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.
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.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCT LINK (if applicable)
Headset – Jabra UC Voice 250
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
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.
- 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
- 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
Offers video conferencing for synchronous instruction with multiple participants, screen sharing, recording a meeting or class.
Efficient for holding a lecture or discussion remotely with up to 25 participants.
- YouTube Live Stream
Useful for lecture only; not good for discussion since the only audience participation is text-based.
Introduction to YouTube Live Streaming
- 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.
A useful program to easily edit any video you create. Simple video editing and processing.
Alternative to PowerPoint; Visual Design Tool
Collaborative Content App (phone, PC, Mac)
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Explain Everything
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.
- 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.