Instructional Technologies

Below is a list of instructional technologies in use at NC State, as well as information about where you can get help with NC State-provided services. CALS Academic and Administrative Technology can also provide limited technical support to CALS-affiliated instructors.

Learning Management

NC State's WolfWare system is a collection of the following learning management tools used at NC State:

Moodle is an online course environment that has a suite of tools for teaching & learning. These tools include assignments, quizzes, grade book, etc.

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time (synchronous) collaborative online learning environment. You can use Collaborate to hold office hours, problem sessions, etc. with students.

WolfWare Classic is a learning system built at NC State that houses course content in web lockers. WolfWare Classic is being phased out, and should only be used by faculty who have already established sites there.

Syllabus Tool is a web-based application to make it easier to create your course syllabus, and also to create a Course Action Form so that you can submit changes to your course to the Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs (DUAP).

Syllabus Tool is programmed with the current required boilerplate text, standard course meeting times, and other syllabus requirements so that you can easily create a syllabus that satisfies REG 02.20.7, the NCSU Course Syllabus Requirements.

Assessment and Feedback

Tools for assessment and feedback outside of the WolfWare system.

ClassEval is NC State's online class evaluation system.

Clickers are handheld devices that allow students to respond to questions asked in the classroom for feedback, quizzing, or testing purposes.

Me Too is an anonymous online polling tool developed at NC State. The instructor poses a question and responses are given in text form.

CALS Survey Builder is a tool for designing and administering surveys.

Qualtrics is a survey builder that is licensed by NC State. It has advanced features such as question branching and custom formatting.

Flashcards is an online study tool that allows you to create media rich flashcards for your courses. Contact DELTA to create a space for you to create your own flashcards.

Multimedia

Tools for creating audio and video resources

MediaSite is a hardware/software platform that allows the video, audio, and/or screen capture of any events to be streamed live and/or archived for future viewing.

DELTA has recording studios available for faculty use by appointment only. Mobile units are available for on-site recording, such as for a field trip, for a fee. Many ClassTech rooms are equipped with the recorders.

YouTube is where you can post videos that you want to be publicly available.

You can post videos to YouTube by:

We recommend Mediasite for videos that are meant to be limited to the NC State community, because managing access to them is easier.

Videos posted to YouTube MUST be closed captioned to comply with the American Disabilities Act. YouTube's automated captioning service is not sufficient, because the quality of the captioning is not good enough (and is often quite poor). YouTube has a feature that will automatically create captions from a transcript, so generally a transcript is all you will need.

For more information about captioning YouTube videos, see:

iTunes U is a website for distributing multimedia content, such as podcasts, to students. you can record summaries of key ideas from your lectures and share the audio files on iTunes U.

Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time (synchronous) collaborative online learning environment. You can use Collaborate to hold office hours, problem sessions, etc. with students.

Meet Me is a free conference call service which can be used with up to 30 people. You could hold a live orientation, office hours, study session via telephone.

Contact for help: Call the campus operator to setup. Dial 0 from a campus phone or call directly (919) 515-2011

Google Hangouts is a web conferencing tool that can be used for meetings of up to ten people. You can do video, audio, and text chat, share your screen, and share documents.

Applications, File Space, and File Sharing

Applications for content creation, file storage options, and file sharing options

Google Apps at NC State is collection of content creation and communication apps. Gmail is the official email provider for all NC State students, faculty and staff. Additional apps include: Calendar, Drive (web-accessible file storage), Docs (online documents), Sheets (online spreadsheets), Groups, and Hangouts (online conferencing).

All faculty, staff, and students have access to personal file space for storing files and web pages.

Velocity is a system used to securely transfer files of any size over email.

Administrative

MyPack Portal is a web application that allows faculty members to view their class roles, submit grades, and email students.

Library Resources

Course Reserves provides online access to course materials such as class notes, journal articles, and book excerpts.

Library Course Tools is a library resource that is tailored to your course with links to reserves, databases, citation tools, etc. You can offer a customized library portal for use in your courses.

Library Linker creates stable URLs to articles in licensed full text journals and magazines. You can use these links on or off the campus network and can list them on your online syllabus or reading list.