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Academic Update

Volume 1, Issue 1          August 18, 2010

Recording and Podcasting Your Classes

Beginning from the fall semester, we have a new user-friendly recording platform, Panopto, available for you to use. This software allows you to record audio, video, PowerPoint or Keynote and capture screen. If you use a Windows based PC you can broadcast live (this function is not yet available for Macs).Panopto

Your recorded class sessions will automatically be posted to your Moodle course. The recording can be viewed in Moodle by students who are not able to attend classes and by those who want to review archived class sessions before exams. The recording will also be available to be reviewed as audio or video podcast. 
If you are interested please send an e-mail to Upon your request, we will set up an account for you and set up a folder for your class. We will provide training and assistance, if needed.

Teaching Your Classes in Second Life

The School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) has set up its virtual campus in Second Life. The SBMI island is composed of a virtual UCT building, an amphitheatre, a simulated doctor’s office, a student welcome center, an orientation area, and five indoor and outdoor classrooms. Whether you want to teach your class in an immersive learning environment or set up your office hour in Second Life you can do it now.

Please send an e-mail to for your Second Life request. To use Second Life you will need an avatar. If you do not have an avatar yet we can send you the instructions; if you already have an avatar please include your avatar’s name in the e-mail. Our island manager will grant you island access through a group invitation in Second Life.

Be innovative. Be creative. We look forward to seeing you using Second Life for teaching, learning, and research.

Second Life Virtual Campus

Summer Course Evaluation

Summer course evaluation is available for you to fill out. If you are taking one or more summer classes please take a few minutes to fill out the evaluation form(s) in Moodle before August 25, 2010. The questionnaire is anonymous, and your instructor will get the results after grades are submitted. Your input is important!
Fall Registration

 Fall 2010 registration ends on Thursday, August 27.  You can register through your UTLINK account from
Fall 2010 course schedule:
Fall 2010 textbook list:
The registration schedule is available here:
Fall 2010 first day of classes is Monday, August 30, 2010!

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