Below is a list of digital teaching tools we curate for faculty and instructors at the University of Chicago. Contact us if you need help with the tools or classroom implementation.
Class Blogs can be an effective write-to-learn assignment, in addition to other pedagogical uses. UChicago Voices is a WordPress-based blogging tool for faculty, students and staff to build websites, blogs, portfolios and more. Contact us for a consultation on using blogs for your course.
Canvas is 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. We offer walk-in support, workshops, and individual consultations on Canvas for instructors.
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.
Gradescope is a tool that facilitates the grading of hand-written work in an easier, more efficient, and more consistent way. It also allows better feedback for students, which reduces regrade requests. This is especially critical when assignments and exams are graded by a team of faculty and/or TAs. Due to faculty demand for this tool, we started a pilot in autumn 2019 that will run through summer 2020. It can be used by any instructor and integrates with Canvas for roster sync and pushing grades to the Canvas Gradebook. We are happy to facilitate departmental demos or workshops.
- Contact us to set up an account and get started.
We can lend you the appropriate AV equipment to facilitate the recording of course lectures, either during the course or as additional course material, and we are happy to discuss flipped classroom projects. We can consult with you on the right approach, and we offer free tutorials for use of the equipment.
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkedIn Learning offers thousands of self-paced online courses that can be used as supplemental instructional material or tutorials for specific skills needed for a given course. Browse popular courses on topics such as Python, R, Excel, and more. This tool is free across UChicago to anyone with an active CNetID.
- Visit the LinkedIn Learning website to get started.
The OneButton Studio (OBS) on Level A of the Regenstein Library is available for quick and easy video projects. The OBS is perfect for short video assignments or for practicing presentations (with or without presentation slides).
Poll Everywhere is a student response system that replaces physical clickers in the classroom. Poll Everywhere can facilitate quick polls, feedback, or quizzes in the classroom to promote better engagement from students and give instance insights into student understanding for instructors. Poll Everywhere easily integrates with Canvas, as well.
- See the Poll Everywhere website for more information.
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. (Please use cVPN when accessing vLab from off-campus.)
Video Management Platform
Panopto is replacing Kaltura as the University’s tool for streaming audio and video files starting in autumn 2019 (Kaltura service ends in Dec. 2019). Panopto is a tool for recording, organizing, embedding, and live streaming video. It seamlessly integrates with Canvas for video/audio course content and in-video quizzes, and it can be used for DIY lecture capture and screencasts. Panopto also includes a suite of web-based video editing tools. While Canvas has its own audio and video tools, Panopto offers more robust features and analytics. See our Knowledge Base Articles for more information about how to use Panopto with Canvas.
ATS has visualization expertise and is available to help with creating illustration, 2D- and 3D-animation, image enhancement, or data visualization for class use. Past projects include re-creating 3D models of ancient Greek architecture, animating biological and physical processes, and digitizing maps.
- Contact us to get started.
Instructors can create class wiki sites in UChicago Wikis or Chalk; or they can create wiki pages in Canvas. A Wiki can be a good tool for collaboratively editing a glossary, peer-editing group projects, or for creating an open forum for brainstorming and problem-solving.
Anyone with a CNetID can access the UChicago Google Suite by logging in through our single-sign on with Shibboleth. For more information about the G Suite and how to access it, see the G Suite FAQ.
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 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.
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.
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.