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May 2019 Ed Tech Update

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April 30, 2019

Sessions, consultations, workshops, webinars, support, and more are available.

Educational Tech Drop-in Sessions

Drop by Kirby Plaza 175 with questions or bring a laptop/mobile device to work on your courses. Sessions are free, informal, and no registration is required.

Spring semester regular Drop-In Sessions run through Thursday, May 2.

Extended Drop-in Schedule
Date Day Time Location
May 3 Friday 11:00 to 1:00 pm Kirby Plaza 173
May 6 Monday 10:00 to 11:00 am,
3:00 to 4:00 pm
Kirby Plaza 173
May 7 Tuesday 2:00 to 4:00 pm Kirby Plaza 173
May 8 Wednesday 9:00 to 11:00 am Kirby Plaza 173
May 9 Thursday 10:00 to 12:00 pm Kirby Plaza 173
May 10 Friday 11:00 to 1:00 pm Kirby Plaza 173
May 13 Monday 10:00 to 12:00 pm Kirby Plaza 173
May 14 Tuesday 2:00 to 4:00 pm Kirby Plaza 173
May 15 Wednesday 9:00 to 10:00 am,
1:30 to 2:30 pm
Kirby Plaza 173

For more information visit Drop-in Sessions.

Request One-on-One Consultations

Can’t make a drop-in session? Request project-based, one-to-one faculty consultations by completing our consultation request form.

UMD Teach with Canvas Sessions

UMN's Office of Information Technology's (OIT) Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS) and UMD’s ITSS Educational Technologists will be again offering 2 "Teach with Canvas" workshop sessions at UMD.

UMD Teach with Canvas Schedule
Date Day Time Location
May 13 Monday 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kirby Plaza 173
May 14 Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kirby Plaza 173

Participants must enroll via the UMN Training Hub by 5 p.m. Friday, May 3

Note: This is the same workshop that has been offered at UMD at various times during the Moodle to Canvas transition.

Canvas Workshops and Webinars

Check out upcoming May Canvas training and workshop events. Visit UMN's OIT Canvas Training and Events for a complete list of courses, descriptions and how to register. Visit Canvas Transition Information for complete information and resources related to the Canvas transition.

Canvas Workshops and Webinars Schedule
Title Date
Canvas Design Challenge -- Using Group Work May 2
Canvas Basics Webinar May 9
Design Challenge -- Promoting honesty in your online learning environments May 15
Build a Homepage with Design Tools May 17
Discover Canvas Series Begins May 20

Moodle to Canvas Course Migration Assistance Continues (Deadlines & Form Updated)

ATSS is in the final phase of the Moodle to Canvas course migration assistance process.

Content from any Moodle Academic or Non-Academic site (development sites, training sites, collaboration sites) can be requested to be moved to Canvas through May 17 for use during Fall 2019 and beyond. To request assistance, complete the Course Migration Assistance Form.


NameCoach is a cloud-based tool that enables students and instructors to record the pronunciation of their own names and to listen to the recordings of others. Once recorded, users’ name pronunciation will be available in every Canvas course site with which they are associated. This is intended to be available in mid-May. More information from the Canvas Admin team will be coming soon!

Zoom Transition

Following a Request For Proposal (RFP) process and a pilot of the top two selections, Zoom was chosen to replace Webex as the UMN system wide online meeting tool.

Starting in April, UMN will begin the transition away from Webex to Zoom as the University’s online meeting tool.

Visit Zoom Transition for more detailed information.

Gradebook Archive and Decommission Deadlines

Please note the following archiving and decommissioning deadlines.

  • On Thursday, August 15, 2019, eGradebooks will be archived.
  • No new eGradebooks can be created for Fall 2019.
  • Existing eGradebooks will remain accessible on the eGradebook archive server until October 1st, 2020 when the eGradebook application will be decommissioned.

Note: While eGradebook can be used during Summer 2019, we encourage instructors to use the Canvas gradebook to avoid any potential disruptions during summer grading and final grade submission processes in August.

eGradebook to Canvas Gradebook Migration Assistance and Support

If you are an instructor who uses eGradebook and would like assistance migrating your eGradebook(s) structure to Canvas for Summer or Fall 2019, below are a variety of options:

Other Help and Service Information

Canvas Help

Moodle Help

Help Desk

Technical issues and troubleshooting can be addressed or triaged by contacting one of the Help Desks.