Teaching with Technology
Adobe Connect is the web conferencing solution at Loyola. It is used to conduct synchronous online class sessions, webinars, and meetings. Both internal and external documentation is available, as well as extensive training and consultation for faculty.
Atomic Learning is an online, on demand training site that subdivides topics into small chunks and presents the training through one to two minute videos. There are over 50,000 tutorial videos on over 250 technology applications. Atomic Learning is also integrated with Sakai, allowing instructors to create assignments and link Atomic Learning training completion to the Sakai gradebook.
ITRS supports a wide variety of electronic classrooms and learning spaces at both the Lake Shore Campus and Water Tower Campus. Extensive documentation and individual or small group documentation is available. Limited support is also provided for the Retreat & Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Health Sciences Division in Maywod, and Cuneo Mansion & Gardens in Vernon Hills.
Loyola Media is a cloud based web service developed by Kaltura which facilitates the conversion and distribution of various audio and video media formats. Faculty, staff and students may upload media content to the Loyola Media server which automatically converts and optimizes your media for hassle-free distribution on the web. Once uploaded, Loyola Media will provide links and embed code that you can use to share your media with others via Sakai or the web.
Panopto software provides an all-in-one interface to record screen content and video of the instructor simultaneously and can be used in classrooms on campus that are equipped with a built-in video recording system or from any PC or laptop. Documentation is available as well as extensive training and consultation for faculty and staff.
PowToon is a free, easy to use, resource that allows users to create animated videos and presentations. An instructor could use PowToon to enhance their lectures or a student could use PowToon to create entertaining presentations. PowToon is free with the creation of an account, but users have the option to upgrade their account in order to access more features.
Sakai is the standard Learning Management System (LMS) at Loyola. It is a flexible, open-source collaborative learning environment that provides faculty and students with tools to support teaching and learning activities. Extensive documentation and individual or small group consultation is available.
The Scantron system at Loyola allows users to use Scantron forms for administrating selection based tests, quizzes and surveys. We provide support of two scanning machines, one at Watertower and the other at Lakeshore campus.
SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that allows you to interact with it through touch recognition by selecting, drawing, and erasing objects on the board. The board is connected to the computer and allows you to fully control the computer using the SMART Board. The SMART Notebook 11 software is a collaborative learning software that allows you to compile notes, images, and media to create interactive lessons, which can then be displayed using the SMART Board.
Top Hat is the web-based response platform Loyola began using in the Fall of 2015. Top Hat provides a way to receive instant feedback from your students using devices they already own to increase student engagement. There are seven different questions types, discussion boards and the ability to create polling tournaments. Instructors can receive reports on daily attendance, student participation and student performance.
VoiceThread allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of a conversation. These conversations are not live - they take place whenever and wherever it is convenient for people to participate. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a webcam, a telephone, or an uploaded audio file. VoiceThread is also integrated with Sakai so instructors can create assignments and link VoiceThread participation to the Sakai gradebook.