Starting July 4, when you login to Desire2Learn (D2L), you will enter your login credentials through a new login page called Federated Identity Service. The Federated Identity Service is an IdentiKey login system placed in front of campus web services that allows users to log in to one system, and gain access to others without having to log in again.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is making some changes to the CU-Boulder instance of Qualtrics in order to make the service more accessible for people with disabilities. As a part CU-Boulder’s Accessibility Initiative, on May 13, 2015, the CU-Boulder instance of Qualtrics will be modified to prevent survey builders from creating non-accessible surveys. This modification will eliminate a number of question types that are incompatible with screen readers.
As part of CU-Boulder’s initiative to enhance accessibility and usability of information and communication technology (ICT), a new website devoted to providing information regarding accessible ICT has been launched at www.colorado.edu/accessibility. In addition to providing news and updates about the initiative, the site will also provide resources for faculty and staff who are responsible for creating, selecting, or maintaining ICT.
OIT’s Academic Technology Design Team improves learning by blending emerging technologies with innovative teaching methods. The team includes instructional, media, learning experience, and universal designers; educational technology consultants; social media experts; and data analytics professionals.
They are especially focused on projects that align with the strategic goals of:
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.
To log in to lynda.com:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your video content is on a DVD, you will first need to convert the DVD to a digital file format before uploading it into Kaltura. If you need assistance with this process, first contact your department to see if an affiliate unit (i.e. ASSETT or ALTEC) can assist you, if not, refer to Norlin Library's Streaming Media Conversion & Upload Service.