November 7, 2009

WORLD USABILITY DAY- November 12, 2009

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Digital Technology Center is sponsoring a free program of events on Thursday, November 12, for World Usability Day. The purpose of the program is to promote awareness of the benefits of usability engineering and user-centered design.

You are invited to join us for a program including speakers on usability topics, a participatory activity dealing with recycling, and an Open House at the Usability Services Laboratory.

• All students, staff, faculty, and the general public are invited
• Events will take place in Coffman Union (303BC) and Walter Library on the East
Bank of the Twin Cities campus.
• All events are free of charge and no registration is necessary.

We hope you can join us for these great events!

October 10, 2009

Now Available: Course Management System Recommendations and Roadmap

The Future Use of Course Management Systems workgroup extends thanks to all who participated in our survey. Please review the recommendations and roadmap and supporting documents that are the result of this investigation.

October 2, 2009

UMN University System Status is an iPhone App

Mobile System Status for iPhone and iPod Touch allows you to stay up to date with the current status of University Systems via in a fast, easy to read application right on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Download the App here:

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Planned IT Outage- Saturday, October 24th

Dear Colleagues,

I write to provide an update regarding the planned IT outage on Saturday October 24, 2009. In an earlier email (Sept. 16), I asked that you please plan for this outage given that many applications may not be available. Again, this planned IT outage is imperative so that we can increase the amount of utility and emergency power to the University’s data center. The specifics are as follows:
• This IT outage will begin at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday October 24.
• All applications supported by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) are expected to be restored to service by noon on October 25.
OIT has been moving a subset of applications to alternate servers so that they might still be available on October 24. The full list of applications and their status (availability on Oct. 24) can be found at this web site:

The most used applications listed there include the following:
• E-mail: Partial Outage (1/3 of users will not have access to email during the outage.)
• WebVista: Reduced Capacity
• Moodle: Reduced Capacity
• MyU Portal: Reduced Capacity
• Netfiles: Reduced Capacity
• OneStop Self-Service Web Applications: Down
Reduced Capacity means that the service will function normally, as long as it is not being used by too many users at the same time. Once usage surpasses what OIT’s reduced servers can handle, some users may no longer be able to use the service. Thus, as a faculty member, I would not plan to use a Reduced Capacity application if at all possible on Saturday October 24.

I will send additional updates as information becomes available, and messages will be sent to students beginning later this week.

Thank you for adjusting your teaching/research schedules to account for this IT outage. As always, please feel free to send any questions.

In partnership,
Ann Hill Duin
Associate VP / Associate CIO
Professor, Writing Studies

COST Survey Tool being decommissioned- Nov. 1st, 2009

Hello Survey Creators,

The University has recently launched a new survey tool, UM Survey ( In addition, CEHD has been currently maintaining two survey tools: the old CEHD Online Survey Tool (COST) ( and the new CEHD Survey Tool (    With the launch of UM Survey, it has been determined that the College should no longer maintain two survey tools. Therefore, the old CEHD Online Survey Tool (COST) will be phased out over the next couple of months. You have been identified as having a survey creation account on the old CEHD Online Survey Tool (COST).

Effective immediately, no new survey creation accounts will be created in the old CEHD Online Survey Tool (COST).

Effective October 1, 2009, no new surveys can be created in the old CEHD Online Survey Tool (COST).

Effective November 1, 2009, the old CEHD Online Survey Tool (COST) will be shutdown. Please export any data out of the system that you need by this date. (See COST export instructions below.)

Again, two other survey tools will continue to be available for your continued use: the University’s recently launched UMSurvey ( and the new CEHD Survey Tool ( The new CEHD Survey Tool was developed to compensate for some shortcomings in the COST system such as simultaneous survey completion in a lab or classroom setting, and viewing matrix question results in SPSS.

Questions or concerns regarding the COST decommission should be sent to

COST Export Instructions

Click on Analyze to the right of your survey title. Click the Export Data button at the top right of the Survey Results page.

The "Export Data" page enables a user to export the responses to a survey. The data is exported as a comma-delimited file (CSV), which can be opened with Excel.

