Teaching & Learning Tools

Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference August 6 & 7, 2014

We are very pleased to announce the COLTT 2014 keynote speaker: Steven Pollock, a U.S. Carnegie Professor of the Year for 2013 and Professor of Physics at CU-Boulder. The Carnegie Foundation honored Professor Pollock by recognizing his national reputation as an educator of excellence whose work is transforming physics education.

Get Your Grades, Class Schedule and Book Lists on Your Mobile Devices

Mobile MyCUInfo, located at https://m.colorado.edu/mycuinfo/, makes it possible for students to check their grades, view class schedules and location, book lists and more, all on a smartphone or other mobile device. The schedules, books, and grades you can access in the Student tab of MyCUInfo are presented in a mobile-friendly format so you always have them with you.

i>clicker Base Station Trade In

This Maymester, OIT will update i>clicker bases with the latest firmware, and also begin supplying i>clicker version 6.4.1 as the officially supported software for i>clicker.  

Desire2Learn Outage Review, Evaluation and Strategic Path Forward

Overview

This website provides comprehensive information regarding the outages, evaluations and decisions for changes as well as path forward to ensure the campus has a technology environment with the stability and reliability needed to appropriately support teaching and learning activities of the campus.

D2L Outage Review, Evaluation and Strategic Path Forward (downloadable PDF)

Background

D2L is CU-Boulder’s primary Online Learning Environment (OLE). In the spring 2013 semester, approximately 2,445 university courses relied on D2L, affecting over 25,433 students. Early in the spring 2013 semester, CU-Boulder was impacted by two significant outages of the Desire2Learn (D2L) collaborative learning environment, which also affected a many of D2L’s other clients.

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VoiceThread

Overview

With VoiceThread, people can have asynchronous group conversations around images, documents, videos and presentations they upload to the site. Once a user shares a VoiceThread, others can comment on it verbally (with a microphone or telephone), with text, by uploading an audio file or by recording a video with their webcam. Additionally, others can review the comments and see who made them.

CU-Boulder offers a campus wide license of VoiceThread. To access this technology, go to https://colorado.voicethread.com.

VoiceThread User Guides

To learn about the capabilites of VoiceThread including how to create, comment on, and share a VoiceThread, please visit one of the following guides depending on your affiliation:

Features

Features

  • People can virtually collaborate and converse about the media uploaded to VoiceThread.
  • Comments can be added several ways: voice (with a microphone or telephone); text; audio file; and video (via a webcam).
  • VoiceThreads can be shared with others so they can record comments.
  • Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities and pick which comments are shown through moderation.
  • VoiceThreads can be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.
Cost

Cost

CU-Boulder has a campus wide license of VoiceThread. VoiceThread as a common-good service for the campus, which means there is no direct cost to an individual or department.

Who can get it

Who can get it

CU-Boulder’s VoiceThread technology is available to all CU-Boulder affiliates with an active IdentiKey.

How to get it

How to get it

  • Go to https://colorado.voicethread.com.
  • You will be directed to CU-Boulder's VoiceThread login page.
  • Login with your IdentiKey and follow any on-screen steps, such as agreeing to Terms of Use and confirming your Digital ID Card.
  • Faculty can send a request to help@colorado.edu to have their new VoiceThread accounts promoted from "Basic" to "Pro"
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All support for VoiceThread is provided by the vendor. When logged in to your VoiceThread account, you can use the Help and Tutorials link to access extensive online training materials. VoiceThread also provides email and phone contact information on this page, should you need to contact them for individual support.

The CU-Boulder Foreign Language Technology Program (FLTP) periodically offers workshops on using VoiceThread. CU Faculty and Staff are welcome to sign up for FLTP’s VoiceThread workshops. To see the schedule, go to the FLTP website and choose “Workshop Calendar.” Click highlighted dates on the calendar to see which sessions are offered. Course details and instructions to register are available on their site.

For more information on using VoiceThread, visit VoiceThread’s “How To” and “Manuals” sections of their website.

 

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Should you have comments or feedback about VoiceThread that will be helpful as OIT continues to evolve this service, please email Aisha Jackson at Aisha.Jackson@Colorado.EDU.

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All support for VoiceThread is provided by the vendor. When logged in to your VoiceThread account, you can use the Help and Tutorials link to access extensive online training materials. VoiceThread also provides e-mail and phone contact information on this page, should you need to contact them for individual support.

The CU-Boulder Foreign Language Technology Program (FLTP) periodically offers workshops on using VoiceThread. CU Faculty and Staff are welcome to sign up for FLTP’s VoiceThread workshops. To see the schedule, go to the FLTP website and choose “Workshop Calendar.” Click highlighted dates on the calendar to see which sessions are offered. Course details and instructions to register are available on their site.

For more information on using VoiceThread, visit VoiceThread’s “How To” and “Manuals” sections of their website.

 

Should you have comments or feedback about VoiceThread that will be helpful as OIT continues to evolve this service, please e-mail Aisha Jackson at Aisha.Jackson@Colorado.EDU.

