Tools for Teaching, Learning & Research

Innovations

Innovations

Below is information about technology we are piloting or considering for our UConn community. You are welcome to attend demonstrations and participate in the evaluation process.

Lecture Capture

Academic IT will be adding a recording option on the touch panel that enables instructors to capture lectures on the fly.

Contact Information

Phone: (860) 486-6540
Email: ait@uconn.edu

iPad

CETL has supported the use of iPads for biology lab testing.

Contact Information

Email: edtech@uconn.edu

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Survey Tools & Assessment

Survey Tools & Assessment

Qualtrics

Qualtrics is a web-based software for creating and administering surveys and analyzing results. In comparison to the Blackboard Survey Tool, Qualtrics provides more advanced features such as auto-number questions, email triggers, quotas, translations, scoring, and more.

 

Student Evaluation of Teaching

Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) is online evaluation system. At the end of every semester, students have the opportunity to evaluate each professor by course either in or outside of class via smart phones, tablets or laptops.

 

Survey Monkey

Survey Monkey is free, online survey software. Sign up for an account to create and manage surveys. Recipients do not need an account to respond.

 

Survey Tool - Blackboard

Professors can use Blackboard Survey Tool through HuskyCT to anonymously poll students. The surveys are similar in format to tests given through HuskyCT, but are not scored. Instructors can view who has completed the survey and download the results & statistics based on the results.

 

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a web-based audience response system that enables you to embed interactive activities into presentations. Sign up for a free account to use.

 

REDCap

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed to support data collection strategies for research studies. REDCap allows research teams to rapidly develop custom online surveys, case report forms, data reports, and export data to common statistical analysis software. REDCap access is available to all UConn Students, faculty and staff. Note: Funded research studies are required to pay a support fee. Fees are waived for students that do not.

 

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Writing Tools

Writing Tools

Noodle Tools

Noodle Tools is a Google Apps citation builder. It generates formatted source lists and citations in MLA or APA style.

 

RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management program that can generate a works cited page in multiple bibliographic styles (e.g., APA, MLA) and integrates with the UConn Libraries' research databases. You can also create a personal database of citations and share it with others using RefShare.

 

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Accessibility

Accessibility

Center for Students with Disabilities

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) ensures individuals with disabilities have the same access to programs, opportunities and activities at the University as all others. Students register with the CSD to request accommodations.

 

Closed Captioning

Faculty members working with eCampus to develop fully online courses can arrange for closed captioning and transcription services.

Faculty teaching flipped, hybrid/blended and in person courses should contact Academic IT – Audiovisual Technology for audio and/or video closed captioning and transcription services.

Hearing Assist

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) loans out, on a semester-by-semester basis, Frequency Modulated (FM) systems to students who require an assistive listening device in the classroom.

 

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Software & Mobile Apps

Software & Mobile Apps

AdvApp Advising Appointment System

ITS’s in-house developed advising appointment system, AdvApp, provides the capability to make, look-up, or cancel appointments with advisors and students.

 

Advising Notes

ITS’s in-house developed advising notes system provides the capability for advisers to make notes on their advisees.

 

Blackboard

Blackboard (formerly Bb Student) is the mobile app for HuskyCT that is recommended for students. With this app students can view, complete, and submit assignments, quizzes, and tests. If you have the myUConn app, this app is already installed on your device.

 

Blackboard Grader

The app enables instructors to view and grade student assignments.

 

Blackboard Instructor

The mobile app for faculty using HuskyCT enables instructors to preview course material, participate in discussions, send announcements, and interact with students in Blackboard Collaborate.

 

CLAS PPC

An online program which allows students to change their majors within CLAS.

 

HuskyCT

HuskyCT is the University of Connecticut’s learning management system. It can be used to supplement face-to-face instruction or to deliver complete courses via the web through a web browser. UITS provides faculty and staff with class site setup and content restoration.

 

Mobile Learn

Blackboard Mobile Learn is a mobile application where students and instructors can directly access HuskyCT. Within the app, students can check grades, view assignments, post to discussion boards and more. Instructors can use the app to post announcements.

 

University-Licensed Software

The UConn Software catalog lists the software available to faculty, staff, and students for download or online delivery.

 

UConn Anyware

With UConn AnyWare, faculty, staff, and students can use university-licensed software online. After installing the Citrix Receiver client for Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android, you can launch available software from supported devices with a network connection.

 

Classroom Technology

Classroom Technology

Apple TV

Charge

Apple TV is a digital media player, which can be used to project presentations wirelessly. In order to use Apple TV on campus, professors will need to configure the Apple TV to connect to the UCONN-SECURE Network Profile.

 

Examsoft

Charge
Examsoft is a software for creating, administering, and analyzing assessments. Exams are taken offline while locking access to other applications on the computer. Examsoft also provides an extensive range of reports, and rubrics and iPad apps are available as add-on features. 

Note: Currently only the School of Pharmacy has a license to use Examsoft.

iClicker

Subsidized
iClicker is a system which allows instructors to poll students in class. Students use either clickers or the smartphone application to answer and instructors can then view individual answers or overall distributions of the class’s answers.

 

Poll Everywhere

Subsidized

Poll Everywhere is an app, which instructors can use to poll students during class. Students can answer in class real-time via phone, Twitter, or web browsers.

 

REEF Polling by iClicker

Charge
REEF Polling is the mobile classroom response system that allows students to use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to vote in class.

 

WePresent

Charge
wePresent is a wireless presentation device that allows instructors to untether from the podium while sharing content from their Apple, Android, or windows device.

 

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Testing

Testing

ExamSoft

Examsoft is a software for creating, administering, and analyzing assessments. Exams are taken offline while locking access to other applications on the computer. Examsoft also provides an extensive range of reports, and rubrics and iPad apps are available as add-on features.