There are three formats for exporting the data format. The first format, called "User Responses," exports one row of data per entire response, with each of the questions displayed as a column. The second format, called "Individual Responses," exports each individual response on its own row. In this second format, if a user selected more than one response for a multi-select question, each individual response appears on its own row. The third format, called “SPPS Format”, exports each response as a row, with one column per possible answer to each question.

In addition, the "Export Data" page contains a series of optional fields, each preceded by a checkbox. Any field that is selected before exporting the data is included as a column of data in the CSV file.

September 2, 2009

Feedback on Course Management Systems Requested!!- Share your opinions

David Ernst, Academic and Information Technology Director for CEHD sent out this email last week to the academic community requesting feedback on course management systems at the U. I know many faculty have had experiences with both systems (WebVista and Moodle) and have opinions- positive and negative- that would be helpful to the university as they evaluate these systems and make recommendations for future systems. Please view the email below with links to more information and a survey to provide your own feedback!

Original Message Sent Via Email 8/26/09

CEHD Community,

The University's Office of Information Technology is in the process of collecting feedback on the use of course management systems (e.g., WebVista, Moodle) in order to help guide decisions about the future of course management systems at the University of Minnesota. Please see below for OIT's invitation to learn and give feedback about course management system usage:



The Office of Information Technology has created a survey and

information site as part of a broader effort to engage University of

Minnesota students, faculty, and staff in an exploration of our future

use of Course Management Systems (CMS).

This site brings together information about current CMS use and

compares features between WebVista and Moodle. We hope this data will

help facilitate a system-wide dialogue about future CMS options.

After reviewing the CMS information site, found at:

we invite you to discuss this topic with your colleagues, and then

share your thoughts about future CMS use by completing a short survey

that can be accessed from the CMS Information site, or by going

directly to the survey at:

Using technology to plan ahead for absent students and faculty

I hope everyone has received the email from the Provost talking about planning around absentees around the H1N1 flu virus. I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the section discussing planning for student absenteeism and how technology can assist students, TAs or faculty absent for an extended period of time from class.


Here is the original link sent by the Provost:

I would like to emphasize the sections on Planning Early as well as Technology Integration (also, please plan early if you decide to utilize the technology options).

In addition to utilizing your online WebVista and Moodle course sites for uploading and linking to notes, articles and PPTs., you might also think about considering UMConnect, Google Apps and Skype for setting up online, real time communication for students (you can also do some of these things inside Webvista and Moodle). You can find more information about these applications here ( and I will try to upload any help documents and links that I come across to inform you. Please send me an email if there are options that are appealing to you. In addition, we can also create online forums for students to share information with each other in the form of taking notes for absent students and posting online.

If any of the above options interest you let me know and we can get working on it should the need arrive. I will need a minimum of 3 days notice (not including Sunday) to setup any of these options so please try to anticipate and plan early if possible. Your patience and flexibility is always appreciated.

Should you be absent from the university and need to meet with me during my office hours. I have a UMConnect Room that will be open when I am at my desk (view office hours):

I'm also available via the following online chat options

Jabber: (what is Jabber?)

Skype: available to faculty, staff and TAs by email request (what is Skype?- a Voice over Internet Protocol-VOIP software allowing you to chat through text, audio and video, share files and communicate with others from your computer and/or iPhone. You can also make cheap calls to landline and cell phones locally and abroad very easily)

August 24, 2009

EdPsy IT Fellow Announcements- Aug 24, 2009

Hello EdPsych faculty, staff and TAs,

I hope everyone made it through the last few days of rain. I wanted to check in with some updates and announcements to get ready for the upcoming Fall semester starting in just over two weeks (I cannot believe summer is almost over!!). There's a lot going on so please excuse the length.

1) Online Course Requests Deadline is Friday, August 28th to guarantee your site is ready for the start of the semester. Please get those in either through me or by filling out the information yourself on WebVista's homepage. If you haven't requested a site or filled out the Google form- You do not have a course. Please request it today if you need one.
2) I will be in the office next Mon-Wed and then I am out of town visiting the great state of Missouri Aug. 27-Sept 1st. Please plan accordingly with any questions that might need face to face assistance (I'll be available via email and on campus support will be arranged if needed). View my office hours:

3) The Fall 2009 UTTC Course Schedule is up and ready for registration. See what's available and feel free to inquire with me about particular areas of interest to you if you're looking for suggestions. And it's all FREE!

