End-of-Semester In-House Moodle Help

Need help with your Moodle Gradebook?  Or need other Moodle support to help wrap up the semester?  The CLA-OIT team will visit various buildings during the last week of classes (5/4 - 5/8) to help with your end-of-semester Moodle needs.  

Come find us at a location near you:


Monday, May 4th - Social Sciences Rm 710

Tuesday, May 5th - Folwell Hall Rm 420

Wednesday, May 6th - Heller Hall Rm 460

Thursday, May 7th- Scott Hall Rm 103

Friday, May 8th - Ford Hall Rm 155


No appointment necessary. Just stop by anytime between 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. each day!
During the week of 4/27, the following buildings will have a printer outage of several hours as technicians secure ports to better protect data.

The confirmed buildings are:

  • Andersen Library

  • Anderson Hall

  • Blegen

  • Jones

  • STSS

The specific day and time of outages will be shared directly with affected units. The goal is for no printer to be down for more than four hours.

UMN's 1-Help and CLA's relationship managers will assist those with any questions.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep data safe.

Unconference: Technology in the Liberal Arts

Thursday, June 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
STSS Building

Explore new ideas in technology, teaching, and research in the liberal arts. Share your questions and conundrums, projects, and knowledge. Learn some new skills. Work with others on a project. The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team, CLA-OIT, invites you to join us at teh Unconference on Thursday, June 4.

An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture, what a party at your house is to a church wedding, what a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee is to an NBA game, what a jazz band is to a symphony orchestra: it's informal and participatory.

This Unconference brings together faculty, staff and graduate students from CLA to learn from each other in a highly participatory and collaborative fashion. Participants create the agenda, and lead or participate in sessions. Technical expertise is not required: if you can pose a question or identify a topic to explore, you can lead a session. There is no registration fee, but registration is required. There is a limit of 50 participants. Lunch and some snacks will be served.

If you're interested in participating, please do the following:

1) Register by completing this form.
2) Join the Google Community, where participants will propose sessions.
3) Learn about Unconferences and how to propose sessions.
4) Propose sessions and keep up to date through the Google Community.

If you have any questions, contact Cristina Lopez, clopez@umn.edu


CLA Upgrade Event is Tomorrow (4/9)

As you finish training in preparation for the Upgrade, please remember to join us at tomorrow's CLA Upgrade event from 9 -11 a.m. inAnderson Hall 110 (home of CLA-OIT). This event replaces April's CLA NOW meeting and will be a drop-in format open to staff who work in the affected areas. A light breakfast of bagels and fruit will be provided, so please RSVP.


The fair is designed to promote conversation where both college-level and department-level staff can engage in questions and answers, ideas for adapting to the changes, and highlighting further needs about:

- Appointment entry and intersections
- Faculty readiness
- IT
- My wallet
- Payroll and time and absence
- Recruiting solutions, position management
- Reporting
- Student: advising and student services, registration, enrollment
- Student: curriculum, class scheduling

This event is open to all CLA administrative staff in both department and college roles and anyone who works in PeopleSoft. Feel free to invite appropriate team members.

Get to know CLA-OIT: Ann Fandrey

Ann Fandrey_APPROVED.jpgName: Ann Fandrey

When did you start working at the U? January 2002

Current position? Educational Technologies Specialist

What brought you to your current job? Prior to applying to an instructional design position in CLA, I'd been working in the Medical School for 12 years. I wanted a different view of the University and some experience doing instructional design outside the context of a professional school.


What is your favorite aspect of your job? I love the intellectual challenge, curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm of the TEL team and other staff in CLA-OIT.

What excites you about working at the U/CLA-OIT? CLA-OIT is uniquely positioned to be a technology and innovation partner to the CLA; I can't wait to see what interesting and impactful initiatives we're working on a year from now!

What is your favorite accomplishment with CLA-OIT, so far? I really loved working on the pilot curriculum for the digital literacy badge initiative; TEL team designed 5 modules as part of a curriculum on digital presentation design. It was written for undergraduates, but we've heard that graduate TAs, staff and instructors are appreciating it too. It's free and open for enrollment--check it out!

What advice do you have for CLA-OIT constituents who are intimidated by technology? Rather than ask, "What new technology solutions should I be using?" we can ask, "What are the current problems that I have?" and then, "Is there a technology solution that can help?" Viewing technology as a tool rather than something that needs to constantly be kept up with can reframe it in a way that is perhaps less intimidating. And, technologies can be both digital and analog.


Is there a technology trend that you think constituents should embrace? What is it and how could it be used to make their work/person lives easier? My work tends toward finding ways to use current and time-tested tools in better, more strategic ways--even moreso than prematurely adopting the latest tools and newest apps. To that end, I love working with instructors on the redesign of instructional materials such as PowerPoint slides, and I'm totally back-to-basics when it comes to Moodle course sites. See the CLA's reMoodle project to learn more.


