Instructional Design Consultations
The Academic Technology & Innovation Group offers expert advice for faculty on best practices for course design. ATIG’s instructional strategies specialists can meet with you to identify ways to provide advice and feedback on your syllabus or assignments, or help you to incorporate new instructional methods into your courses. To request a consultation, please use this form.
The Academic Technology & Innovation Group offers workshops for faculty on a variety of topics, including EC Learn, classroom technology, academic software, and best practices for course design. A full schedule of our upcoming workshops is available on our Calendar. We also offer individual instruction if you have questions beyond what is addressed in our workshops and the resources below. To request a consultation, please use this form.
Teaching with Technology
Since 2012, ATIG, together with Academic Affairs, has offered a competitive program to support faculty projects to integrate new academic technology into courses. The Teaching with Technology program, which was initially funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, offers individualized support and training to faculty participants. Over twenty Emmanuel faculty members have been selected to participate via a competitive process. In 2014, eleven “Blended Learning” projects were funded by Emmanuel. Additional opportunities to participate in the Teaching with Technology program will be announced periodically via the portal and emails to full-time faculty. For more information, please contact Karen Storin Linitz, Director of Academic Technology.
Blogs can be used in a variety of ways, including enabling students to share and comment on each others’ responses to topics similar to a discussion forum or to journal their progress on a project. If you would like to use blogs in or out of your courses, please contact us and we can discuss the the options that will best suit your needs.
ECLearn is the e-learning platform used in all Emmanuel College courses. ECLearn (also known as Canvas) is designed to be intuitive to use and can be integrated with Google Docs and social networking sites. It also offers more standard features, including online assignment and quiz submission, discussion forums, virtual class meetings, and learning modules. For more information on ECLearn, check out our Orientations to ECLearn for Faculty and for Students.
ePortfolios are a way for your students to showcase their work and document experience in a digital format. We typically recommend Google Sites for ePortfolios, though there are other options available depending on your needs. If you would like to use ePortfolios in your courses, please contact us and we can discuss training for you and your students.
ATIG has iPads and iPad minis that are available for instructional purposes. Up to 41 iPads may be borrowed for up to one semester. For more details or to apply please use this form.
Polling Software/Response Clickers
ATIG recommends “clickerless” options, such as polleverywhere.com for polling students. However, TurningPoint response clickers are another option. Either of these can be used in class sessions to poll students, collect answers to examples and practice questions, and assess student comprehension during a lecture. Both can be integrated with PowerPoint or used as a separate application. If you are interested in more information, please contact us. To arrange to make student clicker sets available for purchase, please contact the campus bookstore.
RefWorks is citation software integrated with your browser. You can read about it in our blog post here. An advantage of this system is its integration with Microsoft Word through the Write-N-Cite plug-in. To create your own account, go to http://www.refworks.com/refworks from any computer on campus or connected to the campus by VPN and create a new account using your Emmanuel College email address. If you have questions about using the software and citing materials, please contact a reference librarian at Cardinal Cushing Library.
Turnitin is plagiarism checker software integrated with EC Learn. It provides originality scores and reports, and can be used for providing feedback to students. It also has peer review capabilities separate from EC Learn. For more information, you can check out our Orientation to Turnitin for Faculty.
Class wikis allow your students to work collaboratively on documents for group authoring or data collection, share knowledge and reference information, and participate in sign-ups. In EC Learn the Pages tool can be used as a wiki. If you are interested in using a different wiki platform, please contact us to discuss your assignment needs.
Academic Software (SPSS, Qualtrics, Schrodinger, etc)
ATIG and the academic departments offer licenses for academic use of a broad range of software. If you would like to request that software be purchased and are a faculty member or staff member who manages department-owned software, you can do so using our online form. We can also answer best practice and technical questions about commonly used applications.