your device. If it’s not an iPad, you can get Office Mobile. If it is an iPad, you can get Office for iPad.  Both are versions free* and available from the App Store/Google Play.  Either version has Microsoft WordExceland PowerPoint available up for grabs. The Office Mobile has all apps together in one app download, while with Office for iPad, all three will need to be downloaded separately.
Either version needs at least iOS 7 (if you’re stuck on iOS6, get upgrading!) and at least Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to work.
*Caveat: it’s absolutely free if you are using an iPhone or Android (read: no Office 365 subscription needed), however for the iPad version, the app is still free but you need an Office 365 subscription in order to edit documents. Basically the app is read-only – but we can already do that out of iOS/Android anyways – until you get a subscription. (And, no, Office 2013 from Terpware doesn’t include an Office 365 subscription.)
If you’re a visual person like myself, this may make it easier:
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Thanks Chris Hsia for this report!

IMPORTANT! – XP Support ending

To: Smith Community
From: Office of Smith IT
This is a notice to advise you that the Operating System Windows XP will no longer be supported in any way. Below is the statement sent out by Microsoft advising End of Support. If you have a system currently that is running XP the Service Desk will be upgrading it to Windows 7 Enterprise. To verify what operating system you have on your system you can “Right” click “Computer“, when the menu appears click “Properties” the version of the OS will be listed in the properties window.

If you find that you do have Windows XP, send an email to helpme@rhsmith.umd.edu and a ticket will be created so that we may schedule your upgrade to Windows 7 Enterprise.

From Microsoft:
Windows XP End of Support

After April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials  (Virus Protection) for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to help protect your PC.)

 

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

Please direct any questions to the Office of Smith IT Help Desk at helpme@rhsmith.umd.edu or 301-405-2269.

Canvas update – Learning Mastery Gradebook

The Learning Mastery Gradebook helps instructors and admins assess the outcomes that are being used in Canvas courses. Located as part of the regular Gradebook, the Learning Mastery Gradebook provides an overview of student learning based on standards rather than grades via a color-coded graph chart and score levels.

The Learning Mastery Gradebook is a course-level option and can be enabled by instructors on a course-to-course basis. If an instructor doesn’t use Learning Outcomes in the course, this feature will not have any impact on the Gradebook interface.

More details about the Learning Mastery Gradebook – http://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4152/l/179359-how-do-i-use-the-learning-mastery-gradebook

Using Canvas Learning Outcomes: http://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4152/l/67950-what-are-outcomes

New PCs in classrooms

The computer upgrades in VMH classrooms are now complete.  They should improve performance and speed of many applications that were not functioning well enough.  You will log in the same way.   We’ve built the software image based on current requests, but if we missed anything, please let us know right away by emailing helpme@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Baltimore classrooms will be upgraded with the same equipment in the very near future as well.

Faculty panel discussion on flipping and blending

Flip or blend classroom experiences shared - February 27, noon-1:30 McKeldin Library, 6137

Co-sponsored by the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Center for Teaching Excellence

Campus faculty discuss what “flipping and blending” is all about, how some are using it in their classrooms, and who can help you “flip or blend” your classes.

New teaching and learning tools are constantly being developed and tested. The latest trend is flipped or blended classrooms. To flip or blend – the acrobatics of teaching with technology is a beginning of a conversation with campus faculty who have flipped and/or blended their courses, and who will share their experience and insights into the dos and don’ts of flipping and blending.

