Gradescope, the grading assistant, can now integrate with Blackboard to make grading even easier.
While you may use Echo360 to record your lectures, there are several other features that you can use to gather analytics, create more interactive classes, and engage your students more. Read further for information on Q&A sessions for your class, live interactive polling, and analytics on how students are engaging in with the Echo360 content.
If you are using Echo360 to record your lectures, there are built in analytics to see who is watching the videos as well as how engaged they are when watching the videos. If you add additional content in Echo360, such as your powerpoint or other materials or create a live polling option within Echo360, you can also see analytics for these features.
Echo360 offers the ability to conduct live polling in the classroom. You can ask multiple choice, true/false, short answer, image quizzes, ordered lists, and numerical formula questions. You create or upload a presentation into Echo360 and present from the tool. Students can then use their mobile devices or computers to answer the questions if they are logged in to Echo360. This is free for students and they do not need to download any additional software to use it.
Echo360 allows you to hold synchronous Q & A sessions as well as asynchronous. You can create questions for students to answer or the students can pose questions to you about course content. In a live classroom you can answer questions and monitor student questions.
Kaltura video lectures can be downloadable to students. This greatly benefits students who need or want offline access to the videos, such as students abroad and those with slow or limited internet bandwidth, e.g., those who live on military bases, in rural areas, or who are travelling.
Sometimes we are unable to hold our face-to-face classes. In some cases there is an outbreak of the flu or measles, in other cases, there is inclement weather, conferences, and illness. In all of these instances there are technologies and assignments available that can help you deliver content to your students or have your students work together even if they cannot attend physical classes. Included here are some ideas for recording lectures that students can later view, holding synchronous lectures with video conferencing, and assignments that students can do either independently or collaboratively over the web.
In order to see your new courses each semester in TurningPoint, you must first connect them in your Turning Account.
Inclusive access for textbooks is available for some course materials. When a student enrolls in a class using an inclusive access textbook the students will receive the materials automatically by the first day of class, and they will be charged a discounted rate to their university account in UAConnect.
LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda.com, is a website that has thousands of online video tutorials that can be used for a wide variety of subjects. You can link to these courses from Blackboard and share them with your class. This allows you to provide opportunities for increasing student skills outside of class with LinkedIn Learning courses.