At elearning & Teaching Innovation (eLTI) we are testing out new educational technologies and tools to see which ones would be most useful to you as instructors. Recognizing the diverse needs of students in the classroom, presenting lessons and information in different platforms or modes ensures all learners have a chance for success. These fun tools not only help you create more engaging content but also align the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. Learn more about UDL. We have identified and can provide support (help with technical issues) several tools you can integrate into your courses.
Camtasia: is a software application that enable you to create professional looking videos. We’re excited to share that faculty now have access to Camtasia screen recording and video editing software. We have acquired a three-year license for faculty, and depending on usage, hope to renew yearly. Here’s a few examples of what you can do with Camtasia:
- Record yourself speaking over a document while highlighting specific areas with the mouse pointer (example);
- Record a demonstration of steps in a process while narrating important considerations (e.g., a Google search with your critical discussion of sources, or how to use software) (example);
- Edit short existing video clips (e.g. videos from your phone, openly available online videos) to produce a new sequence (example);
- Add titles, music, effects and other modifications to images or videos.
Articulate 360: is the top PC-based eLearning authoring software on the market. It has lots of built-in features to create accessible activities that enhance engagement.
GoAnimate: is a web-based software available through subscription. It lets you create fun and lively animated videos quickly and easily. You can use it to bring case studies to life with animated scenarios or demonstrate a complex process or theory through narrated animation.
Adobe Suite: is a software suite of graphic design, video editing and web development applications developed by Adobe Systems.
Kahoot! Is a free game-based learning platform for teachers and is available as a mobile app. It’s super easy to use and individual student game results can be accessed by the teacher for assessment purposes.