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Fall 2020 Readiness


Moodle has been updated for the Fall. Learn more about the update on the Moodle 3.7 Upgrade site.

Resources:

Moodle 3.7 Introductory Topics Training

Moodle Overview for Instructors

Forums within Moodle can be used for engaging with students asynchronously. Use the “Announcements” forum to send updates and reminders to students. An archive of all announcements will stay in the course and the announcement will also be delivered to the students’ email.

Considerations:

Respond to student posts within 24 hours.

Resources:

GROK: Moodle Forums Overview

To get your basic course set up in Moodle, begin by uploading your syllabus and making your course available in Moodle. This will allow you to keep all of your course information, teaching materials, and communication in one place. You can also use Moodle to administer discussions, exams, and assignments for the remainder of the semester. You may also add your TA or guest instructor to assist in course management.

Resources:

Watch the Moodle in Under 10! Video

Make Your Course Available

Add a TA or Guest Instructor

How to Access Moodle on a Mobile Device

How to Access a Quiz in a Moodle Course on a mobile device

For additional information, you can download this resource guide.

Current LSU students, faculty, and staff have access to Zoom. Zoom can be used to conduct an audio/video conference, share your screen, poll audience members, etc. To download the Zoom client, please see this GROK article.

Uses:

You can share your screen, a PowerPoint, use the whiteboard application, and enable your webcam (optional).

Considerations:

Zoom cloud recordings will be moved to Kaltura MyMedia after 15 days. PowerPoint translator may be used to provide live captioning to Zoom lectures and presentations for Windows machines only.

Resources:

Preventing ZoomBombing: Top 10 Tips

Zoom: Scheduling a Meeting

Zoom: Starting a Scheduled Meeting

LSU Zoom: Troubleshooting & FAQ

Zoom Desktop Client

LSU Zoom Quick Start Guide

Instructors can use Zoom to hold virtual office hours, schedule synchronous meetings in an online classroom, or record a lecture. Zoom should be used to live-stream classes and lectures to remote learners.

Uses:

Deliver a lecture and connect with students synchronously over Zoom (web-conferencing tool). You can share your screen, a PowerPoint, use the whiteboard application, and enable your webcam (optional). All LSU Faculty and Students have access to Zoom’s premiere services through LSU Zoom.

If posting recorded videos to your Moodle course, remember they must be closed captioned. The “record to the cloud” option automatically captions your video and make the recording available to your students within Moodle. For more information, visit Zoom’s Help Center on Cloud Recording.

Considerations:

Avoid requiring synchronous class sessions as students might find it difficult to attend. Provide a link to the recording instead. This can take a few hours to become available following the session. Zoom cloud recordings will be moved to Kaltura MyMedia after 15 days. PowerPoint translator may be used to provide live captioning to Zoom lectures and presentations for Windows machines only.

Resources:

A Faculty Guide for Teaching with Zoom

Stay Connected with Zoom

SNAP: How to Add Zoom to a Course

LSU Zoom Quick Start Guide

Six Best Practices for Effective Online Teaching

Using the Epson Classroom Doc Cam for Zoom

Geaux Remote Quickstart Guide

Download Guide

LSU has invested in a variety of technology resources to assist faculty in making their courses more interactive and engaging. The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) helps faculty navigate the LSU supported tools to enhance courses, meet course outcomes, and maximize the student learning experience. They can help in selecting tools that will be most appropriate for content presentation, collaboration, and communication within the learning environment.

A list of technology resources supported at LSU and links to additional support is provided below. Assistance is available by contacting the FTC at 225-578-3375, (option 2) or emailing ftc@lsu.edu.

Core Technology Tools


GROK is LSU's Online Knowledge Base. Check GROK for documentation on software and technologies provided by LSU IT Services, along with many articles on other aspects of LSU.

Resources:

GROK Website

TigerWare is a service for distributing free or discounted software to current LSU students, faculty, and staff. An array of software compatible with Windows, Macs, and Linux computers can be found at: https://tigerware.lsu.edu/.

Resources:

TigerWare Website

LSU Faculty360 is an online software solution for vita management. It allows for robust faculty activity data collection, maintenance and reporting on the teaching, research and service activities of LSU’s faculty. Once the information is loaded into LSU Faculty360, it can be used to generate vitas and other faculty reports in a variety of different formats

Resources:

LSU Faculty360 Overview

GeauxGrants is the new electronic platform for grants management. When fully implemented, it will be the central platform for grant development, submission, and management, conflict of interest disclosures, human subjects and animal subjects institutional reviews. Access and additional information may be found here.

