Supported Learning Technologies & Services
Blackboard Learn (Bb Learn)
Our current Blackboard (CE8) system will be replaced with the newest version of Blackboard, BbLearn beginning in Summer, 2012. For the migration schedule for your school school and to learn more about what's new in Blackboard Learn, refer to the box on the right of the Blackboard Learn page (On This Page section). Learn more about what's new in Blackboard Learn:
- Mobile App
- Improved Navigation
- Drag and Drop
- Integrated Tools
- Edit On/Off modes
- New "Grading Center"
Respondus is a test bank software that allows instructors to create, bank and manage test items, and then print them to either paper or import directly into a Blackboard course. Check www.respondus.com.
SoftChalk is a free HTML authoring software that allows instructors to translate course materials from MS Word into HTML (the language of the Internet), create attractive web pages, and package the materials for publication via a web page or a Bb course. SoftChalk includes interactive learning activities such as self-tests, quizzes, drag and drop labeling, pop-up notations, and completion certificates, and has a digital repository and tracking system. Examine http://softchalk.com.
Turning Point and Turning Point Anywhere Audience Response System (clickers)
"TurningPoint audience response system integrates into Microsoft® PowerPoint® and allows audiences and students to participate in PC presentations or lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions using a ResponseCard™ keypad or other hand-held/computer device". Turning Point Anywhere is a similar product for Mac Users that allows for responses to questions projected in Word. The keypads, or Clickers, are checked out for use. Check http://www.turningtechnologies.com/.
Best Practices in Video Conference
Our campus supports over 8000 hours of videoconferencing every year. The Online and Blended Learning Team created a BB, self-paced, online class in Best Practices in VideoConferencing. Additionally, we offer a free, face to face workshop in VideoConferencing every semester, and additionally offer a customized workshop by special appointment for a fee. For information and registration contact Beverly Vernon at 567-2300 or e-mail Vernonb@uthscsa.edu.
Sonic Foundry (Mediasite)
This service is a form of video streamning which captures faculty lectures. These lectures can be added to a Blackboard course or website. (Click here to view videos created with Sonic Foundry.) Please contact John Garcia for more information.
This service provides hosting for streaming videos. For example, lectures are hosted and streamed from the video streaming server. A link to the lecture video can then be added to a course within Blackboard or a website. Please contact John Garcia for more information. Request form.
Instructional design is the process by which instruction is improved through the analysis of learning needs and systematic development of learning materials. Instructional designers often use technology and multimedia as tools to enhance instruction.
The Online and Blended Learning team can:
- Provide team-based leadership and project management for the instructional design and development process
- Work in collaboration with faculty members in the design, development and delivery of educational materials in an innovative manner
- The instructional designer will evaluate, select, and integrate technologies, including web-based applications and digital media, into instructional systems focusing on asynchronous teaching and learning
Contact IMS Service Desk, 210-567-7777, option 4, for information on scheduled classes or to schedule an appointment with an instructional designer.
There is no fee for consultations, OBL provides up to four (4) hours of instructional design for each official course at the Health Science Center at no charge.
To register for OBL classes, please logon to kc.uthscsa.edu (Academics section).
For more information on classes, contact per email at IMS-Servicedesk@uthscsa.edu (allow 24 hours for response) or call 567-7777 option 4 for same day response.