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Instructional Technology

Listed below are a variety of different instructional technologies that CTLI supports at NSCC. If there is an instructional technology that is not listed here that you are interested in, please contact us to see how we can help you in learning more about how best to use that technology for teaching and learning.

NSCC Instructional Technologies

Atomic Learning
Atomic Learning includes over 50,000 tutorials on all sorts of technology, software, and even nuanced skills like presenting, citing, and learning online. It is available 24 hours a day and has an easy-to-use search feature to help you find the technical help you need.

Blackboard Learn
Blackboard Learn is the learning management system (LMS) at North Shore Community College to provide learners with an online environment to support online and hybrid courses as well as supplement face-to-face courses. Blackboard Learn integrates with the college’s Banner student information system to provide course spaces for each class. Student enrollments and faculty assignments are handled automatically by the system. Blackboard Learn is accessible from North Shore Community College’s Pipeline portal. Once logged in, Blackboard Learn will automatically provide a list of the courses, workgroups and resources available to you.

Google Apps for Higher Education
NSCC uses Google for its email server. As a result, faculty, staff, and students have access to many Google products that are part of the Googel Apps for Higher Education including the following:

Google's blogging platform allows for the creation of individual and group blogs that can be run by faculty, departments, student organizations, or students within a given course.

Google Drive
Google's cloud storage provides users with 30 gigabytes of online storage, where users can store important files or share large files with one another for projects, videos, zipped files, or other content.

Google Docs, Slides, Sheets
Google has several tools including Docs, Slides, and Sheets that are free to use and can be used in place of other costly word processing programs. Docs allows you to create documents such as essays, research papers, etc. Slides allows users to create visual presentations to compliment their presentations. Sheets allows users to create and manipulate spreadsheets. All of these applications can be accessed via Google Drive.

You can also use your NSCC account to create and maintain a YouTube account for uploading, editing, and managing videos as well as curating playlists and commenting on videos.

Open Educational Resources (OER)
OER are learning materials that instructors use for their courses to make content more dynamic and more accessible to their students. NSCC has been working for the past few years to help interested faculty to give up their textbook for reusable and mixable content freely available to them through OER.

This easy-to-use recording program allows you to record your screen as well as your voice. Faculty use this program to create mini-lectures or for help in flipping their classrooms. It is free to use but if you are interested in using the professional version, please contact us for the login and password at ctli@northshore.edu.

Skype (/ˈskaɪp/) is an application that specializes in providing video chat and voice call services. It can be a free application when connecting with another Skype user. This is used at North Shore for interviewing and for holding meetings between campuses. Contact Dave Houle at dhoule@northshore.edu if you think this application might be right for you and to learn more.

Turning Technologies
On both campuses, we provide training and access to clickers from Turning Technologies. To learn how to use them, check out these resources from Turning Technologies and, when you are ready to learn more, contact David Houle at dhoule@northshore.edu. If you want to access the software needed to use clickers with your PowerPoint, please contact Dave Houle at dhoule@northshore.edu.

Other Web 2.0 Technologies

Web 2.0 technologies are web-based programs that allow users to create, edit, and develop content online. They come in many forms such as Google Docs, YouTube, and Blogger. The ones listed here require their own separate registration (which is free) and we are happy to provide support for faculty in projects that utilize them.

Diigo is a social bookmarking and Internet annotation tool that allow for faculty and students to collectively read, share, and annotate various documents and resources on the Internet. Be sure to register for the Educational membership as it comes with added features for free.

Though many people are familiar with Facebook for socializing, some faculty use elements of Facebook as part of their course, such as creating a course page or group for their courses.

Prezi is a 3-dimension presentation platform that allows faculty to create and present content in new and interesting ways. While it might take some time to get familiar with the program, it provides some ways of communicating course content. Be sure to register for the Educational membership as it comes with added features for free.

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and it is a tool that faculty can use to pool information from many different content streams such as blogs, news sites, social media streams, etc. As a tool, faculty can provide rich and timely content to their students. A good example of an RSS program is Feedly.

SlideShare has an amazing library of presentations on a range of material. Faculty and students can also upload, comment upon, and share their own presentations for others to see.

This program is similar to Twitter in its interface but does not require an account, and provides a confined space for students to dialogue around course content and ideas.

Instructors have found some great ways to incorporate Twitter into their classroom in a variety of forms such as class notes, a class back channel, or sharing and discussing resources or information outside of the class.

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