Teaching isn't about technology, but the right technology can support the teaching experience and transform the learning environment. Here, we've compiled some of our recommendations for software, as well as listing what technology is standard across campus. 
 
Software available for installation on university-owned computers or available in classrooms is listed among our Available Campus Technology
 
Training for many of these applications is available online via Lynda.com or by requesting a consultation through support@stedwards.edu.

Available Campus Technology

All St. Edward's classroom spaces are equipped with a standard set of technology including a computer, projector, video camera, microphone, and document camera based on the usage of each room. We have compiled a list of classroom technology and campus licensed software applications available for installation on university-owned computers. 

Learning Management System

Canvas is the supported learning management system at St. Edward's. All courses, instructors and students are loaded automatically into Canvas. You can use Canvas to post your syllabus, assignments, readings, slides, quizzes and online discussions, as well as to track grades. Training is available via consultation with Instructional Technology.

Quizzing

Faculty can create online, auto-graded quizzes in Canvas. If you have a quiz in Word or an online textbook it can be imported into Canvas. For more information, see Creating Quizzes in Canvas.

Presentation or Lecture Capture

Panopto is a supported tool, available within Canvas, for recording presentations created by instructors and/or students. Recordings can be initiated in a classroom or on a personal computer. Training on the use of Panopto is available via consultation with Instructional Technology.

Video Conferencing

Three supported means of video conferencing at St. Edward's include:
  • Both the Global Digital Classrooms and Jones Auditorium allow for high-definition classroom video conferencing. 
  • WebEx can be used for audio and video conferencing by faculty, staff and students.
  • Conferences, part of the Canvas application, is a quick way to video conference between students and faculty. Note: Recordings are only stored for 14 days and Conferences does not work on iOS or Android mobile devices.
 Training on the use of video conferencing is available via consultation with Instructional Technology.

Digital Publication Tools

Would you like to publish a website or blog for your class? Would you like your students to journal, blog or create online content? We have several options available including:
  • Sites: A WordPress platform that can be used for websites, blogs or e-portfolios. 
  • Create: A web-hosting service that allows for site creation using HTML/CSS, PHP, Python or databases. 
  • Institutional Repository: A research repository available from Munday Library to store and showcase faculty projects. 
Not sure which to choose? Check out our guide to digital publication tools

Multimedia Creation 

  • The Digital Media Center (DMC) supports the creation and use of digital media in education, scholarship and creative expression. It provides a learning space for in-person consultation and online resources for digital media, including audio, video, images and interactive media. 
  • All faculty and staff with a university-owned computer can request licenses for any of the Adobe Suite tools (Photoshop, inDesign, Illustrator, Premiere) by emailing support@stedwards.edu.

Polling

You can use a polling application to create and answer real-time polls. Below are applications available online for recording interactions in classes.  Support for these applications is available from each application site. 
Please note that iClickers or physical clickers are no longer available. Poll Everywhere can be used with students' personal devices and Plickers does not require use of student devices.
  • Poll Everywhere is a platform that allows instructors to create polls that students can respond to via Poll Everywhere app, web browser, text message or Twitter. Instructors can create and display questions on the fly, including Q&A and multiple choice polls. Poll Everywhere is free for up to 40 responses per poll.
  • Plickers is a "low-tech" alternative for classroom polling that allows students to respond to multiple choice questions using paper cards printed with unique codes. Instructors use the Plickers app on a smartphone or tablet to scan students' responses and receive instant results that can be shared with the class. Plickers cards and the app are free, and you can obtain class sets of up to 63 cards.

Social Annotation

Faculty can use collaborative social annotation tools to help students analyze, engage and connect around online texts. 
  • Hypothes.is is an open-source application that enables sentence-level note-taking or critique on top of online news, blogs, scientific articles, etc. Students can add links, images and videos to their annotations.
  • Perusall is an e­-book platform with collaborative annotation. Students annotate passages spread through each reading, ­­asking questions, responding to each other’s questions (in threads, Facebook­-style) or sharing other perspectives and knowledge. 
  • Kami is an online annotation tool with text, voice and video annotation options. Note: Kami requires the use of Google Drive.
Support for these tools is available online through the tool's support site.

Academic Research

Data Analysis Platforms, like Qualtrics, SPSS, NVivo, and Excel, and Literature Review applications such as Zotero and Google Scholar are available to the campus community.   Training for SPSS, NVivo, Excel and Google Scholar applications is available online through Lynda.com. Training on Qualtrics is available through consultation with Instructional Technology.