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Teaching with Technology

Technology Tool Finder

The Technology Tool Finder was designed to provide faculty with a one-stop portal for IU-supported teaching and learning technologies.

Piloting New Technologies

As students evolve, so do the systems and tools that shape the way we engage, educate, and inspire them. That's where Next.IU comes in. The pilot program goes beyond the latest trends to discover which technologies best serve IU's needs for education in the traditional classroom and flipped, hybrid, and fully-online learning environments.

Tools for Student Engagement


Box Course Folders

Box Course Folders, a locally developed tool available in Canvas, integrates Canvas with the IU Box service. The tool enables sharing and collaboration in the following ways:

  • When the tool is launched for the first time, a set of folders is created for the class.
  • Instructors can use the folders to share files with other instructors or the entire class.
  • The folders can also be configured to allow users in other roles to upload files and collaborate on content. Instructors can create personal drop box folders for all students in the course. Drop box folders allow file sharing and collaboration between student and instructor.
  • Any course member, regardless of role, can invite the entire class or members of their own role-based groups to collaborate on a personal Box folder.


Canvas Announcements

Use the Canvas Announcements tool to share important information with all members of your course. Your announcement will appear in the tool itself as well as in the global and course activity feeds. Depending on their notification settings, members of your course may also receive a copy of the announcement via email, SMS text, or Canvas mobile app notification. Instructors may also schedule announcements in advance.

Canvas Collaborations

Canvas leverages Google Docs technology to allow multiple users (up to 50 collaborators) to work together on the same document at the same time. Collaborative documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.

Note: Google Docs allows you to add up to 50 users per collaboration, and all users can view and edit a document at the same time. However, Google collaborations has a limit as to the number of users who can access a collaboration at any time. Learn more about creating a Google Collaboration.

You can collaborate using a document, presentation, or spreadsheet.

Canvas Conferences

Conferences are primarily used for virtual lectures, virtual office hours, and student groups. They can also be used to demonstrate technologies or troubleshoot technology issues online. Conferences can accommodate up to 50 people.

Conferences makes it easy to conduct synchronous (real-time) lectures for all of the students in your course. Conferences allows you to broadcast real-time audio, video, demo applications on your desktop, share presentation slides, or demo any online resources. Currently, Canvas integrates with BigBlueButton.

Recorded conferences are available for only 2 weeks.

Canvas Discussions

Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions can also be created as an assignment for grading purposes (and seamlessly integrated with the Canvas Gradebook), or simply serve as a forum for topical and current events. Discussions can also be created within student groups.
  • Help students start thinking about an upcoming Assignment or class discussion.
  • Follow-up on a conversation or questions that began in a face-to-face classroom.
  • Test student comprehension of important points made in class.
  • Debate contradictory ideas.
  • Brainstorm different approaches to a class problem.

Canvas Groups

Groups are like a smaller version of your course and are used as a collaborative tool where students can work together on group projects and assignments. Students can be organized into groups at the course level, and when allowed, students can create and control their own study groups.

Canvas Pages

Pages are where you can put content and educational resources that are part of your course but don’t necessarily belong in an assignment, or that you want to refer to in multiple assignments. This is a place where you can include text, video, and links to your files. You can even make links to other pages. Pages can also be used as a collaboration tool where you can create class wikis and set specific user access for each page. Canvas keeps the entire history of the page so you can see how it changes over time.

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a tool for creating interactive video and audio discussions. It is available through Canvas and can be used for any class, Face to Face or Online, and is particularly popular for online and hybrid language classes. Here is an example of a way VoiceThread is used for teaching. Learn more about VoiceThread at IU.

Nota Bene (nb)

NB is short for Nota Bene. It is a website that lets people digitally mark up PDF documents as a group. It is especially helpful if you want students to annotate a scholarly journal article or similar work. NB is created by programmers at MIT who research its use.

Zoom

Zoom is a high-definition video conferencing tool that you can use to meet with students or with fellow faculty, or even conduct synchronous distance classes and online workshops. The video meetings can be recorded. You can add Zoom to your Canvas site, share your screen, and more. Your students can also get their own Zoom accounts. Learn more about Zoom at IU.

