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General Learning Technologies Resources


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Focus areas

Use these tools to create interactive lessons and get assistance from the Learning Technologies Team.



​Video Conferencing
​1. Skype for business
2. Adobe Connect
​Video conferencing, also known as a video teleconference or video chat, refers to conducting a meeting between two or more participants at different sites by using computer networks to transmit audio and video.

  • Offer office hours to off-campus students
  • Facilitate group interaction or conduct student meetings
  • Teach class while out-of-town (e.g. attending academic conferences)
  • Team-teach with instructors at another university
  • Connect students to native speakers in language classes
  • Interview experts/guests
  • Collaborate with classes at other universities
  • Virtual "field trips"​
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Video Recording
​1. DSLR camera
2. Sony video camera
3. GoPros
Electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.
  • ​Real-time capturing of footage 
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​Screen Capturing
​1. Camtasia Studio
2. Techsmith Relay​
3. Snagit
4. Pow​erPoint
​Screencasts are video recordings of the actions on one's computer screen, including any associated audio. Screencasts, synonymous with video podcasts, provide a simple means to increase access to course content and learning resources. The product of screencasting is a video or movie file that can be uploaded to YouTube, a website, or a course management system for dissemination. Students may access screencasts repeatedly, at any time, from anywhere, using computers or a variety of handheld mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, iPods, iPads).​
  • Providing feedback on student work
  • Responding to classroom assessments of student learning
  • Modeling problem solving and other expert skills
  • Creating opportunities for active learning
  • Creating tutorials and other supports for students

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​Design Technology
​1. Illustrator​

​​Design technology can assist you in making your learning materials more visually appealing. ​Illustrations is key in story-based courses. ​ ​

  • Create personalized posters, infographics, and designs to demonstrate class content in an interactive way.
  • Manipulate images
  • Create 3D images  


​Instructional Technology
​1. iSpring
2. Art​​iculate​
Turn already existing PowerPoint slides into interactive learning materials​. ​Using technology to create engaging, effective learning experiences, the technology provides you with practical techniques of instructional delivery with the aim to teach and learn effectively. The product of using iSpring or Articulate is a SCORM package that can be uploaded to SunLearn.  ​
  • ​Creating lessons with quizzes, surveys, narrations, and simulations.
  • Immediate feedback on quizzes.
  • Simulations can be used as an adaptive approach where students get redirected depending on their answers.
  • SCORM packages can be downloaded to any device.
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Open Source tools

​The following is a list of free technologies which can be utilized to enhance teaching and learning. 

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​Design Technology
Canva (Open source):
Already existing layouts for infographics, ​posters, social media graphics.
Communicate complex data in a visual format with infographics.
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Audio Recording
​Audacity is a mutli-track audio editor and recorder. You can use it on Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux. It is open source and easy to use.​
​Instructional technology
Create interactive videos and presentations with animated characters and voice-​over. 



Extract text from PDF and images (JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF) and convert into 
Word, Excel and Text output formats​. Simply select a file, choose a language and convert to text format.


​Video discussion platform

A tool for feedback and reflection. Students capture short videos from 15 seconds to 5 minutes. Peers can comment on each other's videos. This is an excellent tool to give each student a voice.

Feedback tool

Use AnswerGarden for real-time audience participation, feedback, and​ brainstorming. Personalize questions for your context.

​Create screencasts effortlessly, edit recorded videos and embed it into a SCORM package. No time limit to the recording. 
iSpring Free Cam

​Record your screen, edit and share for free.


​​Create a video

Create explainer videos, video presentations, video tutorials or video animation.
With Moovly you can easily create flipped classroom videos. You can present your own projects with a stunning video explainer. Moovly is open source and easy to use. 

Animation & special effects

Create motion animations and add special effects to your videos.

Express Animate is free animation software that gives you the ability to animate shapes, text and imported images. You are also able to enhance your movie projects in post-production using key-frame motion animation, masking, dummy objects and more.

Express Animate Software


Present and engage your audience

When you present, your audience uses their smartphones to connect to the presentation where they can answer questions, give feedback and much more. Visualize their responses in real-time to create a fun and interactive experience


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Design Technology

How to videos

Use these videos as a guide to navigate you through software (Click on the wanted slice to view a video).

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Additional Technologies

The list below highlights technology tools  that is commonly used for student learning across a variety of disciplines. Click on the technology type to see tips for implementation, possible pedagogical uses, a comparison of available tools, examples of faculty use at U-M, and additional related resources.​

​​Technology Type
Possible Instructional uses
​Available tools
Audio Response Systems
  • ​​​​​​Interactivity between presenter and audience
  • The audience responds on their own devices
  • Responses appears in real time on the screen
  • Customizable graphs are available to update live responses
  • SUNLearn Clicker
  • Kahoot
  • Socrative

Facilitating Group Work Using Online Collaboration Tools

Group work can be a powerful tool to enhance students' mastery of course content, motivation, and persistence in problem solving (Johnson, Johnson, & Smith 1998; Deslauriers, Schelew, & Wieman, 2011; Smith et al., 2009; Crouch & Mazur, 2001). Instructional technologies can enhance the ability of student teams to collaborate effectively, increasing access and efficiency by reducing spatial and temporal barriers to teamwork. Similarly, IT can provide novel, efficient, and effective means for instructors to monitor and provide feedback on group projects. Online collaboration tools provide a variety of means to enhance group work.

