Teaching Tools & Technology

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There are several classroom tools and technologies specific to UNMC that all faculty members are able to access. These tools can be used to boost student engagement and make your job as an educator easier.

Top Teaching Tools

Top instructional technology tools all faculty should be familiar with.

Technology at UNMC

High-tech teaching tools available to faculty at UNMC.

 

Top Teaching Tools

Here are the top instructional technology tools that every faculty member should be familiar with, click the tool for more information about how to access and its capabilities. 

Course Management/Assessment Tools:
Canvas
Exam Soft
 
Interactive Lecture Tools:
Kahoot*
Nearpod*
Padlet*
Poll Everywhere

Quizlet*
Zoom
 
Video/Remote Teaching Tools:
Articulate Storyline*
Echo 360 Universal Capture
Loom*

PowerPoint
Screencast-o-matic*
Microsoft Stream
Zoom
 
 
*Available to faculty, but not institutionally funded by UNMC.

Course Management/Assessment Tools:

 

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CANVAS

Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system that provides a collaborative space for course content, assignments, and grading. Canvas helps faculty organize course content easily and intuitively.  Learn more about Canvas.

On-campus assistance is available through the IT Academic Technologies team.

Canvas Login
Use your NetID to log in to Canvas

Canvas Help
Canvas has a 24/7 helpline and help chat to answer your questions. Contact information is located in the “Help” section of the Canvas portal.

>>More information about how to use Canvas can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.


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EXAMSOFT

ExamSoft is an educational software that allows users to create, administer and grade assessments. Delivering exams through ExamSoft allows for secure testing. Exams can be delivered through ExamSoft if the courses have been synced from Canvas.

ExamSoft and assessment support is available through the UNMC's Office of Accreditation & Assessment (OAA). If you have questions or need assistance creating exams, staff from the Office of Accreditation and Assessment are available to help. Please email oaa@unmc.edu to request assistance.

ExamSoft Support:

+1 (866)429-8889, ext. 3
support@examsoft.com

 >> More information about how to use Exam Soft can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.

 


 

Interactive Lecture Tools:

 

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KAHOOT!

Kahoot! is an educational platform that is based on games and questions. Faculty can create questionnaires, discussions, or surveys that complement academic lessons. The material is projected in the learning environment and questions are answered by students in real-time.


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NEARPOD

Nearpod is a tool that combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment into one integrated solution. With Nearpod an instructor can create a presentation containing quizzes, polls, videos, images, drawing-boards and web content.

Nearpod is not currently funded as a UNMC institutional tool, but UNMC does have a negotiated contract. The contracted license is discounted and provides users with more features/storage space than an individual license.

If you are needing a license for Nearpod, please contact Kelly Sracks to be added as an active user to the account. Kelly will be asking for a cost center for the annual billing for this license.


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PADLET

Padlet is an online post-it board that you can share with anyone. Users are able to access the board via QR code or link using a smartphone or computer. Whoever has the Padlet board opened can see what’s on it and what everyone is writing in real-time.

Padlet is available for individuals for a small fee. Learn more about Padlet here. 


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POLL EVERYWHERE

Poll Everywhere lets your audience interact with a live presentation using their mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Students participate by accessing a web page for your event or sending text messages. Instructions are displayed on-screen. Polls can be embedded within PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides.

Log into Poll Everywhere using your UNMC NetID. UNMC has invested in a campus license, do not use the free account.  Refer to the Poll Everywhere Canvas Integration Guide for instructions on how to use within Canvas.

>>More information about how to use Poll Everywhere can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.


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QUIZLET

Quizlet helps teachers engage students of all levels through curriculum-based materials, interactive study methods and games. Learn more about Quizlet.


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ZOOM

Zoom is a web-conferencing platform that will send your camera, microphone, and desktop to other participants in a virtual meeting. As well, you can see their camera, hear their microphones, and view any desktop content they share with you. To access Zoom in the classrooms, either sign into the Zoom app or access the Zoom meeting link in your email or Canvas. 

>>More information about teaching with Zoom can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.


 

Video/Remote Teaching Tools:

 

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ARTICULATE STORYLINE

Articulate Storyline is a software that makes it easy to create interactive e-learning courses. The UNMC E-Learning Lab uses and supports Articulate Storyline 3.

To get an account, e-mail sales@articulate.com and request a price quote for an edu license for Storyline 3. Articulate will send a document used to initiate a PO in e-Shop. The license key is typically provided within a day or two of it being submitted in e-Shop. Storyline 3 is offered at a discount for educators, typically half-price. 

*Storyline 360 or Rise are other excellent products but do not retrofit with Storyline 3.


