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, hook-ups for a laptop computer, a projector, and a microphone. Classroom technology is maintained by AHC Classrooms; 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.
iClickers are a tool that can be used in class to increase student engagement. Students purchase and register their own clickers and the technology needed by instructors to use the system is present in all major classrooms.
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.
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:
“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 www.polleverywhere.com.
Classes in the DVM curriculum that are held during regularly scheduled times in one of the major classrooms that is equipped with MediaSite equipment will be recorded and those recordings made available to students. Below is an article about lecture capture and information about how our own students and faculty members use this tool.
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.
Do you have an event that you'd like to be recorded but isn't a regularly scheduled class? You can fill out a Lecture capture request.
Would you like to opt out of your class being recorded? Fill out the Lecture Capture Opt Out 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.
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 icon in the rich content editor to access your Kaltura videos.
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.
If you're using the UMN version of Microsoft Powerpoint 2016 you can record videos of your slides using the Powerpoint software.
- Click the "Insert" tab in the menu bar and select "Screen Recording" in the Media area
- Select the area of your screen to record by clicking and dragging
- 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.
"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."
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.