This series spotlights a variety of technology topics of interest to the university community. It is an opportunity to become aware of what's new and to get supportive ideas and suggestions from your colleagues. The format will be an overview or demonstration followed by informal discussion.
Sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm in Kirby Plaza 175.
No registration is required and all UMD faculty, staff, and students are encouraged and welcome to attend.
|October 1||Multimedia for Class Assignments||What are my multimedia options for class assignments? Where do students go to get equipment? How do the students get help? Do I really have to do this (e.g., video assignment) first myself? Please join Bruce Reeves in a discussion of the possibilities and considerations when assigning or offering multimedia as a class assignment. This session may be accessed via UMConnect.|
|October 8||Storage on the Web||What is Google Drive? How is it different from Dropbox? What is Dropbox? What about iCloud or SkyDrive? When is it safe to store files on the web? Please join Bruce Reeves in a discussion of the options available, and when it may be appropriate to pick one over another. This session may be accessed via UMConnect.|
|October 15||Hangouts||Google Hangouts are a new way to conduct online meetings or simply connect with others. Using your computer or a smartphone, you can video chat, share your screen, work on documents in your Google Drive and more. Similar to Skype, UMD Google Hangouts can accommodate up to 15 video conference participants at a time. An "On Air" feature allows you to stream your Hangout live to the Internet and will automatically save your broadcast to YouTube. If you're interested in learning more about using Google's virtual conference tool, please join Mandie Johnson and Trish Crace for tips and tricks on making your Hangouts a smashing success.|
|October 22||Accessibility||Find out from Jason Davis what the campus is doing to integrate technology into classrooms, computer labs, and online solutions to accommodate the range of abilities. Topics will include: captioning solutions for online video, t-coil wireless hearing aid support, and other hardware / software accommodations in our physical learning spaces. In addition Laura Carlson will help you become aware of some web accessibility tips and training resources in this TTT session. This session may be accessed via UMConnect.|
|October 29||Virtual Meetings||If I run a virtual (i.e., online) meeting while also having a group in front of me, may I ignore the online people (answer: no)? Please join Mandie and Bruce for an interactive, hands-on TTT where you will get to experience the difference between being in the same room and being online – both at the same time! Be sure to bring a laptop and some ear buds with you so you may fully participate. This session may be accessed via UMConnect.|
|November 5||Google Apps||Have you logged into your UMD Gmail or Calendar and wondered about all of those other options listed along the top in the black bar? Find out how people and departments on campus are using Google Forms, Sites, Groups and more to make their jobs easier and perhaps even a bit more fun. Come just to get some new ideas or to have your specific questions answered. Feel free to explore the basics ahead of time by visiting Google Apps for Education.|
|November 12||Mobile Device as Your Only Device||Can I use my iPad or Android device in place of my computer? What about my smartphone? Please join Mandie and Bruce (2 mobile junkies) in a discussion of what can and cannot be done with a mobile device. You may be surprised at what you can do! This session may be accessed via UMConnect.|