Teaching and Learning

Instructional technology, tools, and resources directly supporting teaching and learning. Includes learning management systems, in-class and online course development, learning analytics, course evaluation, lecture capture, webinars, and other academic tools for faculty and students.

Services in support of assessing learning outcomes.

Use face-to-face or online assessment tools and surveys to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students.

Scantron

Optical mark readers. To get started using Scantron tests visit, email, or phone the ITS Faculty Instructional Technology Center, Adams Humanities 1109, bbhelp@sdsu.edu, 594-6348.

ParScore

Test scoring software. To get started using ParScore tests visit, email, or phone the ITS Faculty Instructional Technology Center, Adams Humanities 1109, bbhelp@sdsu.edu, 594-6348.

iClickers

Audience Response System (i>clickers), online Blackboard Tests, Surveys, Assignments, Respondus, and more!

Features and benefits include:

  • ITS offers many assessment tools that allow for easy re-grading such as “throwing out” a poor question or giving extra-credit on a particular question.
  • Many ITS assessment tools allow you to check the reliability of each question using powerful item analysis features.
  • Blackboard Surveys allow you to obtain private feedback from your students at any time during the course, allowing you to consider feedback and make changes to the course in progress.

Services to ensure classrooms are suitably equipped and functional to meet the needs of the education experience.

The Smart Classroom system accommodates a wide variety of teaching pedagogues. Through the convenient interface, faculty can choose between connecting their own technology or simply using one of the many technologies provided.

Smart Classrooms

Most Smart Classrooms contain a video/data projector, built-in Windows and Mac computers, laptop connectivity, a DVD/Blu-ray player and document camera. Larger lecture halls also contain voice projection equipment. Many rooms also contain specialty devices such as interactive pen displays and lecture capture systems.

Features and benefits include:

  • Smart Classroom podiums are equipped with both Mac and Windows computers (standardized with SDSU site-licensed software) to give instructors the freedom and flexibility to teach in any of our 200 learning spaces.
  • The various technologies unlock the ability for faculty to express their own teaching styles in a manner both unique and innovative.
  • The document camera helps faculty to reach a larger audience without visually diminishing the content (as sometimes happens when using whiteboards).

Linux Shell Classroom Accounts

Faculty may obtain EDORAS accounts for themselves and their students. EDORAS has replaced ROHAN for instructional support accounts. EDORAS provides Linux shell accounts with access to various software applications, Apache web server, compilers, and databases. edoras.sdsu.edu is hosted and supported by the SDSU Library.

Services to ensure that faculty and other course creators have the knowledge and assistance they need to optimize their effectiveness in using teaching and learning technologies.

ITS helps faculty redesign online, blended, and traditional face-to-face courses. A redesigned class can help save you time and energy while also improving the overall course quality.

Every course is different, and ITS instructional designers are available for one-on-one consultations to discuss your course and how it can be enhanced.

Features and benefits include:

  • Increase student engagement and interactivity by creating assignments that stimulate active learning
  • Organize your course in a way that benefits student learning and provides the support necessary for students to succeed
  • Identify technologies that work with your teaching to save you time while grading and managing your class

Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Center

The FIT Center consultants are prepared to discuss their varied services. Instructional Technology Services is a good place to see a full view of the many ways we can help you.

Services for e-portfolios, which provide a way for students and faculty to showcase their work and academic accomplishments.

Student Research Symposium (SRS)

The SRS provides a public forum where SDSU students present their research, scholarship or creative activities.

LMS services in support of managing and sharing course materials (e.g., videos, documents, spreadsheets, etc.) and facilitating learning through collaboration.

Allows students to access course documents, recorded lectures, YouTube videos, websites, journals, blogs, discussions, grades, tests, surveys, and more in a central location that can be accessed anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

Blackboard

This system automatically maintains your course enrollments. Courses are private and accessed only by you and your students.

Features and benefits include:
  • Conduct student surveys that are read only by you, allowing you to check teaching and learning effectiveness.
  • Post and organize grades in one place. Students can see how well they are doing in your class at any time.
  • Embed videos, websites, and multimedia within instructional content and contexts.

Services for recording, storing, editing, and publishing course lectures

Set your microphone, start the recording, then at the end of class, simply stop and submit with a click. In less than 24 hours, a movie with your narration, slides, and visuals is ready to post to Blackboard for your students to review.

TechSmith Relay

TechSmith Relay is in every classroom and can be installed on your computer. To get started, please complete our TechSmith Relay Account Request Form.

TechSmith Camtasia Video Editor

TechSmith Camtasia is available to all SDSU faculty and staff. To obtain a license, please complete the ETS Software Request Form.

Mediasite Automated Course Capture

Mediasite is built into the instructor podium and available in the following rooms: AH 2108, AL 201, COM 207, ENS 280, GMCS 301, GMCS 333, HT 183, NE 60, PS 130, SHW 011, SHW 012, and WC 220. Mediasite Request Form.

Features and benefits include:
  • Everything you say and show in class is captured and posted to Blackboard for students to review at their own pace.
  • You teach your class as always, the captures and produces the finished video for you.
  • Record content for students to listen outside of class, and free up classroom time for discussion.

Provision and maintenance of technology in specialized learning environments.

Learning Research Studios (LRS)

The ITS Learning Research Studios (LRS) provide innovative learning spaces for faculty to experiment with state-of- the-art instructional technologies and student-centered classroom design.

LRS Reservation Request Timeline:

  • LRS reservation requests for Fall and Spring will be accepted in November/December
  • LRS decisions/instructor placements will be made for Fall by the end of January and for Spring by the end of March

LRS spaces encourage experimenting with technologies that:

  • Support alternative models of organizing, teaching, and managing a class
  • Promote use of educational multimedia
  • Encourage interactive, interdependent, cooperative learning
  • Use wireless technologies for teaching
  • Assist with the formative student assessment of instructional approaches

Faculty who teach in the LRS are encouraged to pursue scholarly research related to pedagogical innovations in these spaces, and are supported by ITS staff and a cohort of fellow LRS faculty. To this end, and to help ITS provide relevant ongoing support, faculty are requested to deploy a student survey at the end of the semester, and to complete a faculty survey on their teaching experience in the LRS.

Library Computer Labs

More than 500 computers for student use. The three largest Library computer labs are the Library Computing Hub (second floor Love Library), Research Services (first floor Library Addition/Manchester Hall), and the 24/7 computer lab(second floor Library Addition/Manchester Hall).