2016 Pilots: Try New Technologies In Your Spring Course!

December 17, 2015

Are you interested in helping the FAS Academic Technology Group test out new tools for teaching and learning? Contact us to learn more about our expanded Spring pilots of VoiceThread, AnnotationsX, and Flashcards, each of which can be seamlessly integrated into your Canvas site.

VoiceThread VoiceThread is a web-based application that allows you to place collections of media, including images, videos, documents, and presentations, at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file.
AnnotationsX is a set of multimedia annotation tools being jointly developed by HarvardX and the Academic Technology Group. The Fall 2015 pilot of AnnotationX provided faculty and students with a forum for collaborative annotations on text documents, with a robust instructor dashboard for assessment and evaluation. This Spring, the AnnotationX pilot is being expanded to include image annotation, using an integrated version of the deep-zooming Mirador image viewer.
Flashcards are one of the many methods students have traditionally utilized to help themselves learn new vocabulary, images, or other informations. It allows them to repeatedly quiz themselves and built a base on which they can build their higher levels of learning. This modern incarnation of flashcards allows teachers to easily create cards and organize them into decks and collections to be shared and used by students.