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Fall 2011, Edition Two

Advanced Learning Center

Technology Spotlight

Supporting Faculty for Engaged Learning

Fall 2011 Beginning of Semester Training Full training schedule available at

How Can We Help You? eCourseware Faculty Training and Support

Open Forum Tuesday, August 30th

11:00- 12:00

Quick Start w/ eCourseware Tuesday, August 30th

1:30- 3:30

Open Forum Wednesday, August 31st 10:00-11:00 Quick Start w/ eCourseware Wednesday August 31st


Open Forum Thursday, September 1st


Open Forum Tuesday, September 6th


Open Forum Wednesday, September 7th


Quick Start w/ eCourseware Wednesday, September 7th


Open Forum Thursday, September 8th


Open Forum Thursday, September 8th


Quick Start w/ eCourseware Tuesday, September 13th


Open Forum Tuesday, September 13th


Open Forum Wednesday, September 14th


Open Forum Thursday, September 15th

Quick Start with eCourseware Two-hour seminar introducing eCourseware (Desire2Learn) to faculty. Faculty just beginning to use eCourseware or those seeking to know any update changes should attend.

Open Forum One-hour personal sessions, where a faculty may come with specific eCourseware needs. An ALC consultant will discuss solutions with you. Consultation Session (Appointment Only) Half hour sessions, where faculty may sit privately with an ALC consultant to discuss specific eCourseware needs. Sessions can be administered either face to face or remotely.


Open Forum Wednesday, September 14th

For the Fall 2011 semester, the Advanced Learning Center will offer three types of face-to-face training sessions located primarily in our Learning Lab (Panhellenic room 100):


While we accept all clients desiring to walk-in, special priority is given to those that register for training. All Faculty interested in training can register at .

Mark Your Calendars!!! ALC Hosts Fall 2011 Mini Conference focusing on Mobile Technology for Teaching and Learning On Tuesday, October 18th, the Advanced Learning Center, in conjunction with St. Jude Hospital, will hold its first Mobile Technology for Teaching and Learning conference. The conference will be an all-day event hosted entirely in the Panhellenic building currently located on the University of Memphis main campus. The intended audience will include teachers, technologists, and technicians with a focus on new technologies used in educational settings.

For more information about this event and its sponsors, please view our website or contact Sandy Schaeffer at

Tuesday, October 18 Panhellenic Building Registration will begin soon!

UMmeet: Meeting Face to Face via Adobe Connect This summer UofM launched a new web conferencing service for the campus called UMmeet. UMmeet is our branding for Adobe Connect. The service can be used to allow classes/ groups to meet synchronously online at the same time or in sub groups, either way with up to 100 participants. The following functions via your web browser (Flash-based for Windows/Mac/Linux) meetings are available. 1. Conduct text chat, audio VoIP, or webcam sharing sessions. 2. Share files, desktop applications, or whiteboard sessions. 3. Host breakout rooms for small group collaboration. 4. Poll your class with multiple-choice questions. 5. Record the session for asynchronous archive. Non-hosts may also participate via mobile apps designed for Apple iOS or Android phone devices. To learn more about Adobe Connect, please visit

University of Memphis Sponsored Adobe Connect Session

Academic Integrity: “What’s New with Turnitin” Turnitin ( is a web-based plagiarism detection tool that promotes the originality of students’ work. The University of Memphis has secured a site license for faculty to use the service to help students understand the high-level of academic integrity expected by the institution.

better feedback to students, and engage both student and instructor in a more dynamic writing process.” Some of the major features that have been added are: instant marks for smarter grading, grammar handbooks with ELL support, instructor controls and comprehensive feedback.

Just recently, Turnitin has partnered with the “Educational Testing Service to integrate its “ETS® e-rater® grammar analysis tools within GradeMark”. GradeMark is known as Turnitin’s online grading markup tool. This new grammar feedback feature has been guaranteed to help instructors save time, provide

Faculty interested in obtaining a campus license of Turnitin and accessing some of its many features may enter a service request at To learn more about Turnitin, view a demo of their products, or attend a webinar focused on any new added features, you may visit their website at: index.php.

Turning Technologies: Enhancing Classroom Experiences with Clicker Technology Founded in 2002, Turning Technologies is currently a global leader of audience response devices. Developing their own software and designing hardware with customers polling and reporting needs in mind, they offer an assortment of easy to use polling software and response devices. Dedicated to excellence, they have created the easiest, yet most powerful response technology on the market, and their experienced and committed staff strive to provide the best service and support to each of their valued customers. Clicker Technology or Audience Response Devices and faculty support are now availa-

ble at the University of Memphis via a collaboration with Turning Technologies, the Advanced Learning Center and Local Support Technicians. If you are a member of the University of Memphis faculty community and are interested in using Clicker Technology in your classroom as an effort to enhance learning, you can obtain this software by entering a service request at http:// Once we receive your request we will work diligently to assist you with obtaining the hardware and software needed to begin using Clicker Technology in your classroom.

Suggestions??? We are seeking input from our readers. Are you currently working on innovative teaching and learning projects? If you have suggestions and are interested in showcasing your innovative ideas in the next edition of our newsletter, please submit your suggestions to

University of Memphis ALC Homepage:


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