Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A New Learning Management System for the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota will be adopting a new learning management system (LMS) next month.  Will it be Canvas, or will it be MoodleRooms?

The Academic Technology leadership at the U of M submitted a proposal to ULTA (University Learning Technology Advisors) that UMN continue as a member of Unizen and move to its chosen learning management system (LMS), Canvas.

The proposal suggests a timeline for a transition to Canvas of 18 months-2 years, to be determined in consultation with academic units. OIT will also provide transition services and support to academic units, to be determined in consultation with academic units.

View the U of M Learning Management System (LMS) Review - 2017 Report. 


I participated in both the Spring 2017 and Spring 2016 Canvas Pilots and created course named, "Teaching with Technology - A faculty development course.

Read the Syllabus for the course.  If you are interested in exploring the course and would like to have access, please let me know.

If you would like to explore how others have designed and used Canvas, please check out these Sample Canvas Courses by Subject.


The other LMS solution that the U of M is considering for adoption, is Moodlerooms.  

If the Uof M chooses Moodlerooms, there will be a second transition to the Snap Theme in the near future.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

New Google Slides Feature: Insert Videos from Google Drive

NEW in Google Slides! You can now insert videos from Google Drive

How To Insert videos from Google Drive in Google Slides
Insert and play your Google Drive videos in Google Slides, in addition to videos from YouTube.

Once you’ve added a Drive video to your presentation, you can choose when to start and end it, whether it should autoplay when presenting, and whether it should be muted or play with audio. Simply right-click on the video and select Video options.

If a person viewing your presentation doesn’t have permission to view a video embedded within it, they’ll be prompted to request access.

Note that while you can play Drive videos in Slides on the web and mobile, you can only insert them from the web application. For more details, visit the Help Center.