Facility updates (buildings, IT, University Library)

Updated FASoS Guidelines for grading & assessment using CANVAS/j-drive

Updated guidelines on the use of Canvas for grading/feedback, and the grading process at FASoS, are now available:

The timeline of the grading process does not change.

Information on how to use the new plagiarism check “Urkund” can be found here.


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Zoom recording function now available to all teaching staff at FASoS

All teaching staff at FASoS have received recording rights for Zoom, because our faculty has indicated that we need to use Zoom’s recording function for recording knowledge clips or lectures.

We urge you to carefully read the manual for recording, which you can find here on the VideUM website.


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Trial: Premium Collection Project MUSE

As of 15 September, FASoS can access the Premium Collection of the database ‘Project MUSE’ for a trial period of 45 days. Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community around the world.

Connect to the UM network (see tips below) and you can access the database here.

We invite you to take a look at the database and inform us about your experiences via this form before 29 October.


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Free access to ARTSTOR

Given the situation with COVID-19, many publishers are making their resources freely and temporarily available, i.e. for the coming weeks, months or for the remainder of the academic year.

Recently JSTOR granted free access to ARTSTOR. ARTSTOR is an extensive image resource for educational and scholarly use.


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UM’s vision of information literacy education

In the past 1.5 years, the team members (consisting of UM colleagues and students) of Project Information-Wise have been working hard to innovate information literacy education at our university. FASoS members of this team were John Harbord and Susan Schreibmann.

The outcomes of the project such as newly designed information literacy modules to use in Canvas, recommendations, and follow-up activities of the project are outlined in this newsletter.


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Live streaming lectures via Mediasite unreliable: please use alternatives!

Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing serious problems with live streaming of lectures via Mediasite, which has led to considerable disruptions in teaching. Mediasite is a central Maastricht University service, and for that reason the problems cannot be solved at faculty level.

We therefore strongly advice colleagues not to use live streaming via Mediasite for the time being.


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FASoS weekly in SPAM folder

Some staff members and students received the FASoS weekly in their SPAM folder last week. We are currently searching for a solution to this.

For now, we advise you, if you have received the FASoS weekly in your SPAM folder, to right-click on the FASoS weekly email and then click on ‘not junk’.

FASoS ICT support for on-campus lectures and tutorials

FASoS ICT noticed that there is a need of IT support at the start of lectures and tutorials, especially in the Turnzaal and the tents.

FASoS ICT will therefore make sure that one of its team members will be present at the start of every tutorial or lecture at these locations. If possible, we kindly ask academic staff members to be there 15 minutes before the start of the session. That gives FASoS ICT time to setup and test everything.


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How to add a Zoom meeting to Canvas

In the event you need to create a virtual class environment to connect with students synchronously, you can quickly add your Zoom Personal Meeting URL to your Canvas Course for students to access from a Course Announcement. The Zoom sessions will start when you join, and will run until you end the meeting. You do not have to update the link to start a new session. When you’re ready for your next class to start the same link allows the next group of students to join.

For more information, see here.

New printers at FASoS

New printers have arrived at UM. After a European tender procedure Canon became UM’s new partner for the print services.

See below for the installation of the print driver and for the usage of the new printers.


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