Instructional Tools

Interested in exploring instructional tools available at NC State?

DELTA and our university partners support a wide variety of instructional systems and tools, listed below. These tools can enhance learning, streamline course administration, increase engagement, and support student achievement.

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Deliver Course Content

There are many ways to deliver course content online. These tools can be used to reach your students online through various modes, including video, conferencing and web-based content.

  • WolfWare (DELTA tool): This is the portal for the online learning tools provided by DELTA such as Moodle and Collaborate.
  • Moodle (accessed via WolfWare): This is a virtual course environment that offers a suite of teaching and learning tools. With this tool, you can create an engaging learning space for your course — blending content, interaction and testing.
  • Mediasite: This is a hardware/software platform that allows the video, audio and/or screen capture of any event to be streamed live and/or archived for future viewing. For both onsite and distance education, you can record your lectures for your students to watch and review at their convenience.
  • My Mediasite: The My Mediasite desktop recorder is a suite of tools instructors can use to record presentations from a personal computer, capture video and/or audio and computer images as well as upload previously recorded video to be stored and managed in one location. Users are also able to edit video through a web-based editor and provide links to their presentations. Presentations are stored in a cloud-based server that can be accessed from anywhere by the user.
  • Blackboard CollaborateThis tool is a synchronous (or “real time”) eLearning and collaborative environment. With Collaborate, you can hold live sessions with your students for office hours and/or problem-solving sessions.

Create Course Content

When creating course content, instructors have multiple options. These options include video creation, blogs and presentations.

  • MediasiteThis is a hardware/software platform that allows the video, audio and/or screen capture of any event to be streamed live and/or archived for future viewing. For use in online and distance education, you can record your lectures for your students to watch and review at their convenience. For use on campus, you can record your classes for review/remediation or student performances for them to review.
  • My Mediasite: The My Mediasite desktop recorder is a suite of tools that instructors can use to record presentations from a personal computer, capture video and/or audio and computer images as well as upload previously recorded video to be stored and managed in one location. Users are also able to edit video through a web-based video editor and provide links to their presentations. Presentations are stored in a cloud-based server that can be accessed from anywhere by the user.
  • Google’s G Suite for Education: This is a suite of communication and collaboration tools at NC State (email, calendar, etc.). With this tool, you can email students, facilitate group work with Docs and Presentations, and more!
  • Moodle (accessed via WolfWare) – This is a virtual course environment that offers a suite of teaching and learning tools. With this tool, you can create an engaging learning space for your course — blending content, interaction and testing.
  • WordPress (accessed via WolfWare): WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for publishing web content, and is now available as a WolfWare option for creating course websites. You can use WordPress to create a public website for your WolfWare course or project space.
  • Syllabus Tool (accessed via WolfWare): This is an online tool to help you easily create a syllabus for your course in various formats. Use this tool to build a standard NC State syllabus (in HTML, PDF or Word formats).
  • Presentation softwareThere are multiple tools to create presentations at NC State, such as Google Slides and Haiku Deck. (see below)

Share Files and Media

There are various tools to aid in sharing files and media with your students; some of these tools can be incorporated into the learning management system, or housed completely separate.

  • MediasiteThis is a hardware/software platform that allows the video, audio and/or screen capture of any event to be streamed live and/or archived for future viewing. For use in online and distance education, you can record your lectures for your students to watch and review at their convenience. For use on campus, you can record your classes for review/remediation or student performances for them to review.
  • My Mediasite: The My Mediasite desktop recorder is a suite of tools that instructors can use to record presentations from a personal computer, capture video and/or audio and computer images as well as upload previously recorded video to be stored and managed in one location. Users are also able to edit video through a web-based video editor and provide links to their presentations. Presentations are stored in a cloud-based server that can be accessed from anywhere by the user.
  • Google DriveThis tool lets you store and access your files anywhere — on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go — with unlimited storage capacity. Terminology Note: The documents that are created using the Google Drive app are still called “Google Docs,” as they were when the app was previously called Google Docs. Also, some people still refer to the Google Drive app as Google Docs.
  • Course Reserves: This tool gives you electronic access to course materials such as class notes, journal articles and book excerpts. Put all your course readings on reserve for your students to easily download.
  • YouTube: With this tool, you are able to share videos such as lectures and virtual labs, or create a video project where students post their work for public viewing/commenting.
  • iTunes UThis is a website for distributing multimedia content, such as podcasts, to students. You are able to record summaries of key ideas from your lectures and share the audio files on iTunes U.
  • VelocityThis is a system developed for securely transferring files over email, specifically large files. WIth this system, you can exchange large files with students (multimedia projects, etc.) without being limited by Gmail (25 MB).

