Teaching & Learning Tools

New Website is One Stop for Accessible Technology Info

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.

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.

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.

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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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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