  • ​Managing, sharing and collaborating on large files associated with group projects
  • Improving group process and decision making
  • Enhancing small group discussions during lectures
  • Team-building through peer evaluation
  • Facilitating synchronous online group interactions outside of class

Lecture Capture

Lecture Capture involves the recording of classroom activities or special events using specific software and making that recording available electronically. The recording is someimes referred to as a podcast or a screencast, and may be audio-only or include video of the lecture. Some software synchronizes lecture slides for viewing alongside the relecant sections of audio and/or video recordings of the instructor. Depending on the software used for recording, sudents may be able to speed up or slow down lectures, pause the playback, and move forward or backward in the presentation.

  • ​​​Allowing students to reiew content that they found difficult to understand during lecture.
  • Creating recordings to be used for future students to prepare for class.
  • Archiving lectures and classroom activities for course planning.
  • Alternative for students who miss class.
  • Interdisciplinary courses can include lectures from other departments.

  • ​​Camtasia Relay
  • LSA BlueRevie
  • College of Engineering Lecture Capture System
  • Mediasite
  • Podcast Recordings
  • iTunesU
  • Classroom Recording Services

Online Discussions

The online discussion is a familiar form of online writing for most students and instructors. Often, the instructor posts a question or prompt, and students respond either to the initial prompt, or to the posts of their classmates. The technologies available today offer many options for encouraging, organizing, and moderating online discussions. 

  • Whole class or small group discussion of class materials
  • Reading responses
  • Online debates
  • Brainstorming and prioritzing ideas
  • Online Q&A about class material and/or course logistics
  • Engaging in discussion with the wider comm
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  • Enabling students to collect, share and discuss relevant resources with each other
  • Piazza
  • Canvas Discussions
  • Canvas Chat
  • CTools Forums
  • CTools Chat

Online Writing Tools

Online writing includes any form of writing where the process of writing occurs online or the writing is shared online. Online compositions may be short or long, and they may be written individually or collaboratively. They may be published on the web for anyone to see, shared with the class, or shared only between one student and the instructor. Online writing often leverages the linking power of the web to include images and other media, but this is not always the case. Online writing tools may also offer a glimpse into the writing process by making it possible to see the history of changes to a document, and they often include commenting features to facilitate discussion of the writing and the writing process. Your goals for the type and length of writing, the level of formality, the content and the audience will inform your choice of online writing tools.

  • Individual or group writing assignments of any length
  • Peer review of writing assignments
  • Metacognitive reflection on writing
  • Collaborative note taking
  • Writing for the wider community
  • Individual reflective journals or portfolios
  • Collaborative writing tools, such as Google Drive
  • Blogs, such as Blogger and Wordpress
  • Wikis, such as PBWiki
  • Websites, such as Google Sites or Wix

Personal Response Systems

Personal response system (PRS), Classroom Performance System (CPS), and Audience Response System (ARS) refer to technology tools that provide a way for students to interact with the instructor during instruction. Through small remote devices ("clickers") or through laptops, tablet devices and/or smart phones accesssing online tools, instructors can poll their students, ensure key points are understood, give low-stakes quizzes to assess student learning, and receive immediate classroom feedback on teaching.

  • ​​Assessing students' prior knowledge and identifying misconceptions before introducing a new subject
  • Checking students' understanding of new material
  • Starting class discussion on difficult topics
  • Using Peer Instruction and other active learning techniques
  • Administering tests and quizzes during lecture
  • Gathering feedback on teaching
  • Recording class attendance and participation


Presentation Technology

Presentation technology refers to a wide range of applications that enable instructors to display information during a lecture. Students also use these applications when they make presentations as part of class assignments. Used to help organize presentations, show examples, and provide visual interest, these applications usually allow for some combination of text and graphics as well as embedded video. While Microsoft PowerPoint is the most commonly used, there are a range of applications that fall under this category. 

  • Displaying lecture outlines, visual examples (photos, graphs, diagrams, videos) and/or instructions for classroom activities
  • Displaying sample test questions or concept questions to check student understanding (possibly used with personal response systems)
  • Creating opportunities for students to organize content and present to peers as part of a lecture
  • Providing "skeletal" outlines that facilitate student notetaking
  • Providing a resource that guides students' review of lecture material (alone or in connection with audio/video recordings of lecture)

Resource and File Sharing

Even if instructors have a required text or coursepack for a course, they often have other resources (e.g., articles, videos, blogs, websites) that they want their students to read, watch, listen to, or interact with.  Additionally, many times instructors ask students to create products or resources that they need to share with the instructor or with each other.  These tools provide mechanisms for instructors and students to share artifacts among each other.

  • Sharing course material (e.g. readings, assignments, rubrics) with students
  • Sharing screencasts/lecture captures or videos with students
  • Providing online space for students to collaborate on work and share files with each other or with the instructor
  • Canvas Files
  • Canvas MiVideo or My Media Gallery
  • CTools Resources
  • M+Box
  • Google Drive
  • Google Sites
  • Dropbox
  • iTunes U
  • YouTube

Testing and Grading

Almost any college course will involve some form of testing and grading. Technologies like online testing and gradebooks can make testing and grading more effective and more efficient for instructors and for students. Some tools designed to be used for surveys are included in this category because they can be effectively used for online testing as well.

  • ​Communicate grades quickly and confidentially using an online gradebook
  • Check prior knowledge and interest with pre-test
  • Help students keep up with material with weekly online quizzes.
  • Canvas Gradebook
  • Canvas Quizzes
  • CTools Gradebook
  • CTools Test Center
  • Google Forms
  • Qualtrics
  • UM.Lessons
  • Survey Monkey