Distance Teaching help
The Office of Organizational Learning and Development (OOLD) team is continuing to add new resources to its Distance Teaching page and is happy to serve as practice students if you want to try out any new hybrid and online teaching techniques. They are also eager to help you brainstorm solutions to pedagogical challenges you may face when using new teaching modalities. Contact Amy Kinch to schedule a practice or brainstorming session.
Learning Assistants program
It’s not too late to add a learning assistant to your spring course! The Learning Assistant program pairs high-performing undergraduate students with instructors focused on transforming their courses into engaging, active learning-based courses. Please contact Josh Herring to learn more.
As you prepare your courses in Moodle for this spring semester, remember that UMOnline has a number of supports including online tutorials, virtual Instructional Designer office hours, and our Technical Help Desk. Check the UMOnline - Welcome to 2021 webpage for answers to common questions, updates, and reminders as you get ready for the start of the semester.
New video creation tool in Moodle: Knowmia
Knowmia, recently integrated into Moodle, is a platform for videos to be created and managed from a secure service, with features such as recording tools, video editing, participant tracking, and in-video quizzing. Watch for ongoing trainings posted on the Moodle home page and on the IT Short Course registration site.
New accessibility tool in Moodle: Ally
Ally automatically scores the accessibility of course content, gives instructors feedback on how to improve accessibility scores, and generates alternative formats of your course content for students to download.
Resources to share with online/remote students
Student support document
- UMOnline has developed a list of resources to support online/remote students. Consider including it in your syllabus and/or Moodle course shell. The list is titled “downloadable student support document” and you can find it on the Keep on Teaching Resources webpage.
- The document is also available in the Moodle Basics for Faculty tutorial under Course Template Sample, so you can copy and paste the text into your own Moodle course as a content item rather than a document, if you wish.
Online tutorial for students
Please also refer students to self-enroll in the self-paced Strategies for Online Students tutorial, which includes activities and suggestions for time management and understanding their own learning styles.
Accessibile Technology Services
Please be proactive in selecting accessible course materials. Use of third-party and publisher materials need to be tested by UM’s Accessible Technology Services (ATS) well in advance of using it within a course. This may take 2-6 weeks to complete. Make requests to ATS by completing an EIT Accessibility Evaluation Request form.
Classroom technology consultations
Meet with an IT specialist to walk through how classroom technology and software such as webcams, microphones, and lecture capture can be used to support your teaching. Contact Scott Christensen (243-5322, Classroom Support Technician), David Opitz (Classroom Technician), or Adam Carroll (Presentation Equipment/Production Supervisor), to set up an appointment.
Available instructional equipment
Many different types of equipment are available to support your teaching and learning needs from the library. You may request and reserve equipment online or via phone at 243-4875.