Overview of Teaching Tools
Teaching Tools @ Oakland University
Moodle - This Learning Management Software handles all OU courses every semester. Course spaces are created from the student management system, Banner (SAIL), one month before the semester starts and faculty have access then. Students will have access one week before the class starts. Semester courses are archived after a year. Permanent practice courses may be requested, which have no students. Most faculty, teaching traditional or partially online courses, use Moodle to post their syllabus and articles, give assignments and have students post papers online, initiate student-created lectures on discussion boards, conduct chat discussion groups, offer computer-graded quizzes of readings, and grading. Completely online courses are usually based on Moodle, as well.
Elluminate - This video-conferencing software offers synchronous text chat, audio, video, and a whiteboard for desktop sharing with students at a distance. Online courses that specify a set time and date may meet on Elluminate for traditional type lectures, or it can be used to supplement traditional courses. Elluminate meetings may be set up as an activity from within a Moodle course. Sessions in Elluminate are recorded and archived.
ePortfolio - A second instance of Moodle has been installed and renamed as our ePortfolio. Each student, faculty, and staff has a permanent course space that they manage, called Career e-Portfolio. It has all the functionality of a Moodle course, including file uploading, discussion boards, chat, etc. Outside guests may be given enrollment codes for access. In addition, departments may request spaces here for accreditation and assessment purposes. Also any miscellaneous academic purposes may be accommodated, such as spaces for grad students in a particular program, committee meetings, research communication, advising sessions, etc.
Scantron - Scantron machines and software are used for grading quizzes taken on bubble paper sheets (ParScore) and scoring student course evaluations (ScanBook). Forms may be purchased at the bookstore and then brought to e-LIS. Make an appointment at x4566 to meet with a tech who helps set up the software and the machine for scanning the completed forms.
Second Life - A virtual digital world that allows faculty and students to create a free avatar that can explore a three-dimensional, geographical landscape that is open to the world. Oakland University has it's own island with areas for class discussion, practice in building three-dimensional objects, residences for faculty, and room for social gatherings. Class meetings, office hours, exhibitions and presentations are all possible on the island.
i>clicker - Clickers are remote devices that students use during traditional large classes to signal their choices in answering questions. The results are then captured by the software and displayed on screen. The answers can be graded and assigned to a gradebook or remain anonymous.
iTunes U - ITunes is the Apple store for audio content. Universities have sites here to offer free audio and video files to the public. Files from class lectures or external presenters may use this alternative distribution site by contacting e-LIS.
CourseWeb - OU's oldest learning management software, written locally in 1999, continues to be used by a few faculty on campus. It allows for uploading files, discussion boards, and chat only.
Freeware/Social Networking - There is a growing list of free social networking sites online that can be used for teaching.
Content Storage - There are many solutions for uploading files on campus. Use Moodle or eReserves to share files with just students in a course. Use the e-Portfolio, Oakshare, Google Docs, or Google Sites to share with outside guests.
Media Lab Software
Camtasia - Will capture screenshops and make videos with audio.
iMovie - Edits videos captured with webcams or other cameras.
Audacity - Edits audio files.
Photoshop - Edits image files.
Illustrator - Creates drawings and text effects.
Flash - Creates animations.
Dreamweaver - Creates webpages and web applications.
InDesign - Creates page layouts for newsletters or other printing needs.