4) This summer I completed a project that I think everyone will find helpful when planning and implementing technology into your work. Check out the NEW EdPsy IT Fellow Website for information and links to just about everything you'll need for using technology in your courses.
Powered by Google Sites, a product soon to be supported by the University, you'll find links to the blog to get constant updates such as this email. You'll find all my contact information including my office hours and a calendar of events. You'll find information on all the technologies available to you on campus including an ongoing list of definitions and descriptions of technology words, tools and concepts. The site request form is embedded in the site and will be updated for each semester. And the best part, no login required! It's always open so feel free to book mark it and check out what's new anytime. Check it out today: is an ongoing project with many updates to follow- any and all feedback is always appreciated!

August 3, 2009

IT Fellow Aug 2009 Announcements: Availablity, Course Requests, Training

I have a few announcements for the month of August regarding my availability, Fall 2009 Course Requests and information on technology training opportunities coming up in August/Early September.

1) My availability over the next two weeks is quite sporadic. I will be available via email today, Aug 3rd and tomorrow, Aug 4th but then I am out of town at a conference Aug 5th-9th and won't be checking my email much. If you need any assistance during this time, please send me an email ( and either myself or another IT Fellow member in CEHD will get back to you to assist with your particular issue. Next week, Aug 10th-Aug 14th, I am in IT Fellow workshop training each morning/early afternoon so I will have email access but no in-office hours due to meetings. If you need face to face assistance please send me an email and it can be arranged in the afternoon hours.

I will see if I can figure out a better way to communicate my availability for the remainder of the summer and the school year if possible as I too prepare for the Fall semester. But you can almost always reach me via email during the week and I'm never too far from the building to pop over for face to face assistance.

2) There have been lots of course requests so far from faculty getting prepared for the upcoming semester. If you have yet to request your Fall 2009 courses you should consider getting those requests in to make sure you have plenty of time to set them up before the Fall semester starts. You can find information on setting up your Fall 2009 courses here:

3) Interested in learning more about some of the technology available to you at the U during August? Check out some of the training options at the University Technology Training Center:
Here are couple that might be of interest to those new to course management systems- you can register on the website.
Fri, Aug 7th: WebVista 4: Creating Basic Course Web Sites (seats still available for registration)
Tues, Sept 1: Moodle 1.9: Creating Basic Course Web Sites
*Stay tuned for new courses available on many topics for the Fall 2009 semester.

As always don't hesitate to drop me an email if you have questions, need assistance, or not sure where to direct your technology related question. Even if I can't help I'll try to put you into contact with someone who can. And, this email along with other IT Fellow communication is available on the EdPsy IT Fellow Blog 24/7:

Have a great Monday everyone!


July 20, 2009

Purging of Moodle Course Sites 2 years old

Dear Moodle instructor/designer,

In accordance with our retention policy, archived sites are retained for 2 years and then purged from the system.

On Friday, July 31, 2009, sites from the archival instances listed below (and only those!) will be permanently removed.

* Summer 2006 -
* Fall 2006 -
* Spring 2007 -

If you wish to retain the course site for your own records so it can be restored later if needed, please back up your data locally by following the instructions here: If there are special circumstances and you need to retain access to your site, please send email to and include the site title, full URL, and reason for retaining your site.

For additional information about Moodle archiving and policies, please see:

Moodle Support Team

May 12, 2009

Invitation to TurningPoint Lunch and Learn-May 21st

If you're interested in TurningPoint (i.e. clickers) this could be an interesting event for you happening next Thursday (lunch provided). I just put in my RSVP to go check it out so I'll be there. Deadline for registration is May 19th!
University of Minnesota faculty, teaching staff, and technical coordinators are invited to attend a TurningPoint vendor lunch and learn presented by Turning Technologies and hosted by the Office of Information Technology (OIT). The presentation will focus on the benefits of using a student response system in the classroom, how other universities are using clickers, and the features of TurningPoint software.

