Technology Tools Navigator | Office of Information Technology

Technology Tools Navigator

Last Updated: 08/01/2016

Overview

This guide was developed to help CU-Boulder faculty select and effectively use the tools that are best suited to what they want to accomplish and to their technology preferences. Choose something that’s quick, easy and does the basics, or try something more advanced that could further enhance the student learning experience. If you need assistance using any of these technologies, contact help@colorado.edu.

What type of technology user are you?

Technology Minimalist Icon Technology Minimalist  Technology Explorer icon Technology Explorer    Technology Guru icon Technology Guru  
  • Prefers to find the simplest solution for the job
  • Wants technology to make things easier and more efficient, but does not want to spend a lot of time learning a new tool
  • Is not typically the first to try out a new technology and instead prefers to hear that it’s working for others before adopting it for themselves
  • Somewhat comfortable with the basic functionality of our campus’ learning management system, D2L
  • Enjoys using technology, but is not always the first to test out something new
  • Spends time learning a tool if they feel it will benefit student learning or improve their own processes
  • Likes to explore new technologies and imagine creative ways they could be used in or outside of the classroom
  • Is willing to put in the time to learn a lesser-established or more complex tool or process
  • Comfortable teaching students how to use a new technology before implementing it in the classroom

Actions and Tools

Push a Message to Students

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Send an email

 

 Technology Explorer icon Explorer:

Post an announcement

 

 Technology Guru icon Guru:

Use social media

 

Creating Accessible Learning Materials

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Make sure your syllabus is Universally Designed

 

 Technology Explorer icon Explorer:

Make your documents, presentations, and student surveys fully accessible!

 

 Technology Guru icon Guru:

Make sure your D2L course does not have any inaccessible material, especially inaccessible PDFs

  • Convert inaccessible PDFs to an accessible format with SensusAccess
  • Learn more about CU’s accessibility resources by clicking on the “Accessibility” drop-down button on your D2L homepage

 

Foster Interaction

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Encourage active learning in the classroom

  • Use Clickers to ask multiple-choice questions during class
  • Read a summary of evidence-based best practices for using Clickers

 

 Technology Explorer icon Explorer:

Hold virtual office hours or encourage students to collaborate online

 

 Technology Guru icon Guru:

Discuss a picture or video

 

Moderate a discussion

 

Sharing Large Files and Media

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Email large files to individuals or groups

 

 Technology Explorer icon Explorer:

Share a folder

 

 Technology Guru icon Guru:

Stream audio and video files within D2L

 

 

Evaluate Student Learning

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Keep student grades

 

 Technology Explorer icon Explorer:

Online assignments and quizzes

 

 Technology Guru icon Guru:

Provide detailed feedback on students’ written work

 

Facilitate Peer Collaboration or Feedback

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Encourage students to share their work

 

 Technology Explorer icon Explorer:

Create peer feedback assignments around media (images, video or PPT)

 

 Technology Guru icon Guru:

Create and manage group assignments