  • Presenters: Dr. Marcio Oliveira, School of Public Health
  • Dr. Mel Scullen, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Dr. Sarah Balcom, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences
  • Cinthya Ippoliti, Libraries

Where: 6137 McKeldin Library

When: Thursday, February 27th

Time: 12-1:30

Please R.S.V.P. at cte.umd.edu/teaching/AETL/flipblend.html

Co-sponsored by the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Center for Teaching Excellence

Course Design Spring Workshops

Are you contemplating a change from the brick and mortar environment in which you traditionally teach? The Division of Information Technology’s Learning Technologies Institute spring workshop series on planning for course transformation is available to help.
Workshops will explore Planning for a Blended Course, Planning to Flip Your Course, Adapting Your Syllabus for Online Teaching, or Facilitating Student Engagement in Large Enrollment Course Spaces and will be offered on Fridays throughout February, March and April.  These FREE workshops are open to the university instructional community. Register at the Training@Maryland site:
Deborah Mateik
LTI Coordinator

Sloan Consortium courses -register by 2/6

The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, and helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of online education.  The Division of Information Technology sponsors the university’s membership in the Sloan Consortium, which provides faculty, staff, and graduate students access to online workshops.  The workshops for February are now open for registration.

 

* Designing Effective Assessment Strategies (registration deadline extended until 2/6)

* Developing Effective Presentations

* Developing Rubrics

* Developing an Interactive Syllabus (registration deadline extended until 2/6)

* Finding and Using Open Educational Resources

* Introduction to Mobile Apps and Tablets (registration deadline extended until 2/6)

* Introduction to the Quality Scorecard

* New to Online: The Essentials

* New to Online: Effective Feedback Strategies (registration deadline extended until 2/6)

* New to Online: Introduction to Audio and Video Tools

* New to Online: Supporting New Online Learners (registration deadline extended until 2/6)

* Online Science Labs: Tools and Techniques (registration deadline extended until 2/6)

 

To register for these free workshops, please go to www.training.umd.edu and click on “Sloan-C Online Workshops” in the Course Catalog.

 

For more information, please contact Deb Mateik at um-training@umd.edu.

Webinars, Teatimes and Brownbags for February

The Division of Information Technology is pleased to announce the following February events.
“How Do I” Q&A Weekly Webinar Series
ResponseWare: Poll Your Students with Mobile Technology
(Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.)
Adobe Connect: Tips & Tricks You Don’t Want to Miss! 
(Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.)
Tea Time Tech Talk
• How Do You Make Teaching “Real” in a Virtual Classroom?
(Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3 p.m.)
Faculty Brown Bag Discussion
Synchronous Learning in an Asynchronous World
(Friday, February 28, 2014 at noon)
*See below for detailed information about these events.*
ResponseWare: Poll Your Students with Mobile Technology
When:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Online Using Adobe Connect Pro
This webinar will provide an overview on using ResponseWare, the mobile device option for use with TurningPoint Polling software.
Adobe Connect: Tips & Tricks You Don’t Want to Miss!
When:  Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Online Using Adobe Connect Pro
Do you want to run your Adobe Connect meetings more efficiently? In this webinar, you will learn some of our best tips to help make your virtual meeting a true success. Participants should have a basic understanding of Adobe Connect to attend this webinar.
How Do You Make Teaching “Real” in a Virtual Classroom?
When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Room 2109 (Terrapin Learning Commons), McKeldin Library
Online classrooms have the advantage of making learning opportunities available to students 24/7, in many cases. The environment is, by its nature, student-centered. However, how do instructors making their presence “real” to students despite their physical separation? Come share your online teaching best practices and concerns.
Synchronous Learning in an Asynchronous World
When: Friday, February 28, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. Where: Room 0120, Patuxent Building
Online learning environments are quickly becoming integrated into many departments’ offerings. Dr. Julia Felton and Dr. Aditi Vijay from the Department of Psychology will discuss strategies, tips, tricks, and lessons learned from creating an entirely online Master’s program using Adobe Connect. Drs. Felton and Vijay will argue for the importance of including synchronous learning experiences in online education and talk about best practices for incorporating these tools effectively.
This is a great opportunity for instructors to bring their ideas and questions to an open forum where we can discuss and learn from each other.
These events are open for all faculty and staff who enjoy participating in lively discussions and acquiring new skills and ideas. No registration is required for any of the events. Light refreshments will be provided for Tea Time Tech Talks and Faculty Brown Bag Discussions.
Login Instructions for Webinars: 
• To join the meeting, please visit:
• For the current webinar schedule, please visit:
• All webinar archives are located at

 

Lynda.com access for all with UMID

What do you want to learn today? All students, faculty, and staff now have access to lynda.com, an online subscription library that teaches the latest software, business, and creative skills through high-quality instructional videos.

