Teaching Tools

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.

Blogs

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

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.

 

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File Sharing

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.

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Gradescope

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. 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.

 

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Hypothesis (Pilot)

Hypothesis is open-source software that allows for collaborative annotation down to the sentence level on online documents such as web pages, PDFs hosted on websites, or scholarly databases. Annotations can be public, private, or shared with members of a group, such as among class members. Hypothesis can help make reading visible, active, and social. Hypothesis is integrated with Canvas, and you can use it to create Canvas module items or assignments. Hypothesis will be in pilot from Spring Quarter 2020 to the end of the 2020 calendar year. Faculty and instructors can request to join the pilot for their courses by filling out the form below.

Lecture Videos

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.

LinkedIn Learning

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.  

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OneButton Studio

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). 

Panopto

Panopto is the University’s video management platform.  It replaced Kaltura in this role in autumn 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.

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Poll Everywhere

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.

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Proctorio (Pilot)

Proctorio is a remote machine proctoring service that can record students’ audio, video, and computer screens while they complete online Canvas quizzes. Proctorio can deliver online exams that must be proctored; however, online proctoring offers challenges and can be detrimental to the assessment experience. Proctorio is only effective when instructors set clear student expectations, review Proctorio exam results, and follow up with students who exhibit questionable behavior. The University of Chicago is currently piloting Proctorio at a cost of $5 per exam per student. You may wish to consider alternative methods of combating academic dishonesty. NOTE: Faculty and instructors at the Booth School of Business or the Pritzker School of Medicine should contact their divisional IT for help and support with Proctorio.

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. (Please use cVPN when accessing vLab from off-campus.)

Visualization

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.

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Wikis

Instructors can create class wiki sites in UChicago Wikis, 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.

Google Suite

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.

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

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 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

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 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.

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 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.