Tools with the Duke icon next to their name are supported by Duke. This means that the University has reviewed the tool for compliance with Duke’s security and integration standards and negotiated with the vendor to make the software available to the Duke community.
|Purpose of Technology||Recommended Tools|
|Application Management||> Kits|
|Assessment Tools||> Box |
|Course Sites||> Sakai |
> Sites@Duke (WordPress)
|Digital Whiteboards||> AWWApp|
> Explain Everything
|Discussion Forums||> Ed Discussion |
|Multimedia Presentations||> Explain Everything|
|Storage Service||> Box|
|Student Projects||> Gitlab|
> Sites@Duke (WordPress)
|Synchronous Virtual Meetings||> Microsoft Teams |
|Video Editing||> Camtasia|
|Video Publishing||> Warpwire |
|Video Recording||> Camtasia|
|Virtual Labs||> Labster|
For suggestions on best practices for how to use tools in your classroom, please see A Guide to Course Delivery.
AWWApp is an example of a more advanced whiteboard that can replace the standard classroom whiteboard. This whiteboard allows multiple users to annotate. Files can be uploaded to a board for annotation, plus there is infinite board space. Users with paid accounts have boards with permanent URLs, while boards on the free version of the tool can only be saved as PDFs. There are templates such as a brainstorming board. For more on AWWApp and other whiteboard options, please see How can I use whiteboards online?
Box is a cloud-based storage and collaboration service at Duke. Both Duke and non-Duke users can access, store and share content. You can use Box to collect students’ writing and add feedback either by editing or adding Word documents or Box notes. It is a more secure alternative to Google Drive. For more information on student assessment, please see What assessment tools are available?
Camtasia is a screen recorder and video editor that is an option for advanced editing such as changing your video layout or adding annotations or transitions to your edits. For the most part, it is not required to take this extra step when producing videos.
Importantly, unlike Panopto, Camtasia is not centrally funded by Duke, so you will either need to purchase your own license and/or have one purchased for you through your departmental or school IT if they approve. Also, the interactivity features in Camtasia are not supported by Duke and will not work once you post your videos to Warpwire/Sakai. To add interactive features content to your videos, please use Playposit.
If you have questions regarding production techniques for your course after reviewing the Camtasia tutorials on LinkedIn Learning, please feel free to email email@example.com and request a consultation with an academic media producer.
Coursera is an open online course platform. When designing your courses, you can take advantage of Coursera for Duke. Duke faculty and students have access to a library of courses on a wide range of subjects developed by Duke faculty. You can direct students to specific videos in courses that contain in-depth explanations of material in your course or that can be used by students wanting more information on related topics. For more on curating course content, please see Where can I find reliable content?
> Using Coursera for Campus In Your Teaching
Ed Discussion is a tool, available in Sakai, that serves as an online threaded discussion and question and answer forum to foster collaboration. Available as a limited pilot, many of Ed Discussion’s features like topic categorization and anonymous posting can be useful for teaching courses in any discipline, and equation and code editors are especially helpful for teaching courses with a science focus.
Ed Discussion Resources
Explain Everything is an app or web tool for adding audio and annotation to slides or other documents to record for future viewing. There is a web application for collaborative whiteboards and Android / iOS apps for recording videos of slide presentations. It features many integrations with many outside applications for inserting content into presentations. Videos can also be edited directly in the recording interface. This is a paid service that is billed monthly. For more on Explain Everything and other whiteboard options, please see How can I use whiteboards online?
Gitlab is a git-based version control service provided by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) that allows you to design technical assignments. With Gitlab, you can create, iterate, submit and provide feedback on student work as well as create issues, kanban boards and sprints to organize, manage and track student assignments as projects. For more information on student assessment, please see What assessment tools are available?
> Gitlab at Duke
GoBoard is a digital whiteboard tool that can replace the traditional classroom whiteboard. This board is particularly useful for those in STEM. It offers a large array of mathematical expressions and graphing, plus the ability to upload photos of hand-written drawings. For collaboration outside of a Zoom session, there is live chat and video. Boards have a permanent URL and can be saved. The number of collaborators is limited to five total. There is a free version that can be accessed immediately. Contact Learning Innovation for information about an account upgrade for departments. For more on GoBoard and other whiteboard options, please see How can I use whiteboards online?
Gradescope is a tool designed to speed up your grading workflow and to provide better feedback to students. For more on how to use Gradescope and other assessment tools, please see What assessment tools are available?
> Getting started with Gradescope
> How Learning Innovation can help you implement Gradescope
> How to use a rubric in Gradescope
> What assignment types are supported by Gradescope?
