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  • Now Playing: New Streaming Materials Available For Classrooms

    The University Libraries have licensed the Media Education Foundation collection and all currently available California Newsreel titles hosted on the Kanopy streaming platform! These include many of our most requested titles that circulate on DVD/VHS. Check back regularly as new titles will continue to be added. Note: This license is a pilot that will run for at least the next 3 years.

    Library Media Services has launched a Streaming Video website that highlights most of the Libraries licensed streaming video collections, with tips on how to locate these materials in MNCat and how to embed these videos into Moodle. Please consult the Digital Video Collections Guide to see a comprehensive listing of all Libraries licensed and suggested high quality, freely available streaming video collections.

    If you have questions regarding potential streaming acquisitions, how to embed this video content into your course site, or recommendations for finding that perfect video to use in your class, feel free to contact your subject librarian or Media Outreach Librarian, Scott Spicer. Finally, please send Scott or your subject librarian any feedback you may have on the value of this content in your teaching and students' learning. Your feedback is critical as we continue to assess our licensed streaming video collections.

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  • Turnitin Upgrade Results In Broken Features

    The issue in brief:


    • Turnitin (a Moodle assignment management tool) is not working properly, brought on by a recent update

    • The University's central Moodle Support team is working on the issue with the vendor

    • Faculty and other instructors should discontinue using the Turnitin GradeMark feature for commenting or annotating student submissions and entering grades

    • Instructors needing help with this issue should contact UMN Technology Help at 612-301-4357 (1-HELP) or help@umn.edu

    • If you would like to discuss this issue more in-depth, please contact your CLA-OIT Relationship Manager


    The issue at length:


    A couple of weeks ago we became aware that many of our CLA faculty were having problems with Turnitin (a Moodle assignment management tool). When we learned of this issue, we contacted those most affected by it - CLA language programs - and tried to better understand the issue. Most of the problems seem to be centered around giving feedback (i.e., commenting or annotating) on students' submissions, as well as on the grade book part of the tool. In most instances, students were not able to view graded/commented papers; in other instances, faculty-submitted grades in Turnitin were not properly channeled into the appropriate Moodle grade book.


    During this time, we were also in close contact with the UMN Moodle staff, who are responsible for supporting Turnitin. They are aware of the issue and are in on-going consultation with the Turnitin vendor. They are also trying to find ways around the issue so that faculty and students can conduct their teaching and learning as close to normal as possible while the vendor designs a solution.


    The UMN Moodle team is also actively working on short-term solutions. In the meantime, the UMN Moodle team recommends users experiencing problems contact them, and that all faculty discontinue using the GradeMark feature for commenting or annotating student submissions and entering grades until further notice.


    Updates on the progress and issue resolution will continue to be shared through Moodle Announcements, MoodleTalk, and the Category Support group channels in Moodle.


    If you have questions or concerns about how this affects your department, please contact CLA-OIT at claoit@umn.edu or 612-625-1010. Also, you may contact your CLA-OIT Relationship Manager.
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  • Fusion Tables: The Fabled Slicer-Dicer for (most of) your Data

    Have you found spreadsheet analysis in Excel, Numbers, Open Office or other packages good, but want something more? You should be delighted to hear that Google Fusion Tables is now available for Google Apps at the University of Minnesota. If you've heard about Fusion Tables (or never heard) but wonder what all the hullabaloo is about, and why this could be important, let's get a quick overview.

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The CLA Office of Information Technology (CLA-OIT) seeks ways to leverage technology for the benefit of students as part of our strong commitment to liberal arts education.

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