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Welcome to TechBrief , an e-newsletter that shares important information and progress in Information Technology at Union University.

In this issue, you'll learn about

  • uTech Expo 2013
  • online evaluation of courses
  • Moodlerooms training


uTech Expo 2013
February 28, March 1

Register by February 8
for iPad Mini drawing!

Join your fellow faculty and staff in the Carl Grant Events Center as we unite to build innovative learning communities at Union University! Learn from Union's finest and from highly qualified speakers who are leading other universities.

You can attend a mix of events, ranging from brief five-minute talks to detailed 25- and 45-minute presentations. You'll also gain new perspectives from each day's keynote speakers. Friday's events include a chapel panel discussing Technology and the Soul.

If you register by Friday February 8, you'll be included in a drawing for an iPad Mini.

Read more and register here. You'll find keynote speaker biographies, tentative schedules for each day and more.


Fall 2012 courses
evaluated online

Student input makes courses excellence-driven

The Fall 2012 online evaluation of courses was a tremendous success, thanks to the faculty and students who participated.

Over 5,000 students submitted their praises and thoughts. That's an amazing 92% response rate! Faculty help maintain this high level of participation by including the SmartEvals block in Moodlerooms courses.

Beginning in Spring 2013, the University will move to an opt-out environment for the evaluation process. Courses taught by each faculty member will be included in the evaluation. However, a faculty member may choose not to participate in this term's evaluation.


Moodlerooms training now fully online

All Moodlerooms training fits your busy schedule! How do we know? You can now register and start any time that's best for you. That's how we know!

Training is entirely online and flexible to meet your time constraints. There's no pre-set calendar or meeting room and you don't have to fit your learning around an instructor's schedule. As long as you complete a course within the allotted 15- or 30-day limit from when you enroll, you can work anywhere you want at any time. It's all up to you!

Choose between two tracks. Track A, for web-enhanced courses, takes about six hours to complete. Track B, for web-blended and web-based courses, takes 21 to 26 hours.

Once you finish your training with a grade of 80% or higher, you can start using Moodlerooms to develop your course content. Read more here about track details, registration and how to get answers to all of your questions.

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