Learn about our current instructional technologies below that can enhance the teaching and learning experience for your students.
Set up a consultation with the team at STELAR to advise you on technologies that support your instructional goals.
Blackboard is St. Thomas' Learning Management System (LMS). How each faculty member chooses to use Blackboard is up to the individual and the particular course.
2016-2017 Canvas Trial
This coming Spring, we are testing a replacement for Blackboard. We will be using the Canvas learning management system for a small number of courses this Spring instead of Blackboard, and evaluating the Canvas system for institution-wide adoption as our official online learning platform.
More information about the trial and criteria can be found here.
Ensemble Video is the audio & video hosting and streaming service for St. Thomas.
Similar in many respects to Youtube, Ensemble is a web service where you can upload audio or video content, which can then be delivered to your audience via Blackboard, a webpage, email or even social media. Ensemble Video offers a wide range of features to meet the rapidly evolving media needs across the community.
Zoom is the recommended web and audio conferencing tool that offers simplified and reliable communication across all mobile and web devices. Host online meetings, course instruction, webinars, and more. Participants can join from any location of their choosing and the device that they prefer. All St. Thomas faculty, staff, and students can create a meeting and have permissions to invite participants who are internal or external to the university. Outlook Plug-in for scheduling is available.
Note: WebEx will be decomissioned by June 1, 2018 and will be replaced by Zoom.
WebEx is a web conferencing tool that can be used to host a virtual meeting or an interactive lecture.
Poll Everywhere is a web-based technology that allows students to respond to class polls via text messages and a web interface.
Unlike TurningPoint where students must buy a "clicker", Poll Everywhere is available from any device that students already have. By using their cell phones, smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, or any other web-enabled device students are able to participate in a new interactive way during class. Poll Everywhere promises to make classes and other events "more fun, productive, and engaging" by collecting questions and feedback from participants in real-time... and at no additional expense to them.
Qualtrics is a robust and intuitive solution that allows all members of the St. Thomas community (Faculty, Staff and Students) to create web-based surveys and web forms. Qualtrics's online survey solutions make it easy to capture academic insights. These insights empower faculty and students, create breakthroughs, and change lives. Your imagination is the only limit!