Want to increase student engagement in writing assignments? Interested in getting more peer feedback? Try adding digital elements to your writing assignments. Technology enhances pedagogy in a variety of ways including adding interactivity to a lecture, creating spaces for group work, and expanding student capacity for creativity and research. Whether you are teaching face-to-face or online, innovative tools help students learn, improve teaching effectiveness, and even create efficient excellence. To use it well requires purposeful implementation and careful planning.  Here are some suggested technologies to explore and resources to help you adapt them to your instructional style.

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of applications that are used to create or edit websites, videos, animation, photographs, and much more.

Microsoft

Microsoft Sway is a software already included in your Microsoft Office Suite.  It offers many of the same storytelling and digital features in an easy to use format.

  • For more on how to create in Sway, click here.
  • To access the Sway, sign in with your UTSA network ID (abc123) and your network passphrase.
  • To get inspired on how to use our Sway, click here.

Accessibility Tip
Are your Word docs, emails and PowerPoint slides accessible? Make sure the content you create for students using Microsoft Office products is inclusive of all learners. Learn how to run the Accessibility Checker in Word, get accessible templates and more at the Office Accessibility Center.  For more software accessibility resources head here.

iClicker

Teaching a large group and want to get them engaged? This tool integrates with BlackBoard, so taking attendance in a large class just got easier and giving graded in-class quizzes.   iClicker is the official UTSA vendor for student response systems (SRS).  Students can purchase a clicker or download the app.

Lecture Capture and Video Conferencing

Ready to flip your class? Want to record lectures for students to view later? The MEDIALecture function from the UTSA Medial Library is available to do just that.  Learn more here and visit Learning Technologies for resources and training for this, and all your classroom technology needs here.

Ready to teach online?

Digital Learning works with faculty to develop online and hybrid courses. They offer workshops and trainings, as well as consultations. Learn more here.

BlackBoard/ASAP

These two systems are an essential part of teaching at UTSA. Click here for resources to help you along the way.

 

SoftChalk

SoftChalk allows you to take your online course materials to the next level by creating media-rich content and interactive learning activities. Learn more here.

Padlet

Padlet allows you to create an interactive discussion board inside your course.  Learn more here.

 

Respondus

Respondus® is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard Learn, and other learning systems. Learn more here.

Proctorio

Proctorio is the only remote monitoring platform that ensures end-to-end learning integrity before, during, and after the assessment. Learn more here.

Unicheck

Unicheck integrated plagiarism checker helps to achieve authenticity instead of simply pointing out similarity. Learn more here.

 

Other Resources:

Keeping up with Digital Storytelling – ALA.org

Regardless of what technology you use, always remember to tie it back to learning outcomes, and consider accessibility and accommodation options for students who may need them.

 

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