CUClickers - Instructor Pedagogical Resources

Overview

Many instructors immediately see the benefit of using clickers to ask students questions about the material in the middle of lecture, providing both students and instructors with instant feedback on students’ understanding. Just how the clickers are used in the classroom can have a huge impact – on student learning, as well as how receptive they are to this teaching technique. This section provides some suggestions and ideas for the effective use of clickers based both on educational research and the experience of seasoned instructors.

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D2L - Kaltura Integration

Overview

In order to provide a rich media experience to Desire2Learn courses, Kaltura has been integrated with the online learning environment. Use the links below to learn more about the many capabilities of this integration.

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Kaltura - D2L Integration

Overview

In order to provide a rich media experience to Desire2Learn courses, Kaltura has been integrated with the online learning environment. Use the links below to learn more about how you use this tool to enhance the content of your courses.

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Kaltura - Help

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Kaltura Media Console The Kaltura Media Console is the back-end interface for Kaltura. Only staff, acting on the behalf of a university department or group shall have access to the Kaltura Media Console, known as rich media administrators. More information below.
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Kaltura Rich Media Streaming

Overview

Kaltura is a rich media streaming service that supports audio and video streams.

How Kaltura is used

Desire2Learn (D2L) Integration

Kaltura has been integrated into D2L, CU-Boulder's online learning environment. This integration allows instructors and students to upload video and audio files into their D2L courses for sharing. Visit the Kaltura - D2L Integration page to learn more.

Features

Features

  • Hosted streaming content with a third party service.
  • Provides capabilities to colleges, schools, departments, and groups uploading content, editing and managing rich media content.
  • Provides delegated management of the content to individuals within colleges, schools, departments and groups, including group based delegated administration to allow multiple people to share the management of the organizations content.
  • Provides integration of service with Desire2Learn.
  • Provides alternate sources to upload media.

*Note: Kaltura does not provide long term file storage for campus and inactive files will be subject to removal. Refer to the Can I use Kaltura for long term storage FAQ for more information and alternative solutions.

Benefits

Benefits

  • A robust, reliable location to host rich media content.
  • Content available through a www.colorado.edu address.
  • A “common good” service which decreases organizational infrastructure costs, reduces administrative overhead costs, and provides an environment aligned with technology and information security standards.
Cost

Cost

The hosting service is a common good service for the campus and there is no cost to take advantage of it. This service decreases organizational infrastructure costs, reduces administrative overhead costs, and provides an environment aligned with technology and information security standards.

Who can get it

Who can get it

Faculty, staff, and students.

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Faculty that would like to know more about Kaltura for instructional use can consult with an Academic Technology Consultant.

Departments that would like to know more about the Kaltura Management Console should contact Aisha Jackson.

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Faculty that would like to know more about Kaltura for instructional use can consult with an Academic Technology Consultant.

Departments that would like to know more about the Kaltura Management Console should contact Aisha Jackson.

D2L - Backup a Course

Overview

OIT strongly encourages you to make a backup copy of your course. Desire2Learn does not offer a single course backup feature, so a few different export processes are necessary to get all course data. The following information will guide you in how to backup your course data.

*Remember: Course and grade book information are protected by the Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and as such should stored be according to the CU-Boulder Restricted Data Security Requirements.

Export Content and Components

D2L allows users the ability to export their course contents and components. This means that any files that exist in the course content section and the the course structure can be exported in a single .zip file. To learn about this process refer to Export section of the Import/Export Course Contents and Components tutorial.

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CUClickers - Desire2Learn Integration

Overview

The instructions below demonstrate how instructors can export their Desire2Learn grade book information as a roster that can be used with CUClickers' i>clicker software. And then it demonstrates how to import i>clicker results into your Desire2Learn grade book.

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D2L - Create Survey Questions

Overview

There are many types of questions in the Desire2Learn survey creator. The information on this page will aid you in creating questions for a survey. To learn more about how to create a survey please visit the Create a Survey tutorial.

Common Features of all Question Types

  • All question types have an optional Title field. If you do not enter a title, the system will take the full question text and enter it as the title. The title is only displayed in the quiz tool and not to users taking the quiz.
  • Many question types give you the option of inserting an image. Click the Add a File button beside the Image field to insert an image.

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D2L - Calendar

Overview

The Calendar tool allows you to arrange and visualize your course events in multiple views and enables integration of course content and your Calendar.

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D2L - Understanding Email

Overview

The Email tool allows you to send email from within Learning Environment. You can also organize received mail using folders and store email addresses using the Address Book.

The ability to compose an email message will be denoted by one of the three following icons:

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How to Access Email Tool

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Instructors who plan to use the Desire2Learn Email tool as their main means to contact students should add the tool to their course Navbar (learn about this process by visiting the Add a tool to the Navigation Bar tutorial). With the tool on the Navbar simply click on the Email tool to compose a message, as shown below.

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