What Type of Technology Do I Need?Recommended Tools
Listed alphabetically
Application Management > Kits
Assessment Tools> Box
> Gitlab
> Gradescope
> Qualtrics
> Sakai
Course Sites> Sakai
> Sites@Duke (WordPress)
Discussion Forums> Piazza
> Sakai
Gamification> Kahoot
Multimedia Presentations> Playposit
> VoiceThread
Storage Service> Box
Student Projects> Gitlab
> Sites@Duke (WordPress)
> VoiceThread
Synchronous Virtual Meetings> Microsoft Teams
> Zoom
Video Editing> Camtasia
> Panopto
Video Publishing> Warpwire
> Panopto
Video Recording> Camtasia
> Panopto
> Zoom

For suggestions on best practices for how to use tools in your classroom, please see A Guide to Course Delivery.


Box

Box

Box is a cloud-based storage and collaboration service at Duke. Both Duke and non-Duke users can access, store and share content. You can use Box to collect students’ writing and add feedback either by editing or adding Word documents or Box notes. It is a more secure alternative to Google Drive. For more information on student assessment, please see What assessment tools are available?

Camtasia

Camtasia

Camtasia is a screen recorder and video editor that is an option for advanced editing such as changing your video layout or adding annotations or transitions to your edits. For the most part, it is not required to take this extra step when producing videos.

Importantly, unlike PanoptoCamtasia is not centrally funded by Duke, so you will either need to purchase your own license and/or have one purchased for you through your departmental or school IT if they approve. Also, the interactivity features in Camtasia are not supported by Duke and will not work once you post your videos to Warpwire/Sakai. To add interactive features content to your videos, please use Playposit.

If you have questions regarding production techniques for your course after reviewing the Camtasia tutorials on LinkedIn Learning, please feel free to email help@duke.edu and request a consultation with an academic media producer.

For more on making your lectures accessible, please see How do I create effective slide presentations? and How do I address accessibility concerns?

Camtasia Resources
> Camtasia: Recording and Editing (video)
> LinkedIn Learning (Camtasia Training)

Coursera

Coursera

Coursera is an open online course platform. When designing your courses, you can take advantage of Coursera for Duke. Duke faculty and students have access to a library of courses on a wide range of subjects developed by Duke faculty. You can direct students to specific videos in courses that contain in-depth explanations of material in your course or that can be used by students wanting more information on related topics. For more on curating course content, please see Where can I find reliable content?

Coursera Resources
> Using Coursera for Campus In Your Teaching

Gitlab

Gitlab

Gitlab is a git-based version control service provided by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) that allows you to design technical assignments. With Gitlab, you can create, iterate, submit and provide feedback on student work as well as create issues, kanban boards and sprints to organize, manage and track student assignments as projects. For more information on student assessment, please see What assessment tools are available?

Gitlab Resources
> Gitlab at Duke
> Gitlab Help

Gradescope

Gradescope

Gradescope is a tool designed to speed up your grading workflow and to provide better feedback to students. For more on how to use Gradescope and other assessment tools, please see What assessment tools are available?

Gradescope Resources
> Getting started with Gradescope
> How Learning Innovation can help you implement Gradescope
> Gradescope support documentation
> Frequently Asked Questions
> How to use a rubric in Gradescope
> What assignment types are supported by Gradescope?

Kahoot

Kahoot

Kahoot is a learning tool that allows you to create customized learning and trivia games. You have the option of hosting live games in-person or remotely. Kahoot also has a catalogue of pre-made games that your students can play on a diverse variety of subjects. Kahoot is not centrally funded by Duke and Duke cannot provide technical support for you or your students.

Kahoot Resources
> Kahoot as Formative Assessment
> Fun with Formative Assessment Technology

Kits

Kits

Kits provides students a single entry point to your course. When you log into Kits, you will see a kit for each of the courses you are teaching. If you’ve decided to use learning apps other than Sakai to teach your course, Kits makes it easy to set up and share those apps with your students. Kits also provides a single place for students to find and access all the tools being used in your course. For more information on course site building and how to use Kits to organize your course, please see How can I create my course site?

Kits Resources
> What is Kits?
> Kits Quick Start Guide
> How do I create a kit?
> How do I add people to my kit?
> How do I add apps to my kit?
> How do I edit apps in my kit?
> How do I remove apps in my kit?
> How do I combine kits for my multi-section course?
> How do I view my kit with the student role?

MS Teams

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams supports rapid communication like chat or instant messaging. It is available for every student, staff and faculty member. Teams includes direct messaging between two or more people and group messaging that can be structured around topics. Teams can easily be added to your course using Kits. For more information, please see What communication tools are available?

Microsoft Teams Resources
> How to Setup Teams Using Kits
> Teams for Education Quick Start Guide
> Interactive Demo for Teams
> How-to Video Library for Teams
> How to Use Video Meetings in Teams
> Microsoft Teams: Remote Collaboration

Panopto

Panopto

Panopto (formerly DukeCapture) allows you to record, publish and stream video. Faculty can gain access to the desktop version of Panopto through their department’s IT office. If you use Panopto to record a video, then editing is easy, as Panopto has a built-in editor. Because Panopto records your slides and your camera at the same time, students will be able to view both simultaneously. Panopto is not appropriate for recording live online sessions. Use Zoom to host and record online synchronous meetings. For more information on this, please see How do I create course videos? For more on making your lectures with slides accessible, please see How do I create effective slide presentations? and How do I address accessibility concerns? For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations?

