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Recommended Teaching Resources and Tools

The following are recommended tools for a variety of instruction scenarios.

Engineering IT offers assistance to instructors with various instructional tools. Please email engrit-help-media@illinois.edu for consultation.

Course Setup & Management

Recommended
Recommended
Solution
Function Collaborative online space for delivering course content, course materials Use recommended Engineering template to create landing page for course content and links to tools One stop landing page for course content and links to other tools
Features
  • Communication Tools
  • Assessment Tools
  • Interactive Tools
  • Analytics

Website directories along with term subfolders are automatically created for each course being taught as soon as they appear in the course catalog

Notes/Resources

Assessment Tools

Recommended
Recommended
Solution

Gradescope

Function Supports variable-length assignments and fixed-template like worksheets, quizzes, or exams Offers a wide range of built-in widgets to accelerate question writing development Assessment creation within Canvas
Features
  • High quality feedback may reduce the burden on students to seek help
  • Score adaptively based on student mastery and question difficulty
  • Automate the submission and grading process
  • Analyze assessment quality and student outcomes
  • Utilizes built in tools for tests and surveys
  • Automatic grading of single-answer choices
Notes/Resources

Proctoring Tools

Recommended
Solution
Function
Computer based, proctored assessments for Grainger College of Engineering Students
Features
  • Utilizes PrairieLearn
  • Online Zoom-based proctoring
  • Facility for in-person testing (currently unavailable)
  • Reservation-based scheduling
Engagement & Interactivity

Live Discussion

Recommended
Recommended
Solution
Function
  • Video conferencing for live class sessions
  • Group discussions
  • Office hours
Single platform for Q&A, discussions, and active learning
  • Video conferencing
  • Threaded chat
  • Instant messaging

Collaborative digital whiteboard

Collaborative channels for communicating via threaded chat

Features
  • Course communication in one place
  • Polling
  • Breakout rooms
  • Queuing
  • Screen sharing
  • Annotating 
  • Drawing
  • Load in pictures or documents and draw on top of them
  • Organize conversations
  • Search
  • Share files
Notes/Resources

Asynchronous Online Discussion

Recommended
Solution
Campuswire Canvas
Function 
Single platform for Q&A, discussions, and active learning Post discussion questions or topics publicly
  • Public or private Q&A
  • Provides structure to interactions
Threaded discussions Collaborative channels for communicating via threaded chat
Features
  • Class feed for discussion
  • Multiple discussion boards in one course
  • No need for students to be logged in at the same time
  • Can be anonymous
  • Both students and instructors can respond
  • Chat
  • File sharing
  • Discussion threads
  • Organize conversations
  • Search
  • Share files
Notes/Resources

Office Hours

All Are Recommended Options
Solutions
Queue@Illinois
Zoom
Virtual Spaces
Canvas Scheduler 
Function
Virtual queue for office hours that can supplement other platforms
One on one discussions with waiting
room option
Customizable virtual spaces for people to gather Create a block of time where students can meet with you.
Features
  • Group students together based on topic they are having trouble with, the instructor doesn't have to explain the same concept separately
  • Students can monitor their position in the queue
  • Hold small group discussions or use breakout rooms
  • Waiting room
  • Virtual spaces that lets multiple people hold separate conversations in parallel and walk in, out and around the conversations.
  • Appointments display in your calendar after a student or group has reserved a time slot.
  • Appointment details are also included when you export the calendar using the Calendar feed.
Notes/Resources

Recording Lecture Tools

All Are Recommended Options
Personal Recording
Classroom Recording
Solution
Echo360 Room Capture Kaltura Room Capture
Considerations

Used Echo360 before? Continue using Echo360 Universal Capture to incorporate your past recordings with your personal recordings.

Never created personal videos? Use Kaltura Personal Capture for ease of publishing to MediaSpace.

