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Clicker  

Classroom Response Systems (“Clickers”) are handheld devices that can be used to solicit student feedback and encourage further discussion in the classroom. The MacPherson Institute has a teaching set of clickers that instructors may borrow to see if this technology would be useful in their classes.

If you have any questions, feedback, or would simply like more information about clickers, please go to our support intake form.

Microsoft365 

McMaster faculty, students and staff have access to the following Microsoft apps that can assist with teaching and learning, including accessibility and translation features. Access and technical support for these applications is managed through University Technology Services:

Class Notebook – organize lesson plans and course content in your own digital notebook, create a workspace where you can give each student personalized feedback

Excel – create workbooks with tables and charts, also allows you to discover and connect data, model and analyze it, and visualize insights

Forms – Create surveys, quizzes and polls in minutes, see results in real time.

OneDrive Store your files in one place, share with others and get to them from any device connected to the internet.

OneNote – allows for collaborative live notetaking, can integrate other Microsoft apps

Planner – create a plan, build a team, assign tasks and update status

Powerpoint – design presentations (templates and translations available)

Staff Notebook– collaborate with faculty and staff to share notes, policies, procedures, calendars

Stream: share videos of classes, meetings, presentations, training sessions, comes with searchable transcripts

Sway: create and share interactive multimedia reports, presentations, or stories

Teams: a customizable chat-based team workspace which allows for the integration of the other Microsoft apps

Word: create documents from templates or customized

Yammer: connect people across teams and organize around projects (almost like Facebook for a workspace)

Echo 360

McMaster instructors have access to Echo360, an active learning platform that allows for lecture capturing from a laptop or in-classroom from installed Echo360 cameras, student response features (similar to iClicker), a multimedia discussion boards, student note taking with direct links to presentation slides or videos, the flagging of confusing content, bookmarking of content, an easy-to-use video recording tool, live streaming from Echo360 equipped classrooms, searchable transcriptions with all video, etc. through Campus Classroom Technologies (CCT).  This platform is fully integrated into Avenue to Learn and at no cost to faculty or students. CCT provides access and support for this platform. MacPherson can provide additional guidance on how to use of Echo360 to promote student engagement in face-to-face, blended and online courses, or connect you with instructors using it.

PressBooks

Courtesy of the Ontario government, all Ontario post-secondary institutions have free access to the education version of PressBooks, an online book and document publishing platform. PressBooks can be used to create books, guides and other materials that are accessible across all platforms and devices. Pressbooks EDU has built-in features such as H5P, to create interactive components, hypothes.is for collaborate note-taking and annotation academic themes and improved scientific notation. To create your own free PressBooks account or to find openly-licensed material created through PressBooks visit the eCampusOntario Open Library Publishing Platform.

Third-Party Tools

If you’re looking for support around use of a tool that is not institutionally-supported, we can provide advice, but perhaps not necessarily endorsement. Here are a couple of resources that you might find helpful when considering your educational technology tool options:

  • Rubric for eLearning Tool Evaluation – developed by Gavan Watson and Lauren Anstey (Western University), this rubric can be used to evaluate functional, technical and social considerations for use of online tools and platforms.
  • Jane Hart’s Top Tools for Learning – a curated and researched repository of educational technology tools from the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies.