Learning Technology

Below is a list of available and recommedned learning technology tools that faculty can implenent to design student-centered learning in the classroom and the online and virtual environments. Contact Dr. Meixun Sinky Zheng if you have questions about the tools.

Tools for online learning

Canvas.  Canvas is the university's learning management system.  The dental school has its own Canvas (and syllabus) template approved by the Curriculum Committee that all dental courses are expected to follow.  Faculty and staff can access the template on the Canvas Template site.

Webex. Webex is a tool for video conferencing. It can be used to conduct synchronous class meetings.  (The dental school has a campus license.)

Osmosis. Osmosis is an online learning platform that features thousands of instructional videos on a wide range of topics. It also offeres many other enhanced features to helop students with content learning such as flash card questions and quiz questions with instant feedback, the national board exam review planner, and so on. (The dental school has a campus license.)

Voicethread. Voicethread is a web-based tool that allows instructors to design interactive multimedia presentations, post them on the LMS, and invite students to watch and make text, audio, or video comments directly on the individual slides.  There is also a built-in doodling tool in Voicethread for the instructor to annotate the slides during the presentation to point students' attention to the most important concepts.  Voicethread is integrated with Canvas.  Examples of implmenetation can be found on the Teaching and Learning Seminar Series Canvas Site.  (The dental school has a campus license.)

SoftChalk. SoftChalk is a popular cloud-based e-learning design tool that allows instructors to create interactive online lessons that integrate a variety of mini "learning games" such as hot spot, labeling, crossword puzzles, photo album, quizzes with instant feedback, and many more. Examples of implmenetation can be found on the Teaching and Learning Seminar Series Canvas Site. (The dental school has a campus license.)

Articulate Storyline.  Storyline is another popular e-learning content design and authorization tool. Faculty can create a variety of interactive content with the tool and load it to Canvas.  The tool has a more  robust interface than SoftChalk and is intented to be used by instructional design and technology specialists. Examples of implmenetation can be found on the Teaching and Learning Seminar Series Canvas Site.  

EdPuzzle. EdPuzzle allows instructors to turn video watching into an active learning experience.  Instructors can add time-stamped quiz questions in the video and assign the video to students.  Student engagement with the video (e.g., whether they watched the video and the total number of tines they watched a specific portion of the video) and quiz performance are tracked and can be imported to Canvas.  It has free and paid versions.

Mindmeister. Mindmeister is a web-based tool to create concept maps.  Concept mapping is a great way to help students organize the individual pieces of information to see a big picture.  It has free and paid versions.

Crosswordlabs. Crosswordlabs.com is a web-based tool to create crossword puzzles.  It has free and paid versions ($15 life time license).

Padlet. Padlet is a free web-based whiteboard tool.  It can be used for quick reflective writing, brainstorming ideas, and collecting student feedeback.

Mediasite. Record classroom lectures and post on Canvas for students to review after class.  (The dental school has a campus license.)

Weebly. Weebly is a web-hosting service featuring a drag-and-drop website builder. It can be used for students to create their e-portfolio.  Faculty can also use Weebly to create an e-dossier.  Other similar tools include Google Sites and Yola.  It has free and paid versions.

Tools for active lectures

SplashTop Classroom app. Splashtop Classroom is a remote desktop app for accessing the faculty's laptop or the computer in the classroom using a tablet, from anywhere and at any time.  With an iPad and the SplashTop Classroom app, faculty can (a)present content with an iPad while moving freely around the classroom to engage all students, instead of only those sitting near the podium; (b) annotate slides "on the go" to emphasize key points and help students follow the presentation, and (c) turn the iPad into a virtual whiteboard to illustrate complex ideas. Faculty can also actively engage students by asking a question and passing the iPad to them to answer the question.  The dental school has purchased 10 licenses and 10 iPads.  The app has already been installed on the iPads and on the Mac mini all classrooms, including the huddle rooms.   (The dental school has licenses for individual faculty.)

Jeopardylabs. Jeopardylabs.com allows you to easily create web-based Jeopardy games that you can have students play in the classroom or share a link to the game for students to play out of the class.  It has free and paid versions ($20 life time license).

Polleverywhere. Poll Everywhere is a web-based audience response system that allows instructors to collect student responses instantly from any mobile device in the classroom.  It supports a variety of innovative question types such as clickable image (students click on a specific region in an image as their response to the question), open-ended, and multiple choice questions.  Students can submit responses using laptops, tablets, or cell phone text messages.  Polleveywhere can also be used for classroom gameplay contest. (The dental school has a campus license.)

Tools for assessment 

ExamSoft. ExamSoft is the school's computer-based classroom testing system. All mid-term and final exams are required to be administered on ExamSoft.  (The dental school has a campus license.) 

 Canvas quiz.  Canvas has a quiz tool that supports multiple question types, including video-based questions, 3D object-based questions, open-ended, and MCQ. Instructors can also enter answer choice level feedback and release it to students as exam performance feedback.

Polleverywhere. See above.  Polleverywhere can not only be used as a classroom engagement tool but also as a formative/non-stake/low-stake assessment tool.