NAU uses all of the following commercial products and open source tools:
e-Learning has purchased a "class set" of 30 iPads. Faculty can check out one of these devices from e-Learning for a semester, or any number for class use for up to 3 weeks. We provide the iPads, the lockable charging stations, and basic training and support. If you'd like some ideas on how you might use iPads for teaching, read more.
iPods, iPads, & iTunes Training Schedule
Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) is NAU's live conferencing tool. It can be used inside Blackboard or as a standalone tool. It is best used when everyone participating in a live conference is at a distance, with access to his/her own computer, a good Internet connection and, ideally, a USB headset with a microphone. e-Learning staff can support your use of this tool remotely by joining your live session.
Google Apps are cloud based collaborative tools for communicating, writing documents, making presentations, creating surveys and more. Every student automatically has an account, and faculty and staff can request one.
Google Apps at NAU More Information Google Apps Training Schedule
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NAU on iTunes
iTunesU is a place where you can distribute audio or video podcasts of your lectures created with a variety of tools. Podcasts are typically downloaded to the end user's device rather than streamed, so they can be played back even without an internet connection.
iTunes NAU Information Podcasting Tutorials Apple's iTunesU page iTunesU Training Schedule
TaskStream is in wide use in the College of Education and by individual instructors in other departments as a system to manage student portfolios.
Alfresco is a tool we're exploring for possible use as a digital content repository. At this point, it's still highly experimental and support is limited, but it could be used as a future portfolio system or as a place to store media, course materials, etc. Feel free to poke around and see if you can find a good use for it.
Proximity Card Readers
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NBC LEARN is a collection of video resources, primary sources, images, and text resources designed for use in K-12 and higher education. Through the archives, faculty have access to thousands of video clips, including news footage of historic events, critical analysis, current events and mini-documentaries covering topics from early American history to the modern day.
NBC Learn Tutorial NBC Learn Training Schedule
Download and use the Mobile Learn app for Android, Blackberry, iPhone or iPad to access your classes wherever you are. Keep up with class discussions, review course content, see your grades and more right from your phone or tablet.
Respondus is a simple offline editor for writing multiple choice tests. Tests can be imported to Blackboard or exported to Microsoft Word. Multiple versions of a test can be created quickly from the original. It's faster than composing in Blackboard and it's also handy for pulling tests out of one LMS or Bb Learn course and putting them into another.
Product Info Respondus Tutorial Respondus Training Schedule
SafeAssign is an anti-plagiarism tool that searches its own archives, paper mills, and the web to generate "originality reports" on students' papers. Take informative (proactive) rather than punitive (reactive) measures to educate students about unintentional plagiarism and proper citation.
Product Info SafeAssign Tutorial SafeAssign Training Schedule
The following tools were developed here at NAU:
Classlists is a system for communicating by official NAU email with all of the students who are enrolled (or will enroll) in your class. This tool is useful for giving pre-class information to students who cannot yet access your Blackboard class. It could also be useful if there is an epidemic, widespread power outage, unexpected campus closure, snow day during finals week, or technology outage and you need to send a message to all enrolled students about how to complete coursework.
Through anonymous end-of-the-semester course evaluations, students give instructors and the University feedback about the effectiveness, quality, and value of courses. This feedback plays an important role in course improvement as well as faculty review processes.
Search or browse the complete schedule of classes at NAU using this tool even if you're not currently enrolled (no login required). Students who are already enrolled at NAU may prefer to use LOUIE to search or browse the course catalog, where they can also sign up for classes.