Applications For Instructors

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard, ATSU’s learning management system, is an Internet-based application which allows instructors to put class materials on the Internet. It provides a variety of tools to facilitate teaching and learning.

  • Blackboard is available to all instructors in both Mac and Windows environment
  • Blackboard can be accessed through the my.atsu.edu portal

Respondus

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard.

  • Repondus is available to all instructors in both the Mac and Windows environment
  • Respondus is self-installed via downloads in the my.atsu.edu portal

Classroom Survey Tools

Poll Everywhere

This web-based audience response system lets you embed interactive activities directly into your presentation. The audience responds on the web or via SMS texting on their phones.

  • Poll Everywhere is free to Higher Education if the responses per poll is 40 or less.
  •  Sign up is at Poll Everywhere

Echo 360

Are your students paying attention in class? When you ask for questions, is there awkward silence? Energize your presentations while engaging students with Echo360 polling activities.

Video Content Creation Tools

Zoom

Although we most often think of Zoom as a web conferencing tool, it can also be used for video creation by using the record function.

  • ATSU has an enterprise license for Zoom, so departmental accounts are not charged. It is available to ATSU faculty/staff who have an ATSU.edu email address. Put in a service desk ticket to request an account.
    • A personal meeting ID (PMI) is a constant meeting number for you that can be easy to remember. Most people use their phone number (but Zoom is not tied to the phone system). Click here for more information.

Articulate

Articulate is online training software that helps you create online e-learning courses quickly and easily.

Camtasia

Camtasia is a software suite, created and published by TechSmith, for creating video tutorials and presentations. Camtasia consists of two major components:

  • Camtasia Recorder – a separate tool for capturing screen audio and video
  • Camtasia editor – the component for which the entire product is named, which is now a multimedia authoring tool with the industry standard “timeline” interface for managing multiple clips in a stacked track form plus enhancements summarized below.
  • Considered a “specialty” software, individual departments are responsible for the cost. Purchase cost is usually around $169. for educators.

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is a authoring tool that is used for creating elearning content. With Captivate, you can integrate PowerPoint and incorporate question slides.

  • Captivate presents a bit of a “learning curve” but tutorials can be found lynda.com which you can access through the my.atsu.edu portal.
  • Purchase cost is assumed by individual departments, but check with the support desk or purchasing for pricing as ATSU receives educational discounts from Adobe.

MS Office Mix

Microsoft Office Mix is a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online videos.

  • One of the simplest methods to access Mix is login to PowerPoint and use the search bar to find Office Mix.
  • You can also create your offering in PowerPoint and export it as a MP4.
  • Tutorials can be found at lynda.com which you can access through the my.atsu.edu portal.

Web Conferencing

Zoom

Zoom is the video conferencing software recommended by ATSU Information Technology Services. Although Zoom is free for students and non-ATSU members, ITS provides a Zoom Pro account for all faculty and staff. With Zoom you can: set up and record a video chat, record your desktop, remote control another computer, annotate on a shared screen, or set up a live greenscreen backdrop. Zoom also offers live polling.

  • ATSU has an enterprise license for Zoom, so departmental accounts are not charged. Zoom Pro is available to ATSU faculty/stafff, Put in a service desk ticket to request a Pro account.
    • A personal meeting ID (PMI) is a constant meeting number for you that can be easy to remember. Most people use their phone number (but Zoom is not tied to the phone system). Click here for more information.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a communications service that allows members to initiate and participate in text, voice or video chats, either one-on-one or in a group. Hangouts are built into Google+ and Gmail, and mobile Hangouts apps are available for iOS and Android devices.

  • Hangouts is part of  GSuite, formerly Google Apps for Education. There is no charge to the individual or department since ATSU is a higher education institution working within an agreement with Google.
  • You can find Hangouts by clicking the grid in the upper right of Gmail. This opens the Apps Launcher, scroll down past More and you will see the Hangouts icon.

Blackboard Collaborate (Part of Blackboard)

The newly redesigned Blackboard Collaborate is a browser-based web conferencing solution that makes synchronous collaboration simple and crystal clear. Java-free launching and easy deployment mean you can focus on teaching and learning, not technology requirements.

  • Cost is absorbed by ITS
  • Click here to go to the page on this website that features Blackboard Collaborate

 

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