Camosun student enjoy using the computers in the library

Educational Technology Tools

Educational Technology is a complex and ever-changing landscape. There are many choices and new tools are constantly emerging to meet teaching and learning needs. The college supports a range of educational technologies to develop and enhance online course delivery. Each of these tools has been vetted for appropriateness to our community and compliance with accessibility, intellectual property, and privacy standards. These tools are funded by the college and have established support processes in place.

Technical Tools

D2L (Brightspace)

This tool is good for:
D2L Brightspace is Camosun’s learning management system. It provides instructors with a suite of tools to support face-to-face enhanced, blended and fully online learning experiences. Instructors can deliver course materials, activities and assess student learning in a protected environment.
Service level: Full service
Questions: eLearning Support Team

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU)

Comparison to Teams and Zoom

This tool is good for:
Collaborate is a web-based conferencing system integrated with D2L. Collaborate is used to facilitate synchronous learning opportunities – whether it be to conduct virtual office hours, deliver a virtual class or to host guest speakers remotely and facilitate group collaborations. The application allows presenters to use a whiteboard as well as share presentations and facilitate small breakout groups.
Service level: Full service
Questions: eLearning Support Team

Kaltura

This tool is good for:
Kaltura is a streaming media service. This YouTube like service can be used for importing, creating, streaming and disseminating video to a wide range of devices. Kaltura is fully integrated with D2L and provides a mechanism to insert videos directly into content, discussions, and assignment dropboxes. Students also have their own accounts to upload and share video.
Service level: Full service
Questions: eLearning Support Team

Teams

Comparison to Collaborate and Zoom

This tool is good for:
Part of the Microsoft 365 suite, Teams is key to the colleges’ internal functioning and collaboration. Teams provides for web conferencing for meetings, student study groups and instructor/student consultation.
Service level: Full service
Questions: ITS Support

Zoom

Comparison to Collaborate and Teams

This tool is good for:
Zoom is an alternate to Collaborate and can be used to facilitate synchronous learning opportunities. Zoom is not integrated with D2L, and instructors must be prepared to use this tool independently.
Service level: Self-directed with some support
Questions: Review support documentation first:

Questions: ITS Support

Respondus Lockdown Browser

This tool is good for:
Integrated within D2L, locks down browser within quiz or exam in D2L.
Service level: Full service
Questions: eLearning Support Team

Articulate

This tool is good for:
Articulate 360 (A360) consists of a suite of design tools that enables instructional designers to transform static course materials into creative, dynamic and responsive content, activities and assessments with minimal technical programming background. The applications developed through A360 can reside within or outside of D2L.
Service level: Self-directed with some support
Questions: eLearning Support Team

H5P

This tool is good for:
This open-source authoring tool can be used to develop interactive learning objects you can embed in a D2L course.
Service level: Self-directed with some support
Questions: eLearning Support Team

Blackboard Ally

This tool is good for:
Ally is a new product that focuses on making digital content more accessible. It assesses course materials that reside in the content tool within D2L (HTML, Word, PPT, PDF) against WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards and guides instructors on how to improve the accessibility of the content. It also provides students with alternative formats to view the content, including audio, tagged PDF, HTML, ePub and electronic braille.
Service level: Full service
Questions: eLearning Support Team

Read/Speaker

This tool is good for:
ReadSpeaker is fully integrated with the content tool in D2L and provides online text-to-speech solutions for students.
Service level: Full service
Questions: eLearning Support Team

Camtasia

This tool is good for:
Camtasia is an application that makes it simple to record and create professional-looking videos, including screen capturing. Camtasia has built-in image editing and video trimming capabilities.
Service level: Self-directed with some support
To purchase license: Contact your School office 

Questions: eLearning Support Team

Wordpress

This tool is good for:
Hosted by Camosun open source platform for blogs and faculty website. Public facing, no password required.
Service level: Self-directed with some support
Questions: eLearning Support Team

Respondus 4.0

This tool is good for:
Quiz and test authoring tool.
Service level: Self-directed with some support

Installation:ITS Support
Questions: eLearning Support Team

SnagIt

This tool is good for:
Snagit screen capture software allows you to quickly capture a process, add an explanation, and create visual instructions.
Service level: Self-directed with some support
Questions: eLearning Support Team

Library Databases

This tool is good for:
Journals, ebooks and streaming video can be made available through D2L using persistent links.
Service level: Full service
Questions: library@camosun.ca

Open Education Resources

Service level: Self-directed
Questions: library@camosun.ca

Publisher Materials (textbooks, exercises and quizzes)

Service level: Self-directed
Questions: Textbook and publisher resources are used independently from D2L. Instructor provides support to students.

Microsoft 365

This tool is good for:
Camosun instructors and students have access to the full Office suite—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams.
Service level: Self-directed with some support
Questions: ITS Support

Adobe Creative Suite

This tool is good for:
Design tools to create learning objects and HTML.
Service level: Self-directed with some support
Questions and Installation: ITS Support