Course Activity Plan: Teaching Tools

Technical Tool Description Steps in the process

Lectures

Posting Audio and PowerPoint Lectures
Camtasia Relay Instructors can record their lectures and anything from their computer screens (including PowerPoint slides) using this tool.

1. Procure a microphone to record your voice. You can request one from Instructional and Media Technologies by calling 589-6150.

2. Request a MediaMill account if you have not already done so. http://mediamill.umn.edu.

3. After you receive email confirmation that you have a MediaMill account, request a Camtasia Relay account. http://uvs.umn.edu/classcapture/tier1/request.html.

4. You will receive an email with further instructions for setting up Camtasia Relay. This may take a few days.

5. Once you've received the email, follow the instructions to set up Camtasia Relay and begin recording your lectures.

6. Post or syndicate your lectures from MediaMill to iTunes U, Moodle, and/or WebVista.

UMConnect
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Instructors can record their lectures and synchronize the audio to their PoweorPoint slides using this tool. Simple quizzes can be embedded into the auto-playing tool.

1. Procure a microphone to record your voice. You can request one from Instructional and Media Technologies by calling 589-6150.

2. Install UMConnect Presenter on the computer you will record your lecture on. http://www.oit.umn.edu/umconnect/using/login-setup/index.htm

3. Launch PowerPoint -- UMConnect shows up as a feature set (in its own menu) of PowerPoint. Record your audio lecture.

4. Post your presentation to your Moodle or WebVista course site.

Wimba Voice Presentation (WebVista and Moodle) Instructors can record their lectures and synchronize the audio to online presentations (perhaps PowerPoint files that have been uploaded to Google Docs presenter, for example).

1. Procure a microphone to record your voice. You can request one from Instructional and Media Technologies by calling 589-6150.

2. Login to your WebVista or Moodle course site.

3. Add a Wimba Voice Presentation tool to your course site.

4. Record your voice and link to the appropriate web page for each slide of the presentation.

Posting Audio Only Lectures
Audacity and MediaMill Audacity is a free, simple audio recording tool that can be used to record the audio of your audio lecture. You can then upload the audio to MediaMill and from there, push it out to iTunes U, to your Moodle or WebVista course site, or just allow students to get it directly from MediaMill.

1. Download and install Audacity on the computer where you will record your lecture.

2. Procure a microphone to record your voice. You can request one from Instructional and Media Technologies by calling 589-6150.

3. Request a MediaMill account if you have not already done so. http://mediamill.umn.edu.

4. Record your audio lecture using Audacity. Export the recorded lecture as a .wav file.

5. Upload your audio file to MediaMill. Make an audio only .mp3 derivative of your lecture. Share it with your students as a podcast in iTunes U, or on your Moodle or WebVista course site.

Posting Video Lectures (Requires specialty consulting). Recording video lectures requires specialty consulting. Please contact Instructional and Media Technologies at 589-6150.

Course Materials

Posting Paper FilesWebVista or Moodle You'll need access to a scanner, and have a WebVista or Moodle course site

1. Request a Moodle (https://moodle.umn.edu/course/request.php) or WebVista (http://webvista.umn.edu/forms/request-site.shtml) course site. These requests can take a couple of days to complete.

2. Scan your materials. Public scanners are available at the Computing Help Desk located in HFA Rm. 45.

3. Post your scanned materials on your WebVista or Moodle site.

Posting Digital Files (Word docs, PDFs, PowerPoint, etc.) WebVista and Moodle are two options for posting course materials online.

1. Request a Moodle (https://moodle.umn.edu/course/request.php) or WebVista (http://webvista.umn.edu/forms/request-site.shtml) course site. These requests can take a couple of days to complete.

2. Upload your materials to Moodle or to WebVista.

Posting Links to Online Resources
WebVista or Moodle WebVista and Moodle are two options for posting course materials online.

1. Request a Moodle (https://moodle.umn.edu/course/request.php) or WebVista (http://webvista.umn.edu/forms/request-site.shtml) course site. These requests can take a couple of days to complete.

2. Add your links to the course site.

Student Discussions
Syncrhonous Text-based
UM Connect Instructors can use UMConnect for text-based chat. Web-based audio and video conferencing options are also available.

