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Pedagogical Resources

Resources on teaching, learning, & assessment for CCA faculty

Apps & Tools

Below you'll find a list of tools and technologies you can use to enhance your teaching. They are divided into two categories: tools that are supported by the CCA Instructional Design team, and tools that we do not officially support, but are great recommendations to organize and assist your workflow. We will do our best to help you explore these third-party tools. 

G Suite

CCA is a G Suite for Education institution. Some of the available apps include: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and much more! Some of the uses for these tools are:

Docs:

  • Real-time collaborative editing between multiple people
  • Suggested edits for providing feedback without altering the document

Sites:

  • Customizable and easy-to-use webpage creation for classes or individual students
  • Integration of YouTube, Google Docs, and Google+ feeds

Forms:

  • Collect feedback from students directly or anonymously
  • Easily import results into a Google Sheet, from which various graphs can be drawn for analysis
  • Support for quiz creation, with automatic grading to provide instant feedback

Drive:

  • Store files securely and distribute them digitally without having to alter the original
  • Team Drives can collect student work and save the hassle of adjusting permission settings

Lynda

A hub for online educational videos. Lynda subscriptions included with every student's account. Instructors can build playlists of videos and share them with the class. Each playlist can also be assigned to students, to ensure they're learning outside of class as well. You can use Lynda to teach the basics of software, for example, so that you have more class time available.

Lynda offers professionally led courses for the Adobe Creative Suite, Google products, and much more!

Zoom

VoiceThread

VoiceThread provides a virtual space for interaction around rich media in between class times. VoiceThread allows students or instructors to upload images, video, or documents and then annotate with audio, video, or text comments to create engaging assignments that encourage participation.

Learning Management Systems

CCA supports two major LMS: Moodle and Google Classroom. Each is a browser-based platform instructors can use to integrate technology for their course, and foster discussion and instruction beyond the in-class environment. Below, you will find a table listing certain features and the level of support between the two systems.

 
MOODLE GOOGLE CLASSROOM
Create course pages embedded with images or videos Create course pages following a standardized template
Collect and grade a variety of assignment types Collect and grade a variety of assignment types
Upload class materials including a syllabus and readings Upload class materials including a syllabus and readings
Organization of files and assignments depend on manual sorting Assignments appear in Classwork, manually organized by topics
Moodle calendar can be difficult to use and doesn't sync well with Google Automatically creates a class-specific Google Calendar and Drive folder containing all course materials
Interface can be somewhat clunky and hard to navigate; tends to have a steep learning curve Interface is familiar to other Google apps
Automatic import and update of class roster Students must be added manually by email, or join the class with a class code

Hypothesis is a web-based tool that allows you to annotate almost any webpage. It is an extension available for most browsers. You can read more about it here: https://web.hypothes.is/

Evernote

Evernote is a popular note taking tool, but it does much more. Evernote lets you collect web clipping, create "to do" lists & reminders, share notes, and collaborate with others. It's very flexible and makes your notes available everywhere (with apps for your computer, phone, and web browser). 

To learn more check out the following articles:

Evernote for Academics

Getting organized in 2018 – Evernote as a research tool

To get started with Evernote, download the free version here: Evernote.com

To learn more about the features and pricing plans, visit the plans page

annotating a poem in Explain Everything

Explain Everything is a virtual whiteboard that allows recording, annotation, drawing, image manipulation, and more. It's an app that can be used to create multimedia demonstrations of virtually anything, from grammar to design patterns to mechanics. Many educators see it as a go-to tool for providing vivid explanations.

Check out Explain Everything.