Instructional Equipment and Software Applications
Western’s classrooms are equipped with a variety of tools designed to support instruction.
For information on the tools, their features, and examples of how to use the tools in class, click here: Instructional Equipment
Western instructors have access to a number of instructional technologies they can use in their teaching and professional development.
Blackboard (Bb) is Western’s online learning management system (LMS). It’s accessible with computers, tablets and smartphones with an internet connection. To learn more about Blackboard and all you can do with it, visit the Blackboard sub-site in this website.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (web conferencing)
Every Blackboard (Bb) site has the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing tool built right into it. Share audio, video, your computer desktop and applications, and files like PowerPoint and PDF. You can use it to hold synchronous review sessions for your course, bring in an outside expert, hold virtual office hours, and more. You web conference sessions can also be recorded and made available later.
Camtasia is screen recording software as well as a multi-track video editor with drag-and-drop effects. Western has a Camtasia site license for instructors. Learn more about Camtasia including how to install it yourself on your Western computer.
Flipgrid is an online tool where students can use video to share ideas and learn together. Since being purchased by Microsoft, Flipgrid, once subscription based, is now free to use.
- Flipgrid walk-through video: https://vimeo.com/229139609
- A guide to help teachers get started on Flipgrid. https://resources.flipgrid.com/s/Teacher_Guide-cgea.pdf
- A guide to help students get started on Flipgrid. https://resources.flipgrid.com/s/Student_Guide.pdf
- Educators’ Guide to Flipgrid (PDF ebook)
Google’s G Suite
Western is also a G Suite campus meaning faculty, staff and students have access to Google accounts (except for Gmail, Western uses Microsoft Office 365 for email)
Kahoot! is a free, game-based learning platform. It’s a fun, engaging way to bring games into your classroom. Kahoot! can also be used for review. Learn more at https://kahoot.com/what-is-kahoot/.
Microsoft Teams for Education
Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, and apps together in one place. Teams includes access to Western’s Office 365 apps, Microsoft Stream web conferencing, OneNote Classroom, SharePoint access and more.
Western is a Microsoft 365 campus. All Western faculty, staff and students have Office 365 accounts including Outlook Online for email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Have live classroom participation with Poll Everywhere. It’s free for up to 40 participants. Ask a question, collect live responses and see the results instantly. It even integrates with PowerPoint. Learn more at https://www.polleverywhere.com.
Techsmith Snagit provides “robust screen capture and recording with built-in image editing and video trimming.” Western also has a Snagit site license for instructors. Learn more about Snagit including how to install it yourself on your Western computer.
Socrative is online, engaging, polling software. Students can use a computer, tablet or smartphone to take a quiz, receive and exit ticket, or answer a quick feedback question. Learn more at https://socrative.com.