Hypothes.is is a tool that allows you and your students to annotate digital texts collaboratively, giving you the ability to hold conversations in the margins. Hypothes.is is now integrated with Duke Sakai to allow faculty and students to easily use Hypothes.is in Duke classes. Using Hypothes.is, students can annotate documents and webpages that are publicly accessible on the web, uploaded to Sakai Resources with a Public URL or uploaded to Google Drive.
After ending the 2020-21 pilot, Duke reached an agreement with Hypothes.is for a limited license for the 2021-22 academic year. If you are interested in having Hypothes.is added to your Sakai course site, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
> Duke Hypothes.is Guide
> Hypothes.is Help
> Liquid Margins (Web show that discusses collaborative annotation and pedagogical uses)
> Duke Document Accessibility Documents Guide (OCR creation)
> Hypothes.is Annotation Tips for Students
> Hypothes.is Teacher Resource Guide
> Hypothes.is Digital Fingerprints (Guide on how to create multiple PDFs for group work)
> Digital Fingerprint Creation Tool (for small group work)
Kahoot is a learning tool that allows you to create customized learning and trivia games. You have the option of hosting live games in-person or remotely. Kahoot also has a catalogue of pre-made games that your students can play on a diverse variety of subjects. Kahoot is not centrally funded by Duke and Duke cannot provide technical support for you or your students.
Kits provides students a single entry point to your course. When you log into Kits, you will see a kit for each of the courses you are teaching. If you’ve decided to use learning apps other than Sakai to teach your course, Kits makes it easy to set up and share those apps with your students. Kits also provides a single place for students to find and access all the tools being used in your course. For more information on course site building and how to use Kits to organize your course, please see How can I create my course site?
> What is Kits?
> Kits Quick Start Guide
> How do I create a kit?
> How do I add people to my kit?
> How do I add apps to my kit?
> How do I edit apps in my kit?
> How do I remove apps in my kit?
> How do I combine kits for my multi-section course?
> How do I view my kit with the student role?
Labster is a virtual lab simulator that offers immersive digital experiences across a variety of science and engineering disciplines. Labster is fully integrated into Sakai, meaning you can insert virtual labs directly into your course Sakai site. Student performance in labs is trackable within the Sakai Gradebook. Browse the simulation catalogue to see descriptions and accompanying materials for each lab. To learn more about virtual lab alternatives, see How can I offer virtual labs?
> Getting Started with Labster
LucidChart is an online diagramming tool available through OIT. It is designed for collaboration among teams and project management. It can also be used in a live class or by individuals to create visualizations. Its strength is the wide range of templates it offers. Team members can live text and audio chat. When a project is complete, Lucid charts can be converted into slides. For more on LucidChart and other whiteboard options, please see How can I use whiteboards online?
Microsoft Teams supports rapid communication like chat or instant messaging. It is available for every student, staff and faculty member. Teams includes direct messaging between two or more people and group messaging that can be structured around topics. Teams can easily be added to your course using Kits. For more information, please see What communication tools are available?
MindMeister is is a mind-mapping tool designed for project-oriented work offered by OIT that is best for mind maps, outlining and assigning tasks. For more on MindMeister and other whiteboard options, please see How can I use whiteboards online?
Padlet is a collaborative whiteboard dedicated to multimedia items. If you are interested in students creating multimedia posters or projects, Padletis a user-friendly board that allows students to rapidly add cards with audio, video, links and files. It can be used during a live class or as a project by a group or individuals. The free version of Padlet allows instructors to create three boards to share with students. For more on Padlet and other whiteboard options, please see How can I use whiteboards online?
Panopto (formerly DukeCapture) allows you to record, publish and stream video. Faculty can gain access to the desktop version of Panopto through their department’s IT office. If you use Panopto to record a video, then editing is easy, as Panopto has a built-in editor. Because Panopto records your slides and your camera at the same time, students will be able to view both simultaneously. Panopto is not appropriate for recording live online sessions. Use Zoom to host and record online synchronous meetings. For more information on this, please see How do I create course videos? For more on making your lectures with slides accessible, please see How do I create effective slide presentations? and How do I address accessibility concerns? For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations?
Playposit allows you to add interactive content to your videos. Using PlayPosit, you can create and share interactive video lessons in your Sakai course site, Sites@Duke or any online location of your choice via an embed code. There are several different types of interactions and question types available, including multiple choice, free response, polling and a reflective pause. You can also see students’ answers and access valuable analytics for how often students view each PlayPosit video. For more information on student assessment, please see What assessment tools are available? For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations? For more information on delivering multimedia course content, please see What multimedia tools are available?
> Playposit Quickstart Guide
> Getting started with PlayPosit
> How Learning Innovation can help you implement PlayPosit
> Frequently Asked Questions
> PlayPost Basics
> Add a PlayPosit bulb to Lessons in Sakai
> Three Useful PlayPosit Features for Interactive Course Videos
Qualtrics is a survey tool that you can use to poll students throughout the semester. Common goals for these surveys include assessing students’ previous knowledge, evaluating the course at midterms and learning about students’ skills for group formation.
