Educational Technology Workshop

Educational Technology Workshop

The Educational Technology Workshop (ETW) is a six-week certificate program that explores Web 2.0 tools and pedagogies. We’ll explore methods for researching, sharing, collaborating, annotating, and establishing social presence using blogs, wikis, reference managers, podcasts, annotation tools, and more.  A partnership between the Office of Information Technology and the University Libraries, the ETW will blend instructor presentations with collaborative problem solving.  The ETW is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students on all University of Minnesota campuses.

The advent of a rapidly expanding set of Web 2.0 tools challenges us to understand each new application’s potential for enhancing learning and research.  Many of these tools are designed for interactions in a group setting, so the ETW presents us with an opportunity to explore them together. Participants will have a chance to interact with the tools in a group setting and discuss what opportunities and challenges each presents.

In spring 2011 the ETW will meet each Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon over six weeks, February 2 – March 9. We ask that if you enroll in the workshop, you participate in all sessions. You can attend in person at 210 Walter Library, or by a virtual connection from a remote location, including coordinate campuses. (The number of virtual participation “seats” is limited, and first consideration will go to those from coordinate campuses.)  We recommend that people on the Minneapolis campus participate in person. Most of the work will occur during the workshop, though participants will be encouraged to continue their explorations between sessions. Note that those participating virtually are also asked to participate in an approximately half-hour preparation session on January 26. More details will be provided when registration is complete.


     to experience a suite of centrally-supported and freely-available cloud-based tools that can support teaching and learning

     to develop a flexible method for exploring and evaluating the utility of new technologies to enhance teaching and learning environments and become aware of University policy issues and support structures

     to master an effective process for designing technology-rich learning activities that includes planning, engagement, and evaluation.

Please join us this semester. Register by January 24 at

Tentative Schedule

1/26 (Virtual Participants Only)

Online orientation












Establishing Social Presence

For more information, call Paul at 612-625-3590 or email

Request Spring 2011 Online Course Sites Now!

This announcement is intended for all Spring 2011 Instructors:
(Email Sent Nov. 11th, 2010)

Are you planning on using an online course site for your Spring 2011 course?
If yes, you should create your online Moodle or WebVista site TODAY to get a head of the rush and start on getting your materials uploaded and for next semester. Don't leave this until winter break if you don't need to.

Request a WebVista course site:

**Please note that EVERY semester you must create a new Moodle or WebVista site for your course even if you have had a course in the past. For online sites you want COPIED into your Spring 2011 offering please remember to list the course name, section, semester and year. For Moodle sites you want to copy from previous semesters, you MUST include the course link from the site you want copied in the comments box. Please let me know if anyone has any questions about this.

Currently using WebVista?
Please consider creating a Moodle Development Site for your Spring or Fall courses in addition to a WebVista site to prepare for the Fall 2012 WebVista transition. In Fall 2010 Moodle will be the ONLY online course option so now is the PERFECT time to begin learning this new system if you aren't yet familiar with the different features and functionality.

Read more about Moodle Development Sites:
Get training on the Moodle platform from the UTTC (Spring 2011 training dates coming soon!)

Need assistance currently with any instructional technology support?
As always, let me know if anyone has any questions! I'm available via email ( throughout the week and for face to face consultation Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Fall 2010 semester.

Stay up to date on instructional technology related news an announcements!
Visit the EdPsy IT Fellow blog:

- Angela

"UThink: Blogging and Beyond," a presentation highlighting multiple features of UThink Blogs, a service for the University community, is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, in 402 Walter Library.

UThink, a service offered by the University Libraries with support from the Office of Information Technology (OIT), is intended to aid in teaching and learning, scholarly communication, and individual expression, and provide support for personal, curricular, and scholarly communications conducted by the University community. The service is available to any current faculty, student, or staff member of the Twin Cities campus.