1. Login to UMConnect at http://umconnect.umn.edu in a web browser.

2. Create a new meeting. Under the "access" field, be sure to select the "Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room" option.

3. Post the link to the meeting in your WebVista or Moodle site and schedule your online discussion.

Moodle and WebVista Chat Both Moodle and WebVista have text-based chat features.

1. Request a Moodle (https://moodle.umn.edu/course/request.php) or WebVista (http://webvista.umn.edu/forms/request-site.shtml) course site. These requests can take a couple of days to complete.

2. Have students login to the chat from home or from a public lab.

Asynchronous Text-based
UThink blogs UThink blogs allow students to post articles and opinions for the instructor and other students to see.

1. Create a UThink blog at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/uthink/start.phtml .

2. Give students access by adding users to the blog under the manage menu.

Moodle discussion board Moodle has forums that allow students to post entries for the instructor and other students to see.

1. Request a Moodle (https://moodle.umn.edu/course/request.php) site. These requests often take a few days to complete.

2. Create a forum.

WebVista discussion board Webvista has discussions that allow students to post entries for the instructor and other students to see.

1. Request a WebVista (http://webvista.umn.edu/forms/request-site.shtml) site. These requests often take a few days to complete.

2. Create a discussion.

Synchronous Audio
Wimba Voice Direct (WebVista) Wimba Voice Direct allows participants to hold a controlled audio conversation.

1. Login to your WebVista course site.

2. Add the Wimba Voice Direct tool to your page.

3. Schedule your meeting with your students. Encourage them to test the space out in advance; Wimba Voice Direct will help them troubleshoot.

UMConnect UMConnect can be used with VoIP. However, this assumes that all participants will be able to connect to the meeting "and" troubleshoot their own audio connection. We can *not* support individual students who have difficulty connecting to an audio chat on UMConnect.

1. Login to UMConnect at http://umconnect.umn.edu in a web browser.

2. Create a new meeting. Under the "access" field, be sure to select "Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room" option.

3. Post the link to the meeting in your WebVista or Moodle site and schedule your online discussion.

Aynchronous Audio
Wimba Voice Direct (WebVista) Wimba Voice Direct allows participants to send voice e-mails.

1. Login to your WebVista course site.

2. Add the Wimba Voice Direct tool to your page.

3. Select recipients of voice e-mail.

Wimba Voice Direct (Moodle) Wimba Voice Direct allows participants to record voice presentations.

1. Login to your Moodle course site.

2. Add the Wimba Voice Direct tool to your page.

3. Add a new voice presentation.

4. Record your message.

Course Work
Tests and Quizzes
WebVista or Moodle WebVista and Moodle are two options for quizzing students online.

1. Request a Moodle (https://moodle.umn.edu/course/request.php) or WebVista (http://webvista.umn.edu/forms/request-site.shtml) course site. These requests can take a couple of days to complete.

2. Create quiz on Moodle or WebVista.

Assignments
WebVista or Moodle WebVista and Moodle are two options for assigning work online.

1. Request a Moodle (https://moodle.umn.edu/course/request.php) or WebVista (http://webvista.umn.edu/forms/request-site.shtml) course site. These requests can take a couple of days to complete.

2. Create an assignment on Moodle or WebVista.

Providing Assistance to Students
Office Hours
Wimba Wimba Voice Direct allows participants to hold a controlled audio conversation.

1. Login to your WebVista course site.

2. Add the Wimba Voice Direct tool to your page.

3. Schedule your meeting with your students. Encourage them to test the space out in advance; Wimba Voice Direct will help them troubleshoot.

WebVista, Moodle or UMConnect The chat features of WebVista, Moodle, and UMConnect enable office hours. 1. Hold online chat office hours.
Phone Instructors can hold office hours via their office phone. 1. Hold call-in office hours.
Answering Questions
E-mail Instructors can answer questions via their U of M e-mail account 1. Provide students with e-mail address.
Phone Instructors can answer questions via their office phone. 1. Provice students with office phone number.
WebVista Webvista allows students to post questions on a discussion board

1. Show students how to post entries in a discussion board.

2. Check WebVista site for questions regularly.

Please visit the Instructional Technology page for further information regarding technology tools for teaching and learning.