Technologies for different teaching contexts
Teaching Online in 2021/22: Quick Guide (click to enlarge)
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University suppported technologies
Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard
- Use Blackboard as the single point of access for students to find essential communications, learning materials, activities and links out to other resources or software.
- What tools can I use in Blackboard?
- Help guides.
Live Online Sessions – Microsoft Teams Meeting
- How to set up a Microsoft Teams Meeting for live interactive seminars and tutorials with your students.
- What platform do I use for my live online sessions?
- How to make live online sessions available to students.
- How to run effective live online sessions with your students.
- Practical Help Guides:
Screencasts – Microsoft PowerPoint (recommended) or Microsoft Teams Meeting
- How to make screencasts and convert your lecture materials into short videos.
- Produce a screencast using PowerPoint or record using Teams Meeting.
- Other freely available tools on Windows and Mac can be used. Choose a screencast tool.
- Dedicated Recording Rooms located around Whiteknights campus are available to book.
- Why is PowerPoint the recommended tool for screencasting?
Video hosting/sharing – Microsoft Stream
- Use Microsoft Stream to store, organise and play videos you’ve made for students.
- Upload recordings directly to Stream and make them available to students in your Blackboard module.
- Help guides.
Online Reading List – Talis Aspire
- Use an Online Reading List to curate electronic and print resources for your module.
- Link your reading list to a Blackboard module.
- Table of suggested tools for designing/running learning activities with students
Booking tutorials – Microsoft Bookings
- Request Microsoft Bookings and use it to let students book appointments with you for one-to-one meetings.
- Help guide.
Produce learning materials – Microsoft Office 365
- Use Microsoft 365 tools to produce accessible and well-formatted documents and learning materials.
- Use Microsoft Forms to make online surveys and quizzes. These can be embedded or shared within Blackboard.
Other tools & resources
- Library e-resources including encyclopaedias, dictionaries maps, images, sounds and video collections.
- LinkedIn learning. Comprehensive range of software, creative and business video tutorials.
- Box of Broadcasts (BoB). Record or find free-to-air UK TV programmes. Only available to watch in the UK.
Curriculum software – AppsAnywhere
- Gain access to dedicated software applications for teaching through AppsAnywhere.
- Available on PC Windows and MAC, both on and off campus.
- List of software available.
Learning materials – Open Educational Resources (OERs)
- Search OER Commons, a large collection of free-to-use resources across all educational levels.
- Look for materials that are free to use under Creative Commons Licencing.
Third party tools and services
If you are considering use of a ‘free/freemium’ or ‘paid-for’ third party tool or service, please contact your School DTS business partner prior to deployment and/or purchase. You should enquire if the technology has been approved for use, explore existing university alternatives and ascertain what technical support is available, if any. See also:
- Considerations when using third party tools/services in teaching
- TEL Support site lists some ‘third party’ tools/services, these support pages detail tool/service availability, technical support and recommendations for deployment. If your tool is not listed, TEL may be able to provide information (please contact via DTS@reading.ac.uk).