Learning technologies are any software or hardware used by an instructor and/or students in a course. DoIT Academic Technology’s Learn@UW-Madison service oversees the Learn@UW suite of supported learning technologies that include the following:
- Canvas: This learning management system (LMS) is campus’ single, centrally supported LMS. The other tools listed all integrate with Canvas to provide a streamlined user experience for instructors and students. A growing number of tools are integrated to work with Canvas and are listed in this KnowlegeBase document.
- Kaltura MediaSpace: The video management service platform allows users to upload, organize, stream, embed and share audio and video materials. Kaltura Capture offers simple screen and webcam recording capabilities to create media that can be uploaded to Kaltura MediaSpace.
- AEFIS (Assessment, Evaluation, Feedback & Intervention System): This web-based assessment management solution is used to provide campus-wide digital course evaluation survey tools, course syllabi and more.
- Top Hat: The mobile device-based student response system (SRS) can help instructors engage students in the classroom with polls, quizzes, bias assessments and more.
- Blackboard Collaborate: A web conferencing tool that is used for a wide array of synchronous learning experiences including off-campus guest speakers, virtual office hours, group collaboration and online lectures.
- Piazza: Focused on student-to-student interaction, Piazza is a modern discussion platform. Students post their questions, other students respond and instructors endorse answers to keep the class on track.
- Pressbooks: Faculty, staff and students can create and host eTexts, which can be viewed through a web browser, downloaded as a print-ready PDF, or exported as another digital-ready format (such as EPUB).
In addition to these options managed by the Learn@UW-Madison team, there are other centrally supported and vetted learning technologies available for use. This includes suites of tools like Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps that are free of charge through licensing agreements.
The ”What learning technologies are available on campus?” guide provides more information including the difference between centrally supported and vetted tools as well as an overview on how a learning technology can become centrally supported.
There are a wide range of tools available and our learning technology consultants are happy to help you choose the best tool to fit your need. Instructors and instructional staff can request a consultation with a DoIT AT consultant through the DoIT Help Desk.