Online Teaching Enhancement Tools
Blackboard Learn 9.1 is used to deliver and manage online courses at UAFS. However, other software can also be used to enhance online teaching and learning. Some work in conjunction with Blackboard while the others can be used independently. The following is detailed information about the software used on this campus.
|Camtasia Studio||To create multimedia components such as demos, voice-over lessons or video clips for online courses. It also allows instructors to edit the video captures, add title, call-outs, quizzes or survey in the video. The video can be imported into Blackboard.||100 licenses|
|Respondus Lockdown Browser||To secure online tests so students cannot print, copy, go to the desk top, another web site, or access other applications during a test.||Incorporated within Blackboard Learn 9.1|
|Respondus 4.0||A test generator which allows instructors creating and managing exams that can be published directly to WebCT, Blackboard, and other online course management systems. This product is very popular because it allows instructors to import test questions in any text format (Microsoft document or other text file format) to Blackboard Learn 9.1.||Campus-wide license|
|SafeAssign||To compare students' writing assignment submissions in online courses against a set of academic papers online, in some databases and document archives to prevent plagiarism.||Incorporated with Blackboard Learn 9.1|
|Skype||Free software that allows users to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users on the Internet. It is a great video/audio communication and video conference tool that instructors can use to contact students or overseas colleagues online without paying for long distance calling.|
Faculty members can also use the following free software to enhance their online courses:
YouTube is a video sharing website. YouTube videos can be accessed as mashups within Blackboard Learn 9.1
Blogger is a free blog publishing tool from Google for post text, photos and video. Online course instructors can use Blogger for class journals.
Wikis are free online tools that allow instructors to create collaborate class projects on the web. Blackboard Learn 9.1 also allows instructors to create wikis. Instructors and students may also visit WIKIPEDIA to access information on a variety of topics.