NAU uses all of the following commercial products and open source tools:
NAU Bb Learn Login Bb Learn in-person Training Schedule Bb Learn online Tutorials Bb Learn Training Videos
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 4 weeks. We provide the iPads, the lockable charging stations, and basic training and tech support. If you'd like some ideas on how you might use iPads for teaching, read more. Why not check one out for a semester to give it a try and find some nice teaching apps for your subject area, and then come back to borrow the class set after you're comfortable with this new teaching tool.
Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) is NAU's live conferencing tool. You can use from inside your Blackboard class for live activities, or access it directly 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 recorded with a variety of tools. Podcasts are typically downloaded to the end user's Mac or Windows computer or iPod rather than streamed, so they can be played back even without an internet connection. Students only need the free iTunes software.
iTunes NAU Information Podcasting Tutorials Apple's iTunesU page iTunesU Training Schedule
RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. NAU's Cline Library licenses this tool and provides support and training.
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
Proximity Card Readers collect attendance data when a student swipes his/her NAU ID card by a classroom door with an installed card reader. For assistance with the Card Reader system, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-523-6579
Proximity Card Reader FAQ Access the NAU Attendance Manager
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
There are numerous NAU Apps for mobile devices. Download the Mobile Bb Learn Learn app for iOS or Android to access your classes on the go. Keep up with class discussions, review course content, see your grades and more right from your phone or tablet. Explore some of the other mobile NAU apps that allow you to find out where the buses are, or reduce your time in line at the food services.
Respondus is a simple offline editor for writing multiple choice tests. Writing tests offline is faster than composing in Bb Learn. Tests can then be easily imported to Blackboard when you're done. It's a handy tool for pulling tests out of other LMSes or from publisher test banks. Respondus can also be useful if you're teaching large in-person classes because it can quickly generate multiple versions of a test.
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
SelectSurvey is a survey/polling tool available for use by faculty, staff, and students which allows one to take and create surveys via the web. Support for this product is through NAU's Information Technology Services office. If you prefer, you can also deliver surveys in Blackboard or using the Forms tool in Google Apps for Education.
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. More information.