Note: Currently only the School of Pharmacy has a license to use Examsoft.

Proctor U

ProctorU is an online identity management and proctoring service. Remote proctors are available to assist test takers throughout the assessment and can answer technical or service questions. The service keeps test-data secure by collecting directory information over a secure connection and can accommodate individuals with most disabilities through one-on-one coordination with the university.

 

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a browser used for creating a more secure testing environment.  The custom browser disables features such as print, copy, other websites and other applications.  Instructors can require students to use this site when testing through HuskyCT.

 

Testing Center

The UConn Testing Center is a 65 computer station lab for faculty to deliver online exams to students. Scheduled exams are closely monitored by UConn proctors.

 

Test Score Scanning

ITS provides exam scoring of multiple choice exams up to 200 questions and five different versions. Student exams are scored against an answer key provided by the professor. Online and printed reports listing student grades or item analysis are provided.

 

BYOD Testing

For faculty looking to move away from paper exams or Scantrons, online testing is available through HuskyCT. Online testing can be offered in the classroom or as at-home assessment. For faculty wishing to administer online testing in the classroom (BYOD testing), UConn’s ITS has verified that all lecture classrooms have WiFi capabilities sufficient to support this testing.

 

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Recording Technologies

Recording Technologies

360° Video/VR

Faculty can record immersive videos using equipment from CETL. We have a multiple camera setup that can capture your surroundings in 360°. Make an appointment to borrow the equipment or learn more about it at: http://cetl.uconn.edu/video-equipment-loans/. To see an example of it check out a video from Marine Sciences on our YouTube Channel (you must use Chrome or Firefox to see the video properly)

Equipment Loans

You can request to borrow a camera, tripod, microphone (lavalier), or Microsoft Surface Pro laptop or tablet for instructional purposes.

Request Form »

Kaltura

Kaltura is a cloud-based media capture and storage application.  This application is integrated with Husky CT, the University’s learning management system, and provides instructors with the capability to integrate videos into their courses.  Instructors and students can also use it for storage space.

 

Lightboard Recording Studio

The Lightboard Recording Studio uses a special setup that enables presenters to create a video that displays both content they have written or drawn on a glass surface and their face.

 

Mediasite

Mediasite is a tool that for creating and capturing lecture content.  Instructors can use this tool to record or stream audio, videos, slideshows, or combinations of these by using Mediasite ready rooms around campus or by installing Mediasite Desktop Recorder on their personal device.

 

Recording Rooms

CETL has two recording rooms available, Rowe 303 and Lightboard Rowe 425.

 

Smartboard

The SMARTBoard is an interactive whiteboard available in some of the classrooms on campus.

 

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Student Systems

Student Systems

HuskyCT

HuskyCT is the University of Connecticut’s learning management system. It can be used to supplement face-to-face instruction or to deliver complete courses via the web through a web browser. UITS provides faculty and staff with class site setup and content restoration. HuskyCT- A brief overview

 

PeopleSoft

The Student Administration System (SA) organizes and distributes student data to the departments at the Storrs and regional campuses and professional schools. The system supports the University business processes of academic advisement, admissions, student financials, financial aid, and student records.

 

SafeAssign - Plagiarism Detection Tool in Blackboard

SafeAssign is an Add-on in Blackboard, which can be used to monitor for plagiarism. Professors can require students to submit assignments through SafeAssign. SafeAssign then compares the assignment with existing works and academic papers.

 

Portfolium

Portfolium is an e-portfolio network that enables faculty, staff, and students to collect and showcase examples of their work and competencies with faculty, classmates, and employers. It integrates with HuskyCT.

 

Collaboration/Virtual Meetings

Collaboration/Virtual Meetings

Blackboard collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning solution. The tool is tightly integrated with HuskyCT, the University’s learning management system, and its features complement the existing functionality of HuskyCT. Collaborate also has in-session tools, such as breakout rooms, an interactive whiteboard, application sharing, polling, and a hand-raising feature, that enhance engagement and the face-to-face feel of online classes.

 

Cisco WebEx

WebEx is an online conferencing tool that enables you to hold meetings and share data, presentations, and online demonstrations. WebEx lectures or meetings can easily be recorded, and the video files can uploaded into Blackboard courses.

UConn offers two versions of WebEx – Community and Reserved. WebEx Community is available to anyone with a NetID and does not require specialized access or equipment. With WebEx Reserved, you can host large webinars and create a more custom experience by connecting to video conferencing
hardware.

 

Cisco Videoconference Classrooms and Conference Rooms

Video conferencing facilities are available at all UConn campuses. The video conferencing systems allow UConn to connect one or more sites regionally, nationally, and internationally for scheduled classes, administrative meetings, and other conferences.

 

Cisco Meeting Server

Cisco Meeting Server (CMS) bridge supports connections from a room outfitted for video conferencing to remote participants, who may not have specialized equipment. The CMS bridge acts as a conduit to the commonly installed WebRTC and Skype for Business web conferencing technologies, and remote participants can choose to join a meeting with either option.

 

Google Hangouts

Google Hangout is a unified communications service that allows faculty, staff, and students to chat, call, and video conference with others via their Google + accounts.

 

Skype for Business

Skype for Business is a communications platform that enables instant messaging, audio and video conferencing, and online meetings. As Microsoft product, it also displays real-time presence information, including photos, availability status, and location. UConn faculty and staff can use the full Skype client for web conferencing and instant messaging. Students and all non-UConn users can use the free web-based Skype Web App client, from Windows or Mac, to access meetings hosted by UConn faculty and staff.

 

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is an online application that facilitates multimedia presentations and asynchronous discussions. Participants can comment at any time on the material using a webcam, audio, or text.

 

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