Extending the Classroom with Technology

The software programs listed below were identified by a combined Academic Technologies-Library working group as applications that can help you find new ways to extend your interaction with students, both outside and within the classroom. We have classified their use, and provided a very brief overview of each. If you find yourself intrigued, or don’t see an interest of yours addressed here, please feel free to follow up with Jane Bahnson or Wayne Miller. We will continue each semester to review software and evaluate opportunities for engaging students in new ways. Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the right below the navigation menu.

Classroom Basics

PanoptoPanopto Logo
Required Skill Level: Beginner
Access: Duke-supported software, installed in all classrooms, desktop installation and camera available by contacting the helpdesk at helpdesk@law.duke.edu
Benefits: Records instructor and desktop simultaneously. Can record video or audio only. Available on all Duke operated computers (classrooms, offices, laptops).
Challenges: Limited editing capabilities
Tutorials: http://youtu.be/1Q_2ZRiJMvsInstructions

Sakai
Sakai Logo
Required Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Access: Duke supported program, Sakai sites are automatically created for each class. Individual test site can be set up for planning and experimental purposes. Contact Hollie White at hollie.white@law.duke.edu
Benefits: Online class management system offers a variety of tools, including discussion boards, resource sharing, polls, tests, and electronic assignment submission. NetID authenticated.
Challenges: Some tools are more complicated to set up than others. Functionality of some tools is not as good as other commercial options.
Tutorials: Duke Sakai VideosDuke Law Sakai Help GuideDuke University Sakai Help Page

Video tutorials

PanoptoPanopto Logo
Required Skill Level: Intermediate
Access: Already installed in all classrooms, desktop installation and camera available by contacting the helpdesk at helpdesk@law.duke.edu
Benefits: Duke-supported software
Challenges: Limited editing capabilities
Tutorials: http://youtu.be/1Q_2ZRiJMvs

Narrated PowerPointPowerpoint Logo
Required Skill Level: Intermediate
Access: Duke supported software, freely available on all Duke computers as part of Microsoft Office Suite.
Benefits: Enhances existing PowerPoint presentation with built-in audio narration. Narrated PowerPoint slides can be set to run automatically or advanced manually by viewer; can also be converted to video format.
Challenges: Limited editing of narration recorded directly into PowerPoint; with additional effort, a separate audio track may be recorded on a different program and inserted for more editing capability. Finished file format may be too large for emailing or uploading to Sakai; may need to convert finished .ppt into a video file format by using external program.
Tutorials: Record and Add Narration & Timings to a Slide Show (Microsoft Office)Powerpoint with Voiceover self-guided tutorial (University of Tennessee)

Camtasia Studio Camtasia Logo
Required Skill Level: Intermediate/ Advanced
Access: Individual license must be purchased. Contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@law.duke.edu for installation help.
Benefits: Screen-capture software for Windows and Mac computers that records computer screen and audio activity to create instructional videos and tutorials. Add quizzes to assess students’ comprehension or survey viewers. Can include effects, like zooming and call-outs, and import video, music, and photos. Extensive audio and video editing options.
Challenges: Multiple steps to finished product. Not Duke-supported although some library staff have experience. Allows real-time recording, but users must allow sufficient time for final video to render.
Tutorials: Short tutorials on many aspects of CamtasiaDetailed "Camtasia Studio 8 Essential Training" (6 hours total, broken down into short, task-based demonstrations of how to set up, record, edit, and share screencasts) • Get written helpAdd a quiz

CamStudio CamStudio Logo
Required Skill Level: Intermediate
Access: Freely available software. Contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@law.duke.edu for installation help.
Benefits: Free screen-capture software for Windows computers that records computer screen and audio activity to create short instructional videos and tutorials. Can include voice narrations or add screen captions to the recording.
Challenges: Not Duke supported. No zoom function. Can be edited only by using an external program.
Finished file format may be too large for emailing or uploading to Sakai; may need to convert finished video into a compatible file format by using external program.
Tutorials: • Detailed introduction/overview, including recommended settingsReview with introductory tutorial  