Interact, Assess and Evaluate

Two important keys of teaching are to engage and assess students.  The tools below can assist with student engagement, both in and out of the classroom.

  • Google FormsThis one of the tools within G Suite, and is used to collect, organize, and analyze information. You are able to create, send and collaborate on forms. For help, visit the Forms G Suite Learning Center.
  • Top Hat: This tool is a web-based technology built for student engagement. Using Top Hat, instructors can automate attendance-taking, spark conversations and get real-time feedback from their students as they participate in class on their mobile devices.
  • Qualtrics: This is a tool for designing and administering surveys at NC State. With this tool, you can collect online survey feedback from an NC State audience or from people outside the university.
  • Kahoot!: This is a tool for using technology to administer quizzes, discussions or surveys. It is a game-based classroom response system played by the whole class in real time. Multiple-choice questions are projected on the screen. Students answer the questions with their smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • VoiceThread: This is a cloud application (requires an up-to-date version of Adobe Flash) that allows you to upload many types of media for an asynchronous class. This program allows you to create a slideshow and permits student comments to be captured (voice, video, text). [This tool is free tool for up to five projects.]
  • Padlet: Padlet is an online virtual bulletin board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL. Padlet creators can also moderate posts, remove posts and manage their board 24/7.

NCSU Libraries Tools

NC State offers multiple ways to incorporate library tools into courses. These tools can be used for readings, references and resources.

  • Library Course Reserves: This tool gives you electronic access to course materials such as class notes, journal articles and book excerpts. Put all your course readings on reserve for your students to easily download.
  • Library Course Tools: This tool offers a customized library portal that your students can use for your courses. The course tools is a library resource page tailored to your course, with links to your course reserves, subject databases, citation tools, etc. Example: http://lib.ncsu.edu/course/EAC/580.  If you need help, see the Library Course Tools resource page.
  • Library Course Tools: Moodle Block: This tool allows you to easily connect to library resources from your Moodle course. The Course tools block is automatically integrated into all Registration and Records’ Moodle sections.
  • Library Article Linker: This tool creates stable URLs to articles in licensed full-text journals and magazines. Once the stable URLs are created, you can use the links in your online syllabi and reading lists.

Use DELTA Multimedia Tools

DELTA has created multimedia tools that can be used within courses; these tools are interactive and can support student learning in different ways.

  • Learning Path: Using this interactive web application, instructors can create content slides and interaction slides of various kinds, keep track of student scores and emphasize the cyclical nature of processes. Example: ENT 401 Honey Bee LifeCycle Activity
  • MicroExplorer3D: This tool, cited as an example of game-based learning in the 2012 Horizon Report, was published in the global iTunes App Store and downloaded 175 times in the first ten days. Visit MicroExplorer3D.
  • Flashcard Study Tool (DELTA tool): With this flashcard system, instructors can author sets of cards online for students, supplementing text with images, sounds and video.

Create Presentations

If you are looking to create engaging and elegant presentations for your class, there are several tools available to do just that.

  • Google Slides: Create, edit, collaborate and present wherever you are, and easily share your presentations with students and colleagues. Take the engagement up a notch with Slides Q and A!
  • Haiku Deck: Create elegant looking presentations following best practices recommended by design experts: simplify your message, use images to amplify emotional impact, and keep formatting clean and consistent.
  • SMART Notebook® Collaborative Learning Software: Create high-impact lessons that bring learning to life. With a rich set of design and delivery features and a multitude of digital resources, SMART Notebook® software connects you to a full ecosystem of content, tools and support.