Echo360: supported by Engineering IT
Kaltura: supported by campus Technology Services

Review the Instructor Checklist for Fall

Function
  • Record lecture, screen capture, webcam video, and audio
  • Upload and publish previously-recorded media
  • Record lecture, screen capture, webcam video and audio
  • Upload and publish previously-recorded media
Dual capture of room camera video with projected presentation content from multiple sources: e.g. resident computer, laptop, document camera (where available) Dual capture of room camera video with projected presentation content from multiple sources: e.g. resident computer, laptop, document camera (where available)
Features
  • Software-based capture from the desktop application
  • Auto publish to Echo360 platform and even with existing
  • Echo360 room-based recordings
  • Student access auto-generated from campus enrollment rosters
  • Compass2g compatibility
  • Ability to share videos to off-campus audience, if needed
  • Basic video editing capabilities
  • Variable speed video playback
  • Software- and web browser-based capture
  • Compass2g & Moodle integration
  • Flexible media sharing options (to specific individuals, course sections, or off-campus audiences)
  • Basic video editing capabilities
  • Auto-captioning, with ability to edit captions
  • Variable speed video playback

  • Pre-schedule a semester’s worth of course recordings in advance
  • Customize playback experience based on personal preferences
  • Remotely steerable camera can be set to capture in-room blackboard or whiteboard
  • Auto publish to Echo360 platform
  • Student access auto-generated from campus enrollment rosters
  • Compass2g compatibility
  • Ability to share videos to off-campus audience, if needed
  • Basic video editing capabilities
  • Variable speed video playback
  • Pre-schedule a semester’s worth of course recordings in advance
  • Remotely steerable camera can be set to capture in-room blackboard or whiteboard
  • Compass2g & Moodle integration
  • Flexible media sharing options (to specific individuals, course sections, or off-campus audiences)
  • Basic video editing capabilities
  • Variable speed video playback
  • Auto-captioning, with ability to edit captions 

Notes/Resources

Live Lecture Tools

All Are Recommended Options
Personal Live Recording
Classroom Live Recording
Solution
Echo360 Room Capture Live Stream
Function
  • Video conferencing for live class sessions
  • Live interaction between instructor and peers
Dual capture of room camera video with projected presentation content from multiple sources: e.g. resident computer, laptop, document camera (where available)
Features
  • Whiteboard option
  • Accessible from many different OS platforms including mobile
  • Add Zoom tool link within LMS
  • Simultaneous live stream and recording
  • Add live streaming to scheduled recording
  • Includes all features of Echo360 Room Capture listed above
Notes/Resources
Transcription Tools

Recommended
Solution
Kaltura
Echo360
ClassTranscribe
Zoom
Function
Automatic speech recognition tool Automatic speech recognition for Echo360 audio/video media Open-source, web-based platform that leverages crowd sourcing to address the problem of accurate, reliable, and fast transcriptions of college lectures. Automatically transcribe audio of a meeting or webinar that you record to the cloud
Features
Captions are automatically added to media in Kaltura using ASR (automatic speech recognition)
  • Transcriptions take about 30 minutes to completed depending on the length of the video
  • Machine generated transcripts
  • Student reviewed transcribing
  • Searchable by captioning
  • Option to display the transcript text within the video itself
  • Similar to closed caption display
Notes/Resources
  • Enabling ASR in Echo360
  • Contact Engineering IT for more info at engrit-help-media@illinois.edu

Engineering Software Access

For instructional needs that require access to software typically found in our Engineering WorkStation (EWS) labs, these are the recommended connection solutions. Support is available by sending a request to ews@illinois.edu.

Review the Instructor Checklist for Fall

Solution
Citrix
FastX
Function
Remote Windows-based application access Remote Linux-based application access
Features
Notes/Resources




Keywords:instruction TA teaching tools course management lecture capture communication assessment asynchronous synchronous faculty instructor   Doc ID:103824
Owner:Melissa W.Group:University of Illinois Engineering IT
Created:2020-07-09 10:26 CDTUpdated:2022-08-17 11:44 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Engineering IT
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