Pexip

The IU Video Bridge, also known as Pexip, is a high-definition connection that lets you make video calls within and beyond the university. It is popular with faculty because it is secure for online office hours and easy for students to use. You can also use it to bring in guest speakers via video.

Piazza

Piazza is an online problem-solving place where students can ask, answer, and explore questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, under the guidance of their instructors. In Piazza, students collaborate in a wiki-like interface to come up with answers to questions that may be posed by students or instructors. Instructors can also collaborate on answers in their own space. In addition, Piazza offers a more traditional discussion format.

Piazza updates continuously, so students (and instructors) can stay connected and keep track of the activity around a particular question. Mobile apps are available for both iOS and Android devices. Piazza also supports the editing of computer code, and has a built-in LaTeX editor for equations.

At Indiana University, the Piazza tool allows integration of Piazza in Canvas.

Top Hat

Top Hat is a student response system and comprehensive teaching platform that instructors can use to engage students both within and outside of the classroom with interactive slides, graded questions, customized content, videos, discussions, and polls. Students use smartphones, tablets, laptops, or ordinary cell phones to participate in Top Hat activities. At Indiana University, an enterprise license agreement allows all students to use Top Hat free of charge.

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a tool for creating interactive video and audio discussions. It is available through Canvas and can be used for any class, Face to Face or Online, and is particularly popular for online and hybrid language classes. Here is an example of a way VoiceThread is used for teaching. Learn More about VoiceThread at IU.

Zoom

Zoom is a high-definition video conferencing tool that you can use to meet with students or with fellow faculty, or even conduct synchronous distance classes and online workshops. The video meetings can be recorded. You can add Zoom to your Canvas site, share your screen, and more. Your students can also get their own Zoom accounts. Learn more about Zoom at IU

Tools for Delivering Video

Kaltura

Kaltura is a cloud-based video management system that can be used for storing, publishing, and streaming videos, video collections, and other types of media. The system works with Canvas and accounts are available to Indiana University students, faculty, and staff.

Kaltura offers mechanical closed captioning at no cost.

Kaltura now offers video quizzing, where intermitant formative questions can be added to pause at certain places in any video. These can record grades wheich can be sent to the gradebook.

Canvas Native Video tool

Instructors can use the Rich Content Editor to record a video. they can record media for any length of time, but shorter video recordings are recommended. If your video is longer than 15 minutes, you may want to consider recording and uploading using an external provider. Longer media lengths require a longer rendering time and may be interrupted without a stable internet connection.

Tools for Tracking Student Progress

Canvas Course Analytics

Canvas Course Analytics aggregates and presents activity, assignment submission, grade, and participation data for each student, represented in colorful visualizations to help instructors see at a glance which students are performing well and which are at risk.

Canvas Assignments

Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.). Assignments in Canvas can be used to challenge students' understanding and help assess competency by using a variety of media. The Assignments page will show your students all of the Assignments that will be expected of them and how many points each is worth.

Assignments can be assigned to everyone in the course or differentiated by section or user.

Canvas Gradebook

Grades can serve as a communication tool between students and instructors and allow instructors to track the progress of students.

The Gradebook stores all information about student progress in the course, measuring both letter grades and course outcomes.

Canvas Quizzes

Canvas offers a tool called Quizzes for posting timed assessments and surveys to your students. The quizzes tool is great for creating formative tests where students can check their knowledge. Research shows that self-testing is better for retention than re-reading notes (aka traditional studying). Learn more about Quizzes in the Canvas Guides.

Quick Check

Canvas offers a tool called Quizzes for posting timed assessments and surveys to your students. The quizzes tool is great for creating formative tests where students can check their knowledge. Research shows that self-testing is better for retention than re-reading notes (aka traditional studying).

Canvas

The ILTE consultants are the local administrators for the Canvas learning management system. We are a faculty member’s first call for help with Canvas issues or for Canvas training. We have the ability to view your courses and troubleshoot problems when you contact us, but we can only see what you as the instructor can see. If we are unable to fix your problem, we will contact the appropriate technology team to investigate.