cedar@umn is a community-based repository of electronic documents and other resources that can assist users as they implement technology into their instruction.. You will find basic descriptions, comparisons of similar tools, how-to's, examples, and various other resources in this repository.

cedar@umn is concerned specifically with technologies that can be used for instructional purposes. Users of this repository will likely be instructors, professors, or other faculty and staff who are interested in expanding the effective use of technology in online and face-to-face courses.. This resource is intended primarily to be used by faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota, but it may be useful for others as well.

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Resource types

1) This repository contains links to documents, presentations, videos, and other electronic resources. You will find links to multiple types of files including pdf files, text files, web pages, presentations, Flash-based media or embedded videos.

The file type of the resource is indicated by the link description text.

Example Resource Link | download (100 KB) pdf document

2) Secondly, it is important to understand that just like when you search using a major search engine some of the resources you find will display within your browser window, and some of them will be downloaded onto your computer for display using another program or within a special browser plug-in. Resources that will download onto your computer are marked with a "download arrow" icon

and indicate downloadable resources.

and indicate resources that are normally viewed only in a browser.

The size of the download is also indicated in the link description text.

Example Resource Link | download (100 KB) pdf document

3) The third major way of categorizing the resources available in this repository is External Resources v. Local Resources. In many cases there is very little difference between the two types when it comes to accessing them, but the information may be presented in a somewhat different way.

External Resources  
Often very useful education technology resources are posted on the internet and are freely accessible to anyone. Many of the listings found in cedar@umn are links to web pages or downloadable media that are available on sites external to the University of Minnesota. Be aware that while these are excellent resources, they will most likely contain more general information.

and indicate external resources.

Internal Resources
Other listings on cedar@umn will concern resources that are stored on University of Minnesota servers. Some of them have been uploaded by instructional technology fellows into the Repository's local file system. These resources are freely available to anyone. Other resources will be hosted by other offices and services on the UMN campus. Often these local resources will be highly specific to the University of Minnesota, but they may be of value for users at other institutions as well.

and indicate local resources.

You may find that some of the listings in the repository are links to protected documents that are only available to University of Minnesota students, faculty, or staff. If this is the case you will need to log in with your UMN internet ID and password to access the resource.

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Instructional Technology Fellows

cedar@umn was developed and is maintained by Instructional Technology Fellows (IT Fellows) at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities Campus. IT Fellows are part-time graduate assistants who have expertise and/or special interest in instructional technologies. Responsibilities of the IT Fellows include: training instructors to use course management systems, introducing multimedia tools, and providing resources related to the use of technology for teaching & learning. (Here is the IT Fellow Program description.)

As instructional technology fellows create or become aware of appropriate resources they will add these listings to the repository. Users are encouraged to contact an IT Fellow if they know of helpful resources that could be included or if they are having difficulty finding information on a specific tool or instructional need.. Users are also encouraged to report any issues with resources, through the repository’s reporting system.

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Finding Resources

There are two ways to find resources using cedar@umn, searching and browsing.

We recommend that users locate resources covering specific tools and/or functions by using the search cedar@umn functionality. Search cedar@umn will comb through all of the resources in the system looking to match the specific key words or phrases typed in the search box.

Search cedar@umn...
For best results enter 2-4 key words/concepts separated by commas.

By default, this search engine looks through all entries for ALL entered words in any order.

To search for an exact phrase, enclose the phrase in quotes:

"resource list"

For best search results search for 2-4 key words or concepts, leaving out unnecessary search terms.

The search engine also supports (AND), (OR), and (NOT) to specify Boolean expressions:

The search [Moodle OR "Web Vista" AND gradebook] will return results containing both the search term gradebook and either Moodle or Web Vista.

The search [video NOT UMConnect] will return all results containing the search term video except those which also incluce UMConnect.

Using the search function with Boolean expressions is the best way to find information on cedar@umn. For example, if you want to find out how to upload a file into Moodle type 'upload AND Moodle'. If you want to find out about video but don't need resources concerning Media Mill, type 'video NOT "Media Mill"'.

