Snow Day eLearning Tools


The Seattle Pacific University Dean’s Cabinet asked me to put together a list of eLearning tools that faculty can use if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather. Instructional Technology Services provides training and support for all of these tools. In most cases, there are already professors in each school using these tools. Here is a quick summary:

  • Discussions
    • Asynchronous: Blackboard Discussion Board, VoiceThread
    • Synchronous: Wimba Pronto Basic (Blackboard), Adobe Connect, Skype
  • Assessments: Blackboard Quizzes, Tests, Surveys, Grade Center
  • Documents, Video & Audio Content: Blackboard
  • Collaboration
    • Asynchronous: Blackboard Wikis, Blogs, Groups
    • Synchronous:, Google Docs
  • Lectures, Presentations, Screencasts
    • Asynchronous: Camtasia Relay, Adobe Presenter
    • Synchronous: Adobe Connect, Skype

ITS also provides scanning and audio/video digitizing services. Although I hope we don’t find ourselves in an emergency that forced us to use these tools, the raised awareness may lead faculty to experiment and find out that these tools are useful for everyday teaching and learning.


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