Recommended Teaching Resources and Tools

The following are recommended tools for a variety of instruction scenarios. This listing includes contributions from the “Grainger Student Communities Research Readout” created by Siebel Center for Design on July 2, 2020.

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
FunctionCollaborative online space for delivering course content, course materialsUse recommended Engineering template to create landing page for course content and links to toolsOne stop landing page for course content and links to other tools
Features
  • Integration with communication tools
  • Basic assessment
  • Grading

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

FunctionSupports variable-length assignments and fixed-template like worksheets, quizzes, or examsOffers a wide range of built-in widgets to accelerate question writing developmentBasic assessment creation
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/ResourcesGradescope Workshop Video (using with CBTF)Request your courseCreating tests and surveys


Proctoring Tools


Recommended

Solution
Function
Computer based, proctored assessments for Grainger College of Engineering StudentsOnline proctoring services for exams set up in Compass2g or Moodle LMS
Features
  • Utilizes PrairieLearn
  • Online Zoom-based proctoring
  • Facility for in-person testing (currently unavailable)
  • Reservation-based scheduling
  • Utilizes browser extension for installing remote proctoring application
  • Uses identity verification
  • Browser locking
  • Exam recording 

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
Jamboard tutorialsGetting started with Slack


Asynchronous Online Discussion


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Solution
Campuswire
Compass2g
Function 
Single platform for Q&A, discussions, and active learning
  • Public or private Q&A
  • Provides structure to interactions
Threaded discussionsCollaborative channels for communicating via threaded chatPost discussion questions or topics publicly
Features
  • Class feed for discussion

  • Can be anonymous
  • Both students and instructors can respond
  • Chat
  • File sharing
  • Discussion threads
  • Organize conversations
  • Search
  • Share files
  • Multiple discussion boards in one course
  • No need for students to be logged in at the same time

Notes/Resources

Getting started with Slack

Adding a discussion board to Compass2g



Office Hours


All Are Recommended Options
Solutions
Queue@Illinois
Zoom
gather.town
Function
Virtual queue for office hours that can supplement other platforms
One on one discussions with waiting room option
8-bit customizable virtual space for people to gather
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
  • Video calling space that lets multiple people hold separate conversations in parallel and walk in, out and around the conversations
  • Create spaces such as offices and conference venues
  • Free version is limited to 50 concurrent people
Notes/Resources


Recording Lecture Tools



All Are Recommended Options

Personal Recording
Classroom Recording
Solution
Echo360 Room CaptureKaltura 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.

All lecture capture enabled rooms offer both Echo360 and Kaltura options. Loomis & MSEB offers Kaltura only.

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
Grainger College of Engineering equipped classroomsGrainger College of Engineering equipped classrooms


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


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Solution
Kaltura
Echo360
ClassTranscribe
Zoom
Function
Automatic speech recognition toolAutomatic speech recognition for Echo360 audio/video mediaOpen-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
More about ClassTranscribeUsing audio transcription for cloud recordings


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 accessRemote Linux-based application access
Features
Notes/Resources