Technology Resources for Faculty
Take advantage of the many resources that Information Technology Services provides to enhance your course.
- Blackboard - 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. Every class at St. Thomas has Blackboard class site automatically created and all enrolled student accounts are automatically brought in to the class sites
- Ensemble Video - Ensemble Video is the audio & video hosting and streaming service for St. Thomas
- PollEverywhere - Poll Everywhere is a web-based technology that allows students to respond to class polls via text messages and a web interface.
- Qualtrics - Qualtrics can be used by faculty to create web-based surveys and web forms.
- Adobe Connect - Adobe Connect is a web conferencing application that offers a way to bridge the physical and virtual classroom space by using real-time audio and video, chat tools, and application and file sharing.
- Adobe Presenter - Adobe Presenter is a plug-in for PowerPoint for recording, editing and synchronizing digital audio with a presentation.
- Scantron Scoring (Bubble sheets)
- CourseWeb - CourseWeb is the central location for academic materials housed externally from Blackboard.
- Library Research Guides
- Library Liaisons
- Accessibility Resources
The new St. Thomas E-Learning And Research (STELAR) center is a partnership with Information Technology Services, the Libraries, Academic Affairs, and Faculty Development to enhance the teaching and learning mission of the university through innovative and transformative technologies. The STELAR center is set to open on campus in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library in Fall 2016.
The vision for the STELAR center is to serve as a one-stop shop for faculty for:
- the use of digital tools in face-to-face classrooms
- hybrid and blended instruction
- online and hybrid course redesign and development
- learning management systems
- extended education programs and disability access
- research computing
Why provide closed captioning?
For anyone with a hearing-impaired student in class, it is required for ensuring that learning material is accessible. In addition there are many good reasons for making closed-captioning a regular feature as you incorporate videos and similar online learning materials into your courses:
- Learning is enhanced for all students when material is presented in multiple modalities (e.g., both visual and auditory)
- Students with invisible disabilities or undiagnosed learning problems will benefit from having captions available
- You may have a student with a hearing disability next semester and proactive captioning will benefit you as you prepare for that eventuality
How to request captioning for your videos
A special fund has been established within IRT to absorb the cost for captioning instructional videos. IRT's captioning request form can be used to request captioning for a YouTube video or for video hosted on St. Thomas' Ensemble video server. You will need to provide information on where the video can be found (e.g. the YouTube link or EnsembleVideo link). Caption requests for videos hosted elsewhere can also be made via the captioning request form.
To request captioning log in to ITS's captioning request form using your St. Thomas username and password.
- YouTube - If you are requesting captioning for a YouTube video you will need to provide the URL of the video. Faculty seeking to add closed captioning to a video (or to correct inaccurate captions generated by YouTube) should allow a 4 day turnaround after supplying the necessary information via the captioning request form. For YouTube videos, you will receive a special link that should be shared with your students in lieu of the YouTube link.
- Ensemble - you will need the title of the video and the URL of the video. For videos hosted in Ensemble, the captions will be automatically added to your video.
- Other videos - Caption requests for videos hosted elsewhere can also be made via the captioning request form. You will need to provide the URL of the video or the web site link where the video can be found.