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Technology and Teaching Modalities

Teaching tools and practices are in a constant state of change. The information on this site is designed to foster your effective use of technology for any of the UT teaching modalities you have chosen to use. This site provides a curated selection of existing OIT resources with tips for their use, organized to support each teaching modality established by the Registrar’s office. We hope you will find this resource informative and helpful.

What's New This Fall

Information on Specific Teaching Modalities

Information for All Teaching Modalities

Check out classrooms.utk.edu for instructions and ideas on using the technology in your classroom.
This site contains training and resources for campus-hosted classrooms and resources that will help with all classrooms on campus. 

The Clicker Self-Service Training course will equip you with the tools and knowledge to pose response driven questions in real-time during your course instruction. Whether you teach with PowerPoint or other presentation styles, you can use the Turning software to ask and receive responses. This response system also allows you to sync the responses to Canvas for class participation scores or quizzes. By completing this course, you will have the ability to:

  • Setup your Canvas course to use clickers
  • Create questions in PowerPoint, Anywhere Polling (questions over other software), Self-paced quizzes (participants answer at their own pace), or Scheduled quizzes.
  • Sync grades to Canvas

Enroll in the Canvas course to learn more about Clickers and how to incorporate them in your teaching

Best Practices for Online Assessments

Putting your final exam online? Need ideas for how to assess learner progress in Canvas? This is a one-stop location for asynchronous, self-paced training related to designing and delivering effective tests and assessments online. Topics include pedagogy and design, using Canvas to construct assessments, and facilitating feedback effectively. Enroll in the Canvas course to learn How to Create Online Tests and Assessments

Akindi

Akindi is a web-based assessment system that automates the creation and grading of multiple-choice examinations. It is accessible through Canvas and it uses your departmental copy machine to scan and score bubble-forms. The use of Akindi is centrally funded. Learn more about Akindi.

Proctorio

You asked for a more robust online proctoring solution that provides greater scale as well as quicker, more comprehensive results. Last spring, UT selected Proctorio as its next generation online proctoring tool, and we are excited to announce that Proctorio is now available within Canvas. (Please note that our current agreement with Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor expired on July 31, 2021.) Proctorio offers a full set of Identity Verification, Lock Down Browser, and Automated Proctoring services. Plans to implement Originality Verification (plagiarism check) are on target for fall implementation. Learn more about Proctorio and begin transitioning to the new platform now.

Unicheck

Unicheck is a software resource designed to help students avoid plagiarism and improper citation. The software encourages original writing and proper citation practices by cross-referencing submitted materials against other submitted papers, the Internet, and numerous published journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. The Unicheck tool is fully integrated into Online@UT (Canvas) and does not require additional software. Learn more about Unicheck.

Online lectures are a great strategy for reinforcing or supplementing your classroom instruction, flipping your class or taking your class totally online. Learn more about the OIT-supported methods for creating online lectures.

  • Panopto allows you to record lectures in the classroom using Cynap and from your office using a computer. It’s a great tool for creating online lectures or for recording your in-person lectures for later viewing.
  • Canvas Studio is a media tool that allows students and instructors to upload, create, edit, manage, share and discuss audio and video files. Existing files can be used or new ones can be created with Studio’s capture and editing tools. Studio allows instructors to insert discussions and knowledge quizzes in the video timeline. 

Here are some tips for providing for accessibility of your course content:

  • Tips for Accessibility
  • Learn more about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) through our asynchronous online course Implementing UDL on Canvas
  • Learn more about options for captioning your videos (for everyone’s benefit!)
  • Explore resources for making your learning materials accessible for all
  • Check out upcoming Workshops related to Accessibility and UDL
  • Canvas Accessibility Checker is a powerful tool within Canvas’ Rich Content Editor that allows you to run a quick accessibility test on content you have created within the Editor, including text, images, and hyperlinks. Anywhere the Rich Content Editor is found — when you are creating a Canvas content page, an Assignment prompt, a Discussion prompt, or the like — the Accessibility Checker will appear in the toolbar, normally at the far right. With this tool, you can catch common errors that make web content difficult to access for users with disabilities, and you can easily correct those errors as well before you save and publish your content. Once you have entered content into the Rich Content Editor, just click the Accessibility Checker icon to receive instant feedback.
  • We are currently examining the Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”), which enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in their Canvas course content. It will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues. More to come!

Remember that regardless of your preferred teaching modality, the best way to be prepared for any teaching/learning scenario is to create a robust Canvas site for your course. Doing so will provide you and your students the flexibility to fully participate regardless of the delivery mode (Face-to-face, Hybrid, Online).

A Robust Canvas site is one that:

  • Includes an inviting course Homepage.
  • Employs a course template designed by OIT to help structure your course site.
  • Uploads course content to include recorded lectures, PowerPoints, links to external web resources and other materials.
  • Creates assignments that are automatically linked to the gradebook and the course calendar and establish a standard method for students to submit assignments.
  • Creates online assessments using the Canvas quiz tool, in which quiz questions and distractors can be randomized to create unique student attempts.
  • Delivers live lectures and conducts office hours online in Zoom.

Available Training

  • Complete the Online Canvas Training for Faculty at your own pace (log in with NetID/Password) 
  • Explore OIT’s Online@UT (Canvas) Resource Guide to familiarize yourself with using Canvas 
  • Teaching Online Reboot: Canvas and Zoom. Learn the general framework for easily creating Canvas course sites by applying a new course template as well as techniques to manage the online classroom environment using Zoom.
  • Asynchronous Canvas Workshops
    • Canvas Folio: Digital Tool for Assessment & Student Career Prep
      Canvas Folio is an electronic portfolio tool that students, faculty, and staff can use to craft a professional digital version of their resume or portfolio. (log in with NetID/Password)
      Begin this Canvas Folio workshop
    • Faculty: Looking for Help with Canvas?
      Complete the OIT Online Canvas Training for Faculty at your own pace. (log in with NetID/Password)
      Begin this introductory Canvas workshop
    • Teaching Online Reboot: Canvas and Zoom
      Learn the general framework for easily creating Canvas course sites by applying a new course template as well as techniques to manage the online classroom environment using Zoom. (log in with NetID/Password)
      Begin this Canvas & Zoom refresher workshop

Accessing the OIT Canvas Course Template

  • Log in to Online@UT (Canvas).
  • Select the Commons icon in the grey navigation bar underneath the Power T.
  • In the search box, enter UTK OIT Canvas Course Template.
  • Select the course card to see a preview.
  • Select Import/Download button.
  • In the pop-out window, place a checkmark next to the course site you wish to import the template into.
  • Select the Import into Course button.

Explore information about Zoom, UT’s supported synchronous teaching and meeting tool.

There are a variety of collaboration tools that you and your students can use before, during, or after a class session that will facilitate communication and collaboration between students in the classroom and online.

Check out our guide on instructional tools, recommended uses, and available training.