Use Technology for Teaching and Learning
About the Education Technology Office
The Education Technology Office (ETO) provides consultation services, supports the use of Blackboard and delivers professional development workshops and training to deliver blended and online learning in our renovated teaching and learning lab. The office is located in Hemenway Hall 105, 107 and 109.
Blackboard 101 is a self-directed course for instructors who wish to learn the basics of building a course or refresh a specific skill. The course is organized in five modules that may be viewed sequentially or by topic. Email email@example.com to be enrolled in the course.
Framingham State University's eLearning platform, Blackboard, delivers online, on-campus and blended courses. Regardless of how content is delivered, support services are available to all students, faculty and staff. To view official help documents visit the Blackboard Learn Help for Instructors site. If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-215-5906.
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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool created for teaching and learning that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. The updated version of this synchronous collaboration tool opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session. Collaborate is integrated into Blackboard, so it is available to all faculty and staff who use Blackboard. You can use it to hold virtual class meetings, virtual office hours and guest speaker engagements in real-time. For best performance, use an updated version of the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser.
The Panopto Lecture Capture platform provides instructors with a suite of easy-to-use tools to make videos, caption them, and make them available to students right inside of the Blackboard LMS. Instructors can record lectures in real time, pre-record supplemental information in advance of a class meeting, or record guest presentations. The connection between the Panopto server and the corresponding Blackboard course is a manual process referred to as “provisioning.” All first time users are asked to request an orientation consultation with a member of the Education Technology team.
Atomic Learning on-demand video tutorials provide faculty, students, and staff with 24-7 access to video tutorials of the most common applications and technology resources including products by Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, and more. Log in to Atomic Learning using your campus credentials to stay current with the latest technology applications and gain answers at your own pace to your common “how to” technology questions.
Discover new efficiencies using Qwickly's tools for communication and attendance, available to Blackboard users. With the Qwickly Module on the Bb My Home page, instructors can share communications and announcements with multiple courses from one dashboard, or make current courses available with a single click of a toggle switch, all outside of the course space. Inside the course, the Quickly Attendance tool is used to manually take attendance or create a time-limited and secure way to allow students to check in to class. No more need to pass around a sheet of paper, or call roll; you can manage attendance recording within the course reliably and automatically save the results in your Grade Center.
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Blackboard. When students use LockDown Browser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, go to other websites, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. Tests created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers. Students must use Framingham's Respondus LockDown Browser Download Link to download and install the tool in advance of their test date.
Respondus Monitor is a webcam feature for LockDown Browser that records students during online, non-proctored exams. When this feature is enabled for a test, students are required to use a webcam and microphone with LockDown Browser. After the exam is complete, an instructor can review details of the assessment, and access the session recordings.
Quality Matters (QM) at Framingham State University is an initiative, sponsored by CELTSS and the Offices of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, to provide faculty support to redesign online and blended courses according to QM national standards. These standards promote learning and engagement through a student focused, faculty managed, continuous quality improvement process. Learn more about how to get involved.
The Summer Technology Institute is a day-long workshop for faculty and staff that focuses on the convergence of pedagogy and technology. Last year, the Institute celebrated communication and discussion in online learning. You can view the multimedia recap. In 2017, faculty and staff will gather on June 13th to explore varied pathways to learning. Learn more and register.
Semester Workshop Schedule
Throughout the semester, faculty can participate in lunch-time technology workshops. Sessions cover the effective use of educational tools, such as for assessment, lecture capture, student engagement and more. See upcoming sessions and RSVP.
Teaching with Technology Innovations grants were first awarded in 2011 for the purpose of developing computing proficiency for use in the classroom, for designing new instructional techniques and programs, for improving teaching effectiveness, and for increasing student learning.
eLearning Platform Review
What did we decide? The Blackboard Learn Software as a Service (SaaS) is the best overall solution for Framingham State University! Following an exhaustive review of eLearning platforms the recommendation of the Learning Management Task Force is to remain with Blackboard Learn but move our hosting services to a SaaS deployment or in other words “to the cloud.” The team looked closely at five Learning platforms (Blackboard Learn, Canvas, D2L, Moodle, and Schoology). Instructure's Canvas and Blackboard's Blackboard Learn solution were the finalists. Based on all of the due diligence performed over the past several months, Blackboard Learn was selected by the team tasked with the review of alternatives. In the final analysis, the move to the Blackboard Learn SaaS solution will be the least disruptive to faculty and students.