Polling

Socrative
Socrative Logo
Required Skill Level: Intermediate
Access: Free account available for up to 50 participants, licensing charge for larger groups. Contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@law.duke.edu for installation help.
Benefits: On-screen display of instant responses to live quizzes or polling, free for up to 50 participants. Racing game tool allows team competition, and responses can be recorded and graded.
Challenges: Requires web access or smart phone; software can be glitchy so need good internet access; not Duke-supported although some library staff have experience.
Tutorials: IntroductionHow to create a quiz or activitySocrative WalkthroughInstructions (PDF)

Poll EverywherePoll Everywhere Logo
Required Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Access: Free for up to 40 participants, licensing charge for larger groups. Contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@law.duke.edu for installation help. Note: Free "PollEv Presenter" App must now be installed to run poll from Powerpoint slides. For classrooms, you can (1) run your poll from the website, (2) install the app and run poll from slides on your own computer, or (3) ensure app is installed on your classroom computer before your presentation (will be installed in all classroom computers before Spring 2014 semester).
Benefits: On-screen display of live, anonymous audience polling responses, widely used, free for up to 40 participants
Challenges: Participants must have web access or cell phones; student response requires typing in numerical codes; not Duke-supported although library staff has some experience.
Tutorials: IntroductionHow to Create PollsPoll Everywhere TutorialInstructions (PDF)

Classroom Clickers Classroom Clickers Logo
Required Skill Level: Intermediate
Access: 19 clickers are available for classroom use; larger classes will need to purchase their own. Software download required; please contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@law.duke.edu.
Benefits: Can conduct classroom polling and quizzes without using student cell phones or computers.
Challenges: All students need a clicker to participate. Requires extensive preparation ahead of time by instructor. Not recently used at the law school, although popular in other departments at Duke.
Tutorials: Training tutorials from Turning Technologies Training Document (PDF)

Qualtrics
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Required Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Access: Readily available at Duke, accessible with NetId authentication
Benefits: Survey software licensed and supported by Duke and Duke Law with additional support from Qualtrics. Easy to use interface to create, edit, add new surveys, and collaborate with others.
Challenges: Getting a simple output of survey results can be confusing, but results can be emailed to a user as they are submitted.
Tutorials: Qualtrics University support with video and textLearn Qualtrics in 5 StepsLaw School specific instructions (PDF)

Forums

Sakai Forums Sakai Forums Logo
Required Skill Level: Intermediate
Access: Duke supported program, Sakai sites are automatically set up for each class.
Benefits: Forums allows faculty members to extend conversation outside the classroom and encourage more student participation.
Challenges: Maintaining discussion boards is time consuming and requires significant out-of-class attention.
Tutorials: Setting up and Using Sakai ForumsGeneral Forums FAQ

Piazza Piazza Logo
Required Skill Level: Intermediate
Access: Duke supported program, Piazza is freely available option through class Sakai sites.
Benefits: Similar to Sakai Forums, but allows for better visual design and customization (including anonymous posting and instructor approved posts). Easy for students to use.
Challenges: Significant time commitment needed for set up and maintenance. Piazza company is aggressive in contacting users.
Tutorials: Piazza Help VideosHow to Set up Piazza in Sakai

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How were these software technologies selected?
    • The software on this website are programs that facilitate interactive teaching beyond the traditional lecture format.Programs were selected from among many options by a working group based on their support by Duke, functionality, and ease of use.
  2. How do these programs work?
    • Video tutorials and print instructions are linked to each description to demonstrate how to set up and use them, and that show how other instructors have used them.
  3. What if I need additional help setting up or using some of these programs?
    • Although not all of these programs are officially supported by Duke, members of the library and technology staff have experience using all of these programs. Please send an email to Jane Bahnson, Wayne Miller, or the helpdesk to set up an appointment.
  4. The software I’m interested in is not listed.  Does this mean it’s unavailable?
    • We are always open to evaluating new software. Contact Wayne Miller or Jane Bahnson if you know of software you believe would be useful for us to evaluate.