Using a classroom response system, known as "clickers" can add interactivity to large lecture classes. With the receiver and response pads, you can give short quizzes, take attendance, play learning games, instantly assess students' comprehension of your lecture, and more. View Sociology professor Patrick Ashton's presentation (PDF) about the many ways he uses "clickers" in his classroom to engage students in thought-provoking discussion of sensitive issues. Go to the i>clicker web site to read cases studies by faculty using clickers in a variety of disciplines.
Contact the ITS Helpdesk for more information about getting started with i>clicker.
Blackboard is an online course management tool designed to help faculty more effectively manage students, as well as organize and deliver content via a password secured learning environment. From your course syllabus and grades, to notes, assignments and assessments Blackboard allows your students the ability to access, study and work on class materials 24/7 and from almost any internet connection.
Blackboard can be accessed using a variety of internet browser software, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. Your IPFW computing ID allows you to log into the system. Blackboard provides an "app" to allow you to view your Blackboard courses on a mobile device such as a smart phone or an iPad.
Visit Blackboard's OnDemand Learning Center for documentation, tutorials and resources. ITS has created a web page of selected resources tailored to IPFW faculty. ITS Client Support offers workshops on the mechanics of using Blackboard. Follow this link for training topics and a schedule. If you would like assistance in how to use Blackboard effectively in teaching, please contact CELT. For technical assistance with the software, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 260-481-6030.
Web conferencing allows faculty and students to interact, meet, and collaborate in real time over the Internet. Web Conferencing systems provide a collection of tools for participants to use and can include: white-boarding, screen-sharing, live chat, presentations, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), and many other capabilities. IPFW is currently utilizing WebEx as its web conferencing tool.
WebEx is used for real-time meetings and seminars enriched with interactive presentations and discussion capabilities. It combines existing learning content with real-time interactivity between presenters and students for engaging collaborative teaching and learning experiences. WebEx presenters can use PowerPoint slides, live and recorded video, Flash animations, live screen-sharing, audio, and two-way text chat to deliver more effective presentations. WebEx can be used to deliver lectures at a distance, connect with guest speakers, hold virtual office hours, and much more. All meetings can be recorded and archived and made available to students who were not able to attend the session. WebEx also works with phones and other mobile devices.
For assistance in getting started with web conferencing, contact one of the Academic Computing Consultants with the ITS User Technology Support group. To schedule an appointment with an
Academic Computing Consultant contact the ITS Help Desk at (260) 481-6030. Visit the WebEx Getting Started page on the IT Services website to download Quick Guides for WebEx.
SafeAssign is a powerful tool to help students learn proper citation of sources and help them to avoid plagiarism. For more information on how SafeAssign can help you meet your teaching and learning goals please see the “Guide for Using SafeAssign” brochure. You may also download a complete guide or view a video clip that will walk you through using SafeAssign via Blackboard.
A student uploads a paper through the SafeAssign tool that has been added to your Blackboard class. SafeAssign’s software uses advanced pattern-matching technology to compare the submitted text to the content in the SafeAssign databases. The content of these databases contains millions of books, journals and over 5 billion pages on the Internet. The results are returned in the form of customized Originality Reports, in which any text matches found in SafeAssign’s databases are highlighted and linked to their source. These reports allow students to see where plagiarism might have occurred.
For a step by step tutorial in making a SafeAssign assignment, go to page 206 of the Blackboard manual (PDF). It's available online at the ITS website.
Capturing and recording what is on your computer screen for students can be a powerful visual teaching tool. Computer screen capturing is a snapshot of your computer screen. It can be either a still image, or with special software, you can capture and record activities on your desktop with audio narration and speech bubble enhancements. IPFW currently supports Camtasia.
Camtasia is available from the IPFW network. To download and install this application on your campus computer, you must be connected to the network. Go to Start > IPFW Applications > Employee > Multimedia and click on Camtasia.
Visit Camtasia, to find more information about the capabilities.
The Academic Computing Consultants with ITS User Technology Support group can help you get started or answer questions you have about the application. To schedule an appointment with an Academic Computing Consultant contact the ITS Help Desk at (260) 481-6030.
Respondus is a tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard. Use the following links to go to Vibe to view instructions on Creating a Respondus File, Publishing Quiz/Survey to Blackboard Learn Using Respondus 4.0, or Importing Questions From Test Bank Network in Respondus, as well as other topics. Requires IPFW login.
Respondus is available from the IPFW network. To download and install this application on your campus computer, you must be connected to the network. Go to Start > IPFW Applications > Employee > Utilities and click on Respondus.
Computing Consultants with ITS User Technology Support group can help you get started or answer questions you have about the application. To schedule an appointment with an Academic Computing Consultant contact the ITS Help Desk at (260) 481-6030.