The TurningPoint vendor lunch and learn will be held in Nicholson Hall 135 from 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on May 21. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend, please register online at by May 19. Registration is easy. On the right side of screen, click the "Enroll" button and follow the registration steps. Once you submit your registration, you will receive an e-mail confirming your enrollment.

*TurningPoint Details *
TurningPoint transforms a standard PowerPoint presentation into an interactive learning system that engages students in active participation. With TurningPoint technology, you can display questions, surveys, opinion polls, and games that allow every student in the class to select a response via wireless ("clickers") or ResponseWare and transmit the data immediately to the presentation. For more information on Turning Technologies, please visit

May 7, 2009

Request Summer and Fall 2009 WebVista or Moodle Courses

It’s that time of the year again. For those teaching classes this Summer 2009 or Fall 2009, now is a GREAT time to start thinking about getting your online courses requested (WebVista or Moodle) so they are ready when you decide to set them up for students with materials. To request your courses you can request them through me, the EdPsych IT Fellow using this form:

Or, if you would like to request the courses yourself you may request them directly through WebVista or Moodle using the following links
WebVista online course requests:
Moodle online course requests:

If you choose to request the site yourself, please remember to include me as a designer so I can more easily assist you with your course should problems arise:

To fill out any of these forms you will need the following:
Name of course
Course designator (i.e. EPSY)
Section number
Your UMN x500
Information about TAs- this can be added later if you aren’t sure right now

**If you are requesting to copy a course site you will need the course name, course designator (i.e. EPSY) and section number of the course you want to COPY as well as the above information from the upcoming course.

Please refer to the online course schedule if you do not have this information available

Please let me know if anyone has any questions about course requests or anything else course related. Also, please note that I will be out of town Thursday, May 14-Wed may 20. I will have access to email only during the week days during this time though I will be checking it once or twice a day- if you need face to face assistance I can arrange that with another IT Fellow who will be on campus. Please plan accordingly.

I hope the end of the semester winds down nicely for everyone.


February 27, 2009

Academic Technology Events For the week of March 2nd-March 6th, 2009

Tuesday, March 3rd:
CEHD Academic Technology Services Open House
9am-12pm in 320, 325 and 330 Education Sciences Building
Join Interim Dean Quam and the Academic Technology Services staff for refreshments and some great conversation! Participating CEHD instructors will showcase their technology enhanced learning projects that are in development this year! Academic Technology Services staff will be on hand to answer your questions about the coming year's project proposal process. RSVP NOW!

Wednesday, March 4th:
Copyright in the Age of YouTube
12:00-1:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library
Emerging technologies can create confusion about the use and creation of copyrighted materials in education and research. Panelists from different disciplines will offer insight and clarification on the intersection of copyright, technology, and university life.

Thursday, March 5th:
Digital Video Workshop for CEHD faculty, staff, students
3:30-5:30pm, 355 Peik Hall
RSVP Required!
We have decided to offer a 2-hour introductory workshop, led by Pete McCauley, on video production tools that are available to the academic community here in CEHD.
The primary focus of this workshop will be editing and sharing your videos; i.e. using iMovie and adding your video to a blog / website / Moodle page.

February 15, 2009

CEHD ATS Technology Projects

What are the CEHD Academic Technology Services Projects?
- Academic Technology Services (ATS) invites instructors in the College of Education and Human Development to submit proposals for teaching & learning multimedia and web development projects. Successful projects will receive multimedia, web, and/or instructional design development support to assist in project development. Please inquire for more information and see examples from past projects here:
*You should know that last year, Educational Psychology had about 11 projects proposed and the majority of them were approved so if you have an idea for something, let’s talk about it and make sure you get it proposed.

