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Instructional Software

Instructional Software

NOTE: Give consideration to the ways in which your use of any of the following technologies includes or complements the diversity of learners in your courses: students with physical and mental disabilities, diverse gender identities, ethnic and religious affiliations, and other characteristics. For further information see CELT's Learner-Centered Design Library Guide page.

Classroom Response Systems

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.

i>clicker Availability

Contact the ITS Helpdesk for more information about getting started with i>clicker.

Tips for Teaching Effectively with Clickers (PDF)

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Learning Management System

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.

Accessing Blackboard

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.

Getting Started

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.

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Web Conferencing

Web conferencing allows faculty and students to interact, meet, and collaborate in real time over the Internet. Web Conferencing systems provide a collection of tool 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 Adobe Connect as its web conferencing tool.

Connect uses Adobe Flash, already installed in 97% of the world’s browsers. Currently, two Connect system components are available, Connect Meeting and Connect Presenter and can be used to facilitate distance learning, professional development and collaboration world-wide.

Image of Adobe Connect in use

Connect Meeting 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. Connect Meeting 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. Connect Meeting 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.

Adobe Presenter is a plug-in fully integrated with Microsoft PowerPoint that simplifies the creation and sharing of narrated, self-paced, media-rich presentations. With Adobe Presenter, IPFW faculty and staff can create dynamic presentations and training courses, complete with a narrated voice-over, directly from within PowerPoint. It’s easy to incorporate video, animations and even software simulations.

Adobe Presenter can also function outside of Connect and allows instructors to create Flash-based learning objects, including narration and assessments, using PowerPoint. Use Adobe Presenter to develop tutorials or create narrated lectures using PowerPoint. Interactivity can be easily added with quiz questions throughout the presentation. Presentation can be included as simple Blackboard Vista content and quizzes can be tracked by the Vista gradebook with loaded as a SCORM object.

Getting Started

If you would like to use Connect for teaching, research or meetings, simply use your Purdue Career Account Login information to login to Adobe Connect, which is hosted by Purdue at West Lafayette. For assistance in getting started with web conferencing, one of the Academic Computing Consultants with the ITS User Technology Support group can help or answer your questions. To schedule an appointment with an Academic Computing Consultant contact the ITS Help Desk at (260) 481-6030.

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Plagiarism Detection Software

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 Vista.

How it works

A student uploads a paper through the SafeAssign tool that has been added to your Blackboard Vista 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.

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Computer Screen Capturing

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.

Accessing Camtasia ScreenCorder

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.

Getting Started with 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.

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Test Creation Software

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. 

Accessing Respondus

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.

Getting Started with Respondus

For more information about the capabilities offered by Respondus see the Respondus website or review these demonstration movies.

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.

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