Technology for Education

Tools to Promote Online Engagement

Keeping students engaged in synchronous online classes can be a challenge! However, recent advances in technology can enable a truly collaborative environment that allows for students to perform groupwork and for instructors to seamlessly monitor progress and give feedback.

Blackboard Learn

All Michener courses have an online presence in our Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn. Using Blackboard, instructors can post their Learning Plans (including documents, presentations, animations and short streaming video clips) to enhance the delivery of their course and enable student learning. Backboard supports seamless communication between students and between instructors and students through the use of discussion boards, e-mail, synchronous chat and Virtual Classroom tools, blogs, wikis, journals and more! Student performance can be evaluated using Blackboard’s many Assessment tools, including tests, quizzes and assignments. Instructors can manage and evaluate student performance through the Grade Centre which can be used in Blackboard Learn or exported for offline editing in a spreadsheet application such as Microsoft Excel. Michener’s Blackboard Learn system can be accessed by registered users at: michener blackboard

Resources that can support you.

Download a copy of Michener’s Blackboard User Guide

Review any of these Blackboard Learn videos for instructors. A number have been curated for your convenience along with Blackboard’s software requirements on Michener’s Blackboard Support page.

Contact our Learning Systems Administrator for all of your Blackboard Learn needs, including:

  • Course Administration
  • Training and technical support
  • User Management
  • Drop-in Hours
  • Workshops
  • Consultations

iClickers

iClicker is a wireless, interactive student response system.  Instructors can create a series of questions with multiple choice responses and get instant feedback from students.  No hardware or software installation is required and your questions can be created in the software of your choice such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or an old fashioned overhead projector sheet.  Results are compiled into an easy to read Excel spreadsheet for further review.  Michener has 200 iClickers available for use in your class on a first-come-first-served basis.

Interested in using iClickers or another student response system in your course?  Contact our Learning Systems Administrator for more information.

CAE LearningSpace

CAE LearningSpace is an audio-visual system that is used in healthcare simulation to record students in order for them to observe and reflect on their performance. Recording infrastructure is installed throughout ,abbr title=”Centre for the Advancement of Simulation Education”>CASE, and in select discipline-specific labs, including CT, general X-ray, Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, and Respiratory Therapy.

Interested in using LearningSpace for your course? Contact our Production Coordinator for more information.

Digital Media & Video Production

Digital media and video production services are available to faculty and staff to support the delivery of course content in-class and online through Blackboard Learn. Services available to faculty and staff include:

  • Digital Media:
    Digital Imaging
    Photography
  • Audio/Video Production:
    Audio/Video Production (on-site or on location)
    Video Streaming
    Video for DVD
    Audio Production (recording & narration)
    Video Conversion

Interested in adding audio, video or other digital media content to enhance your course? Contact our Production Coordinator for more information.

Zoom for Education

Zoom is a videoconferencing product that integrates seamlessly into Blackboard, and offers a number of functions that are highly useful for education, including:

  • Stable performance in low-bandwidth situations
  • World-wide call-in numbers, for participants who do not have a stable internet connection
  • Breakout rooms (up to 50)
  • Shared whiteboard and image markup tools
  • Audience polling

Zoom does require setup to enable all education features and connect to Blackboard:

The following video will walk you through how to configure your account and connect Zoom to your Blackboard course(s): https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/a378ce8d-d050-48c6-9d12-98c18a072dea

The following videos will give you tips on how to best use Zoom for class sessions:


Zoom may also be used for remote exam invigilation (please consult with your Program Chair for clearance). The following video will walk you through the process for invigilation: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/55930465-b2d6-4f35-8272-c7cab52b4e5e


Technical support for Zoom is being provided by the Helpdesk (helpdesk@michener.ca)

For questions about educational features, or for guidance on how to conduct invigilation or integrate Zoom with Blackboard, please contact Alex DeOliveira at adeoliveira@michener.ca.