Digital Teaching Tools

Below is a list of digital teaching tools we curated for faculty and instructors at the University of Chicago. Email academictech@uchicago.edu if you need help with the tools or classroom implementation. See the Services for Faculty page for information about our other offerings.

Blogs

Blogs

Class Blogs can be an effective write-to-learn assignment. ASTS is piloting a WordPress-based blogging tool. See our announcement for more information

Canvas

Canvas

We are piloting the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) as an alternative for Chalk. Instructors can upload course documents, link to course reserves, create and grade tests and assignments, and communicate with students via announcements and emails.

Chalk

Chalk

Chalk is the main Learning Management System (LMS) on Campus. Instructors can upload course documents, link to course reserves, create and grade tests and assignments, and communicate with students via announcements and emails. It also includes a set of learning tools.

File Sharing: Google Drive and UChicago Box

File Sharing: Google Drive and UChicago Box

UChicago offers a variety of platforms to students, faculty and staff for storing and sharing files. Among these, Google Drive and Box are the most useful for teaching purposes. Both have graduated permission capabilities, and support collaboration.

Google Docs

Google Docs

A word-processing document that allows up to 50 users to edit and 200 users to view simultaneously. Document owners can grant specific users editing, viewing, or commenting privileges. Users have the ability to track changes, and chat while working together.

Google Forms (Alternative for Classroom Response Systems)

Google Forms

Google Forms allows you to quickly create surveys, quick poll, and pop quiz collaboratively. Responses are automatically collected and organized in Google Sheets, and real-time response information and charts are available right inside Forms. It can be used as an alternative for classroom response systems.

Google My Maps

Google Maps

Create custom maps to draw out geographical relationships. Draw lines, shapes, or placemarks on the maps; import geographically-specific data; use layers to hide or show different kinds of content.

Google Sheets

Google Sheets

A spreadsheet that allows up to 50 users to edit and 200 users to view simultaneously. Document owners can grant specific users editing, viewing, or commenting privileges. Users have the ability to track changes, and chat while working together.

Google Slides

Google Slides

Google Slides allows you to create, edit, and present slides from any computer. Similar to Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote, but collaborators can edit together in real-time. Chat and comment functions facilitate working together.

Lecture Videos

Lecture Videos

Videos can be a good tool for providing your students supplementary material, access to previous demonstrations and guest speakers, and post-class review of a class session. They are often essential components in flipped classrooms. ASTS can loan equipment or help you produce videos for your Registrar classes.

Lucidchart

Lucidchart

Easily draw diagrams, such as concept or mind maps, collaboratively in real-time. It can be a good tool for brainstorming, sketching flowcharts or processes. Templates are available for quickly creating diagrams and charts.

Lucidpress

Lucidpress

Lucidpress is a web-based drag and drop publishing app for creating print and online reports, magazines, brochures, and flyers. It can be a good tool for final reports or creative projects. Templates are available for creating documents quickly.

Visualization

Visualization

ASTS's visualization expertise is available to help with creating illustration, 2D- and 3D-animation, or data visualization for class use. Past-projects include recreating 3D models of ancient Greek architecture, animating biological and physical processes, and digitizing maps.

Wikis

vLab

The UChicago Virtual Lab (vLab) is an online equivalent to a computer lab. You can use it to access certain course software. Access vLab from university-provided computers in the Library and other public spaces, or from your own laptop or desktop on the university network.

Wikis

Wikis

Instructors can create class wiki sites in UChicago Wikis or Chalk; or they can create wiki pages in Canvas. Wiki can be a good tool for collaboratively-edited glossary, peer-edit group projects or create an open forum for brainstorming and problem-solving.