This page contains information and tutorials about the technology tools that will support remote courses. 

Before selecting a tool to implement in your course, you should start with the problem you are trying to solve. For instance, if you want to hold a class discussion, you can use Zoom for synchronous discussion, Microsoft Teams for synchronous and asynchronous discussion, and Moodle Forums for asynchronous discussion. To decide between these tools, you will need to determine your learning outcomes for the lesson and select the tool that will help you to meet them. 

You will notice that Dickinson's remote teaching toolbox features a handful of powerful online teaching and learning tools. These tools were selected because they offer a host of features that satisfy a great variety of learning needs. It's also important that our toolbox offers a limited number of tools so that we are not asking faculty and students to learn an overwhelming number of new technologies and platforms.

Moodle

Moodle is Dickinson's learning management system. We recommend using Moodle as your course's "home base." Moodle allows you to share files, deploy tests, create discussion forums, track grades, and more. You can view all of our tutorials by clicking through our Moodle Upgrade playlist that includes tutorials on:

Zoom

Zoom is a synchronous video conferencing platform. We recommend that you use Zoom for discussions, activities, and group work. You can use breakout rooms, polling, and chat to encourage engagement and conversation. You can also use Zoom for virtual office hours and student conferences. You can also record Zoom meetings to the Zoom Cloud and share it with your students. To request access to the Zoom Cloud, submit a ticket to helpdesk@dickinson.edu. Students do not need a Zoom pro account to access your classes. 

Microsoft Teams

MS Teams is a collaboration platform for chat, video, and file sharing. It is a part of the Office 365 Suite and works with all of the Microsoft applications. You can use MS Teams to connect with students through chats, calls, and video conferencing. You can also set-up file sharing and encourage collaboration. MS Teams is included in our current Microsoft subscription and is free to use.

Ensemble

Ensemble is a video platform that allows you to upload, manage, and embed your course videos. To request an Ensemble account, submit a ticket to helpdesk@dickinson.edu.

Screencast-O-Matic (SOM)

Screencast-O-Matic is a recording tool that helps you to record asynchronous lessons, including lectures, demonstrations, announcements, welcome videos, syllabus overviews, and more. SOM has features a robust video editor that allows you to edit your videos, add videos and images, narrate over images, and more. To use the institution’s SOM license, please email helpdesk@dickinson.edu to request an account. You can request SOM cloud storage by entering your email or logging-in with an existing account. Academic Technology will approve these requests.

Saving as Video File and Cloud

Explain Everything

Explain Everything is an online app that allows you to create engaging, interactive lessons. You can use it to illustrate an asynchronous lesson or to encourage class collaboration. You can use it as a digital whiteboard for lectures or class discussions. Students can use it to collaborate on group projects and record presentations. Explain Everything has a basic account that is free to use. 

Digital Whiteboard Options

This handout provides a comparison between different digital whiteboard options: Zoom WhiteboardExplain Everything, and Google's Jamboard

Collaboration Tools

In addition to the Forums feature on Moodle, you can also use FlipGrid. FlipGrid is a video/audio discussion board that allows you to create a discussion prompt with either video or audio and gives students an opportunity to respond to your prompt and to one another. There are many different ways to use this tool in your remote course.

Scheduling Tools

For assistance with scheduling, we recommend MS Bookings (please note that you may have to log-in with your Dickinson credentials) which integrates with MS Outlook. You can also use calend.ly which can integrate with Zoom for free for a limited time.

Lecture-Capture Classrooms

Lecture-capture classrooms are classrooms on Dickinson's campus that have been outfitted with technology that will allow you to record lectures.