Teaching Tools and Technologies

Getting Started Course Survey

The Spring 2021 Getting Started Course Survey is meant to gain early feedback from students and utilized by the instructor to make basic adjustments to course design as needed. Visit the Getting Started Course Survey page for more details on how to create and administer the survey.

Instructions on how to use specific tools for your online classes.

Illinois Compass 2g (powered by Blackboard Learn) is a learning management system that offers a secure environment in which to share content, create and turn in assignments, keep track of grades, and run a variety of analytics. Illinois Compass 2g enhances the learning experience for students and instructors alike by improving the ease of content delivery, grading, and managing course materials. Learn more about getting started in Compass.

Educators can use Moodle to create lessons, manage courses, and interact with students. Follow this guide to getting started in Moodle.

If you are currently teaching a face-to-face course that has an online equivalent that has already been developed, you may be able to repurpose some of the course materials by using this guide to Augmenting a Course for Remote Teaching.

Zoom is a web-conferencing tool that you can use in your online course to conduct virtual office hours, live lectures with fewer than 100 participants, project meetups, live final presentations, and more.

Learn more about Zoom in the following links:

Illinois Media Space is the campus multimedia distribution platform, powered by Kaltura. Media Space is integrated with Compass 2G and Learn@Illinois, allowing you to embed and display your media assets across campus platforms. Read more about the functionalities Media Space can offer you

PowerPoint is a tool instructors can use to present their lectures in both face-to-face and online courses. The slides should be fully accessible for mobile devices and mindful of accessibility guidelines. Learn more from CITL experts on how to incorporate PowerPoint into your online course.

Online Content Creation Guide

Depending on the nature of your classroom instructional style, there are remote delivery options that might be suitable to deliver your content online. The following are recommendations for online instructional modalities based on classroom style. 

Recommended Online Instructional Modality:
 
Talking head video recordings
 

Opportunities:

  • Video self-record
  • Full-service classroom/studio filming

Recommended Online Instructional Modality

Voice-over PPT video recordings

Opportunities:

  • Kaltura self-record
  • Screencast-o-matic self-record
  • Drop-in full-service support

Recommended Online Instructional Modality

Voice-over tablet or doc-cam video recordings

Opportunities:

  • Kaltura self-record
  • Screencast-o-matic self-record
  • Drop-in full-service support

Recommended Online Instructional Modality

Synchronous sessions

Opportunities:

  • Zoom w/ webcam
  • Zoom w/ PPT
  • Zoom w/ tablet
  • Full-service classroom/studio broadcasting sessions

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Opportunities:

  • Find existing OER to use for video lectures and other content