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OIT News Monthly Update from Instructional and Research Support
April 2017

Clicker Training: Learn to Engage, Monitor,
Measure Your Students

Q2 clicker with hands in a classroomOn April 26 and 27, Turning Technologies trainers will be leading workshops to teach instructors on incorporating and using clickers in the classroom. Come with questions and learn about the new features available to you. 

Sign up on our website for one of the workshops happening throughout each day.

Hear from Faculty Who Have Transitioned to Canvas at the ITCoP

Canvas logoAre you seeking an effective transition from Blackboard to Canvas? Join us Wednesday, April 26, from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. in the Hodges Library Practice Presentation Room 220E. Bring your lunch and a colleague to hear UTK faculty share insights and experiences for effectively transitioning your course to Canvas at the IT Community of Practice meeting.

This last ITCoP meeting of the semester will be hosted by OIT Faculty Fellow Lisa Yamagata-Lynch and OIT staff. We hope to see you there!

Congratulations, GTA@OIT 2017 Grant Recipients 

Congratulations to the Spring 2017 GTA@OIT Grant recipients who will expand their teaching practice by redesigning a course or course component for web-based delivery via Online@UT (Canvas). Visit the GTA@OIT website for more information on the grant and the recipients.​

Jamie Greig

Jamie Greig 

Journalism & Electronic Media

Multimedia In The Digital Age: Enhancing a Journalism Course for Web-based Delivery

JREM 250: Multimedia Storytelling
Joel Crombez

Joel Crombez


Visualizing Sociological Theories: Learning How to Think About, Make Use of, and Illustrate Abstract Concepts with the Aid of Graphic Novels

Sociology 321: Sociological Theory

Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan


Increasing Interaction: Implementing VoiceThread in the Flipped Classroom

Math 125: Basic Calculus


Coming Soon! New Online Directory Search

screen shot of the new directory
On Monday, April 10th, OIT will launch the new the online directory at the same address as the current page. Not only will the website have a new look and feel, but it will meet current accessibility standards. You will continue to be able to find contact information for UT faculty, staff, and students on the new site.
Did you know?
When you use the directory while on campus, you can see additional information like class, curriculum, affiliation, and title. Need to see this info from home? Just log in.

Matlab R2017a is Now Available

Mathworks logoMatlab R2017a from MathWorks is now available for UT faculty, staff, and students to download. R2017a delivers new features in MATLAB and Simulink, two new products, and updates to all other products.

Highlights include:

  • Deep Learning - Use pretrained CNN models, import Caffe models, and train with multiple GPUs and cloud instances. 
  • 5G Library - MATLAB functions for simulating 3GPP 5G new radio technologies.
  • Automated Driving - New toolbox to design, simulate, and test ADAS and autonomous driving systems. 

Two products have license-related changes in R2017a: SimRF has been renamed to RF Blockset, and RF Blockset (formerly SimRF) no longer requires Simscape.

For more information about R2017a, see the release highlights and videos and release notes. You can download R2017a products now from the License Center.
Please note, MathWorks will implement some changes regarding TAH licenses that will affect MATLAB activation procedures. We will provide more details regarding the TAH licenses at OIT Research Support Software.

Featured Software: JMP Pro13

JMP logoJMP is statistical software from SAS that provides a comprehensive set of data analysis and visualization tools. The latest release, JMP Pro 13, enables users to run analyses faster, especially with large data sets and has major improvements to a number of popular JMP platforms. Many modeling platforms now offer an interactive model building drag-and-drop dashboard that lets you quickly assess the impact of adding and removing terms. JMP Pro 13 adds significant capabilities for multivariate analysis and dimension reduction. It enables users to incorporate text data including unstructured text in surveys, comment fields, and engineering reports into their modeling tasks. 

For Mac users, JMP Pro 13 is the only JMP version currently available for installation on Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra). The incompatibility between older versions of JMP and Mac OS Sierra may cause JMP to fail to launch, or after launching, to unexpectedly close.

JMP is available to faculty, staff, and students at the Knoxville and Memphis campuses, and can be downloaded for no additional charge from OIT's software download site. Members of other UT campuses must purchase JMP directly from SAS Institute. JMP runs on Windows 32-bit and 64-bit systems and Mac Intel systems.

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Contact the OIT HelpDesk online or by phone at 865-974-9900 if you need more help making your documents and PowerPoints accessible.
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