The event will focus on the various uses for UThink, including blogging and less well-known, unique uses the service can provide in an academic setting. Presentations by UThink site creators from the College of Education and Human Development, School of Public Health and the Humphrey Institute are planned. Attendees also will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel. Refreshments will be served.
Those interested in attending the event should R.S.V.P. via The event also will be available via UMConnect at

For more information about UThink, visit

Dear colleagues,

Blackboard, the company that owns WebVista, will discontinue support for WebVista beginning January of 2013. Faculty will need to stop using WebVista by August 2012 and move their courses to a supported course management system. The University supports a second course management system called Moodle. One of the questions we needed to address was whether we needed to implement a new course management system to replace WebVista, or if Moodle could serve as the sole course management system for the University of Minnesota.

In phase one of our effort, vice president and CIO Steve Cawley charged a technical working group to explore, analyze, and recommend a strategy for the future use of Course Management Systems (CMS) at the University. A thorough investigation was conducted by the workgroup that included representatives from CEHD, CLA, CSOM, Office of the Vice Provost for Distributed Education and Instructional Technology, Office of Information Technology (OIT), and UMD. This group did not recommend replacing WebVista with a new CMS system. This group recommended Moodle as the sole CMS. Based on this recommendation and increased use of Moodle, OIT has begun to increase the capacity of Moodle servers, and is working to re-architect the technical infrastructure that works with Moodle.

Students indicate a strong preference for one system. Additional assessments indicate that it is cost prohibitive over the longer term to run two CMS systems. OIT is committed to continuing its funding level and support of Moodle long term as Moodle use is rapidly increasing at the University while WebVista use is declining.

The Moodle CMS is open source, meaning its development and production is "open" and available. It has a large and diverse user community with CMS sites being used in 212 countries and territories worldwide. The University of Minnesota is one of the largest higher education users of Moodle in the U.S.  

The University Libraries has advocated for a transition to Moodle due to its open architecture, community development model, and potential for service integrations. The Office of the Vice Provost for Distributed Education and Instructional Technology and the Office for Education, AHC (and the AHC Learning Commons) support the transition to Moodle as the sole CMS. Recently, Senate Committee on Information Technology (SCIT) members noted that this transition will help advance the goals for an integrated, centrally supported learning platform, facilitating the broader Digital Campus vision. Some SCIT members also expressed concern about the cost of transition and support for Faculty.

In phase two of our effort (beginning June 2010), OIT will establish an academic working group and work closely with faculty, administrators, IT directors, and instructional technology staff throughout the University system as we proceed. This working group includes faculty members from SCIT. OIT will work in partnership with collegiate units in terms of sharing the costs and efforts to complete this migration. OIT will provide central support services, associated training, and research into identifying and implementing migration tools as needed.

As additional information becomes available, it will continue to be posted on the CMS website and on the MyU portal. In addition, an FAQ on the CMS process is available. Ongoing updates will be presented at the Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC), University Technology Enhanced Learning Leaders (UTELL), SCIT, and IT Directors meetings.  

If you have any questions, please e-mail Thank you for your input and help as we embark on this two-year transition.

Steve Cawley
Vice President and CIO
Office of Information Technology

Ann Hill Duin
Associate Vice President and Associate CIO
Office of Information Technology, and
Professor of Writing Studies, College of Liberal Arts


The University has entered into an agreement with Google to provide email and calendar services for all faculty, staff, and students.  Google’s web-based email and calendar will replace UMCal  (Oracle Calendar) and your current mail software (Thunderbird, Outlook, or GopherMail).  The entire University will be making this move, transitioning one college at a time throughout this summer. The University has scheduled CEHD to move during the week of June 28 – July 2.

What does this mean for you?

If you use UMCal frequently:  Your Technical Coordinator, or someone assisting him/her, will need to meet with you sometime during the transition week of June 28-July 2.  The Technical Coordinator will help you move your email and calendar from the University’s system to Google’s systems.  They will also provide you with some assistance and references to help you use the new system.

