Technology in the College of Education
Learning Management System
The College of Education uses Blackboard Learning Management System to host course materials, interactive discussions, and assessments online. When students log in to Blackboard, they see a link for each course they are enrolled in. Faculty members design their Blackboard shells to include valuable course materials that students can access 24 hours a day. Many instructors utilize collaborative tools such as blogs, wikis, and discussion boards to encourage students to interact with one another outside of class meetings. Students generally submit their work electronically by uploading files to Blackboard, where faculty can grade and give feedback online.
Online & Video Teleconferencing Meetings
The College of Education uses a variety of technology tools to hold online class meetings in real time. Online courses most often meet using Elluminate Live! (eLive) or Video Teleconferencing (VTC).
In a video teleconference class, some students are in the room with the instructor and others join from a distance. Distance students attend specially designated classrooms at their local campus or install a "desktop collaboration" software which enables them to participate from their own computer. In a video conference, all parties can see and hear one another, and the instructor can share content, such as presentations and websites.
Most College of Education programs require students to create an electronic portfolio. TaskStream is a comprehensive web-based resource and storage system for students to collect, store, and post work that will form the basis for their electronic portfolio. Instructors in each program will let students know when they need to purchase a subscription to TaskStream. When “key” student assignments are given, students upload files to TaskStream and submit them to their instructor for evaluation.
To log into TaskStream
College of Education classrooms are equipped with high-end multimedia digital technology including interactive whiteboards (Promethean and Smart Technologies), document cameras, clickers, video conferencing equipment, and more.
Faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education utilize a variety of web-based technology tools including social networking (Facebook and Edmodo), communication (Skype, Google), collaboration (Google Docs), productivity (Evernote, Dropbox), video (YouTube), presentation (Glogster, Prezi), organizational (MindMeister, TimeToast), and more. College of Education students are encouraged to incorporate technology tools when giving presentations and designing lesson plans.