Online Course Development and Delivery Software

Learning Management System (LMS)

The online course management and delivery platform that Kent State uses is the Blackboard learning management system. Bb Learn contains many tools for creating course content and administrating the course such as a test tool, discussion boards, journals, blogs, wikis, email, the grade book, etc. In general, all course materials will be contained and delivered to students via the Blackboard learning management system.

FlashLine Portal

The FlashLine portal provides Kent State faculty, staff and students with a variety of resources and information, all accessible in one location. Important university announcements and advisories are displayed in FlashLine. Instructors must enter final grades through FlashLine. Current student rosters and student email addresses can also be obtained through this portal.

Course Content Development Technology

Technology is an important component in online course creation and delivery. Tools that you may need to become familiar will include: lecture creation/capture tools, assessment tools, communication tools, collaboration tools, social media tools and research tools.

Click on the link to a category or tools and browse the table to get an idea of which technology tools are used to create or delivery content in an online classroom. Click on the links to the tools for detailed information. or ask your local educational technology designer or instructional designer to help you learn how to use these tools.

Assessment

Name Description License System Support
Respondus Create assessments and publish to Bb Learn; publish formatted MS Word documents to Bb Learn. Free Windows KSU Helpdesk
Respondus Lockdown Browser Custom web browser that "locks down" the testing environment for delivering assessments within Bb Learn. Free Windows KSU Helpdesk
SafeAssign Plagiarism prevention service that detects unoriginal content in student papers. Additional features aid in educating students about plagiarism and importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content. Free Web-based KSU Helpdesk
Scantron Converts Scantron text file to format that can be imported to Bb Learn. Free Web-based KSU Helpdesk
StudyMate Author Creates Flash-based activities and games that can be published directly to Bb Learn. Free Windows KSU Helpdesk

Asynchronous Communication

Communication tools are essential in online learning for creating a sense of social presence, allowing opportunities for student-student and student-instructor interaction and feedback, and for students to demonstrate their understanding of course concepts and materials.

Name Description License System Support
Bb Learn Blogs Blogs are a medium for reflective learning. With this type of assignment, students are expected to display their research, analytical, and communication skills through a series of commentaries meant for public consumption and comment. Free Part of Bb Learn LMS KSU Helpdesk
Bb Learn Collaborate Voice Authoring Web-based voice solution integrated into Bb Learn that facilitates and promotes vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment. Free Part of Bb Learn LMS KSU Helpdesk
Bb Discussion Forums Threaded disucssion forum. Documents, hyperlinks and multi-media can be attached to posts. Students can "rate" posts. Free Part of Bb Learn LMS KSU Helpdesk
Bb Learn Journals The Journals tool offers students the opportunity to reflect on course content and communicate privately with the instructor. Instructors can use the tool to gauge understanding and guide students in their knowledge acquisition. Instructor comments can help students refine their writing and idea. Free Part of Bb Learn LMS KSU Helpdesk
Bb Learn Wikis Wiki is a collaborative space within the course where all students can view, contribute, and edit content. Wikis can also be used as a resource for students to view information and content relevant for the course. Free Part of Bb Learn LMS KSU Helpdesk
Blogger (Google Blogs) A website created and maintained by one individual that is open to response and commentary from other users. Free (Non-KSU Google account) Web-based KSU Helpdesk
Google Sites (Wiki) A website that allows collaborative creation, editing, commenting and discussion of content by multiple authors. Free (KSU Google account) Web-based KSU Helpdesk
 



Audio Recording and Editing

Name Description License System Support
Apple Garage Band Create audio files and export to .mp3 file format; clean up and edit existing audio files. Recommended for creating audio podcasts. Free, Installed with Mac OS Windows
Audacity Create audio files and export to .mp3 file format; clean up and edit existing audio files. Recommended for recording audio files for lecture presentations, introductory course messages, audio feedback for students. Free Windows, Mac Educational Technology Design Team, Online Learning, Library
MediaHuman Converts wide variety of audio file formats (.wav) to .mp3 for use in lecture presentations. Free Windows, Mac

Concept and Mind Maps

Name Description License System Support
bubble.us Diagraming, mind-mapping software. Easy publishing to image file, PDF, HTML5 embed code for support of both computer and mobile devices. Free account Web-based
Lucidchart Diagraming, mind-mapping software. Easy publishing to image file, PDF, HTML5 embed code for support of both computer and mobile devices. Free educator account Web-based

