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Online Course Teaching Tools

Blackboard Learn 9.1 is used to deliver and manage online courses at UAFS. However, other software can also be used to enhance online teaching and learning. Some work in conjunction with Blackboard while the others can be used independently. The following is detailed information about the software used on this campus.
Name Description Licenses

Camtasia Studio

Used to create multimedia components such as demos, voice-over lessons, or video clips for online courses. Allows instructors to edit video captures and add titles, call-outs, quizzes, or surveys in the video. The video can be imported into Blackboard.

100 licenses

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Secures online tests so students cannot print, copy, go to the desktop or another website, or access other applications during a test.

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Respondus 4.0

Test generator that allows instructors to create and manage exams that can be published directly to WebCT, Blackboard, and other online course management systems. Popular for allowing instructors to import test questions in any text format (Microsoft document or other text file format) to Blackboard Learn 9.1.

Incorporated within Blackboard Learn 9.1

SafeAssign

Compares students' writing assignment submissions in online courses against a set of academic papers online and in some databases and document archives to prevent plagiarism.

Campus-wide license

Skype

Free software that allows users to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages, and share files with other Skype users on the internet. Great for video/audio communication and video conferencing. Instructors can use to contact students or overseas colleagues online without paying for long-distance calling.

Free Download

Faculty members can also use the following free software to enhance their online courses:

  1. YouTube - videos can be accessed as mashups within Blackboard 9.1.
  2. Blogger- free blog publishing tool from Google for posting text, photos, and video; be used for class journals. 
  3. Wikis - free online tools that allow instructors to create collaborative class projects online. Blackboard Learn 9.1 also allows instructors to create wikis.