The teaching and learning systems supported by e-Learning Support are
- Respondus LockDown Browser
- Respondus Quiz Creation
Supported Systems Policies
e-Learning is the centrally supported course management system at UF. e-Learning is powered by Canvas, an advanced learning management system. Canvas was created by Instructure.
e-Learning provides a secure online system for student submissions and assessments, posting grades and content, and communication among class participants. e-Learning also supports researchers, staff, and students who can create Project Sites for collaboration, document management, and communication. A GatorLink account is required to access e-Learning.
iThenticate is a new service for faculty, staff and graduate student research and grant-writing. iThenticate is from the same company that created Turnitin, and allows you to scan your own research and grant proposals for missed citations and other mistakes that could be characterized as plagiarism, thereby protecting the integrity of your scholarship and your professional reputation.
iThenticate scans against a massive database of documents and files drawn from the Internet, as well as from more than 26,000,000 published research articles, 80 global scientific, technical and medical publishers, more than 1 million abstracts and citations from PubMed; and more than 20,000 scholarly research titles from EBSCOhost and the Gale InfoTrac OneFile. iThenticate is also used by major grant sources such as the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Mental Health; thus UF researchers can use the same tool that will be used by these and other agencies to help evaluate your work.
While not a Teaching Tool in the usual sense, lynda.com is an online training resource partner of UF. lynda.com’s online training library has over 3,500 courses, ranging from Web development, animation, and video graphics to courses in business software and Microsoft SharePoint training. Click on Login to access the University of Florida log-in. If you are an instructor and the classes you teach require a certain kind of technical skill to be successful, you should explore Lynda.com for tutorials to which you can direct your students to remediate weak skills or to learn new skills for your course. Likewise, if you are a student, you might wish to explore lynda.com to help learn new software or to enhance your skills in software you already know.
Qualtrics is a robust, sophisticated service for creating and delivering web-based surveys. With over 100 question types available and the ability to create interactive questions and engage survey-takers with rich media, it becomes possible to increase response rates. Users can also pull questions from professionally designed surveys as well as create your own library of questions, surveys, messages, and media.
Quantitative survey data can be analyzed as it is collected and researchers can pre-create reports with graphs, charts, and tables that populate in real time. Likewise, data can be exported into SPSS, Excel, or a variety of other formats for additional analysis. Furthermore, Qualtrics reports can be exported to PowerPoint, Word, or as a PDF file to use in presentations, reports, and research writing.
To login you will need your GatorLink username and password. Once you are logged in, you will be able to create, deliver, collect, and analyze online surveys in support of your teaching, research, and studies with expected adherence to codes and ethics for survey research.
Please note that Restricted Data is not permitted in the questions or answers of Qualtrics. For questions about what constitutes Restricted Data or codes and ethics for research data see http://www.it.ufl.edu/policies/infosecdefinitions.html or contact the IT Security Office , Privacy Office or the Office of Research.
Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser provides another level of security for online testing. The LockDown Browser disables all functions of the student’s computer other than the test being taken so students cannot copy/paste, search the internet, or access any documents on their computer while using LockDown Browser. If students are using their own computer rather than in a proctored computer lab, they could still have another device available to allow them to access internet content or notes. All UF Computer Labs have LockDown Browser installed.
To use LockDown Browser in your e-Learning course:
- Create and publish your test(s)
- In the course Navigation Menu, click Settings
- Click the Navigation tab at the top of the page
- Locate “LockDown Browser” in the bottom section of the page.
- Drag and drop it to the top of the page.
- Click Save
- Click LockDown Browser in the Navigation Menu
- Click the icon beside the title of the test that will use LockDown Browser
- Click Modify Settings
- Select “Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam”
- Select “Require LockDown Browser to view feedback and results” (optional)
- Click Save and Close
If students do not have LockDown browser installed on their computers, they will be prompted to download and install when they access the test. We recommend giving students a “practice quiz” that will allow them to install the browser and trouble-shoot any problems prior to taking a for-credit test.
Respondus Quiz Creation
Respondus is a quiz creation software. While you may create Quizzes/Exams/Tests, directly in Canvas, Respondus will allow you to take properly formatted text documents and turn those into online quizzes that can easily be pushed to Canvas through direct integration with Respondus. Respondus will also take a test that was created within Canvas and allow you to create a text version of it.
Turnitin is an online anti-plagiarism service which compares student submissions to millions of websites and papers submitted for exact matches. Instructors can verify if students properly cited their sources. The reports are integrated into the Assignments tool in e-Learning, or Turnitin can be used as a stand-alone product, offering more tools such as grading rubrics.
VoiceThread is a new service from Academic Technologies to support teaching and learning. VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio files, or video comments. Typically, an instructor creates the initial narrative slides and students then add their comments at any point in the narration. VoiceThreads can be posted on your website or save it to an MP3 or DVD. VoiceThread can be used to simulate conversations and interviews, allow users to critique and comment on interviews and analyze a conversation for body language and other nuances such as tone of voice. In short, VoiceThread allows instructional collaboration centered on communication.