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Multimodal Learning

Online Teaching Tools


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When teaching online your choice of tools will depend upon the characteristics of your learners, as well as your goals and objectives for the course. The important thing to remember is that when you choose technology for instruction it should be content driven not merely dictated by the type of media that happens to strike your fancy. Select each technology for its unique ability to convey meaning and to facilitate learning outcomes.


Respondus LockDown Browser - Administer Online Tests

Respondus Campus Wide License - Create Online Tests

Blackboard Ultra - Web Conferencing
Skype for Business - Web Conferencing

Panopto - Lecture Capture Recording

MediaAmp - Streaming Media

Turnitin LTI - Plagiarism Detection

Discussion Board - Online Discussion

Wikis/Pages - Group Projects

CWU Mobile - CWU on the Go

Canvas Mobile App - Canvas on the Go

Live Text - ePortfolio for Education Majors

Top Hat - Student Response System


Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor

Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Canvas. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to take a quiz in Canvas, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. Tests created for use with Respondus LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers either. Respondus LockDown Browser functions much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently.

Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams. Respondus Monitor integrates seamlessly with Canvas, and is ideal for non-proctored testing environments.

Download the LockDown Browser for CWU
CWU has a site license for Respondus Lockdown Browser. Respondus LockDown Browser uses a standard Windows or Macintosh installer that can be downloaded by CWU faculty and students.

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Respondus Campus-Wide License

Faculty can create tests using a specific format in Microsoft Word, then publish to Canvas using Respondus Campus-Wide license. This is a tremendous time-saver for creating online tests and also for customizing in-class tests.

To obtain a licensed copy of Respondus, follow the instructions in the Instructor Resource course in Canvas or contact Joy Bensiger at Joy.Bensiger@cwu.edu

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Blackboard Ultra

Blackboard Ultra is the newest web-conferencing tool available in Canvas. It opens right in the browser so it does not require downloading of java to join the session. It works best when using the Google Chrome browser.

Guides for using Blackboard Ultra:

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Skype for Business

Skype for Business is best suited to recurring or ad-hoc department meetings with participants joining from remote locations. It is integrated with Outlook so invitations with link to join meeting can be sent directly through email. Participants join via webcam from desktop, conference rooms, and non-DE classrooms. Participants are not required to have a CWU account or a Skype for Business account.

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Panopto

Panopto is an easy-to-use tool for recording lectures and flipping your classroom. It can be installed on any PC or laptop to record your screen and audio, as well as video from your webcam. All recordings are automatically uploaded to our Panopto server and integrated with Canvas, where they can be shared with your students.

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MediaAmp

MediaAMP allows faculty to upload, manage, and incorporate streaming media into their courses directly within Canvas.

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Turnitin LTI - Plagiarism Detection

Starting Winter Quarter 2017 there will be a new Turnitin LTI integration with Canvas. The new integration allows faculty to take advantage of Turnitin grading features that include the Turnitin Feedback Studio with rubrics, the QuickMark library of commonly used comments, PeerMark for peer review assignments and the e-rater Grammar Check Technology which auto-grades for grammar. These features are in addition to the plagiarism detection that provides a Similarity/Originality score for every submission.

Guide for students:

Considerations:

  • You cannot use Turnitin on group assignments
  • If you want to use a Canvas rubric, you must add the rubric before setting the external tool submission type.
  • You can use the Quick Submit feature to check a submission that wasn't part of a Turnitin assignment.
  • If you copy a Turnitin assignment from another course, you will have to re-enable the External Tool Submission Type for each assignment, otherwise the assignment will not be connected to Turnitin.

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Discussion Board

A discussion board is an asynchronous communication tool that allows students to communicate at any time in different time zones and in any place they have a computer and an Internet connection.  In online courses the discussion board has been described as a tool with potential to enhance interaction and engagement, empowering learners to express themselves in ways they may not normally feel comfortable in face-to-face learning environments.

As is always the case when creating instruction with technology it is the design and preparation of the learning activity that will predict its effectiveness in promoting desirable learning outcomes.

Here are some resources that address the pedagogy of asynchronous discussion in hybrid and online courses:

RESOURCES:

Garrison D.R., Cleveland M., 2005, Facilitating Cognitive Presence in Online Learning Interaction Is Not Enough, American Journal of Distance Ed., 19(3), 133–148, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Martyn, M. (2005).  Using Interaction in Online Discussion Boards. Educause Quarterly, 4, 61-62. Download from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eqm05410.pdf

Vesely, P., Bloom, L., Sherlock, J., (2007) Key Elements of Building Online Community: Comparing Faculty and Student Perspectives. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 3. Download from http://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no3/vesely.htm

Working with Small Groups in an Online Classroom
(http://www.onlinelearning.net/InstructorCommunity/workingwithgroups.html... .q050q695b.095g321y41). OnlineLearning.net

Discussion Board Tips, Tricks and Rubrics Handout


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Wikis or Pages in Canvas

Uses of Wikis in Higher Education

Reflection journals
Research project and proposals
Research and Presentation of special topics
Theater History Topic
Script Analysis
Never-Events
Peer Review
Summary of readings, article summaries
Knowledge Base (wikipedias for specific courses)
Study Guides
Glossaries
Project Tracking
Course Project/paper
Choosing Topics and/or Assignments
Presentation Tool
e-Portfolios
To select topics
Bring in content not covered in class

Canvas calls wikis Page to learn more about how to use pages in Canvas see this guide: What are pages?

Wiki Sources and Information

The Power of Wikis in Higher Ed

IT‐User Services, University of Delaware: "Wikis in Higher Education: An exploratory report about the value of wikis in higher education from a faculty perspective", Version 1.2. May 23, 2008 Retrieved online on 8/25/11


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CWU Mobile

Stay connected with CWU Mobile, Central's FREE mobile app that goes anywhere with you. Wildcat news and events, staff and faculty contact info, campus videos, photos, maps, and much more are right at your fingertips. Check it out.

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Canvas Mobile App for Android / iOS

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Top Hat


Top Hat is CWU's preferred student response system. With it, instructors can create interactive quizzes, homework, and presentations for use in and out of class. Students respond with a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to bring new energy to lectures and class discussions. Licenses are available at a reduced price online and through the Wildcat Shop.

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