Instructional Tools

Below is an alphabetical list of instructional tools commonly used by SLIS faculty. For a general overview of the teaching resources available through SLIS, see software download information on the SLIS website.

See also the Canvas faculty tutorials for help with the LMS.

Instructional Software

Adobe Acrobat: Convert files to PDF and edit existing PDF documents. Contact Stanley Laufer for access.

Adobe Presenter: Convert PowerPoint slides into rich media presentations. Contact Stanley Laufer to request an account.

Audacity: Free open-source audio recorder and editor.

Jing: Free open-source screen capture software that allows you to save and share with students anything on your computer screen.

Qualtrics: Web-based software for building surveys. Contact Gina Lee to request an account.

Panopto: Lecture capture system that allows faculty to record a lecture which is automatically uploaded to the SLIS Panopto server. Faculty can then provide their students with a URL for viewing the lecture. Contact Stanley Laufer to request an account.

WordPress: Free, open-source blogging tool with a content management system. Can be used by faculty for individual and multi-user blogs. Contact Stanley Laufer to request an account.

Communication and Web Conferencing Tools

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing: Communication tool with a variety of capabilities including web, video, audio, and chat conferencing. Most often used for synchronous class sessions or to record lectures that students can access asynchronously. For questions about how to use Collaborate for instructional purposes, contact Debbie Faires. Technical help is available most weekdays and evenings in the Collaborate Drop-in Center. For technical support questions, contact Randy Cheng.

Blackboard Collaborate Instant Messenger (also called Blackboard IM): Instant messaging tool used by SLIS faculty and students. Active SLIS students are required to enroll in Blackboard IM.

Cisco WebEx: Free software that provides users with audio, video, presentation, and screen share capabilities. Service includes whiteboard and annotation tools as well as both audio and video recording. In addition, WebEx has downloadable apps for a variety of mobile devices.

Skype: Free, web-based communication tool with a variety of capabilities including web, video, audio, and chat conferencing. Skype can be accessed on your computer, mobile, tablet, TV, or home phone.

SLISAlert: The SLISAlert notification system used to distribute information to the SLIS community. SLISAlert can send email announcements to all SLIS students or can be used to contact SLIS students in a particular geographic area.

Additional Instructional Resources

Server space: For class webpages.

Gale Databases

Other Databases: Available through SLIS.

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