Let us explore for you
Although our staff puts a great deal of effort into researching cutting edge educational technologies, you may have discovered a technology you would like to explore by using it in your course. We would be glad to research new technologies that you suggest and help you evaluate it’s value to you and your courses.
Tools and Tutorials
As the CRDC staff researches new tools we try to provide online resources for these tools. These resources consist of technology specific FAQ’s and tutorials as well as links to tutorials on supporting websites.
Below are some common tools that are used across campus by a variety of faculty.
Blackboard: This is the Universities supported learning management system. It utilizes, content modules, discussion boards, online assessment and chat, among other tools and functionality.
If you require a technical assistance and online resources just aren’t helping, please contact John or Alyssa. 403.380.1856.
Turnitin.com: Turnitin.com is a webservice that allows instructors to submit students work to a plagiarism check.
The service is also available for the students, so they can proactively check their work for plagiarism, and correct themselves; consequently, they increase their knowledge about plagiarism. To set up your class or for more information please contact Brad Reamsbottom in the CRDC. 403.380.1856
Polleverywhere.com: The rise of audience response systems and mobile technology has spawned this terrific resource. It allows instructors to use laptops and cellphones as audience response technologies. If you would like to try this technology, you can sign up for free. The free service limits the amount of votes and polls you can create, but allows you to explore how you could integrate the technology into your class. If the free service will not facilitate your class, please contact Brad Reamsbottom in the CRDC. 403.380.1856
Moodle: is an open-source learning management system (LMS). The open source aspect of this system allows developers to create modules and plugins that have custom functionality. For the average user, the open source platform means more functionality due to plugin and module development.
We are currently piloting moodle as an optional learning management system option. If you would like more information about this project, or would like to try moodle yourself, please contact John Kometz. 403.380.1856
SMART Devices: We also have a variety of SMART Devices available via the CAETL Learning Lab that you can try out. These include a SMART Board, SMART Symposium, and a SMART wireless slate
Audience Response Systems. These devices, often referred to as classroom clickers, are used as a way to increase participation within the classroom. Currently we are supporting the iClicker response system. If you have an interest in using audience response systems, please contact Brad Reamsbottom with your inquiry. Also consider polleverywhere.com as a viable option.
We have been involved in videoconference research for some time and have published many related papers regarding the topic. We can help you facilitate a video conference and inform you of it’s pros and cons, and consult with you to determine if you have any specific needs met during the conference. To learn more about our videoconference research, please visit our research area.
There are variety of web conferencing services available on the web; some of them are free services while others have a cost associated with them. The CRDC sought faculty input and chose to support the Acrobat Connect Pro platform. If you would like to use this system for an event or for a class please contact Brad Reamsbottom for a consultation regarding its use.
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Audio/Video consultation for events
The CRDC’s helpful staff will consult with you to help you with many of your AV needs for events throughout the university. Examples of work we do in this area vary from providing podiums, microphones and speakers, as well as projectors, projection screens and computer peripherals. Please contact Calvin Toth for a consultation regarding your next event.
Our main goal is to enhance teaching and learning. We achieve this goal by examining each courses and instructors needs. Not every job requires the same tool. The CRDC’s Instructional Designers will work with you using a backwards design process to ensure that your course objectives and student learning outcomes are aligned, as well we can suggest sustainable technologies that can enhance your class and help you engage your students.