Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Tech Hangouts OnAir

Please plan to join us online for this Spring’s “Tech Hangouts OnAir”  In this 4-part series, the workshops will be held online with participants attending from their own desks.  Each session will be recorded to ensure that more people will be able to take advantage of these sessions.

We are looking for volunteers to “Hangout” live with the session presenters.  If you are willing to participate in this way, please contact Pam Gades and let her know.  As these sessions are also being recorded and will be available for anyone from UMM to view the recordings via YouTube, she will need your permission to share the recordings online after the session as well.

Searching the New Articles and Books Tab at Briggs Library
Wed. April 2 – 10am to 11am Presented by Briggs Library:  Kellie Meehlhause and Peter Bremer Briggs Library recently unveiled a new way to search for articles, books, and multimedia simultaneously. The new search feature includes many (but not all) Briggs Library databases as well as Pounce content. Learn easy search tips and discover who can benefit the most from this exciting new resource.
Watch Live on YouTube

What’s New in Moodle 2.6?
Thurs. April 3 – 10am to 11am
Presented by Pam Gades, Instructional & Media Technologies, and Chlene Anderson, Office of Online Learning
The current version of Moodle is 2.4.  A new version, Moodle 2.6, was soft-launched on March 1, 2014. (That means you may start requesting 2.6 course sites.) The full release is scheduled for April 27, 2014.  We’ll highlight the most obvious changes rolling out in the new version.
Watch Live on YouTube

Moodle Tips & Tools – Tools and Features You May Not Know About

Wed. April 9 – 10am to 11am
Presented by Pam Gades, Instructional & Media Technologies 
Moodle has evolved to include more and more features as the updates roll out, and you may not have discovered  them yet.  I’d like to demonstrate some of these lesser-known features and share some tips for using them in your courses.
Watch Live on YouTube

Google Drive Best Practices
Thurs. April 10 – 10am to 11am
Presented by Instructional & Media Technologies:  Ramsay Bohm and Pam Gades; Computing Services: Jim Hall
Google Drive has changed the way we work. It is a powerful collaboration tool. In this session, we’ll share some best practices in using Google Drive: uploading, converting, organizing, sharing, searching, and more.
Watch Live on YouTube

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Are you paying attention?


Time so often hastens by,
Time so often stops --

Still, it strains belief
How an instant can dilate,
Or long years be brief.

-- Richard Wilbur

"When we are at our best, we are paying attention." (Bill Hogue, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at the University of South Carolina, EDUCAUSE Review, January/February 2014).

You know those days that seem to stretch on forever -- either out of boredom, when you are waiting for something, or when you are working on an intensive project for an entire day? Then also, those days that just seem to have flown by? What encounters with others have you had on those days? Did you listen well to them? Did you thank them? Was your mind with them in those moments?

When we are at our best, we are paying attention!