Technology

Specific technologies are supported by the College and University to enhance teaching. Information can be accessed from the dropdowns below regarding classroom technologies; creation of audio files, videos, and narrated PowerPoint presentations; use of iClickers for student engagement; and lecture capture.

Classroom technical difficulties? Dial 6-7800 for immediate help

Classrooms

All main classrooms used in the DVM curriculum have as a default a desktop computer, hook-ups for a laptop computer, a projector, and a microphone. Classroom technology is maintained by AHC Classrooms; the on-site communications technician for the College is Ryan Rupprecht. If you have a classroom technology issue, call AHC Classrooms at 6-7800 and they will connect you with Ryan. 

Apple TV is also available in most classrooms; use of this technology is described here.
Information  about 104 AS/VM, the Active Learning Classroom can be found here.
The form to be completed to reserve 104 AS/VM can be found here.
 
Please see separate tabs for information about iClickers and lecture capture.

Audio

Audio files and podcasts easily can be made without special equipment using Audacity. Here is a link with information about how to create audio files using this tool.

Download Audacity

iClickers

iClickers are a tool that can be used in class to increase student engagement. Students purchase and register their own clickers and the technology needed by instructors to use the system is present in all major classrooms. Click below for a AY17 guide to using iClicker within Moodle 3.2

For a tutorial by Ryan Rupprecht on how to set up a session using iclickers, click here.

 

For those who may not have access to iClickers in a specific teaching situation, here is an article describing use of Google Forms as an alternate method of student engagement:

Free ‘Clickers’ for All: Using Google Forms to Survey Your Students

“My use of Google Forms as a cheap, easy-to-use, device-friendly alternative to clickers has been yielding some successful results. First, my students look forward to getting the links and love how they can use devices that they already have in order to participate. Preliminary, indirect measures of learning, in the form of post-course student surveys, indicate that the use of Google Forms is helping my students learn better. Finally, I have recently started to use the software not only to ask content and concept-type questions but also to track whether my students’ perceptions about important, course-related issues change as the semester progresses.”

Top Hat

Top Hat is currently being considered as an in-class student polling option. It's a cloud-based program that allows instructors to upload their presentations with questions for polling embedded. This allows students to use their computer or mobile devices to answer questions and because students all have their own account, their grades and participation are recorded and made accessible. The links below can provide more information about getting started. You can set up an instructor account for free by going here and selecting "sign-up".

Top Hat for Instructors

Top Hat for Students

Lecture Capture

Classes in the DVM curriculum that are held during regularly scheduled times in one of the major classrooms that is equipped with MediaSite equipment will be recorded and those recordings made available to students. Below is an article about lecture capture and information about how our own students and faculty members use this tool.

Is the effectiveness of lecture capture related to teaching approach or content type?

Logistics of Lecture Capture at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Root Kustritz MV, Rupprecht R - Logistics of lecture capture (poster presentation at Education Day 2016) - Collegiate policy at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is that all lectures in the DVM curriculum that are scheduled in lecture halls containing MediaSite recording equipment will be recorded for student use unless the coordinator / instructor opts out. Concerns raised by faculty members about lecture capture include lack of attendance by students, and concerns about when and how recordings are made available and to whom. Faculty members use lecture capture to inform themselves about what is being presented in other courses and to verify content as they prepare assessments. Students use lecture capture to review material, to verify information in their notes and to enhance notes taken during lecture, to meet needs specific to their learning styles, and to manage stress and life-work balance.

Do you have an event that you'd like to be recorded but isn't a regularly scheduled class?  You can fill out a Lecture capture request.

Would you like to opt out of your class being recorded? Fill out the Lecture Capture Opt Out Form 2017 - 2018.

Videos

Techsmith Relay

The software currently supported by the University of Minnesota for videos is TechSmith Relay (Camtasia). This tool can record your screen, audio and webcam to make presentations using your computer. 

1 Button Studio

The 1:Button Studio in the Magrath Library can produce higher quality videos of your lectures just by entering your email address. It records you and your laptop screen and then emails you a link to download the footage when you're done. It gives you a full screen video of yourself, a fullscreen video of your screen, a talking head/screen side by side video and a picture in picture video with the slides as full and the talking head in the corner. All of these have the same audio and can be edited together later. They just ask that you schedule your use of the studio in advance. 

Kaltura Capturespace

Moodle 3.2 and Canvas now have a beta version of Kaltura Capturespace that is available to use right inside the learning management system. Use your already existing Kaltura videos or create and upload videos on the spot. 

Screencast-O-Matic

Also in trial at the University of Minnesota is Screencast-O-Matic. This software gives you the abillity to record any part of your screen and then crop and cut the video later. You can also save the files as mp4's locally to your computer. 

Narrated Slides

VoiceThread

"A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that holds images, documents, and videos. It allows people to navigate between slides and leave audio, video, or text comments on each slide.

VoiceThread runs inside your web browser, so there is no software to download, install, or update. Anyone with a University of Minnesota internet ID has a VoiceThread account."

More information on getting started with VoiceThread

 

Techsmith Relay

"TechSmith Relay (formerly Camtasia Relay) is software that records your computer screen. You can record a PowerPoint presentation or demonstrate a tool directly from your computer. When you’re finished, TechSmith Relay publishes the video on your YouTube channel or another video publishing site."

more info on Techsmith Relay

 

PowerPoint 2016

If you're using the U of MN version of Microsoft Powerpoint 2016 you can record videos of your slides using the Powerpoint software. 

  1. Click the "Insert" tab in the menu bar and select "Screen Recording" in the Media area
  2. Select the area of your screen to record by clicking and dragging
  3. Hit the record button on top and navigate through slides (or anything on your computer) while talking. The software will also record your voice.

When you're finished, Powerpoint will embed the video to your current slide deck. From here you can download the media as an MP4 to use however you want or you can keep it in the presentation to distribute with your slides. Embedded videos in Powerpoints might have compatibility issues when sharing with others.

Email rrupprec@umn.edu for more information