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The browsing function in cedar@umn is not as specific as a well formatted site wide-search (search cedar@umn) and may result in numerous minimally-related results. Results are always listed in chronological order so that the most up-to-date entries for the function or tool will appear at the top. There are two browse functions in cedar@umn. You can browse by "what you want to do" or browse by "popular tool."

Browse by what you want to do.
To browse by what you want to do, select the general function that you are interested in from the drop-down menu available on the cedar@umn homepage or on the sidebar of every page within the cedar website. (Click the menu, drag the scroll bar until you see your topic of interest, and select that topic.) Resources are categorized by a main and, often secondary, function such as create a website, use grading tools and find support on campus.. When you select what you want to do from the drop-down menu, the resources that have been categorized with that function will be listed.  

Browse by what you want to do.

Popular Tools
On the sidebar of every page there is a section called “Popular Tools”; this group of links that will take you to various lists of resources based on specific tools or functions. Popular Tools provides a list of up to 20 of the most popular tools in cedar@umn. Popularity of a tool is determined by the total number of resources in cedar@umn that are related to that tool. You can determine the tool's popularity by the size of its link text— the bigger it is the more popular. When you click on a tool in this section all of the resources related to that particular tool will be listed.

The Popular Tools are selected from the list of all tools covered in the cedar@umn system:

Acrobat, app, audio, campus offices, Camtasia Relay, CEHD survey tool, CLAMPs, classrooms, Clickers, copyright reference, course guide, Digital Video, eFolio, eprojector, Final Cut Express, Google, Gradebook, iMovie, iPad, ipad, iPhone, iPod Touch, IT Fellow, iTunes U, Keynote, listserv, Media Magnet, Media Mill, Microsoft Word, Moodle, MyU, NetFiles, notes, Office 2007, paper art, pdf creator, photo mess, picture collage, PowerPoint 2007, presentation, Presenter, Productivity, RefWorks, resource list, SafeAssign, Skype, software list, speech, storage, Turning Point, UMCal, UmConnect, UMN Software, UmSurvey, UThink, UTools, video cameras, VideoANT, visual art, WebDav, WebVista, Wii Remote, Wiki, Wimba, Windows Movie Maker, Word, XPS, YouTube,, zotero

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Giving Feedback on Resources

The resources listed in cedar@umn may become out-dated or unusable. Users may also identify duplicate entries in the repository. University of Minnesota users have the opportunity to report a broken link or duplicate record to the cedar@umn team. To give feedback on a specific resource click the "Give feedback" link and the "Give feedback on this resource" section will become visible for comment entry.

Example - An Example Entry Title

| Give feedback

You can then sign in using your Internet ID (X500) and use the text area that appears to write a comment about the listing. "The link is broken" or "This document only covers an out of date version of Moodle," provide the cedar@umn team with sufficient information.

Give feedback on this resource.

Note: This is an example report form only. It will not generate an email.

Click the Submit button, and the message will be sent to the IT Fellow responsible for the listing and it will be removed or updated. This is a community-based resource, so the listings are not systematically reviewed or purged. We are counting on the user community to let us know when these listings become obsolete or unhelpful.

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Subscribing to a Feed

One very useful part of the cedar@umn repository is your ability to "subscribe." Subscribing means that you are either embedding, bookmarking, or using a feed reader to view the most recent entries on cedar@umn using its Web Feed (Wikipedia)

cedar@umn syndication uses the Atom format that is readable by many to most readers, aggregators, and off-the-shelf feed parsers. If you don't have a feed reader, you can always just bookmark the address of the feed and view it in your browser window (although, that is not what it is intended for). Another option is to subscribe to the feed using Google reader.

The most powerful part of the cedar@umn 's feed is that in addition to subscribing to all entries, you can also subscribe to entries that conform to a particular functionsearch or technology tool. Once you have performed a search an additional feed link will be available in the Subscribe section of the sidebar.

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Upcoming Technology Events

This sidebar module is a feed of the most recent academic technology related events and training available at the UMN-TC campus. This listing is provided by the Academic Technologies Events Calendar.

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