Instructional Tools

What do you hope to accomplish? 

DELTA and other university partners support a variety of learning technology-related tools that can help you create and deliver course material and assess student work.

Navigate DELTA’s many tools, applications, and platforms by selecting a topic below:

Create and deliver

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.

Tools include:

  • Mediasite and My Mediasite: Video 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.
  • Moodle: 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.
  • WolfWareThe portal for the online learning tools provided by DELTA such as Moodle and Collaborate. For a comprehensive overview of WolfWare, visit the WolfWare Resource Guide.
  • Syllabus ToolProvides instructors a step-by-step process for syllabus generation. The Syllabus Tool is programmed with the current required boilerplate text, standard course meeting times and other syllabus requirements so that you can easily create a document that satisfies REG 02.20.7, the NC State Course Syllabus Requirements.
  • WordPress: A WolfWare option for creating a public website for your WolfWare course or project space.

Share

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 separately.

Tools include:

  • Google Drive: Cloud-based tool that lets you store and access files anywhere — on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go — with unlimited storage capacity.
  • Library course reservesTool that grants 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.
  • Mediasite and My Mediasite: Video 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.

Present and interact

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

Tools include:

  • Adobe Presenter: Deliver PowerPoint-authored multimedia learning material on the Web through synchronous video conferences or on-demand presentations.
  • AuthorGen: Create meaningful, synchronized multimedia presentations from PowerPoint delivered through an organized interface in Flash, Microsoft or Real media.
  • Camtasia: Record, edit and share high-quality screen video on the Web, CD-ROM and portable media players. View a Camtasia teaching solution.
  • DELTA’s Video Communication Services: Videoconference with participants using overheads, computer graphics, slides and videotapes in two-way communication. To schedule, call (919) 515-3683 or email bob_klein@ncsu.edu.
  • Google SlidesA tool within G Suite that allows you to create, edit, collaborate and present anywhere. Slides Q and A allows presenters to open a live, interactive Q&A session.
  • PowerPoint: Create slide presentations of your course material and make them available on the Web.
  • 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.
  • ZoomA web-conferencing application that can be used for online meetings, webinars, chat, mobile collaboration and other types of online communication.

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.

Tools include:

  • Google AssignmentsA tool within G Suite that integrates with Moodle and supports grading, commenting, and sharing of student assignment submissions that are hosted on Google Drive.
  • Google Forms: A tool within G Suite 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.
  • Kahoot!: 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 and students answer the questions with their smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • Padlet: An online virtual bulletin board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect and share links and pictures in a secure location. Padlet allows you to create a hidden wall with a custom URL. Padlet creators can also moderate posts, remove posts and manage their board 24/7.
  • Qualtrics: A tool for designing and administering online surveys at NC State. You can collect feedback from an NC State audience or from people outside the university.
  • Top HatA 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.
  • Turnitin: A software that compares written work with the university’s database, Moodle submissions, the internet and published work. It allows you to check for originality of student submissions.
  • VoiceThread: A cloud application 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). 

NC State Libraries tools

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

Tools include:

  • Library Article Linker: A tool that creates stable URLs to articles in licensed full-text journals and magazines. You can use the links in your online syllabi and reading lists.
  • Library course reservesTool that grants 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: A tool that offers a customized library portal with links to your course reserves, subject databases, citation tools, etc. that your students can use for your courses. If you need help, see the Library Course Tools resource page. Example: http://lib.ncsu.edu/course/EAC/580.

Incorporate multimedia

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

Tools include:

  • Learning Path: An interactive web application that instructors can use to 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: A tool that facilitates game-based learning.
  • Flashcard Study Tool: A flashcard system that instructors can use to author sets of cards online for students, supplementing text with images, sounds and video.
  • PlayPosit: A tool that allows you to create interactive “Bulbs” by combining questions, images, audio and other media elements with video content.