Learning Tools

Adobe Captivate

Described as "Flash for the rest of us", Captivate is a robust Flash/swf authoring tool that allows you to create scenario simulations, quizzes, and other engaging experiences. Captivate also has built-in screen capturing tools.

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Adobe Presenter

Presenter integrates directly into PowerPoint - with just a few clicks you can transform presentations into engaging Adobe Flash multimedia experiences. Easily add narration, animations, interactivity, quizzes, and software simulations to eLearning courses.

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Blackboard is a web-based learning management system designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes and more.

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Blogs and Journals

A blog is a frequently updated, ongoing chronicle of information featuring diary-type commentary. Journals are similar to blogs except that they are private. Blogs and journals are available outside Blackboard and inside via CampusPack.

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Camtasia Studio is a screen video capture program. You can define the area of the screen or the window to be captured before recording begins or capture the entire screen area. You can also record live narration and/or use a webcam to complement the recording.

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Discussion Boards

Discussion boards allow for asynchronous communication within your Blackboard course.

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ePortfolios are available within Blackboard through Learning Object's Expo LX tool. Expo LX is an application that allows users to create, publish, and share wikis, blogs, portfolios, learning communities, and other websites and is not directly connected to any specific Blackboard course.

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A bibliographic management service that enables users to create a database of references from search results in online research databases. References can then be used in writing papers. In-text citations can be automatically formatted with the click of a button in a citation style of your choosing.

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Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard.

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Turning Point (Clickers)

TurningPoint audience response system integrates 100% into Microsoft PowerPoint and allows audiences and students to participate in presentations or lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions using a ResponseCard keypad.

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TurnitIn is a plagiarism prevention and detection service. Turnitin instantly identifies papers containing unoriginal material and acts as a powerful deterrent to stop student plagiarism before it starts.

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Video and Web Conferencing

Video and web conferencing provide a real time video and audio environment for learning and exchange.

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Available both in and outside of Blackboard, a wiki is a series of interlinked web pages often used for group collaboration or for personal note taking. Wikis are available in Blackboard via CampusPack.

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Wimba is an online collaboration tool that allows you to have interactive sessions with your students without meeting face to face. Through the integration of audio, video, application sharing, and content display you can have meaningful interactions with your students even when you are not all in the same place.

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