Panopto Resources
> Publishing Panopto (formally DukeCapture) Recordings
> The Difference Between Panopto and Warpwire
> How to Record, Edit and Publish with Panopto

Piazza

Piazza

Piazza is a tool, available in Sakai, that serves as an online question and answer forum to foster discussion and collaboration. Students can post a question in Piazza, and others in the course community can respond. The instructor or the TA has the ability to endorse, edit and delete others’ responses. For more information, please see What communication tools are available?

Piazza Resources
> How to Use Piazza with Sakai

Playposit

Playposit

Playposit allows you to add interactive content to your videos. Using PlayPosit, you can create and share interactive video lessons in your Sakai course site, Sites@Duke or any online location of your choice via an embed code. There are several different types of interactions and question types available, including multiple choice, free response, polling and a reflective pause. You can also see students’ answers and access valuable analytics for how often students view each PlayPosit video. For more information on student assessment, please see What assessment tools are available? For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations? For more information on delivering multimedia course content, please see What multimedia tools are available?

Playposit Resources
> Playposit Quickstart Guide
> Getting started with PlayPosit
> How Learning Innovation can help you implement PlayPosit
> Frequently Asked Questions
> PlayPost Basics
> Add a PlayPosit bulb to Lessons in Sakai
> Three Useful PlayPosit Features for Interactive Course Videos

Qualtrics

Qualtrics

Qualtrics is a survey tool that you can use to poll students throughout the semester. Common goals for these surveys include assessing students’ previous knowledge, evaluating the course at midterms and learning about students’ skills for group formation. 

Qualtrics Resources
> Using Qualtrics for Peer Evaluation

Sakai

Sakai

Sakai is Duke’s University-supported learning management system, intended specifically for the purpose of delivering a course and integrating with your class roster. Sakai has a wealth of tools and features to help you manage your course, and we recommend it as a natural choice for creating a holistic and versatile learning experience. The following linked pages suggest ways to ensure that your course site is well-organized and welcoming. For more information on course site building, please see How can I create my course site? For more information on create tests and quizzes, please see How do I encourage academic integrity? and How will I know what my students have learned? For more information on the use of forums, please see How will we communicate?

Sites

Sites@Duke

Using Sites@Duke (powered by WordPress), instructors can create a website with a multimedia-rich experience incorporating many different tools. There are options to embed items such as YouTube or Warpwire videos, add RSS feeds and allow students to add their own blogs with audio, video and photos. Students can also use this tool to collaborate on group projects. For more information on course site building, please see How can I create my course site? For more information on designing team work for your students, please see How can I organize group and team work? For more information on delivering multimedia course content, please see What multimedia tools are available?

Sites@Duke Resources
> How to create a course site on Sites@Duke
> Customize the look and feel of your site
> Create pages for your course content
> Arrange the site navigation

VoiceThread

VoiceThread

The VoiceThread tool in Sakai allows for text, audio and video commenting on uploaded multimedia. You can use VoiceThread to create a discussion that is linked to a multimedia item such as a PowerPoint, short video or song. Students can comment on the item and talk to each other by voice, video or text. Students can create their own VoiceThreads as well. For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations? For more information on delivering multimedia course content, please see What multimedia tools are available?

VoiceThread Resources
> How to create a VoiceThread
> Adding the VoiceThread tool to your Sakai course
> Commenting on videos using Voicethread
> Teaching with VoiceThread in the Hindi Classroom

Warpwire

Warpwire

Warpwire is a tool dedicated to streaming media. If your course has not only video content, but also audio and still-images, Warpwire is the best solution. Warpwire can also be used to create short videos and screen captures by you and your students. It is possible to create a library associated with a course, but also make it open to anyone with a NetID, which makes it easy to share media across courses and store video content. For more on using Warpwire to share content, please see How do I share videos with students? For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations? For more information on delivering multimedia course content, please see What multimedia tools are available?

Warpwire Resources
> Getting Started with Warpwire in Sakai
> Screen Capture in Warpwire
> Uploading Videos to Warpwire Media Gallery
> How to Share Content via Warpwire
> Warpwire FAQs and Tutorials

Zoom

Zoom

Zoom is the recommended video-conferencing tool at Duke for holding live class sessions and online office hours. Zoom supports a variety of pedagogies including active learning, lectures, discussion and group work.

When using Zoom for meetings, keep in mind the following three things: make sure basic requirements are met for presenters and attendees (see Zoom Support); schedule around time zone differences when scheduling synchronous session; and include presentation guidelines for students in your course syllabus. For more information on this, see How will I hold course meetings?

You can also pre-record videos using Zoom. Zoom is appropriate for short videos that don’t need editing. Using Zoom’s cloud recording and screen sharing features, you can create video lessons that show your slide presentation or other materials from your computer screen. Zoom does not have the ability to edit out mistakes, which means short (i.e., five to eight minute) videos, which you can re-record, work best. For more information on this, please see How do I create course videos? For more on making your lectures with slides accessible, please see How do I create effective slide presentations? and How do I address accessibility concerns? For more on how to use this tool in relation to student presentations, please see How can I manage student presentations?