UITS Learning Technologies partners with faculty to investigate tools and approaches that extend and deepen digital learning environments at IU.
Zoom is a web collaboration tool available to all Indiana University students, faculty, and staff. A regular Zoom meeting can support up to 100 simultaneous participants, while a large meeting can support up to 300 participants. Zoom also includes a webinar tool for very large meetings or classes. Zoom provides high-quality audio and video, intuitive sharing and co-annotation tools, breakout rooms, whiteboarding tools, the ability to easily add content to a meeting on the fly, and the option to download meeting recordings as MP4 files. Zoom integrates into Canvas as an external tool, and has apps for all platforms, including fully featured iOS and Android apps. Zoom's high-quality video and recording features also allow for recording simple videos with a webcam.
The IU Box service provides a simple, secure way to share and store files and folders online. Box consolidates your content in a single location, easily accessible from anywhere, on any device. You can create files and folders, share them using a direct link, invite others to collaborate, and continue to revise and review your content. Though similar in appearance to other consumer services such as Dropbox, Box can directly integrate with existing IU systems (e.g., accounts, CAS for single sign-on with your IU username and passphrase), security, and contractual protections. Your Box account quota is unlimited.
Top Hat is a comprehensive teaching platform that instructors can use to engage students both within and outside of the classroom with interactive slides, graded questions, customized content, videos, discussions, and polls. Students use smartphones, tablets, laptops, ordinary cell phones, or physical clickers to participate in Top Hat activities.
Turnitin is web-based plagiarism detection software owned by Turnitin.com, Inc. Turnitin can be used as a deterrent, but also as an educational tool to teach students how to work with sources and to improve paraphrasing and quoting skills. The integration of Turnitin into the Assignments tool of Canvas allows students to submit written work to both their instructors and Turnitin at the same time.
Learning technologies are always evolving, and IU is always trying new tools to enhance teaching, learning, and colaboration on IU campuses. Next.iu.edu is a great platform to find the newest tools in education, and to signup, or even sugest pilots for new products.
Feel free to contact the IUE CTL if you would like help getting started with any of these tools, or if you are just looking for something new to add to your courses.
Digital repositories are rapidly becoming a key element of course development. Below are links to some resources that might help you plan your next course.
MERLOT: MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by faculty all over the world. There are thousands of online teaching and learning materials in MERLOT, including peer reviewed open educational resources.
OER Commons: Open Education Resources (OER)Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvment.
Teaching Commons: The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more.
Digital Public Library of America: The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
nanoHUB: nanoHUB is designed to be a resource to the entire nanotechnology discovery and learning community. STEM focused.
MedEd Portal: MedEdPORTAL promotes educational scholarship and collaboration by facilitating the open exchange of peer-reviewed health education teaching and assessment resources.
The Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education project (TILT Higher Ed) is an award-winning national educational development and research project that helps faculty to implement a transparent teaching framework that promotes college students' success.
Transparent Teaching is an empirically tested, pedagogical framework designed to foster student success. The premise of transparent teaching is that in helping students better understand the purpose and practices of course content, they will be more engaged and take an active role in their learning.
There are numerous resources available to learn more about this project and how you might incorporate transparent teaching in your own courses.
Integrative Teaching & Signature Work
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