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infotech.NEWS February 2016

What's happening in Ed Tech? A free external virtual conference is being offered. Canvas network courses are available. Turning Point 5 has reached End of Sales Life. And the UMN Wiki is being retired.

Logo: Ed TechTransforming the Teaching and Learning Environment Virtual Conference

The University of Minnesota has purchased an institutional license (available to all campuses) for the Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment Virtual Conference sponsored by Penn State. The conference features more than 60 hour-long sessions available live and recorded for viewing at your convenience.  Conference dates are February 15-26.  Information on the conference schedule and sessions is available.

To attend, select "Join Session" in the "link" column that is prior to the session title. Note: all times listed are Eastern Standard Time.

The conference will use Blackboard Collaborate to deliver the sessions. Instructions for using Collaborate are available on the conference website.

Canvas Network Courses

The Canvas Network offers free online courses and classes from colleges, universities and organizations worldwide. A number of courses covering educational technology topics begin in February and March. Titles include:

  • Learning to Learn Online (option for certificate)
  • Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners
  • Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators
  • Becoming a Blended Learning Designer

Check out the full Canvas Network Course Catalog.

Turning Point 5 End of Sales Life

Turning Technologies recently announced that Turning Point 5 reached its end of sales life on January 31, 2016. This means Turning Point 5 polling  software is no longer available for download and support is limited. Turning Point has been a supported SRS/clicker software at UMD. The Student Response System (SRS) Review Project Team is exploring products from Turning Technologies and other SRS vendors for a SRS solution. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming open demonstration sessions.

UMN Wiki is Being Retired

The University's Collaboration & Web Content Services team has announced a June 30, 2016 date for the retirement of the UMWiki service. Learn more about this service retirement.

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