Project Ideas:
Application Form:

Come to the Project Showcase to view completed projects from the 2008-2009 year on Tuesday, March 3rd from 9am-12pm on the 3rd floor of the Education Sceinces Building

Read more about the ATS Projects and email Angela, the EdPsy IT Fellow if you have questions:

December 10, 2008

Spring '09 Course Requests and Winter Break Schedule

Hi Ed Psych Faculty, Staff and TA’s,

Are you teaching classes during Spring 2009? Will you be using an online course (WebVista or Moodle) to support your class with posted articles or other files, discussion rooms, or other online resources? It’s time to request your courses. You can get these courses setup one of two ways:

1) Fill out this form and I’ll request them for you:

2) Request them directly through the respective sites:

**Sites need to be requested by January 9th to guarantee first day of class availability

Also, I have setup an online calendar for my schedule of availability and office hours over the end of the semester as well as winter break availability. You can view it here:
I will update with any changes and utilize this schedule throughout next semester to note my office hours and events (I will email you about large changes). Please note the days I will be out of town and how I can be reached and plan accordingly.

Let me know if anyone has any questions! This information will also be posted on the blog so you can always find it.



November 24, 2008

EdPsy IT Fellow Nov 24th-30th schedule

Hi everyone,

Thanks for being patient as I catch up from being out sick and rearranging things on you. If you are still needing assistance from things requested in the past couple of weeks that I haven't followed up on PLEASE email me and I'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

To keep you updated on my availability during the holiday days this week, here is my schedule this week:
Monday 11/24 (today): available via email- expect responses after 6pm at the earliest due to class obligations
Tuesday 11/25: available in my office hours from 8:30-11:30am (this was supposed to be a clicker workshop but everyone who has given interested help seems to be taken care of- if you still need/want assistance please let me know)
Wednesday 11/26; available via email only as I'll be traveling
Thursday, Friday 11/27-11/28: no availability- enjoying the holiday with the family
Saturday, Sunday 11/29-11/30: email only availability

During email availability times you are all welcome to contact me via IM message as well at
- instructions on using this system can be found here:
- I'm still looking for the best ways to stay available online so any suggestions are always welcome.

Look for an email by the end of this week with updates on Spring '09 semester course requests, my winter break availability and other details to finish out the semester. I'll post this info to the blog as well for those interested.

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


October 4, 2008

October 2008 Events and Workshops at the U!

Hello and Happy October. Here are some upcoming events going on in and around the university related to technology, education, research, and other emerging technologies.

First, don't forget to register for the training sessions on the student response system (clickers) happening next week on Wednesday, October 8th
Turning Point Basics: 10/8 @ 9am OR 1pm
Turning Point Advanced: 10/8 @ 10:30am
This month's workshops through the library include the following to help you learn more about Google:
Extreme Googling: Tips and Tricks for Expert Searching (REGISTRATION OPEN)
Date/Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Mon October 6, 2008
Details | Registration Page.
An interesting workshop is available through the center for writing
technology enhanced learning: is google making us stoopid? and other burning questions
Friday, October 10
9:00–10:30 am
12 Nicholson Hall (East Bank)

The first in the Engaging Controversies series, this discussion will bring us together to consider how the architectures of online technologies influence our learning and thinking. One or two short articles will be distributed to participants in advance to frame the conversation. Stout coffee provided.
Also the Fall 2008 TEL series through the DMC starts on the 15th with U of M Learning Spaces: Physical, Virtual, and Mobile
October 15, 2008, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
105 Cargill Building (St. Paul)
Experience the use of innovative, flexible, mobile learning devices designed for today’s students. Faculty, staff, and student panelists will demonstrate teaching and learning opportunities and the associated challenges as they implement innovative learning spaces and conduct new forms of scholarship.

August 7, 2008

Request Fall 2008 Sites Before August 22

New Guaranteed Fall 2008 Site Request Deadline

We do not guarantee that sites requested after August 22, 2008 will be created in time for the first day of classes. Sites will be created on a first-come, first-served basis. After August 22, turnaround times may be longer than two days. Fill out the Site Request Form for each site you will need.

The following may cause delays in creating your site:

* incorrect information, including instructor listing, in the class schedule (make sure your department has updated the registration system with the correct information for your class); and
* requests to copy sites without owner permission (if you are not an owner of a site you wish to copy, an owner must e-mail permission to before we can copy the site).

To request a site send an email to or request your site through