Teaching Technologies Overview
Technology can be used to enhance traditional classroom teaching, replace some traditional lecture activity with online learning activities (hybrid or blended teaching), or deliver an entire class online.
Explore the links to see what teaching technologies are available and how they can be used.
ITAC, in partnership with BU faculty and other campus support units, provides a variety of seminars and hands-on workshops for the effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Technologies for Teaching and Learning
There are many tools available to use for teaching. Some of them help with classroom management tasks, others provide means for students to collaborate, and yet others allow teachers to assess student learning and create opportunities for interaction in class. Below are tools available to faculty at Bradley and centrally supported by the University. Click on the name of the tool or the type of tool you are interested in learning more about and explore how you might use it in your teaching.
Sakai is a secure environment for online teaching and learning. Course sites are automatically created once the first student enrolls and rosters are updated daily. Sakai can be used for:
- Course information - syllabus, course calendar and sharing contract information
- Learning resources - documents, PowerPoint presentations, web sites and video links
- Communication and collaboration - email, announcements, discussion forums, live chat, blogging, group projects, and scheduling advising appointments
- Evaluation - assignments, plagiarism detection, tests, quizzes, surveys, grade books, end-of-term course evaluations
ACinquire is a Bradley University developed application utilized by faculty to perform degree audits and post grades via the web. Faculty may request access to this system by contacting the Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling (309) 677-3101, or going to Swords Hall 11.
Clickers and the TurningPoint software allow faculty to engage their students during a lecture or class discussion.
Approximately 85% of Bradley classrooms contain technology. There are three types of mediated classrooms: 1) projector only 2) standard (projector, speakers, dvd/vhs player, and control system) 3) custom. Other resources such as document cameras, microphones, or specialized hardware may also be available. In general, classrooms are not equipped with computers. Faculty will need to bring their laptop. All classrooms have wireless network coverage. Additional equipment and assistance using the technology may be scheduled through Instructional Technology and Media Services.
Lectures can be recorded and made available online through video streaming systems. Please contact Instructional Technology & Media Services to discuss your needs.
Virtual Classroom / Synchronous video conferencing using WebEx and Skype is available through Instructional Technology & Media Services.
Qualtrics is Web-based survey software available for use by Bradley University faculty, staff and students.
Evaluation System – Course Evaluation System
The Instructional Technology Assistance Center offers online course evaluation support for University departments through the web-based software Evaluation System, available through Sakai.
FSMail and Google Apps for Education are Google based programs and are the official method of University communication for all faculty and staff. This mail system is called FSMail (Faculty and Staff Mail) and accessed by entering fsmail.bradley.edu in the location bar of any web browser. Two of the major benefits for this system are the large mail storage space per user and the ease of sharing documents.