Specific technologies are supported by the College and University to enhance teaching. Information can be accessed from the dropdowns below regarding classroom technologies; creation of audio files, videos, and narrated PowerPoint presentations; use of iClickers for student engagement; and lecture capture.

Classroom technical difficulties? Dial 6-7800 for immediate help


All main classrooms used in the DVM curriculum have as a default a desktop computer, connections for a laptop computer, a projector, and a microphone. Classroom technology is maintained by Health Sciences Classroom Services; the on-site communications technician for the College is Ryan Rupprecht. If you have a classroom technology issue, call AHC Classrooms at 6-7800 and they will connect you with Ryan. 

Each major classroom in the DVM program has a student tech that can help assist with classroom functions, setup and Zoom. 

Information  about 104 AS/VM, the Active Learning Classroom can be found here.
Please see separate tabs for information about in class polling and lecture capture.


Chimein 2

ChimeIn2 is new and improved since it's 2010 debut. New features include Canvas integration, new question types and and updated user interface.

"ChimeIn is a fast, flexible response tracking tool. Think of it as a web-based "clicker" tool, but with advanced features that aren't possible with traditional clickers. ChimeIn can be used in classes, but it can also be used for meetings, conferences, or any type of event in which you want to collect feedback. ChimeIn can also be used both synchronously and asynchronously."

For more information go to the Welcome to ChimeIn page.


Google Forms

For those who may not have access to iClickers in a specific teaching situation, here is an article describing use of Google Forms as an alternate method of student engagement:

Free ‘Clickers’ for All: Using Google Forms to Survey Your Students

“My use of Google Forms as a cheap, easy-to-use, device-friendly alternative to clickers has been yielding some successful results. First, my students look forward to getting the links and love how they can use devices that they already have in order to participate. Preliminary, indirect measures of learning, in the form of post-course student surveys, indicate that the use of Google Forms is helping my students learn better. Finally, I have recently started to use the software not only to ask content and concept-type questions but also to track whether my students’ perceptions about important, course-related issues change as the semester progresses.”



PollEverywhere is a non University supported tool that can be used to poll audiences of 40 or below for free. It's browser based and posts a short link for people to access the poll on every question. For more information go to

Lecture Capture

Lecture Capture for DVM classes

Classes in the DVM curriculum that are held during regularly scheduled times are currently being recorded through Zoom and then uploaded to the Media Gallery of the appropriate Canvas site by the student techs. This process makes these recordings only accessible to those enrolled or who are teaching in the course. If you need access to a class recording to distribute outside of the Canvas course media gallery it was uploaded to please email Ryan Rupprecht ([email protected]).

The DVM classrooms (ASVM 125, ASVM 135 and BPOM 215) are also equipped with a recorder that captures the room camera, slide projections and audio coming through the mics and room computer and this can be used whether or not Zoom is being used. Reach out to your student techs for more information. 

Below is an article about lecture capture and information about how our own students and faculty members use this tool.

Is the effectiveness of lecture capture related to teaching approach or content type?

Logistics of Lecture Capture at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Root Kustritz MV, Rupprecht R - Logistics of lecture capture (poster presentation at Education Day 2016) - Collegiate policy at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is that all lectures in the DVM curriculum that are scheduled in lecture halls containing MediaSite recording equipment will be recorded for student use unless the coordinator / instructor opts out. Concerns raised by faculty members about lecture capture include lack of attendance by students, and concerns about when and how recordings are made available and to whom. Faculty members use lecture capture to inform themselves about what is being presented in other courses and to verify content as they prepare assessments. Students use lecture capture to review material, to verify information in their notes and to enhance notes taken during lecture, to meet needs specific to their learning styles, and to manage stress and life-work balance.


GoPro Hero 7

The office of Academic and Student Affairs has 2 GoPros that are available for you to use at any time. They can be mounted to your head, chest or just about anything you can imagine to get the best angle for your demonstration. They can be used to record and then those recordings can be directly uploaded to Youtube or to your mobile device for distribution. Instructions are included but can also be accessed below.

If you would like to reserve one please fill out this short GoPro Rental Form.


1 Button Studio

The 1:Button Studio in the Magrath Library can produce higher quality videos of your lectures just by entering your email address. It records you and your laptop screen and then emails you a link to download the footage when you're done. It gives you a full screen video of yourself, a fullscreen video of your screen, a talking head/screen side by side video and a picture in picture video with the slides as full and the talking head in the corner. All of these have the same audio and can be edited together later. They just ask that you schedule your use of the studio in advance. 


Kaltura Media

Canvas can now embed Kaltura Media right inside the learning management system. Use your already existing Kaltura videos or create and upload videos on the spot using microphone and webcam. When editing a page, assignment or quiz, click the Kaltura iconKaltura logo  in the rich content editor to access your Kaltura videos. 

More information on Kaltura Media



Screencast-O-Matic gives you the abillity to record any combination of your screen, webcam and voice to create narrated presentations.  You can also save the files as mp4's locally to your computer. 


Microsoft PowerPoint

If you're using the UMN version of Microsoft Powerpoint you can record videos of your slides using the Powerpoint software. 

  1. Click the "Insert" tab in the menu bar and select "Screen Recording" in the Media area
  2. Select the area of your screen to record by clicking and dragging
  3. Hit the record button on top and navigate through slides (or anything on your computer) while talking. The software will also record your voice.

When you're finished, Powerpoint will embed the video to your current slide deck. From here you can download the media as an MP4 to use however you want or you can keep it in the presentation to distribute with your slides. Embedded videos in Powerpoints might have compatibility issues when sharing with others.

Email [email protected] for more information.


ATSS Video Production

ATSS (Academic Tecnology Support Services) has media specialists available to work with faculty and instructional staff to produce videos for courses or other academic projects, including: lectures, interviews and on location demonstrations. Their Academic production page also has some examples of their work.



"A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that holds images, documents, and videos. It allows people to navigate between slides and leave audio, video, or text comments on each slide.

VoiceThread runs inside your web browser, so there is no software to download, install, or update. Anyone with a University of Minnesota internet ID has a VoiceThread account."

VoiceThread Overview

Using VoiceThread with Canvas assignments



Zoom is the UMN supported application for web conferencing and is available to all faculty, staff and students for use. The University of Minnesotat IT Zoom page has everyting you need to get started with using the software. 

Would you like to use Zoom with your Canvas course to teach students remotely? The Using Zoom in Canvas for Remote Teaching document is a great resource for using the Zoom Canvas integration with students. (Please note that for most DVM courses we are currently using one recurring link on the home page of the course and not the Canvas Zoom integration. This link is moderated by student workers and it gives themthe ability to record and post your lecture to the course afterwards. Many are still using the Zoom integration for rotations and some elctives that that the student workers do not participate in).

For more information or if you'd like to test your system or practice hosting a meeting please contatct Ryan Rupprecht ([email protected]) or Jenna Carlson  ([email protected])


Audio files and podcasts easily can be made without special equipment using Audacity. Here is a link with information about how to create audio files using this tool.

Download Audacity