On October 19, 2018, members of the Hofstra EdTech team were honored to be invited by the office of Senior Vice Provost Terri Shapiro to give a Faculty Research, Development & Education (FRED) Workshop on the subject of Innovative Educational Technologies. We highlighted four technologies that are available to Hofstra faculty to support teaching and research.
Here’s the video of the presentation:
Kick it up a notch with Kaltura
Kaltura is a video platform that is integrated with Blackboard. With it, you can upload and manage video content for your courses. One innovative new feature is video quizzing. You can add quiz functionality to any Kaltura video. This will allow you to add simple questions to keep your students engaged in your video content.
Recently, we enabled the ability to upload 360 degree videos! Faculty can check out a 360 degree camera from the Faculty Technology Center to record in this exciting format. EdTech can help with the processing, and if the video is tagged “360” – Kaltura will enable options to look around and move the camera in all directions.
Leading with the LMS
Our Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard, is loaded with functions to help you manage your courses digital content. An exciting new feature that you might not be aware of is the ability to record feedback. Using recorded feedback, you can make a short video or audio clip, and attach it to an assignment. This makes it quick and easy to give assignment feedback in a personable way online. Blackboard has also added a long-requested Attendance feature, which you can use to track and grade student attendance.
VDI: Not Just for the IT Guy (PrideDesktop)
PrideDesktop allows you to access a virtual Windows computer from almost any device, anytime, from anywhere in the world. Now, you always have access to software previously available only on Hofstra computer labs.
Learning in Other Realities
Virtual and Augmented Reality apps and experiences have been gaining momentum in education recently; thanks to more affordable/accessible hardware and their ability to truly immerse learners in experiences and environments. Smartphones can use augmented reality to overlay information and images onto the world in front of you. And virtual reality lets people experience videos, demonstrations, and concepts in a headset with full 360 degrees of viewing range.
At Hofstra, faculty are already involved in exciting AR & VR projects. We have AR & VR equipment available for you to stop by and try out in the Faculty Technology Center (McEwen 215). We are looking to partner with faculty to find appropriate teaching experiences, as well as adapt hardware and software for use in research projects.
Connect with us!
If you want to learn more or get started with any of these innovative technologies, contact us at EdTech@hofstra.edu, or visit the Faculty Technology Center (McEwen 215).