December 2016

Instructional Support and Research Support Monthly Updates

Learning is Fun When Students are in Charge

OIT Faculty Spotlight: Professor Cary Staples

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Cary Staples, professor from the School of Art, is an educator, a graphic designer, and “a serious game designer.” Her goal as a teacher is to “create an environment where students can explore, experiment, fail, and ultimately succeed.” In her recently launched studio, students from the French, graphic design, and computer science departments have been developing a mobile foreign language learning game called Bonne Chance. The students learn and contribute their knowledge and skills to various aspects of the game production. Most importantly, they all learn to work as a multidisciplinary team.
View the video of Staples discussing this project and how OIT assisted her.
Visit the Spotlight Archive where other faculty share how they use technology in their teaching and research.

IT Community of Practice Meeting
Brings Full House

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During the last IT Community of Practice (ITCoP) meeting for fall on November 16, faculty representing multiple disciplines came together to learn about making the move to Canvas in an accessible way for all students. 

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, online instructor in Educational Psychology and one of the 2016-2017 OIT Faculty Fellows, with support from OIT Course Delivery staff, led the discussion that helped give instructors an idea of how to get started with Canvas.

The first ITCoP meeting for spring will be in Hodges Library, room 220E on February 22 from 12:20-1:10p.m. Topics for next semester include Canvas, making classes accessible to all learners, and more. February's topic will be announced in January. Check out the ITCoP website for more information.

Please make plans to join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month beginning in February for a great discussion with your peers.

Move to Canvas with Confidence

Canvas logoAre you thinking about moving your class to Canvas? Are you worried about how to do it? Now is the time to learn! Canvas workshops are available beginning in December and more will be added in spring.

Check out our workshop site for information on a time that fits into your schedule, or contact the OIT HelpDesk online or at 865-974-9900 to request a consultation.

Faculty First Grant Call for Proposals Due

Proposals are due Monday, December 12, 2016

O I T Faculty First 2017 Apply Now!

OIT Instructional Support invites UTK faculty to apply for the 2017 Faculty First Grant. Proposals are due by 5p.m. Monday, December 12, 2016. The program runs from February to December 2017. 

Read the Call for Proposals at the Faculty First website. For more information, contact Tonya Mathis at 865-974-9670 or

Special Qualtrics Workshops December 19

Qualtrics logoOIT will be offering two Qualtrics workshops on December 19. In the morning, from 10a.m.-12p.m., Qualtrics 1 will provide an introduction to basic survey building, which will cover different question types as well as skip and display logic. In the afternoon, from 1-3p.m., Qualtrics 2 will cover reporting and analysis tools, including creating new variables, text analysis, and creating reports.

Participants may sign up for both sessions or just one. The workshops will be held in Greve 520. Visit the OIT Workshop Registration page to register or to find more information.

ChemDraw Professional Suite 16.0 Available Soon

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PerkinElmer’s ChemDraw Professional suite provides scientists with an up-to-date collection of scientifically intelligent applications for chemical structure drawing and analysis combined with biological pathway drawing. It is the industry-standard structure-drawing suite for the serious professional to draw accurate, chemically aware structures and biological pathways for use in database queries (including direct searching in SciFinder), preparation of publication-quality graphics, and entry for modeling and other programs that require an electronic description of molecules and reactions. 

The latest ChemDraw Professional suite 16.0 will be available to users soon. It includes a free subscription to ChemDraw Cloud and an enhanced retrosynthesis tool. It allows searching SciFinder direct from ChemDraw Professional with no time-consuming cutting and pasting. The Biopolymer toolbar provides disulfide and lactam bridges, beta and D-amino acids, DNA, RNA, and protecting groups and linkers for more comprehensive biological drawing. In version 16.0, users can paste peptide, DNA, and RNA sequences, and have them interpreted chemically with sequence wrapping and shaping.

ChemDraw Professional suite 15.1 is currently available to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with no additional charge. Instructions for obtaining, installing, and activating ChemDraw Professional suite can be downloaded from the OIT software download site under the Cambridgesoft folder.

To learn more about ChemDraw Professional suite, go to PerkinElmer’s Cambridgesoft site

Quick Reminders

If you have any questions or would like assistance on either of these featured tips, please contact the OIT HelpDesk online or at 865-974-9900.

Away From Your Email During Winter Break?

It’s almost time for Winter Break! If you’re heading out of town or will be away from your email, you can set an Out of Office reply that will be sent on your behalf. Instructions for configuring automatic replies can be found in the OIT Knowledge Base:

•    Outlook for Windows
•    Outlook for Mac
•    Office 365/Outlook Web App



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Upgrades December 26

OIT will make infrastructure improvements 8a.m. Monday, December 26, through 8a.m. Tuesday, December 27. This project will interrupt many services including, but not limited to, MyUTK, Volcard deposits, Parking Services, and several other applications. For a more complete list, please visit this OIT Knowledge Base article.

Blackboard Uptime

November 2016 Uptime:
Blackboard Learn 99.9%
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