Information Technology Services Newsletter

IT Maintenance Updates 

  • IT Services will be performing network and Banner maintenance on Thursday, June 15th, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm. This includes our monthly mandatory security patches for all services. Users may experience intermittent downtime.
  • IT Services will also perform an update to Degree Works on Tuesday, June 13. The service will be unavailable from 8 am - 2 pm.


Help Desk Holiday Hours

The Help Desk will be closed on Monday, June 19th for the Juneteenth holiday, and on Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day.


Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching 

UTM students and faculty can access specific Microsoft software through the Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching program. This software is licensed for academic use only and may be used by:

  • Students who are actively enrolled and attending courses at UT that lead to academic credit, certification, or a degree.
  • Faculty who are teaching courses, assist with courses, labs, or programs, or conduct non-commercial research.

For more information, see our knowledge base article.


New Canvas Tool: Submit File on Behalf of Student 

Instructors are now able to submit a file upload assignment on behalf of a student in the Gradebook. The submission includes the timestamp and who submitted the assignment. Additionally, instructors can submit multiple files at a time for a single student and submit beyond the availability date. Check out these Canvas instructions for more information.


Tips for Online Course Design 

In face-to-face courses, students attend classes at the same time each week and adopt a habit of course expectations. Faculty can use Canvas tools for organization to help students develop similar habits in online courses.

Organization: Providing course content in a logical sequence helps students find course assets and related assessments. Canvas Modules allow faculty to organize course content by weeks, chapter, or topic.

Pacing Students: In Canvas Modules, instructors can also set rules that pace students through course content. For example, a rule can require that students open each element of the module before advancing or another rule might require that students achieve a minimum score on a test before advancing.

Limiting Student Course Menu Choices: By placing all course content into the Modules, faculty can then reduce the number of tools that appear in the Student's Course Menu and guide students directly to course content. Instructors retain the ability to access all tools and to create new content that can be added to the Modules.

Want to learn more? The Instructional Technology Center will offer course consultations this summer for faculty who are seeking guidance in revising their fall courses. Contact the ITC staff at 731-881-7877 or


Reminder: Update SharePoint Sites for Fall 2023 

In anticipation of Fall 2023, please update your SharePoint site to ensure that your departmental information is up to date (e.g. office location, forms). Contact the ITC if you need assistance.


Sun, Sand, and Summer Training! 

June training topics include Canvas Basics, Online Course Design, Harmonize Discussion Tool, and SharePoint. To view the schedule and to register, please log in to the ITC site on Runway. Don't see what you need? Contact the ITC at 731-881-7877 or to schedule an appointment.


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