DSI-CLEAR GSTEP Course
10 Nov 2021
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UNT’s Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Program (GSTEP) is a zero-credit online course offered by DSI-CLEAR. Master’s and doctoral students learn how to become excellent instructors in this semester-long course. GSTEP is flexible and mostly asynchronous, allowing students to complete coursework at their convenience. Applications are now open for the Spring 2022 semester!

Launch of DSI Support Hub
1 Nov 2021
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On November 1st, UNT launched the DSI Support Hub, a new unified tech help site for all faculty, staff and students. It's an easy-to-use, one-stop-shop for all your tech needs. Need Help? Go to the techsupport.unt.edu. Choose Student or Faculty/Staff. Choose Phone, Live Chat or Ticket. It’s just that easy to use. While this site can be the first stop for everyone, DSI worked closely with each college to ensure college-level technical/desktop computing support will continue as usual.

Building HyFlex Classrooms
18 Oct 2021
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UNT’s Division of Digital Strategy & Innovation (DSI) is working to upgrade classroom technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of DSI Tech has been working with end users and campus partners to prioritize technology enhancements that empower an expansion of classroom engagement.

Canvas Preferred Pronoun and Name Update
8 Sep 2021
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The DSI CLEAR team has been working to make the Canvas Learning experience even more inclusive. UNT students, faculty, and instructional staff can now choose preferred pronouns and preferred display names within the Canvas online learning profile. This new voluntary option allows individuals to indicate how they would like to be referred to in class.

The Canvas preferences are separate from the official student records, thus, if students prefer to keep official records separate, that is perfectly possible.

Canvas Studio is Here
7 Sep 2021
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We’re excited to announce that we’ve adopted Canvas Studio to replace Panopto as our official video hosting platform for the UNT Canvas LMS!

Currently available in your Canvas course, Canvas Studio is a powerful, easy-to-use media tool that integrates directly with Canvas and will allow you and your students to create, upload, edit, and manage audio and video (AV) files. Additionally, Canvas Studio allows you to embed in-video assessment questions and provides useful usage analytics.

DSI Welcomes Administrative IT Services (AITS)
30 Aug 2021
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The Division of Digital Strategy and Innovation (DSI) is pleased to welcome Administrative IT Services (AITS) to the division. AITS will continue to support UNT administrative areas to ensure the efficient and effective use of digital technologies to fulfill UNT business functions. AITS is led by Abraham John, who reports to Dr. Adam Fein, Vice President of DSI, and together, they will work to represent the IT needs of UNT within UNT World.

CANVAS Learning Choices
12 Aug 2021
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The DSI CLEAR team has been working to make the Canvas learning experience even more inclusive. UNT students, faculty, and instructional staff can now choose preferred pronouns and preferred display names within the Canvas online learning profile.

Creating MOOC-Based Bachelor Degrees
17 Mar 2021
Adam Fein discusses with Evolllution.com the University of North Texas’ decision to offer MOOC-based bachelor degrees.
UNT, Merit America team up to help students gain skills needed for in demand careers
21 Oct 2020

UNT and Merit America, a nonprofit organization helping adults without bachelor’s degrees transition into skilled careers, will help students achieve goals to further their education and accelerate their careers.

Post-Covid: The Bitter End of Lecture Halls
25 Aug 2020
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A new series from Adam Fein, Vice President for Digital Strategy and Innovation at UNT & Tania Heap, Director of Learning Research and Accessibility at UNT on what post-Covid higher education should look like.