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Adobe Connect (web conferencing)

Contingency planning is key to ensure class disruption is limited due to bad weather, campus closures, pandemics, or other unforseen adventures. The CTLT manages 20 licenses (host accounts) to use for synchronous class meetings at a distance. Adobe Connect allows you to share your computer screen with the entire class, supports webcams for you and your students, allows file uploads for sharing with the class, and recording features for those who miss class. 

We currently do not have enough licenses for everyone to use (known as a site license), and Adobe restricts our ability to switch licenses from one person to anonther during the semester, so availability is limited.

If you are interested in learning more about Adobe Connect and whether it might work for your needs, contact Mike Dixon at mdixon4@richmond.edu or 804-289-8066.

For those who have accounts and need to login, visit: https://urctlt.adobeconnect.com .

Blackboard

Known as a "learning management system" (LMS) or "course/content management system" (CMS), Blackboard is UR's standard LMS. All courses with an instructor-of-record will automatically have a Blackboard course generated. Over 80% of UR faculty use Blackboard for course materials, assignment submissions, online discussions, reflective journaling, tests/quizzes, and posting grades. 

To best determine how Blackboard might work with your teaching or instructional needs, contact your CTLT liaison and request a consultation.

To login to Blackboard, visit https://blackboard.richmond.edu and use your NetID and passphrase.

If you need help with Blackboard, contact Blackboard support via phone at 804-287-6860 (M-F, 9am-5pm) or blackboard@richmond.edu . You can also get Blackboard help by visiting our Blackboard Help blog.

Blogs (UR Blogs, i.e. Wordpress)

"UR Blogs" is our name for the university's Wordpress blogging platform, a professional website publishing tool and/or content management system. Services are provided to both faculty and students and are supported by the liaisons in the CTLT.

There are different models for using blogs in education. For complete details, including instructions for requesting a blog site, visit http://blog.richmond.edu . 

If you need help with your blog, or need to consult on the possibilities for using UR Blogs in your teaching, contact your CTLT liaison.

Box (use in teaching)

Box is an encrypted, cloud-based file storage and collaboration platform that enables faculty, staff and students to securely store and share electronic business and academic files.

With Box you can:

  • Access your files from anywhere, anytime, from almost any device by going to http://box.richmond.edu
  • Share documents by sending links that can include expiration dates or passwords
  • Collaborate by inviting other Box users to access to your folders; group-editing documents; adding comments; or assigning tasks
  • Find documents easily by using Box's full-text search feature
  • Restore your own deleted files for up to 90 days

If you are interested in teaching with Box, contact your liaison to discuss your ideas and determine if Box will work for you. For complete details on how you can use Box at UR, visit Information Services Box page.

Classroom Technology

UR offers several options for classroom technology help. The CTLT specializes in consultations with faculty on discovering best practices of using technology found in your classroom. If you are interested in a consultation to explore whether using technology in the classroom might improve teaching and learning outcomes, contact your liaison and schedule a time to meet in your classroom

For urgent classroom tech support, contact Telecomm & Multimedia Support at (804) 287-6500 (you can call that number using the phone in your classroom). You can e-mail them at telecom@richmond.edu .

Desktop Capture (Panopto)

All Blackboard courses at UR have a "Panopto Videos" option in the course menu (left menu). It is hidden from students by default, but is available to instructors to create either classroom recordings or recordings from their office computer outside of class (we often call this desktop capture). Many instructors at UR use Panopto for desktop capture to supplement what is taught in the classroom. You can extend what was being discussed in class, introduce a new topic and details of that information before class (often known as "flipping" a class), demonstrate a technique or process via video, demonstrate how to use software, or even take your students on a tour of your Blackboard course!

Panopto uses your computer's webcam (if available/desired), build-in microphone (although a USB headset is recommended for best quality), and will capture your computer screen (or multiple screens if you have them) simultaneously. Certain classrooms are equipped with video cameras and ceiling microphones (small, button-sized mics that tend to blend in with the ceiling color) that are connected to the classroom's built-in computer in the podium. On the computer, Panopto software is installed which allows you to record audio, video and the classroom computer's screen to share with your students later or to allow those who were absent to view the class proceedings. 

If you are interested in teaching with Panopto, contact your liaison to discuss your needs and we can step you through how to use Panopto in the classroom or on your own computer. 

Digital Storytelling

For many years, UR faculty have involved digital storytelling in their teaching. This involves using computers or mobile devices to tell stories using digital video, audio, and photography.

