What’s in this week’s blog?
This week we are focusing on getting ready for the semester. Check out our topics:
- Here for You
- Need Help?
- Getting Ready for Spring 2021
- In a New Teaching Space?
- Breakout Rooms
- Microsoft Training Sessions
- What’s New in Microsoft Recap
- Educational Technology Support Videos
- Check this Out
Here for You
Educational Technology and Technology Services is still working hard to bring you new updates, resources, and more! Follow this blog and social media accounts to be sure to stay up to date with the latest information.
- Educational Technology Professional Staff Members: available 8:30AM-5PM, M-F via email and virtual bookings.
- Help Desk Support from 8:30AM-5PM, M-F, 330-287-4357 (xHELP) or email email@example.com. You can also book a virtual appointment with Technology Services.
Getting Ready for Spring 2021
Educational Technology sent out an email to all Faculty last week about tips for Spring 2021. Here is a recap of some of the tips. Check out the post for more information.
- *new for Sp21* Minimize clutter under the left side bar for you and your students by setting a course end date for Fall courses (we recommend NOT setting an end date for Spring courses)
- Organize your Moodle Dashboard *and encourage your students* to easily find Spring courses by favoriting them.
- Review the Ready to Launch Your Course checklist
- View our Moodle Setup Best Practices post to help get you started
- Visit the Moodle Professional Development course as your one-stop shop for Moodle. Enroll into the course by visiting the link.
- *new* If you schedule meetings to your Team’s channel, add a channel calendar to your Class Teams so everyone can see when channel meetings are scheduled
- Add your Team’s (Group) Stream URL as a website tab in your Team for easy access to recorded meetings from within your Team
- If you are NOT using your Class Team, see our suggestions for clarifying
- Review the Ready Your Class Team for Meetings checklist
In a New Teaching Space?
Are you teaching in a new space this semester? Check out our documentation on the equipment available in classrooms around campus. More information on portable and full classroom options are available in our Video Conferencing Classroom post.
Need more help? Call the HelpDesk at 330-287-4357 to get further help.
Breakout Rooms Practice Sessions
Educational Technology is offering practice sessions in the Academic Professional Development Team on how to use the new Microsoft Teams Breakout feature. Download the file below and add as an event to your calendar (see below for details). If you want to learn more about this new feature, visit our Teams Meetings Breakout Rooms post.
- Friday, January 29th at 8:30 AM
- Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:00 AM
Microsoft Training Sessions
We would like to thank everyone who joined us and the Cleveland-based Microsoft Trainers for our training sessions in December and January. You can watch all the sessions below at your leisure.
- Teams for Communication: Meetings and Chat
- Teams for Collaboration: Teams, Channels, and Tabs
- Microsoft Outlook
- Cloud Storage in M365
- Microsoft Bookings
- Class Teams
What’s New in Microsoft Recap
Did you know that Microsoft is constantly rolling out features for Office 365? Here are some of the newest and upcoming features. (We do not have any control over when Microsoft releases updates.)
Want to know what the top updates to use in 2021? Well, look no further than Microsoft’s Mike Tholfsen’s video on 11 Features for Teams in 2021 (some of these are still rolling out).
Some recent tips videos to check out:
We will continue to add to our updates on our Microsoft Updates post.
Want to suggest something to Microsoft for an improvement? You can via their UserVoice platform. Here are a few to check out:
Educational Technology Support Videos
Did you know that Educational Technology has support videos? Check out our Ed Tech Support Videos today.
Check this Out
Need some tips for using Outlook? Check out Mike Tholfsen’s 20 Tips and Tricks video on Outlook. Please note some of these features are Windows-specific, so Mac users may not have them at this point. Other features are continuing to roll out.
The download file is an .ics file. Download the file and double-click to add to your calendar. If an email program other than Outlook launches (Mac users, if the file launches the Apple Mail application on your computer), follow these directions to make Outlook the default email application.