Resources:

GeauxGrants Overview

Moodle has been updated for the Fall. Learn more about the update on the Moodle 3.7 Upgrade site.

Resources:

Moodle 3.7 Introductory Topics Training

Moodle Overview for Instructors

Moodle is a course management system that enables instructors to provide information for students enrolled in their classes, create quality online courses, facilitate collaboration among students, and create assignments and activities in an online environment. Please contact the FTC for assistance with Moodle or visit Moodle on GROK.

Resources:

GROK: Moodle 3 Overview

TurningPoint is a student response system that utilizes either hand-held clickers or smart devices (laptop, cell phone, tablet, etc.). Instructors who wish to use TurningPoint in their courses should refer to TurningPoint on GROK or request access to the TurningPoint Moodle page by emailing ftc@lsu.edu.

Resources:

GROK: TurningPoint (Clickers) Overview

Qualtrics is an online survey tool which enables users to do many kinds of online data collection and analysis, including research, customer satisfaction and loyalty, product and concept testing, employee evaluations and website feedback. For more information, visit Qualtrics on GROK or sign in to http://lsu.qualtrics.com/ with your LSU PAWS credentials. Individual or departmental support can be arranged by emailing ftc@lsu.edu.

Resources:

GROK: Qualtrics Overview

Turnitin Feedback Studio is a feedback and plagiarism detection tool used to improve student writing and engage students in the feedback process. Instructors can create a Turnitin assignment within Moodle and the software will check student submissions against web pages, student papers, and leading library databases and publications. Follow these step-by-step instructions on creating a Turnitin Assignment or submitting a Turnitin assignment.

Resources:

GROK: Turnitin Overview

iThenticate is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research institutions to ensure the originality of written work before publication. iThenticate helps editors, authors and researchers prevent misconduct by comparing manuscripts against its database of over 45 billion web pages and 130 million content items, including 38 million works from 530 scholarly publisher participants of CrossCheck, a service offered by CrossRef and powered by iThenticate software.

If you are a graduate student or faculty member, and would like access to iThenticate, please email the Faculty Technology Center (FTC) at ftc@lsu.edu.

Resources:

GROK: iThenticate - LSU Overview

VoiceThread is a cloud-based presentation tool that turns media into online discussions. It can be integrated into an instructor’s Moodle course and used for presenting content, group discussions, assessment, or collaboration. For more information, visit VoiceThread on GROK or contact the FTC for assistance by emailing ftc@lsu.edu.

Resources:

GROK: VoiceThread - LSU Overview

Video and Lecture Capture Tools


Current LSU students, faculty, and staff have access to Zoom. Zoom can be used to conduct an audio/video conference, share your screen, poll audience members, etc. To download the Zoom client, please see this GROK article.

Uses:

You can share your screen, a PowerPoint, use the whiteboard application, and enable your webcam (optional).

Considerations:

Zoom cloud recordings will be moved to Kaltura MyMedia after 15 days. PowerPoint translator may be used to provide live captioning to Zoom lectures and presentations for Windows machines only.

Resources:

Preventing ZoomBombing: Top 10 Tips

Zoom: Scheduling a Meeting

Zoom: Starting a Scheduled Meeting

LSU Zoom: Troubleshooting & FAQ

Zoom Desktop Client

LSU Zoom Quick Start Guide

Panopto is a video platform which includes software for recording and live streaming videos, a portal for storing and managing your videos, a search engine for finding content within your videos, and interactive video players. Panopto is a great resource for recording lectures and creating supplemental video tutorials for increased learning in and outside of the classroom to improve student learning and is available to current LSU faculty and staff. These videos can be added to your Moodle course for easy access.

Resources:

GROK: Panopto - LSU Overview

Kaltura is a tool available to LSU faculty, staff, and students for video publishing, management, and distribution (via Moodle). Instructors can create videos, stream videos directly inside Moodle, or assign a video assignment for students to submit their own Kaltura project.

Resources:

GROK: Kaltura - LSU Overview

Uses:

Record micro-lectures of content, examples, and explanations. These can be uploaded/embedded in Moodle as a video or audio.

Considerations:

All videos must be captioned and adhere to accessibility standards with a transcript provided to students. Keep the videos short.

Resources:

Best Practices for Creating Videos

Kaltura: Add Video Files to Kaltura My Media (Faculty & Instructors)

Kaltura: Adding a Kaltura Video Resource

Kaltura: How to Request Captions

Kaltura: How to Edit Captions in Kaltura Videos

Accessibility Guidelines

Technology Sheets


Video Based Instruction

Stay Connected with Zoom