During the June 28-July 2 transition week, and possibly for an additional week, users will need to create and monitor meetings in both UMCal and in Google calendar. We realize that this requirement will cause inconvenience, but we hope to keep this time of dual scheduling as short as possible.

After July 9, we will no longer use UMCal and all scheduling will be done only in Google calendar.

If you do not use UMCal very often:  Your technical coordinator can help you move to Google at any time after June 28.  If you prefer, you can make the transition yourself with documentation available on-line or from your technical coordinator.

Answers to frequently asked questions and additional information can be found at If you have questions or concerns, please contact your Technical Coordinator.

CEHD Academic and Information Technology (AIT) will be communicating with you regularly as we approach this transition. We understand that this will be a major change for many of you. AIT will work with you to make the transition as easy as possible.

Thank you, Jean

*Learning in an Open-Access World*

Join colleagues from across the country in exploring how open access is transforming learning in higher education. Apple and invite you to AcademiX 2010 for a look at open access, the new teaching methods that are evolving with it, and the Apple technologies that help make it all simple. Six 20-minute talks will expose you to successful approaches, and jump-start a provocative conversation between participants and presenters.

You’ll see how leading educators are finding it easy to produce, distribute, and access academic content using Apple products and open standards. You’ll also learn how students are using Apple tools outside of the traditional lecture environment for research, collaboration, and problem solving.

**One Event, Multiple Ways to Participate**
The presentations will take place simultaneously at MIT and Northwestern University, with audiences at more than a dozen other campuses joining in a live video conference, including a live video feed right here at University of Minnesota. An open microphone will be available at each campus so the presenters and audiences can hear your questions or ideas. Learn more and register to reserve your seat at

Friday, May 14, 2010
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1:30 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. Locally moderated discussion

**Lunch will be served**

1-105 Hanson Hall
1925 4th Street S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

*Adobe Creative Suite 5 Overview*

Presentation by: Kirk Am Rhein, territory account manager and Tom Petrillo, systems engineer

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
10:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
**Lunch Provided**
Room 324, Coffman Memorial Union
Twin Cities/East Bank
Free and Open to the Public

OIT welcomes you to attend an Adobe Create Suite Overview presentation; lunch will be provided. Topics will include:

  * Adobe in higher education
  * CS5 Features
  * CS5 Online services
* CS5 Demonstration (PhotoShop CS5, Indesign/Flash Catalyst CS5, and eLearning sutie - Captivate CS5)

April 29 NACUA Web Seminar: The Use of Social Media By Students and Employees

Request Summer and Fall 2010 Courses Now!

Are you teaching a summer or fall 2010 course in Educational Psychology? Now is the time to get your WebVista or Moodle course requested.


As always, let me know if anyone has any questions.

CEHD 2010 Summer Treks Program

Are you interested in GETTING PAID to develop your instructional technology skills? You're in luck, this summer, Academic Technology Services (ATS) is initiating a new incentive program in CEHD allowing instructional staff just like you to develop your technology skills, create new projects, and learn about ways for implementing technology into your instruction. This is a great opportunity to either get started with technology in the Explore Trek -OR- if you're already comfortable with technology in your courses, increase those skills with further develop as part of our Transform Trek.

Over the next couple of days you all will be receiving a personalized invitation to apply for this program in your mailboxes in Education Sciences as well as additional information via email from ATS. You can also read about this program online including the following information:
  • What is CEHD Treks?
  • When does it take place this summer?
  • What is the incentive/How much can I earn?
  • When and how can I apply?And tons more!
Space will be limited and applications will be subject to review before selecting participants. The Deadline is April 15th so don't hesitate and go read more about CEHD Treks:

If anyone has ANY questions please don't hesitate to contact me via email or we can talk face to face.

I hope Educational Psychology Instructors will be represented in the first CEHD Treks summer program!