Instructional Technologies

The Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) provides support for the pedagogical uses of instructional technologies endorsed by WSU.  We do this, for example, through individual consultations, department and campus wide workshops, institutes, and print and web-based resource materials.  The OTL offers the annual Hybrid and Online Teaching Institute open to all Wayne State University (WSU) instructors.  We collaborate with Computing and Information Technology (C&IT) to provide consultations and workshops that address how to select, implement, and assess instructional technologies.  To schedule an individual consultation, email OTL@wayne.edu or call (313) 577-0001.

For technical support, the Academic Technology Support Team is available between 9 AM and 5 PM by calling (313) 577-9457 or emailing bbadmin@wayne.edu.  They are able to assist with technical issues in Blackboard, Echo360 Personal Capture, Respondus LockDown Browser, i>clicker, and more.

Blackboard

Blackboard is a learning management system that allows faculty to manage student data (e.g., assignment grades, exam scores) and upload, organize, and manage documents and multimedia content such as PowerPoints, videos, and audio.  Faculty can also create and manage blogs, discussions, and exams.  Use Blackboard to:

  • manage student scores and lesson content 
  • allow students to view, download, and/or print lesson materials
  • keep students engaged by allowing them to participate in online discussions and blogs
  • allow students online access to multimedia content directly related to lessons

To use Blackboard, log in with your AccessID and password at blackboard.wayne.edu  .

Help with Blackboard is also available within Blackboard:  click the Blackboard Videos tab for how-to videos or the Faculty Resources tab for the latest Blackboard tips and quick-start guides.  For additional help with Blackboard, contact the Academic Technology Support Team at (313) 577-9457 or bbadmin@wayne.edu.

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a collaboration system that assists faculty in facilitating effective blended and mobile online learning. Use Blackboard Collaborate to engage students in:

  • web conferencing 
  • class and meeting participation via mobile devices (e.g., androids, iPhone/Pad, and Kindle Fire)
  • instant messaging
  • voice authoring (used for creating quick lectures, notes, and student feedback)

Camtasia

Camtasia is video recording and editing software available to WSU instructors.  Camtasia allows instructors to:

  • record high-quality videos
  • edit and enhance videos, including clickable links and quizzes 
  • add closed captioning to recorded videos

Echo 360 Personal Capture

Personal Capture is video recording tool that allows faculty to record their classroom lessons and lecture presentations on their personal computers.  Use personal capture to:

  • build rapport with students by recording a brief introduction of the instructor and the first lesson
  • create mini lectures for students to review ahead of time to prepare for class
  • create weekly lesson summaries or provide feedback to students to help them prepare for future lessons
  • make time for active learning during class by having the lecture available for viewing before the class meetings

Faculty members can request Echo360 Personal Capture by going to blackboard.wayne.edu, clicking on the Faculty Resources tab, and selecting Request Echo Personal Capture, located under Instructor Tools & Resources.  You will be enrolled in a Blackboard organization called Personal Capture where you will be able to download and install the software, as well as view instructional materials to assist you in recording and publishing your lectures. 

Echo360 Lecture Capture

Lecture Capture is a tool that allows faculty to audio and/or video record classroom lectures and upload the media files to Blackboard for students to review anytime.  When faculty request this tool, C&IT remotely turns on Lecture Capture in the classroom and audio and/or video recordings are set to begin at the scheduled course time.  Use Lecture Capture to:

  • allow students to view and take notes on lecture material at their own pace 
  • provide additional resources for students such as tutorials for laboratory work or presentations by guest speakers
  • allow students to view missed lectures

To find out if Lecture Capture is available in your classroom, visit the Classroom Technology Support page and use the "View Classroom" menu to find your room.

Use the Classroom Technology Request Form to request lecture capture in your course.

i>clicker

i>clicker is the campus-supported polling response system that enables instructors and students to interact dynamically in the classroom.  Use i>clicker to:

  • quickly know how well students understand lesson materials (formative assessment)
  • allow students to anonymously respond to questions asked in class
  • administer quizzes/tests and receive student scores instantly

To learn more or get started using i>clicker in your class, contact the OTL at (313) 577-0001 or OTL@wayne.edu

Respondus

Respondus is a tool that allows faculty to create quizzes/tests. Exams can be stored, modified, printed or published directly to Blackboard.  Use Respondus to:

  • create exams with multiple question types (e.g., multiple choice, True or False, essay)
  • create a test question databank, which can be accessed anytime
  • create exams that can be scored automatically

Respondus LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a tool that works as an aid to Respondus. It prohibits students from opening computer applications and visiting internet sources while taking an exam.  Use LockDown Browser to: 

  • increase integrity during exam administration by preventing access to the internet
  • prevent printing and copy/paste functions during exams

Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a companion application that integrates webcam technology with Respondus LockDown Browser.  Use Respondus Monitor to: 

  • Address the core issues of student identity and academic integrity for all students
  • Record users during the exam to ensure only permitted resources are utilized
  • Ensure a fair testing environment

SafeAssign

SafeAssign is an anti-plagiarism tool that allows faculty to check the integrity of student submitted documents.  Use SafeAssign to:

  • check students' papers against Web resources, other Safe Assign users, and the Safe Assign internal database.
  • view an originality report and/or text matching to determine if a student has plagiarized

 

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