·         Students can learn techniques that will help boost class projects and resumes.

·         Faculty can create playlists and incorporate them into syllabi to help with students’ course work.

·         Staff can enhance leadership and business skills and explore new technologies.

As a member of the University of Maryland community, you can visit www.lyndatraining.umd.edu  and log in with your university Directory ID and password to access more than 2,300 training videos on a broad range of subjects, including career development and business skills, design, music and video, and Web tools. New courses are added often.

Access the videos 24/7—even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or mobile phone—and watch entire courses or single video tutorials as you need them.

The new lynda.com training service is offered through a partnership of the Division of Information Technology, University Human Resources, and the University Libraries. For assistance with the new lynda.com service, contact the IT Help Desk at301.405.1500.

If you already have a lynda.com account and would like to transfer it to the new system, please visithttp://www.lynda.com/support/contact.aspx to make the request. You will need to log into the new system first, and you will need to provide your old login ID and your U ID number in order for a representative to make the change.

The new lynda.com service replaces the online training offered to faculty and staff through SkillSoft at www.training.umd.edu. If you have any questions about SkillSoft’s retirement, please contact Cyn Trombly Allen, Assistant Director, Workplace Initiatives in Learning and Development at ctrombly@umd.edu.

Adding users to Canvas – Changes for 2014

There have been changes to the policy for adding people to Canvas term-based spaces this semester.  This message will attempt to summarize how the changes affect Smith Faculty.

The Campus Registrar, Adrian Cornelius, and central campus DivIT have changed policy regarding how users not already on the roster may be added to your Canvas course.  You may have noticed an email from DivIT about this in November.  A number of new roles to cover some specific access requirements have been created.  Most of the new roles must be added into the SIS data by Mike Sparrow, our college scheduling officer, and may not be added by Canvas Support staff any longer.  However, there are 3 roles that SmithIT Canvas support – canvas@rhsmith.umd.edu – can add instantly for you.

  • Observer – Can view content but cannot submit assignments, participate in discussions or view or edit grades.

  • Guest Instructor – Same as Instructor, but does not see, add or edit student grades

  • Instructional Colleague – Can only view content, including discussions,  but cannot participate in or make changes to the course or see grades.

Note: Instructors may also add the three roles above to their own courses themselves if they wish at http://emt.umd.edu.

The Registrar requires that only the college scheduling officer may add users who require the following roles to a term-based canvas course:

  • Teacher – Primary Instructor

  • Co-instructor – same as Primary Instructor but cannot submit grades in UMEG

  • TA – can manage and view content,  and can view and edit grades.  Note: we can remove TA access to gradebook at the request of the Instructor.  Just have Mike set up the TA access and email us at canvas@rhsmith.umd.edu to remove gradebook access for that TA.

  • Course Designer – Can create course content, but cannot view or edit grades

  • Course Manager – may manage and view content; may view, but not edit grades.

  • Grader – may enter and edit grades and email students, but may not help create course content

When you need someone added with one of these 6 roles, please send the Course name with section# and the UID# of the person to be added to Mike Sparrow, scheduling@rhsmith.umd.edu.  24-48 hours after Mike has updated the SIS data, they will have access to the course.  If access is time sensitive, Canvas support can provide instant access as either Observer, Guest Instructor or Instructional Colleague.

Note: There continue to be additional restrictions for adding people to a term-based course space who do not already have a UID#.  Please contact us if you need to discuss those, and remember to allow for extra time to get the approvals needed and when special accounts need to be set up.

We recognize that this is a big change, and will do everything we can to help.
SmithIT Canvas Support