Exploring Tech Tools and Innovation
The digital learning environment offers unique opportunities for student interaction, engagement and access. Digital Learning leverages a set of cutting-edge instructional tools that can help classes collaborate, create community and practice skills. We currently support Adobe Creative Cloud, Credly, Examity, PlayPosit, and VoiceThread, and we are continuously evaluating emerging educational technologies to find the best tools to meet your instructional needs. Digital Learning's instructional technologies are available to all instructors and students at the University of Arizona.
Adobe Creative Cloud
As the first Adobe Creative Campus in the West, we are committed to integrating creative and digital literacy skills into the Wildcat experience. In addition to offering Adobe Creative Cloud for free to faculty, staff and students, we work with instructors across disciplines to transform curricula to teach creative digital communication skills. Visit Adobe & Arizona to activate your account and learn more.
Instructional Technologies (InTech)
Digital Learning offers instructional technologies, such as VoiceThread, PlayPosit, Examity and Credly, that are often used in courses to help students collaborate, create community and practice skills. To learn more about using interactive video players, online proctoring, visual discussion boards, and digital badging tools in your course, please visit our InTech website.
We keep our eyes on emerging educational technologies to find the best tools to meet our instructional needs. Part of identifying what could work the best for our unique situations involves testing the technologies in small pilots within our classes, gathering feedback and data, and making informed decisions about adoption based on what we find.
We would love to hear about educational technologies that interest you. If you are using a tool in your course that you think could be useful for others or are seeking technologies to solve a teaching and learning challenge, please talk to us. We run tech pilots throughout the year and we are happy to work with you on your tech innovations. You can see a list of our current pilots below. To learn more about how to get involved in a pilot or to suggest a technology for evaluation, please visit our Pilot Interest & Request Form.
Pressbooks is software that facilitates the creation of open educational resources. Users are able to create textbooks and course materials, remix the creations of other users, and add interactive elements like videos and quizzes. This pilot is a collaborative effort between Digital Learning and the University Libraries.
Next Pilot Round begins Summer 2020.
GoReact is an interactive, cloud-based platform for feedback, grading, and critiquing student video assignments. It allows instructors to give time-stamped feedback on student videos, grade student video submissions using rubrics, and view reports on student progress. This pilot is a collaborative effort between Digital Learning and the College of Education.
Next Pilot Round begins Summer 2020.
Perusall is a tool that encourages social reading, collaborative annotation, and discussion within a class reading. Perusall is integrated within D2L, offers machine grading based on student engagement, and a robust set of analytical tools. Our pilot is focused on applications of social annotation in various disciplines, best practices, and student perceptions.
Next Pilot Round begins Fall 2020.
Although we provide training and documentation that empowers you to integrate technology into your course, we know that things don’t always go as smoothly as planned. For direct support during regular business hours, please visit:
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