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

warm up

Do you think students want technology-rich learning environments?

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

warm up2

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

warm up3

Facebook: Yes or no?

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IM or Email?

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Blog or Twitter?

who are umn students
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 directions in partnership
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
digital media center
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?

centrally supported tools for teaching
Centrally Supported Tools for Teaching


  • Moodle Glossary
  • Moodle Wiki
  • WebVista Grading Form
  • WebVista Peer Review
emerging technologies
Emerging Technologies
  • Web 2.0
  • Delicious
  • Social networks
  • Mobile computing
  • Immersive environments
  • Google apps, youtube….
academic computing support resources
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
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
Thank You!


Linda JornBradley A. CohenOffice of InformationTechnology

Digital Media Center