Teaching and Learning Technology | Webster University

Teaching and Learning Technology

Webster University offers a wide array of online technologies that support teaching and learning, and the Faculty Development Center is happy to serve as your partner in exploring these tools for your own instruction. 

 

 

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CONNECTIONS
 is a web portal that provides access to Webster's online services. Your Connections ID and password give you access to Webster e-mail, wireless internet, FTP, and online course services, groups, calendars and announcements. It also provides customizable content in the form of tabs, channels, and news feeds. Contact the Faculty Development Center with questions about using Connections or visit the Connections Support page.

WorldClassRoom (powered by Canvas) is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at Webster. It offers a platform for instructors to post class announcements, share course syllabi, provide learning materials, manage online discussions, collect and grade assignments, facilitate quizzes, and track grades. Contact the Faculty Development Center with questions about using WCR. Also visit the WorldClassRoom FAQs or visit Canvas Guides.

Webster's Microsoft Office 365 subscription gives students, faculty, and staff online access to the Microsoft Office applications from nearly any device. Office 365 will provide many productivity and collaboration services to the Webster University community - online hosted email, shared calendaring, additional online storage with OneDrive, Office in the cloud and so much more. Register Your Office 365 Account. Contact the Faculty Development Center with questions about using Office 365. Visit Setting up Your Office 365 AccountOffice 365 TrainingOffice Basics (Getting Started), and Office Help and Support.

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool, which is available within Canvas. Turnitin’s originality check helps instructors check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against a huge text comparison database, including webpages, student papers, leading library databases, and publications. Visit the help link on how to manage Turnitin assignments.

Qualtrics is an online survey program that allows you to create and distribute surveys and run analysis and reports. Webster has a campus-wide license available to all faculty, staff, and students. Visit qualtrics.com. Refer to the Account Registration document for further instructions. Visit Qualtrics Webster Support, Survey Platform OverviewWelcome to the New Qualtrics, and Qualtrics Support.

Lynda.com offers a large collection of video tutorials that are accessible to faculty, staff, and students. These tutorials range from software training to business skills to topics in education. We strongly encourage you to examine what Lynda.com has to offer and see if any of the content can supplement your instruction outside of the classroom. Visit Lynda.com.

Respondus also has the Respondus Test Bank Network, which contains thousands of test banks for leading textbooks in higher education. Sign up for the FDC Course and check the Respondus page for download information. Visit the Quick GuideUsing Respondus with Canvas.

WebEx is the university's video conferncing service that can be used by any of its academic departments. The software allows you to virtually meet with students, colleagues, and others from all across the globe, using audio, video, and screen sharing to communicate and collaborate. Media & Academic Technology Services (MATS) will provision an account for any department that requests it, and support and training is available from both MATS and the Faculty Development Center. Visit Webex Guide.

Concourse is an online syllabus tool used to create clear and consistent syllabi. Faculty use this tool to create syllabi that can help them organize their course and clearly communicate learning outcomes, course expectations, and university policy to students. For faculty who are expected to use this program, Concourse can be located through Connections in the Faculty Tab. See the example/training syllabus or the Concourse Guide for more information.

 

From the Library

You can enhance your course with these tools that students can access via the University Library (http://library.webster.edu). Librarians are also available to help with these resources.

 

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Data-Planet claims to be the largest repository of standardized and structured statistical data. It offers over 90 billion data points, 2 billion time series, and 5,000 datasets. Topics vary from key economic indicators to the digitial agenda for Europe to participation in college athletics to progress on the Millennium Develpment Goals. Data can be displayed in various charts, maps, timelines, and rankings as well as exported for further analysis. Whether for your own research or to further the data literacy of your students, you are sure to find data relevant to your course in Data-Planet. Data-Planet is available from the Articles & Databases page on the University Library's Website. Visit the Data-Planet Guide.

ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of over one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. It offers a set of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes.  Images in the collection are contributed by outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, schoolars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from around the world. ARTstor is available from the Articles & Databases page on the University Library's website. Visit the ARTstor Guide.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Visit the Mendeley Guide.

Mango Languages is an easy to use, interactive online tool that teaches practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for 50 foreign languages and 17 English as a second language (ESL) courses. Each course includes memory building exercises, grammar notes, cultural notes, critical thinking exercises, and interactive phonetic spellings. While a valuable tool for faculty in International Languages and Cultures and the School of Education's TESOL program, Mango Languages is also a valuable prep tool if you will be teaching at one of our international campuses and want to learn a little of the local language before you go. Mango Languages is available from the Articles & Databases page on the University Library's website. Visit the Mango Guide.