What is your favorite place on campus? Pedicord Apartments at the Weisman

Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? I was born in beautiful Red Wing, MN, and moved to Decorah, IA, to do my undergrad.


What do you do for fun? I like watching lectures on YouTube and doing makeovers of the slides. (Yes, I'm being serious.)


Motto or personal mantra: If you don't scale the mountain, you can't see the view.


Have you had a mentor while at the U and what did you learn from them? I've been lucky to have had not 1 but 3 mentors over the years. From the first, I learned that volunteering on a project is a great way to get valuable experience. From the second, I learned the importance of being pleasant and fun to work with. From the third, that the best team members are those who are willing to do whatever it takes to support a group's efforts and goals. I hope I can pay it forward on mentorship; my mentors have helped me become a better team member and a better person.

RSVP Request for April 9's CLA's Upgrade Fair

Just a reminder that the CLA Upgrade event is next week on Thursday, April 9 from 9 - 11 a.m. in Anderson Hall 110 (home of CLA-OIT). This event replaces the April's CLA NOW meeting and will be a drop-in format open to staff who work in the affected areas. A light breakfast will be provided, so please RSVP.


CLA advance team members and several departmental administrators are working together to determine the best CLA specific business practices and will be available for discussions regarding the following areas:

  • Appointment entry and intersections

  • Faculty readiness

  • IT

  • My wallet

  • Payroll and time and absence

  • Recruiting solutions, position management

  • Reporting

  • Student: advising and student services, registration, enrollment

  • Student: curriculum, class scheduling


For the fair to be a success, please ensure you have taken all applicable Upgrade trainings available for your position as general Upgrade questions will not be addressed during this event. All staff are encouraged to also attend the general Upgrade Fair on April 15 in Coffman for answer to questions not specific to CLA.

RSVP Request for April 9's CLA's Upgrade Fair

Just a reminder that the CLA Upgrade event is next week on Thursday, April 9 from 9 - 11 a.m. in Anderson Hall 110 (home of CLA-OIT). This event replaces the April's CLA NOW meeting and will be a drop-in format open to staff who work in the affected areas. A light breakfast will be provided, so please RSVP.


CLA advance team members and several departmental administrators are working together to determine the best CLA specific business practices and will be available for discussions regarding the following areas:

  • Appointment entry and intersections

  • Faculty readiness

  • IT

  • My wallet

  • Payroll and time and absence

  • Recruiting solutions, position management

  • Reporting

  • Student: advising and student services, registration, enrollment

  • Student: curriculum, class scheduling


For the fair to be a success, please ensure you have taken all applicable Upgrade trainings available for your position as general Upgrade questions will not be addressed during this event. All staff are encouraged to also attend the general Upgrade Fair on April 15 in Coffman for answer to questions not specific to CLA.

Moving forward with the printer security transition, we will now categorize buildings for the following week as "confirmed" or "tentative." This change gives technicians the appropriate time to address issues that arise while managing expectations of those affected by the transition.


During the week of 3/30, the following buildings will have a printer outage of several hours as technicians secure ports to better protect data.


The confirmed buildings are:

  • Jones

  • Regis (East and West)

  • Rarig

  • STSS


The tentative buildings are:

  • Andersen Library

  • Anderson Hall

  • Blegen


If technicians do not complete transitions for "tentative" buildings within the week, they will be rescheduled. The specific day and time of outages will be shared directly with affected units. The goal is for no printer to be down for more than four hours.

UMN's 1-Help and CLA's relationship managers will assist those with any questions.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep data safe.

The printer security transition is underway. During the week of 3/23, the following buildings will have a printer outage of several hours as technicians secure ports to better protect data.


The affected buildings are as follows:

  • Appleby

  • Barbara Barker Center for Dance

  • Jones

  • Nicholson

  • Rarig

  • Regis (East and West)

  • Ted Mann


The specific day and time of outage will be shared directly with affected units. The goal is for no printer to be down for more than four hours.

UMN's 1-Help and CLA's relationship managers will assist those with any questions.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep data safe.

CLA Upgrade Event Set for Thursday, April 9

The CLA Upgrade event is scheduled for Thursday, April 9 from 9 - 11 a.m. in Anderson Hall 110 (home of CLA-OIT). This event replaces the April's CLA NOW meeting and will be a drop-in format open to staff who work in the affected areas. A light breakfast will be provided, so please RSVP.


CLA advance team members and several departmental administrators are working together to determine the best CLA specific business practices and will be available for discussions regarding the following areas:

  • Appointment entry and intersections

  • Faculty readiness

  • IT

  • My wallet

  • Payroll and time and absence

  • Recruiting solutions, position management

  • Reporting

  • Student: advising and student services, registration, enrollment

  • Student: curriculum, class scheduling


For the fair to be a success, please ensure you have taken all applicable Upgrade trainings available for your position as general Upgrade questions will not be addressed during this event. All staff are encouraged to also attend the general Upgrade Fair on April 15 in Coffman for answer to questions not specific to CLA.

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