Teaching & Learning Tools

Respondus Lockdown Browser Pilot Ending

During the fall 2014 semester, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) conducted a pilot of the Respondus LockDown Browser. The browser allows an instructor to lock down the Quiz tool in Desire2Learn so that a test taker cannot print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. While this service addressed some instructor concerns about online exam security, the pilot revealed support issues and technical limitations.

Used i>clicker Registration Fee

i>clicker recently announced that they will begin charging a one-time $6.99 registration fee for used i>clickers starting January 1, 2015. If you have previously registered your used i>clicker, you do not need to re-register your i>clicker or pay the new registration fee. This new fee only applies to newly purchased used i>clickers that are registered after January 1, 2015. This fee does not apply to i>clickers that are purchased new.

Learn anytime, anywhere with lynda.com

All CU-Boulder faculty, staff, and students now have access to lynda.com. Lynda.com provides an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software, creative, and business skills. With more than 2,500 courses lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners and is available from any location with internet access. Start learning at www.colorado.edu/lynda.

Lynda.com was brought to the CU-Boulder campus through the efforts of the Boulder Faculty Assembly Leadership Institute.

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.

lynda.com

Overview

lynda.com is an online library of high-quality video tutorials, created by industry professionals teaching a wide variety of software tools and skills. The full range of these tutorials are available to current faculty, students and staff. For additional information on lynda.com at CU-Boulder, including recommended courses for faculty, staff and students, visit www.colorado.edu/lynda.

Access lynda.com

To log in to lynda.com:

  1. Go to CU-Boulder's lynda.com login page (lynda.colorado.edu should be used as the bookmarked URL)
  2. Enter your CULoginName and IdentiKey password.
  3. Click Continue.

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Benefits

Benefits

  • Unlimited access to thousands of courses
  • Beginner to advanced courses
  • Full courses or segments dedicated to certain tasks
  • Closed captioning on many videos, with a time coded transcript
  • Create own playlists
  • Access to course instructor's materials
  • Learn from phone, tablet or computer
Cost

Cost

There is no direct cost for the lynda.com subscription.

Who can get it

Who can get it

Current faculty, staff and students have access to all lynda.com course materials.

How to get it

How to get it

Access training resources by logging in to lynda.com via CU-Boulder's lynda.com login page (lynda.colorado.edu).

Help Resources

Learn more about using lynda.com by watching the How to use lynda.com tutorial. Additional help can be found at the following locations:

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Please Help Us Improve Desire2Learn

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has formed a team to identify ways to improve the Desire2Learn service based on your feedback to the OIT Annual Services Survey in 2013. As part of this effort, the team is interviewing faculty members about their experiences with Desire2Learn.

Make Sure Your i>clicker Software is Updated Before October 1

Since our campus has switched to using the i>clicker national registration database for clicker registration, the CU-Boulder registration database (cuclickers.colorado.edu) is no longer needed and will be retired on October 1. The switch to a new registration database means that all instructors must update to the latest version of i>clicker software. If you neglected to update your i>clicker software at the start of the fall semester, there is still time to do so.

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 such as D2L and exported to play as archival mp4s.
Cost

Cost

CU-Boulder has a campus wide license of VoiceThread. VoiceThread is 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

Support Area Description
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: The Kaltura service is for media that is being used on a regular basis by a course or for active collaboration, not for long term storage or archival. Inactive files will be subject to removal.

There are a number of long term storage options that you can use to store your videos.

Service Storage Size Are there fees?
Google Drive Unlimited (5 TB file maximum size) None
YouTube No Limit (20 GB per video limit) None
Dropbox 2 GB free Purchase additional storage over 2 GB.

When considering long term storage options, remember to obey all state and federal laws related to using copyrighted materials. Read more about copyright and fair use.

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.

Who can get it

Who can get it

Faculty, staff, and students.

How to get it
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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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