Electronic File Transfer

Name Description License System Support
Cyberduck Client for uploading and downloading files to FTP, SSH, Webdav, Google Docs web server. Open source, clean and easy to use interface. Free Windows, Mac
Dropbox Securely store, share, and access files on a Dropbox server in the "cloud" via the internet. Free account Web-based
Filezilla Open source FTP, SSH client for uploading/downloading files to a web server. Free Windows KSU Helpdesk
KSU Dropbox Securely store, share, and access files residing on a KSU server via the internet. Free (KSU Flashline Account) Web-based KSU Helpdesk

Feedback and Survey

Name Description License System Support
Google Forms Create forms quickly and easily; 60 themes, 7 question types. Automatically generate sophisticated charts and graphs. Free (KSU Google Account) Web-based
KSU Qualtrics Online survey tool.
Free account Web-based
SurveyMonkey Online survey tool.
Free account Web-based

Learning Management System

Name Description License System Support
Blackboard (Bb) Learn Official university learning management system for online course delivery. Free (KSU Flashline Account) Web-based KSU Helpdesk

Photo Editing

Name Description License System Support
iPhoto Easy to use photo editor /organizer with some advanced features. Installed with Mac OS Mac
Windows Paint Basic photo editor; great for quickly editing and annotating photos such as screen captures. Installed with Windows OS Windows
Picasa (Google photos) Easy to use photo editor /organizer with some advanced features. Free Windows KSU Helpdesk
Pixlr Advanced photo editing software with user interface and feature set similar to Adobe Photoshop. Free service Web-based
Preview Basic photo editor; great for quickly editing and annotating photos such as screen captures. Installed with Mac OS Mac

Presentation Creation and Delivery

Name Description License System Support
Articulate Presenter MS Office PowerPoint Add-in to covert presentations with associated audio files to Flash-based presentations that can be delivered in Bb Learn. Works best for PPT lecture presentations with separate .ppt and audio files. Limited work stations on Kent Campus Windows Educational Technology Design Team, Online Learning Team
Bb Learn Mashup Bb Mashups add content to a Course that is from an external Web site, such as Slideshare and YouTube. This content can be used in a variety of ways within a Course: a standalone piece of Course Content, part of a test question, a topic on a Discussion Board, or as part of an assignment. The content displayed in a course will still reside on the external Web site. Part of Bb Learn LMS Windows KSU Helpdesk
iSpring Free PowerPoint Add-in Ms Office PowerPoint Add-in to convert presentations with embedded audio files to simple Flash-based presentations that can be delivered in Bb Learn. *Requires Win 7 and MS Office 2010. Free Windows
KSU iTunes Distribution system for audio/video lectures for downloading on iPhone, iPod, iPad. Requires Apple iTunes software. Free Windows, Mac KSU Helpdesk
KSUtube Secure multi-media server for converting, storing/organizing and streaming video files. Generates html embed code and URL for delivering in Bb Learn. Free Windows KSU Helpdesk
KSU Presenter [beta] Creates Flash-based multi-media presentations including narrated slide show and video lectures. Audio can be recorded directly onto slide or imported. HTML and Flash-based presentations can be delivered in Bb Learn. Free (KSU Flashline Account) Web-based Educational Technology Design Team, Online Learning Team, Multi Media Team
KSU Time Machine [beta] Creates dynamic interactive online timelines. Free (KSU Flashline Account) Web-based Educational Technology Design Team, Online Learning Team, Multi Media Team
MS Office PowerPoint for Win 2010 Create slide show presentations with or without audio. Save documents to PDF file format. Installed on KSU work computers Windows KSU Helpdesk
MS Office PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Create slide show presentations with or without audio. Save documents to PDF file format. Installed on KSU work computers. Mac KSU Helpdesk
Sliderocket Imports PPT files or Google docs to create online slide show presentations. Privacy settings and HTML5 player for mobile devices. Free Account Web-based

Scientific Computations

Name Description License System Support
Wolfram Mathematica Creates dynamic interactive computational models; new CDF (computable document format) can be deployed to a web page, desktop document, and embedded to display in Bb Learn. Free Windows KSU Helpdesk

Screen Capture and Recording

Name Description License System Support
CamStudio Records all screen and audio activity on computer and creates AVI video file. Built-in SWF Producer can turn AVIs into .swf Flash videos that can be delivered in Bb Learn. Free Windows
Camtasia Studio Powerful audio/video editor that records all screen and audio activity on computer and creates AVI video file. Built-in video file producer can turn AVIs into multiple file formats for delivery, including .swf Flash videos that can be delivered in Bb Learn. Limited licenses after using 30 day free trial Windows Educational Technology Design Team, Online Learning Team, Library, Faculty Professional Development Center
Grab Simple tool to capture images of computer desktop. Best used in combination with Preview for annotating screenshots. Installed with Mac OS Mac
Jing Simple application with clean interface for quickly capturing and annotating a screenshot or screencapture. Easily share via a URL and free web account or download directly to the desktop. Free Windows, Mac Educational Technology Design Team, Online Learning Team, Library, Faculty Professional Development Center
Preview Mac OS system app to preview files with Grab screen capture options directly from application menu, photo editing tools and annotation tools. Clean interface and easy to use for marking up screenshot images. Installed with Mac OS Mac
Screencast-O-matic Web based service to quickly and easily record activity and audio or capture images on any computer screen. Free version has a 15 minute time limit. Web account provides storage, URL, html embed code, HTML5 player for mobile browser compatibility. Free account; limited licenses for Pro account Web-based Online Learning Team
Monosnap Screen capture tool with nice set of editing and annotation tools to quickly produce professional looking screenshots. Free Windows, Mac, iPad

Spreadsheet Creation

Name Description License System Support
Google Docs Create, share and collaborate on spreadsheet documents. Free (KSU Flashline Account) Web-based KSU Helpdesk
Microsoft Office 2010 Excel for Win Create spreadsheet documents. Save documents to PDF file format. Installed on KSU work computers Windows KSU Helpdesk
Microsoft Office 2011 Excel for Mac Create spreadsheet documents. Save documents to PDF file format. Free Installed on KSU work computers KSU Helpdesk

Synchronous Communication

Name Description License System Support
Bb Learn Collaborate Instant Messanger (Wimba Pronto) Instant messaging system with synchronous audio/video chat, whiteboard, screensharing and web tour. Group conferencing. Part of Bb Learn LMS Web-based KSU Helpdesk
Bb Learn Collaborate Web Conferencing (Wimba Classroom) Web conferencing platform with synchronous audio/video, whiteboard, screensharing, web sharing, PowerPoint presentation, polls and surveys. Part of Bb Learn LMS Web-based KSU Helpdesk
Google Talk/Chat One to one audio/video chat from inside Gmail. Free (KSU Flashline Account) Web-based KSU Helpdesk
Google+ Hangouts Audio/video web conferencing with group chat and co-viewing YouTube videos for up to 9 participants. Extras coming soon: screensharing, sketchpad, Google Docs. Free (Non KSU Google Account) Web-based
Skype One to one audio/video chat, screensharing. Free Windows, Mac

Video Editing

Name Description License System Support
Apple iMovie Easy to use video editor. Installed with Mac OS Mac
Windows Live Movie Maker Easy to use video editor. Installed with Win OS Windows

Web Site Authoring

Name Description License System Support
Google Sites Quick and easy way to create a basic website. Free (KSU Flashline Account) Web-based
KSU Web Space Space on the KSU server for file storage, including personal web site. Free (KSU Flashline Account) Web-based KSU Helpdesk
Notepad++ Text editor for hand coding (X)HTML and CSS. Free Windows KSU Helpdesk
Textwrangler Text editor for hand coding (X)HTML and CSS. Free Mac
Weebly Easy to use web-based service for creating good looking websites. Free account Web-based

Word Processing

Name Description License System Support
Cute PDF Writer Plug-in that allows virtually any Windows application to "print" to PDF creating a .pdf document file. Free Windows KSU Helpdesk
Google Docs Create, share and collaborate on word documents. Free (KSU Flashline Account) Web-based KSU Helpdesk
Microsoft Office 2010 Word for Windows Create word documents. Save documents to PDF file format. Installed on KSU work computers Windows KSU Helpdesk
Microsoft Office 2011 Word for Mac Create word documents. Save documents to PDF file format. Installed on KSU work computers Mac KSU Helpdesk

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