Online Learning Technology

Our students benefit from integration of the following sophisticated technology into their online learning program:

  • D2L: Learn about Desire 2 Learn (D2L) learning management system.
    A platform where faculty can organize course content, moderate discussions, and track student progress. In addition, students can use it to construct their electronic portfolio (a culminating experience option for SLIS students).

    [4 minutes 39 seconds]

  • Blackboard Collaborate: Learn about Blackboard Collaborate Live web conferencing platform.
    A tool that supports real-time audio conversations and a shared virtual work space, including the ability to conduct guided tours of web pages and present slides to accompany presentations. It also provides breakout rooms for small group work by students.

    [2 minutes 54 seconds]

  • Panopto: Learn about how online lectures can be delivered.
    Faculty members record lectures that can be viewed at any time. See a sample lecture recorded by a student using Panopto. This 5 minute video introduces several of the technologies used at SLIS: D2L, Blackboard Collaborate, and Panopto.

    screenshot of Panopto demo video

  • Second Life, MARA VCARA: Learn about SLIS Second Life Island and the MARA Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA).
    Second Life provides immersive environments where students can construct 3D objects and exhibits, make presentations through their avatars, and meet in virtual groups for discussion.

    [1 minute 46 seconds]

    Student group meeting at the Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA):

    Student group meeting at the Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA)
  • SLIS on Facebook.
    Post comments on the Wall, which provides opportunities for our faculty, students, alum, and prospective students to interact.

  • Watch D2L Overview

    Take a Tour of a SLIS D2L Course
    Interested in seeing what a D2L course site looks like?

    Submit the Student Tour Request Form to get temporary access to the SLIS D2L learning management system.


The program prepares students for technological environments. -- Spring 2012 graduate