Microsoft Teams is a program for engaging with students both synchronously and asynchronously, allowing for chatting, video and audio calls, and even sharing presentations with students while on a call. However, according to Sam Williams, academic technology and innovation, because of the many features it has, it can be a bit intimidating to get started with. Here is a guide on the basics of starting a 1-on-1 chat, and starting a classroom team for group or singular at distance instruction.
Starting Friday, March 13, information services will be installing a new piece of software on University-owned laptops. This software is called Cisco Umbrella Roaming client, a light-weight client which protects internet browsing and filters malicious content from being accessible on your laptop.
All equipment currently connected to the University’s network is already being protected with Cisco Umbrella and we want to extend that protection to University-owned laptops when they are being used remotely.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UP Help Desk at email@example.com or x7000.
The academic technology services and innovation team is looking for faculty members to participate in a pilot project of Poll Everywhere, which enables digital polling and student-response gathering using laptops or other electronic devices that they already have with them, rather than requiring additional devices such as clickers. Faculty can create questions in a number of formats to collect various kinds of information, from attendance taking to status checks on students’ grasp of lecture content. Polls created with the program can be easily integrated into media you already use on a daily basis.
For more details on the pilot project or to request an account, please see the Poll Everywhere Pilot page. Training is available if desired and can be scheduled using the training request form on the ATSI homepage on PilotsUP.
For additional questions and information, or to share your own ideas on how we can utilize Poll Everywhere, please contact ATSI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information services will be updating computer lab and classroom builds for summer and fall 2020 during March. If you need new or updated software for classrooms and computer labs for summer or fall term please use this link to fill out the online survey. You can also copy and paste this URL (https://uportland.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5sAK57IvV3S4nvn) into your browser to fill out the survey.
The software build and deployment process requires significant lead time; therefore, information services must receive your submitted software requests no later than Friday, February 28 if you want the software to appear on the computer classroom/lab software build for the Summer and/or Fall 2020 semesters.
Please contact the help desk with any questions at email@example.com or x7000, M-F 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.mm.
According to UP’s academic technology services and innovation team, Microsoft is retiring Skype for Business and has migrated all calling and conferencing functionality to the Microsoft Teams App. Calling and meeting using the Teams App is very similar to Skype. Click this link to learn more about Teams Meetings. To learn more about using Teams to communicate and collaborate with University of Portland community members and project teams, use this link.
For further information or training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic technology services & innovation (ATSI) has launched a new site to help communicate its many services to the academic community, according to Sam Williams, ATSI. You can find the site by visiting pilots.up.edu and clicking on “Academic Technology Services & Innovation” in the left navigation. The new URL for the site is https://pilots.up.edu/group/atsi.
Visit to learn about services we provide, schedule a consultation, or find professional development opportunities and current projects. Some of the topics you can learn more about include:
- Academic Technology Innovation Lab – Franz 33
- UP Tech Talk - Ed Tech Blog
- Virtual Classroom Project
- Hypothesis Pilot
- PollEverywhere Pilot
For more information contact Contact us ATSI at email@example.com.
Working on getting your spring Moodle course set-up before the new semester starts? Drop by Franz 33 any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, January 6 through Thursday Jan 9. Academic technology services and innovation staff will be there to help with issues or questions big and small.
Come for help with setting up online assignments or quizzes, getting your gradebook squared away, get an introduction to some of our great new integrated tools, or just say hello and happy new year.
For more information contact Ben Kahn, academic technology services and innovation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moodle will be down the evening of Thursday, December 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., so information services can install the latest security and bug fixes. There will also be improvements to the site theme and installation new plugins to give instructors more capabilities and flexibility within Moodle:
- Group self selection: allow students to create or self-select groups in Moodle
- Roster: faculty can view student pictures and practice learning names)
- Collapsible Weeks/Topics: a course format that can collapse modules to save space
For real-time updates or to subscribe to email alerts for UP systems status and outages please visit our System Status page.
Any questions or concerns? Please contact email@example.com.
Need some help with your Moodle life? Drop by Franz 33 any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, December 2 through Thursday December 5 and academic technology services and innovation staff will be there to help with issues big and small, from gradebook set-up to getting your spring courses into tip-top shape. This is a great way to go into the Thanksgiving holiday free of care with Moodle issues squared away by December.
For more information contact Ben Kahn, ATSI, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2020 courses will be available in Moodle starting Friday, November 15 to allow instructors to get an early start in preparing courses for the upcoming semester, according to Ben Kahn. If you don’t see your courses right away, don’t press the panic button. It takes a few days to get all of the courses into the system. Yours will be there soon if you don’t see them right away.
The first thing you’ll notice when you access your spring 2020 courses is the fresh new experience of the interface. Course creation is now easier than ever with a new Moodle plugin that enables you to start building your course with a prebuilt template. You can start fresh with a blank course or import content from an existing course. Each option is just a few clicks away.
Want some personalized help with your course set-up? Contact academic technology services and innovation at email@example.com to schedule an appointment or ask questions. You can also visit our new Innovation Lab in Franz Hall 033 the first week of December for hands-on help from an ATSI Moodle expert. Stop by any time from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., December 2 through 5, for drop-in help.