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infotech.NEWS February 2016

What's happening in Ed Tech? Tech jams, clicker demos, a coffee hour, archived online resources, help with finalizing upcoming online courses, and custom services.

Logo: Ed TechMarch 16 Google Drive Tech Jam

You know that you should be backing up your files. But how? And where? These days you don't just have a desktop computer, but you've got a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone as well. You work on campus, at home, and on the road. Is there a way to get your work done from all your different locations and on all your different devices?

Google Drive may be just the solution you've been searching for, but getting started can feel overwhelming. In this session we'll address the basics, including:

  • How to upload and store files of all kinds (including video files) on Google Drive
  • Sharing files for viewing and collaboration
  • Navigating and organizing Google Drive
  • File conversion options
  • Syncing files for offline use
  • Accessing Drive and editing documents from smartphones and tablets
  • Accessibility settings and considerations

The session is free and registration is not required. Get details on this session and the rest of the Spring 2016 Tech Jam sessions and other offerings on the ITSS Workshop web page.

Student Response System (Classroom Clickers) Demo Sessions

As part of UMD's competitive bid review of student response systems (SRS), also known as classroom clickers, the project team is hosting demo sessions from selected SRS vendors over the next several weeks. Demo sessions are open to faculty, staff and students, registration is not required and feedback will be solicited.

  • Turning Technologies: Thursday, March 17 at 9 a.m. and Noon in Kirby Plaza 175
  • iClicker: Tuesday, March 21 (session times to be announced, see your email or the events calendar).

For more information on demo sessions or the SRS competitive review bid process contact Kara Hanson,

March COIL Coffee Hour

Plan to virtually join the March Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Coffee Hour from 9-10 a.m. Friday, March 25. Melissa Falldin and Thomas Nechodomu, Instructional Designers (College of Education and Human Development) University of Minnesota-Twin Cities will be presenting.

Register for the COIL Coffee Hour WebEx session.

Archived Online Teaching and Learning Resources

Penn State Online Conference, Transforming the Online Teaching and Learning Space, archived session recordings are available.

Help Finalizing May Session or Summer Online Courses

Ed tech assistance is available! Email to schedule a consultation.

Custom Ed Tech Services

Educational technologists are available to provide small group and one on one consultations upon request at no cost to academic units and faculty connect with system-wide service from Canter for Educational Innovation (CEI) and Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS). Contact us with your ideas! To get started with an educational technology custom service email

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