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Academic Technology Center

Online Technology Guide

The purpose of this webpage is to provide a list of WPI-supported technology solutions for faculty teaching distance-based graduate courses. If you have questions about any of the technologies listed, please contact atc-ttc@wpi.edu.

Posting Course Content

Technology Description Notes Links

myWPI

myWPI is a password-protected information and learning portal powered by Blackboard. ADLN faculty use myWPI to post course-related documents (e.g. PowerPoint slides, Word Documents, PDFs, etc.), homework assignments, and grades to a secure space intended just for their course. Enrollment is managed by Banner and course sites can be requested by filling out the appropriate activation form.

More information on myWPI

Personal Homepage

Anyone with a WPI computer account can create a website containing documents and other files using their personal space found at http://users.wpi.edu/~username.

Do not use your personal homepage to post secure information (e.g. grades) or copyrighted material.

More information on creating your homepage

Email

You can obtain a class roster through BannerWeb which contains the WPI email addresses of all your students. This will allow you to send files through email.

Be wary of sending large file attachments which may fill up mailboxes. Many students also have their WPI email forwarded to alternate email addresses and your message may be targeted as SPAM or be filtered to a junk folder.

More information on WPI Webmail


Delivering Lectures

Technology Description Notes Links

Lecture Capturing

The Echo360 system captures anything sent through an e-classroom projector and automatically posts it in an integrated interface to a webpage that is linked in each course's myWPI site. Distance students are later able to review these on-campus recordings straight through or by using thumbnails to jump around in the lecture. Lecture Capturing is available in AK116, AK219, Upper Perreault Hall (Fuller), FL320, FLTV, HL116, HL218, SH106, SH202, SL115, SL305, SL411, OH107, OH109, and WB323.

More information on Lecture Capturing

Wimba Web Conferencing

Wimba Classroom is a Web conferencing tool that allows groups of individuals to communicate real-time via voice and graphics over the Internet. Wimba features include an electronic whiteboard, application sharing, quizzing and polling, text chat, and video conferencing. Wimba sessions can also be recorded for later playback.

Wimba is available to all members of the WPI community and can also be found in myWPI sites within Course Tools.

More information on Wimba Classroom

Echo360 Personal Capture

Echo360 Personal Capture (P-Cap) is a video-based screen capturing software program analogous to using a video camera to record your computer screen. Using a computer microphone or headset, narrated presentations can be recorded on your computer and automatically uploaded to myWPI as a video. P-Cap can also be used with a webcam if desired.

WPI has a site license for P-Cap; simply reach out to atc-ttl@wpi.edu to learn more.

More information on P-Cap

PowerPoint Narration

Microsoft PowerPoint has a built-in narration feature that allows you to record audio and embed it within slides. The PPT file can then be uploaded to myWPI or another location where students can download it and play back the presentation.

Recorded narration can significantly increase the size of your PowerPoint presentation.

More information on recording PPT Narration

Audio Recorders

The ATC has a number of digital audio recorders available in its inventory that can be used to record audio presentations. These files can then be posted to myWPI or in another or another location where students can download it and play back the file.

More information on digital audio recorders


Posting Assignments, Exams, and Grades

Technology Description Notes Links

myWPI Assignment Tools

The Messages Tool, Assignment Manager, and SafeAssign are tools in myWPI that can be used for secure assignment submission within course sites. The Assignment Manager and SafeAssign tools are integrated with the Grade Center tool.

More information on myWPI assignment submission options

myWPI Test Manager

myWPI has a tool that allows you to deliver electronic exams that in some cases can be graded automatically. With the tool, students have up to four hours to complete an exam and question types include multiple choice, short answer, essay, true/false, fill in the blank, and calculated.

The Test Manager tool cannot automatically grade short answer or essay based questions.

More information on creating tests

myWPI Grade Center

The Grade Center is used for tracking student progress in a course. Students can see their individual grades within a course. Tests, surveys, and assignments handled through the Assignment Manager are automatically reported to the Grade Center. Other types of assignments and grades can be manually added to the Grade Center.

The Grade Center feature in myWPI does not replace the official course grading process. Official end-of-term and end-of-semester grades must still be submitted to the registrar, and students can check their final course grades online from the Student Web Information System, which is separate from myWPI.

More information on the myWPI grade center


Communicating with Students

Technology Description Notes Links

myWPI Discussion Board

The discussion board tool is a way for students in your course to interact and discuss topics in your course. Students can log in and post or respond to messages on their own schedule. This is considered an asynchronous method of communication because discussion board users do not need to be online at a specific time.

More information on myWPI Discussion Boards

Wimba Web Conferencing

Wimba Classroom is a Web conferencing tool that allows groups of individuals to communicate real-time via voice and graphics over the Internet. Wimba features include an electronic whiteboard, application sharing, quizzing and polling, text chat, and video conferencing. This is considered a synchronous method of communication because participants will need to be online at a specific time to participate and interact with the instructor and each other.

Wimba is available to all members of the WPI community and can also be found in myWPI sites within Communication Tools.

More information on Wimba Classroom

myWPI Course Announcements

Announcements are a good way to post reminders and important notifications to your students. Announcements stay in your myWPI site until you remove them and can be set to email your students at their WPI email address.

More information on myWPI Announcements



Group Collaboration Tools

Technology Description Notes Links

myWPI Groups Tools

The Groups tool in myWPI allows student project groups in a course to have their own private area to share files and collaborate on their projects online. Groups may have their own Discussion Board, File Exchange, Collaboration area and e-mail list, depending on which features the instructor enables.

More information on myWPI Groups Tools

myWPI Wikis

A wiki is a website where multiple individuals add and edit content collectively. Multiple related pages may be linked within the site.

Wikis Overview


More information on myWPI Wikis

SharePoint

The WPI SharePoint portal is a new service that is being offered to members of the WPI Community to provide a collaboration environment that is tailored specifically to online document collaboration.

SharePoint is not available to external guests at this time.

More information on SharePoint

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