Sakai is Duke’s University-supported learning management system, intended specifically for the purpose of delivering a course and integrating with your class roster. Sakai has a wealth of tools and features to help you manage your course, and we recommend it as a natural choice for creating a holistic and versatile learning experience. The following linked pages suggest ways to ensure that your course site is well-organized and welcoming. For more information on course site building, please see How can I create my course site? For more information on create tests and quizzes, please see How do I encourage academic integrity? and How will I know what my students have learned? For more information on the use of forums, please see How will we communicate?
> Duke Sakai Guides and Documentation
> Faculty Guide to Sakai
> Add an Announcement in Sakai
> Complete Guide to Sakai Announcements
> Creating Forums in Sakai
> Complete Guide to Sakai Forums
> Assignments in Sakai
> How to grade assignments in Sakai
> How to add a rubric to an assignment in Sakai
> How to enable student peer review for an assignment in Sakai
> How to create a new question (with assessment builder) in Sakai
> Common Question Types in Tests and Quizzes in Sakai
> Using Markup Test to Create a Test or Quiz in Sakai
> Using anonymous grading in Sakai
> How do I add a rubric to my site?
> How do I add a rubric to an assignment in Sakai?
> How to set up the Sakai Gradebook
> How to add items to the Sakai Gradebook
> How to enter and edit grades in the Sakai Gradebook
> Check Accessibility tool in Sakai
Using Sites@Duke (powered by WordPress), instructors can create a website with a multimedia-rich experience incorporating many different tools. There are options to embed items such as YouTube or Warpwire videos, add RSS feeds and allow students to add their own blogs with audio, video and photos. Students can also use this tool to collaborate on group projects. For more information on course site building, please see How can I create my course site? For more information on designing team work for your students, please see How can I organize group and team work? For more information on delivering multimedia course content, please see What multimedia tools are available?
The VoiceThread tool in Sakai allows for text, audio and video commenting on uploaded multimedia. You can use VoiceThread to create a discussion that is linked to a multimedia item such as a PowerPoint, short video or song. Students can comment on the item and talk to each other by voice, video or text. Students can create their own VoiceThreads as well. For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations? For more information on delivering multimedia course content, please see What multimedia tools are available?
Warpwire is a tool dedicated to streaming media. If your course has not only video content, but also audio and still-images, Warpwire is the best solution. Warpwire can also be used to create short videos and screen captures by you and your students. It is possible to create a library associated with a course, but also make it open to anyone with a NetID, which makes it easy to share media across courses and store video content. For more on using Warpwire to share content, please see How do I share videos with students? For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations? For more information on delivering multimedia course content, please see What multimedia tools are available?
Zoom is the recommended video-conferencing tool at Duke for holding live class sessions and online office hours. Zoom supports a variety of pedagogies including active learning, lectures, discussion and group work.
When using Zoom for meetings, keep in mind the following three things: make sure basic requirements are met for presenters and attendees (see Zoom Support); schedule around time zone differences when scheduling synchronous session; and include presentation guidelines for students in your course syllabus. For more information on this, see How will I hold course meetings?
You can also pre-record videos using Zoom. Zoom is appropriate for short videos that don’t need editing, although if you have Cloud Record enabled you can adjust the playback range of your video (i.e., where your video begins to play and where it ends). Using Zoom’s cloud recording and screen sharing features, you can create video lessons that show your slide presentation or other materials from your computer screen. Zoom does not have the ability to edit out mistakes, which means short (i.e., five to eight minute) videos, which you can re-record, work best; playback range only trims the beginning and end of videos, and it does not not truly edit videos. For more information on this, please see How do I create course videos? For more on making your lectures with slides accessible, please see How do I create effective slide presentations? and How do I address accessibility concerns? For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations? For more on the Zoom whiteboard and other whiteboard options, please see How can I use whiteboards online? For more on how to effectively use Zoom breakout rooms in your virtual classroom, please see Building Better Breakout Sessions.
> Managing Breakout Rooms
> Create and share a screen recording in Zoom
> Automatic Recording
> Tools and options for using screen annotations and handwriting
> Automatically Transcribe Cloud Recordings
> Zoom tutorial videos
> Recommended Zoom Settings for Office Hours and Classes
> Sharing Video in Zoom
> Accessible Options with Zoom
> Cloud Recording Playback for Zoom (Playback range instructions)
> Automated Transcriptions in Zoom
> Zoom Event Production: Presenter’s Guide
> Zoom Event Production: Technical Production Guide
> Zoom Event Production: Event Coordinator’s Guide