Academic Continuity Plan (ACP) Technology

At times, the University closes due to inclement weather or factors outside of our control. Campus closures can disrupt instructional plans; however, the ACP offers suggestions for continuing instruction, often when moving online quickly.

ACP Technology offers an overview of strategies for incorporating technology into your courses or taking classes online to minimize teaching and learning disruptions while promoting continuity of instruction.
 

**COVID-19 UPDATE**

The following products are recommended by IT and pre-approved by the Procurement Office for purchase.  These items may be purchased using a University procurement card.  Departments or individuals who do not have a ProCard may contact Purchasing to have an item ordered on their behalf.  Departments may use their operating funds or faculty may use their professional development funds for these purchases.

 

PRODUCT

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT LINK (if applicable)

Headset – Jabra UC Voice 250

https://www.cdwg.com/product/Jabra-UC-Voice-250-MS-headset/2505861?enkwrd=2505861

Monitor – In order to facilitate delivery of online classes, faculty may remove monitors from their campus office for use at home during this period.  For faculty who wish to purchase a monitor, the approved device is the Dell P2319H, 23” Monitor (Priced $142).

 

Keyboard/Mice – IT has an adequate stock of keyboard and mice available for loan in Combs 208.  These may be plugged into a Dell or HP laptop.

Please call 622-3000 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to schedule a pick-up appointment.

Docking Station – Dell Dock – WD1990 PD

 

Webcam – For desktop computers, the Logitech C270 720p USB webcam is recommended.

IT does not recommend additional cameras for University-issued laptops.

(For desktop computers only):  https://www.staples.com/Logitech-C270-HD-720p-Computer-Webcam-with-Microphone-960-000694/product_354562

Zoom License Request

https://epresence.eku.edu/covid-19-pandemic-zoom-account-request-form

 

IT maintains a secure site with standard technology suggestions and prices.  Please visit https://it.eku.edu/equipment for more information.

 

For assistance with purchasing, please call 622-7126 or 622-4484. For the ProCard office, please call 622-7688.

Collaborative Writing

  • Google Drive 
    Create and share open folders and documents with individuals as well as small and large groups. Google Drive contains freely available applications for creating and sharing documents, slides, spreadsheets, and other texts. EKU instructors and students now have free access to Google Drive, which includes free cloud storage, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, among others. 

    EKU IT information on GDrive

 

Online Surveys, Polls, or Quizzes
  • Google Forms
    Effective tool for open-note quizzes or sending a video with attached questions. Results are easily viewed. Also good for any sort of survey. Free application for designing question-based documents, with results aggregated in single Google Sheet. Includes multiple choice, short answer, short essay, and matching.

    Google Forms Tutorial

 

Collaboration and Video Conferencing
  • Zoom 

     Offers video conferencing for synchronous instruction with multiple participants, screen sharing, recording a meeting         or class.           

     Using Zoom (via EKU) | Login

  • Skype

     Efficient for holding a lecture or discussion remotely with up to 25 participants.

      Skype Tutorial

 
Live Streaming

 

Video Creation and Publishing
  • YouTube, Vimeo
    Great for creating supplementary class materials, tutorials, lectures, etc that could be used for years. Create videos containing course content, course lessons, or modules.

    YouTube Tutorial
    Vimeo Tutorial

    iMovie (Mac)
    A useful program to easily edit any video you create. Simple video editing and processing.

    iMovie Tutorial
     
 
Screen Capture and Screencasting
  • Jing, Screencast-O-Matic
    Capture what you see on your screen, record what you’re doing on your screen, and send videos or screen captures. Capture basic video, animations, and images off of computer screen. S-OM primarily for screen recording.

    Jing Tutorial
    Screencast-O-Matic Tutorial

  • Prezi
The general use is for basic presentations; it includes visual elements that make content interesting and interactive. Create a more appealing presentation, not based upon slides.

Prezi Tutorial

 

  • Evernote

A powerful tool for collaborative work; useful in groups where people already use the app/program. Share and collaborate with content; similar to Google Docs, with shared editing and view-only privileges.

 

Other Resources

  • Camtasia

Camtasia is a software suite for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast, or via a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint. A free trial is available.

 

https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html

 

  • Canva

Canva is a free tool with over 50,000 templates that can be used to create infographics, worksheets, calendars, presentations, and many other useful items.

 

https://www.canva.com/

 

  • Diigo

Diigo is a social bookmarking website that allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag Web pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page.

 

https://www.diigo.com/

 

  • Explain Everything
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer.
 
 
 
https://explaineverything.com/
 
  • Flipgrid
Flipgrid is a popular (and free) electronic learning tool that allows users to create and share short videos.  A student app is available, as well, to allow easy creation and sharing of videos.
 
 
 
https://info.flipgrid.com/
 
 
 
Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzZGEfOtEWqPcGUzcFd2RzRjYTQ/view
 
 
  • Kahoot
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform.  Users can create multiple choice quizzes, called “Kahoots,” that can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot app. 
 
 
 
https://kahoot.com/
 
  • Nearpod
Nearpod allows for the easy creation of interactive lessons that can be synced across all student devices.  Nearpod also allows for comprehensive student assessments, using a wide variety of question styles.
 
 
 
https://nearpod.com/
 
 
  • Noteshelf
Noteshelf is a digital note-taking app, that allows for handwritten or typed notes, as well as audio recordings, marking PDFs, adding photos, and drawing. It can be an excellent tool for providing written or audio feedback.
 
 
 
http://www.noteshelf.net/
 
  • Padlet
Padlet is an application to create an online bulletin board that you can use to display information for any topic. You can add images, links, videos, columns for sorting or refining organization, and more.
 
 
 
https://padlet.com/

 

  • Perusall 

Perusall is a free e-reader platform that allows students to organize, annotate, and collaborate on electronic readings.  It also allows for automatic scoring of student comments and discussions, and provides class metrics for instructors.

 

https://perusall.com/

 

  • Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a remote audience engagement tool, that creates live polls for virtual or in-person gatherings.  Facilitators can ask a question, collect live responses from participants via phone, and see instant results.

 

https://www.polleverywhere.com/

 

 

Diigo

Diigo is a social bookmarking website that allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag Web pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page.
 
https://www.diigo.com/

Kahoot

Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform.  Users can create multiple choice quizzes, called “Kahoots,” that can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot app. 
 
https://kahoot.com/