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ECHO360

Echo360 Universal Capture allows you to record using voice, video, screen action, and/or PowerPoint/Keynote slides. Once you have completed the basic editing of the video, easily upload it to your Canvas course. Learn more about Echo360 Universal Capture.

Echo360 Login Use your UNMC NetID credentials to access Echo360.

Echo360 PowerPoint Ribbon Add-On – Installing the Echo360 PowerPoint Ribbon add-on provides a new “Echo360” tab in PowerPoint, containing commands specific to creating, editing and publishing PPT presentations to your sections. It includes the ability to create and preview interactive activity slides within the presentation. Only available for Windows computers.

Echo360 Support: Echo360 ALP support guides are available online. To access, go to https://support.echo360.com/hc/en-us

>>More information about Echo360 ALP can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.

>>More information about using Echo 360 to create an educational video can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.


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LOOM

Loom is a video messaging tool that helps you get your message across through instantly shareable videos.

With Loom, you can record your camera, microphone, and desktop simultaneously. Your video is then instantly available to share. Loom videos can easily be embedded into emails, Canvas courses, and anywhere else you want your video to be seen. Learn more.


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POWERPOINT

Available through Office 356, PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used tools in classrooms. PowerPoint can be used to create visually content-rich presentations with multimedia including images, interactive polls, or video.

Access PowerPoint using your Office 365 account by using your UNMC NetID.

>>More information about using PowerPoint to create an educational video can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.


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SCREENCAST-O-MATIC

Screencast-O-Matic is a tool that allows you to record your computer screen, as well as video and audio via your computer’s built-in webcam and microphone. This is a useful tool for recording lectures to share with students online, especially if the lecture includes PowerPoint slides or other visual aids. Learn more.


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STREAM

Available through Office 365, Stream is a platform that allows you to store, access, and share videos securely. You have the ability to upload recorded videos or host live events for select individuals (one-way communication).

Access Microsoft Stream your Office 365 account by using your UNMC NetID.

>>More information about using Steam to create video can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.


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ZOOM

Zoom is a tool used for conducting a two-way web video conference using voice, video, screen sharing. Zoom can be used for meetings or two-way communication with students such as lectures, seminars and office hours. Meetings or classes can be recorded, saved to the local machine (not the cloud) and uploaded to Echo360 ALP or VidGrid for distribution.

Zoom Login and Support: To access your Zoom account, go to unmc.zoom.us and select Create Account/Sign In. Use your UNMC account and complete the login steps. Zoom support is available online. Once logged in, select the cog in the upper right-hand corner and select “Help.” 

>>More information about using Zoom to create an educational video can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.

 

Technology: Simulation and Hands-on Learning

UNMC faculty also have access to many high-tech teaching tools that can help update their teaching styles and incorporate new techniques in their classrooms. Below are interactive tools available for simulation and hands-on learning:

 

Technology at UNMC:

iEXCEL/Simulation
Anatomage Table
Jim and Karen Linder Maker Studio

 

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iEXCEL/SIMULATION

Simulation provides learners with risk-free training environments to practice skills and gain hands-on experience before moving on to real patient situations.

The Davis Global Center is home to iEXCEL, a bold and visionary program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center purposefully designed to transform health professions education and offer unprecedented opportunities for research and development. The Davis Global Center is a highly advanced clinical simulation facility purposefully designed to foster the practice of patient care in highly-functioning and effective interprofessional teams. The Davis Global Center provides realistic replicated health care settings in which teams can practice and experiment safely.

Davis Global Center

The iEXCEL Administrative Office
is located in the Davis Global Center
on 42nd and Emile Street.

Phone: 402-559-2442

Address:
4111 Emile St.
Omaha, NE 68105


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ANATOMAGE TABLE

The Anatomage Table is a life-size interactive anatomy visualization table that offers a realistic visualization of 3D anatomy. There is also a library collection of real-life clinical scans that is available for you to use in your classroom.

The Anatomage Table is currently located in BTH 4012. Contact Kim Michael, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, or Tanya Custer, MS, RT(R)(T) for more information.

 


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JIM AND KAREN LINDER MAKER STUDIO

The Jim and Karen Linder Maker Studio, in the McGoogan Health Sciences Library, is a place for UNMC students, faculty, and staff to experiment, build, prototype, and be creative. Maker studio users will have access to four 3D printers, a 3D scanner, specialty cameras, a media preservation station, and other technology and materials. Located centrally on level six of the library, the maker studio brings attention to innovation by offering technology and project materials to support creative doing and learning, informal thinking, and ideation. More information can be found on the McGoogan Library website.