Classroom Tech Resources

Below is a list of some of the commonly used technology for teaching and learning on campus.

Blackboard (Learning Management System - LMS)

Blackboard is an academic and community-based content management, collaboration, facilitation, and distribution platform. It’s primarily used as a communication tool and as an access point for resources for student learning.

It can be used for:

  • posting documents
  • creating learning modules including content and assessment
  • collecting student-created content

It is directly connected to many other academic tools available on campus including:

  • lecture capture (Panopto)
  • audience response systems
  • textbook ancillaries
  • online classrooms
  • ePortfolios
  • secure browser for assessment
  • plagiarism detection software

To get started, please see Blackboard for Instructors: Where Do I Start? (The instructions refer to several different views. Currently at Drake we use the Original Course View). If you have experience using our LMS, you might consult Preparing your Blackboard Course for the Semester (How-to). If you need additional assistance, submit a Blackboard Consultation request via our IT service portal.

Lynda.com (Online training)

Lynda.com is the leading online learning platform which helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Lynda's video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts can be accessed for free by anyone with a Drake email address.

To get started, please see Getting Started with Lynda.com to Access Online Training (How-to). It describes how to initially set up your Lynda account so you can begin accessing the course library.

Panopto (Lecture capture)

Panopto is a video recording and distribution platform. It’s primarily used for:

  • recording lectures
  • flipping classroom content
  • collecting student-created content

It is directly connected to our Learning Management System (LMS) Blackboard. This connection makes the distribution of content easily available across multiple courses. To get started, please see Panopto Configuration in Blackboard (How-to) or request additional help by submitting a Multimedia Production Consultation request via our IT service portal.

SafeAssign (Plagiarism detection software)

SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works. SafeAssign is effective as both an educational tool and a deterrent. Instructors use SafeAssign to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase, and to review assignment submissions for originality. It is directly connected to our Learning Management System (LMS) Blackboard.

To get started, please see Use SafeAssign in Assignments or to request additional help, please submit a Blackboard Consultation request via our IT service portal.

WordPress (Faculty publishing)

WordPress is the platform that is used for our faculty publishing environment. The faculty publishing environment provides faculty members with a website that can be used to publish and share research interests, or information on special projects.

To get started with a new site, please submit a request for a Faculty WordPress New Site Consultation via our IT service portal. If you would like to request help with an existing site, please submit a request for Faculty WordPress Site Assistance.

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