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LS-Supported Systems and Tools +

Aligning resources and skills, Learning Systems supports the innovative uses of technology in education by maintaining and supporting the following...

 

Blackboard Learn - Web-Based Learning Management System

Tools and Features:

  • Assessments - Tests, Surveys, Pools
  • Assignments - Submissions, Self & Peer, Plagiarism prevention, Blogs, Journals, Wikis
  • Basic Academic Tools - Rubrics, Syllabus, Grade Center, Rosters
  • Communication Tools - Announcements, Mail, Calendar, Notifications
  • Courses - Faculty, Staff and Student Interface for Online Course Delivery
  • Course Content Options - SCORM, Hyperlinks, Mashups (Flickr, SlideShare,  YouTube)
  • Grading, Performance Monitoring, Achievements
  • Interactive Tools - Discussion Forums, Groups, VoiceThread, Collaborate Ultra
  • Learning Modules
  • Lesson Plans
  • Mobile Learn - Mobile-device App
  • Organizations -  Faculty, Staff and Student Interface for Non-course Activities and Collaboration
  • Portfolios, Profiles, Social Learning

 

Lon-CAPA - Web-Based Learning Management System with Enhanced Assignment-Building Features

Features and Functionality:

  • Browser and OS Compatibility
  • Course/section Creation
  • System Access and Roles

 

Echo360 - Lecture Capturing System

Features and Functionality:

  • Capture Playback
  • Classroom Lecture Capture - Scheduling and Ad-Hoc
  • Classroom Capture Hardware (Echo Appliances)
  • Course/section Creation
  • Media Format Compatibility
  • User Account Creation and Role Assignments

 

Kaltura - Cloud-Based Video Management System

Features and Functionality:

  • CaptureSpace - Separate Storage Spaces for Students and Faculty
  • Kaltura MediaSpace - Quick Video Creation, Sharing, and Collaboration
  • Kaltura Media Tool - Interface for Uploading Content to Storage
  • Mobile-device Compatibility
  • Searchable Media Gallery

 

VoiceThread - Multimedia Collaboration Tool

Features and Functionality:

  • Recording and playback for collaboration and assignments
  • Includes options for audio, video and text
  • Rosters are automatically updated
  • Integrated with Blackboard, or for use outside of Blackboard

 

Collaborate Ultra - Real-Time Video Conferencing Solution

Features and Functionality:

  • Synchronous web conferencing
  • Interactive audio and video
  • Live chat
  • Screen or application sharing
  • Whiteboard with real-time annotation
  • Recording capabilities
  • Integrated with Blackboard, or for use outside of Blackboard
Enhanced Systems and Tools Support by LS +

Learning Systems maintains and supports a variety of tools, applications and integrated components to enhance the primary systems we provide...

  • Coordinate pilot programs, implementation and maintenance of  add-on components and applications.
  • Explore new technologies.
  • Upgrade systems and their components to ensure compatible versions are in place.
  • Collaborate with other VCU departments and schools, and other Universities.
  • Implement and maintain integration with other campus systems.

 

Technical Components and Functions of Blackboard

Learning Systems maintains and supports the following:

  • Content System (CMS)
  • Community Engagement Interface
  • Course Merges (combining multiple sections)
  • Course Templates
  • Enrollments
  • Hierarchies
  • Instant Messaging
  • Roles and Privileges
  • Browser and OS compatibility
  • LTI’s
  • Security
  • System and Tool Configurations and Upgrades

 

Expanded Tools and Features for Blackboard

Learning Systems maintains the functionality of these components added to our Blackboard environment, while the vendor provides end-user support and troubleshooting:

  • Atomic Learning
  • Cengage Learning MindLinks
  • Collaborate Ultra
  • ExamSoft
  • i>Clicker
  • Lynda.com
  • McGraw-Hill Connect and Create
  • Pearson MyLab and Mastering
  • Poll Everywhere
  • Remark Grade Import
  • Respondus
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • SoftChalk
  • StudyMate
  • WileyPLUS
  • Turning Technologies
  • Top Hat
  • VoiceThread
  • Zoom
  • Blackboard Integration with Other Campus Systems
    • Blackboard and Banner- Data integration for course enrollments
    • Blackboard and VCU Portal - My Faculty Tools interface to create and copy Blackboard courses
    • Blackboard and Echo360 - Allows publishing directly from Echo360 to Blackboard courses
    • Blackboard and Kaltura - Allows publishing directly from Kaltura to Blackboard courses
    • Blackboard and CAS/LDAP Authentication - Secure, Single Sign On with VCU eID
    • Blackboard and Collaborate Ultra - Provides a tool in Blackboard that allows easy creation of Collaborate Sessions within Blackboard courses.
    • Blackboard and VoiceThread - Provides a tool in Blackboard that allows easy creation of VoiceThreads within Blackboard courses

 

Expanded Tools and Technical Features for Lon-CAPA

Learning Systems maintains the functionality of these components added to our Lon-CAPA environment:

  • Enrollments and Roster Updates
  • Security
  • System Configurations and Upgrades
  • Lon-CAPA Integration with Other Campus Systems
    • LonCapa and Banner - Data integration with Banner for course enrollments
    • LonCapa and LDAP Authentication - Secure, Single Sign On with VCU eID

 

Expanded Tools and Technical Features for Echo360

Learning Systems maintains the functionality of these components added to our Echo360 environment:

  • Branding
  • EchoCenter
  • Echo Live Streaming For Special Events
  • Lecture Tools for Interactive Q&A during Class
  • Media Ingest
  • Personal Lecture Capture
  • Echo360 Integration with Other Campus Systems
    • Echo360 and Blackboard - Allows publishing directly from Echo360 to Blackboard courses
    • EchoCenter Dashboard Utility - Allows access and deployment of Echo captures from within Blackboard
    • Echo360 and Kaltura - Allows publishing directly from Kaltura to Blackboard courses

 

Expanded Tools and Technical Features for Kaltura

Learning Systems maintains the functionality of these components added to our Kaltura environment:

  • Captioning - Automated Speech Recognition
    • Machine-based captioning - included
    • Human-based captioning - a department budget code must be provided for the cost associated with this type of captioning
  • Kaltura Integration with Other Campus Systems
    • Kaltura and Blackboard
      • Clipping Tool - Allows creation of a new clip from an existing video from within Blackboard
      • Mashup Tool - Allows publishing of Kaltura media to a Blackboard course
      • My Media Repository - Tool in Blackboard that allows adding, editing and deploying of Kaltura media to courses
    • Kaltura and Echo360
      • Tool developed to allow publishing directly from Echo360 to Kaltura

 

Expanded Tools and Technical Features for VoiceThread

Learning Systems maintains the functionality of these components of VoiceThread, while the vendor provides end-user support and troubleshooting:

  • Tool Configurations and Upgrades
  • Security
  • Stand-alone VoiceThread Tools - for use outside of Blackboard
  • Integration with Other Campus Systems
    • VoiceThread and Blackboard - Provides a tool in Blackboard that allows easy creation of VoiceThreads within Blackboard courses

 

Expanded Tools and Technical Features for Collaborate Ultra

  • Tool Configurations and Upgrades
  • Security
  • Stand-alone Collaborate Tools - for use outside of Blackboard
  • Integration with Other Campus Systems
    • Blackboard and Collaborate Ultra - Provides a tool in Blackboard that allows easy creation of Collaborate Sessions within Blackboard courses.