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University Tools for Supporting Teaching Linda JornBradley A. CohenOffice of Information Technology, Digital Media Center


Do you think students want technology-rich learning environments?


Are you planning to use academic technology in your courses this semester?


Have you taught using course management systems (e.g., Moodle, Blackboard, WebCT, Desire2Learn)?


Facebook: Yes or no?


IM or Email?


Blog or Twitter?

Who are UMN Students?

UMN Students and Technology


  • Introducing OIT and DMC

  • Learning platform/MyU

  • Centrally supported tools

  • Changing landscape

  • Support resources

  • Governance and participation

Office of Information Technology Mission:

serve as a catalyst for innovatively leveraging technology to advance and support extraordinary education, breakthrough research, and dynamic public engagement.

OIT as

catalyst &


Office of Information Technology team members:

  • Replaced 1,750 wireless access points this year

  • Support 33,000 phones

  • Support 1,100+ servers

  • Delivered 20,000,000 e-mails through security checks in May 2008 (blocking 53 million spam messages)

  • Employed 704 employees (including students) in June 2008

OIT FY09 DirectionsIn Partnership

  • High availability design

  • Customer support / education; active learning labs

  • Mobile/global learning/wireless

  • Research cyberinfrastructure

  • Identity management

  • Collaborative technologies/video; Google Apps

  • Data center; data storage

  • Disaster recovery

  • Climate survey (recognition, job clarity, coaching/mentoring)

  • Content management

  • Business intelligence

“One OIT”

Digital Media Center

  • Emerging Academic Technologies

  • Evaluation and Research

  • Usability Services

  • Training

  • Professional Development and Consultation


Take a few minutes to meet your neighbors. Is anybody in your group planning to integrate technology into courses this fall? To what extent (i.e., is this course enhanced, hybrid/blended, or distance)? Is there a nice example of a learning activity or specific learning outcome that technology is intended to facilitate?

Learning Platform

Learning Platform

Centrally Supported Tools for Teaching



  • Moodle Glossary

  • Moodle Wiki

  • WebVista Grading Form

  • WebVista Peer Review

Emerging Technologies

  • Web 2.0

  • Delicious

  • Social networks

  • Mobile computing

  • Immersive environments

  • Google apps, youtube….

Academic Computing Support Resources

  • Departmental experts

  • Collegiate experts

  • Central support experts

  • (Inter) National organizations such as Sloan, ELI, EDUCAUSE

    • 7 things you should know

Governance and Participation

  • TEL Council (Contact Billie Wahlstrom, Vice Provost)

  • Academic Technology Advisory Committee (Contact your collegiate representative)

  • Senate Committee on Information Technology (Contact faculty senate office)

Thank You!


Linda JornBradley A. CohenOffice of InformationTechnology

Digital Media Center

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