Below is a list of digital teaching tools we curated for faculty and instructors at the University of Chicago. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with the tools or classroom implementation. See the Services for Faculty page for information about our other offerings.
Class Blogs can be an effective write-to-learn assignment. UChicago Voices is WordPress-based blogging tool for faculty, students and staff to build websites, blogs, portfolios and more.
This academic year (2017-18), Canvas has replaced Chalk as the University’s learning management system. Instructors can upload course documents, link to course reserves, start discussions, create and grade tests and assignments, and communicate with students via announcements and emails.
Chalk is the retiring Learning Management System (LMS) on campus. Academic courses have been transitioned to Canvas. Organizational sites, training courses, and group sites will transition throughout the 2017-18 academic year. Chalk will be available as read-only archive through December 2018.
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.
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 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
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.
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 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.
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. ATS can loan equipment or help you produce videos for your Registrar classes.
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 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.
ATS'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.
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.
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.