Topics can differ from, "involving personal tales to recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one’s own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between.” – University of Houston

Interested in learning more? Visit the UR Digital Storytelling website.

Ready to get started? Meet with our Media Production Coordinator:

Corrina Waxman
cwaxman@richmond.edu
287-6656

She offers faculty consultations to help design your assignment and provide in-class workshops/demonstrations to students. We partner with the Technology Learning Center (computer lab on 3rd floor of Boatwright Library) for additional student help with these assignments.

GIS and Mapping

The CTLT now provides a basic level of support for geospatial mapping assignments that use StoryMap JS or Esri Story Maps. Contact your school or department's CTLT liaison for:

  • help structuring your mapping assignment
  • guidance on which of these tools (if either) is most appropriate for your assignment
  • assistance in determining whether additional support or tools might be required for your assignment
  • an in-class demonstration to get your students started in completing their assignment

Intermediate and advanced mapping projects, and those involving analysis (not just visualization) of geospatial data, may require collaboration or coordination with other campus units (e.g. the Digital Scholarship Lab, Library, and/or Spatial Analysis Lab). Please contact us as early as possible so we can provide the best possible support.

To get started, contact your CTLT Liaison.

Lecture Capture (Panopto)

Certain classrooms are equipped with video cameras and ceiling microphones (they are small, button-sized mics that tend to blend in with the ceiling color) that are connected to the classroom's built-in computer in the podium. On the computer, Panopto software is installed which allows you to record audio, video and the classroom computer's screen to share with your students later or to allow those who were absent to view the class proceedings. All Blackboard courses have a "Panopto Videos" option in the course menu (left menu). It is hidden from students by default, but is available to instructors to create classroom recordings or recordings from their office computer outside of class (we often call this desktop capture). So Panopto isn't just a lecture capture tool, it's a powerful capture tool that can be used any time you'd like to supplement what is taught in the classroom. 

If you are interested in teaching with Panopto, contact your liaison to discuss your needs and we can step you through how to use Panopto in the classroom or on your own computer. 

Lynda.com @ UR (high quality on-demand video-based training)

Lynda.com provides unlimited access to an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software tools and skills.

With more than 1,300 courses taught by industry experts—and more added every week—lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners and is available whenever you’re ready to learn. You can even view the resources on your iOS or Android mobile device (via web site or mobile apps).

Current faculty, for-credit students, staff and Osher members have access to a University subscription of lynda.com resources. Always use the special lynda.richmond.edu link when logging in. You will then get a UR login page for lynda.com — use your UR NetID and 16-character password before being redirected to lynda.com's web site. If it is your first time logging in through UR, you will be asked whether you want to migrate the training activity records from another lynda.com account that you may have had in the past to your new UR lynda.com account. After choosing a response, you should then have direct access to lynda.com training materials.

Access Lynda.com @ UR

Media Production

We focus on teaching media creation to benefit learning. We provide faculty consultation and support for various multimedia projects in the classroom. Everything from short documentaries, podcasts, digital stories and more.

If you would like to incorporate media creation into your course or conduct a research project, contact:

Corrina Waxman, Media Production Coordinator
cwaxman@richmond.edu
287-6656

Mobile Device Initiative (MDI)

The Mobile Device Initiative (MDI) at the University of Richmond has one goal: to provide mobile tools and methods to enhance the learning experience in our classrooms and research labs. We seek to accomplish this goal by 1) consulting with faculty about effective and impactful ways of using mobile technologies in coursework and 2) deploying iPads to faculty and students to help them achieve their teaching/learning objectives.

There are two core programs of the MDI: 1) Student semester-long or project-length (1-3 weeks) iPad checkouts and 2) Faculty semester-long iPad Pro checkout.

For complete details, visit our MDI page.

VR (Virtual Reality)

The Center has made an investment in the HTC Vive platform, high-end computing hardware, and numerous VR applications, providing access to instructors and their students to experiment with next-generation virtual reality in higher education uses. 

A room on the 3rd floor of Gottwald has been created as dedicated space for VR experimentation. If instructors are interested in learning more about our VR offerings, trying out VR, and/or having a consultation on integrating this into teaching or student projects, we can help!

Contact:

Andrew Bell, CTLT Sciences Liaison
abell4@richmond.edu 

For more on AR/VR efforts, visit our AR/VR page.