SYSTEM ALERT: Spring Break – Most Smith IT services will be down for maintenance on Monday March 17th, 7am – 5pm EST
Office of Smith IT
Instructure makes small changes and improvements to ELMS every three weeks. Some of these changes may have gone by without you really noticing! In this webinar, our instructional support team will point out a few recent changes made since the beginning of the year that you may want to pay attention to, including some changes to the Gradebook, Insert Content into Page file selection, New (beta) Conversations tool, and course Import tool.
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Subject: Tim McKay visit Thursday, Apr 10
Tim McKay from the University of Michigan will be visiting Thursday, April 10th to give a talk on the work he has been doing on learning analytics. Please RSVP here so we can estimate attendance (and to let us know if you are interested in joining a meal w/ Tim.)
Title: “Learning Analytics – Using Data to Inform Teaching and Personalize Learning”
Tim McKay, University of Michigan
Thursday, April 10
1310 Marie Mount Hall
Abstract: The activities of teaching and learning at the University of Michigan generate a stream of data which are increasingly rich and becoming more accessible. Learning analytics aims to explore this data, using it to better understand the student experience at Michigan, to quantify the impact of teaching reforms, and to provide personalized real-time student support. In this talk, I will describe some early results of learning analytics efforts at Michigan, including some work on predictive modeling of student performance, personalized electronic coaching in introductory statistics courses, and an effort to calculate a substitute for GPA which accounts for variations in grading patterns among courses.
Bio: Tim McKay is an Arthur Thurnau Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Michigan. He is also the Director of the Honors Program in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the Chair of the Provost’s Learning Analytics Task Force. His primary research is in big data cosmology, using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Dark Energy Survey to statistically characterize the growth of structure in the universe. In recent years he has enjoyed turning his data science skills from finding galaxy clusters to predicting student performance and supporting their success.Please forward as you see fit – the talk is open.Prof. Ben BedersonSpecial Advisor to the Provost on Technology and Educational TransformationHuman-Computer Interaction Lab – Computer Science Departmentwww.cs.umd.edu/~bederson – (301) 405-3394
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baltimore classrooms will be upgraded with the same equipment in the very near future as well.
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
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
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 MateikLTI Coordinator
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 – email@example.com – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com. 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.