Zoom Bombing Prevention

You may have heard about instances of unwanted, upsetting online classroom disruptions (Zoombombings). The University has identified preventive steps you can take to minimize the risk and—in the event your meeting or course is disrupted—plans you’ll want to review to help you respond and quickly get your Zoom session back on track. See Instructor Response Plans: Unwanted Zoom Disruptions (Zoombombing).

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Canvas April Release Notes

Instructure releases updates to Canvas each month. 
April’s release includes the following changes to New Quizzes:

  • an option to retain the first score for grading when multiple submission attempts are allowed.
  • updates to the Save and Build Button Workflow:
    • The Save button saves the content in the existing page and returns the user to the area where the quiz was accessed.
    • The Build button saves the existing page and launches the New Quiz editor.
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See a complete explanation of this update as well as the complete list of Canvas updates released on April 17. The next Canvas release will be May 15, 2021.

UMConnect Retirement on June 30, 2021

UMConnect will retire on June 30, 2021. If you (or someone you know) is still hosting files or presentations in umconnect.umn.edu, please contact Technology Help so we can work with you to identify alternatives.

Delete Recordings Successfully Uploaded to Kaltura

Is your computer hard drive almost full? If you use Kaltura Capture to record videos, you may still have copies stored on your computer in Kaltura Capture. Refer to these steps to delete recordings that you have successfully uploaded to Kaltura.

Don’t Copy Zoom Links from Semester to Semester 

It is easy to import a Canvas course site from one semester to the next but there are some important items to note as you do because some items you don’t want to import. Watch this video on how to Adjust your import for Zoom Calendar Events (5:11). For more details on copying a Canvas course from semester to semester check out the Import Courses into Auto-Generated PeopleSoft Course Sites resource.

Teaching with Technology Retreat: Reflect, Review, Revise

In order to implement refinements to upcoming courses, Vice Provost Ropers and ATSS invite instructors to attend one or more sessions of the Teaching with Technology Retreat in this short video.

The Retreat’s half-day online workshops are informed both by Guidelines for Online Teaching and Design and insights learned from UMN faculty and student focus groups asked about their experiences teaching and learning remotely since March 2020. Topics will showcase successful practices and provide strategies to implement in your Summer or Fall 2021 courses. See retreat topics and enroll in one or more sessions.

Teach Together Minnesota!

Teach Together Minnesota! is a day-long virtual event that will focus on culturally responsive online teaching and learning. This event is funded in part by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Grant.

CEI: Making a Good Online Course Even Better

This 5-Module seminar runs from May 6 until June 9, 2021. Topics covered include using multimedia effectively, creating learning-centered online syllabi, and gathering and providing feedback in online learning environments. Open to all who teach: faculty, instructors, postdocs, and grad students. Zoom conversations are scheduled Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m. on May 12, 19, 26, and June 2. Register for Making a Good Online Course Even Better by May 6, 2021

Vendor Offerings

VoiceThread New Assignments

This workshop includes how to turn VoiceThread new assignments on, workflows, new features, and options for your assessments. Register for the New Assignments Features workshop or watch a recorded workshop.

Kaltura Transcriptions and Captions: More Than Accessibility!

See how to leverage transcriptions, translations, and captions to benefit ALL students. Register for Kaltura Transcriptions and Captions: More Than Accessibility! Offered May 13, 2021