Faculty Tools

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Learning Management & Student Information Systems

Communication & Web Conferencing Tools

Grade & Early-Warning Tools

Testing & Academic Integrity

Tutoring & Learning Resources for Students

Accessibility

Media & Interactive Learning Tools

Policies, Academic Calendars, Etc.

Faculty Services

Technology Help


Learning Management System

Blackboard Learn (Bb Learn): Northern Arizona University’s learning management system. The university provides a Bb Learn course shell for every course taught, including in-person, blended, and online courses. Instructors are not required to use the shells for in-person courses, but many instructors find the shells a useful way to distribute course materials even for face-to-face teaching.

LOUIE: the Lumberjack Online University Information Environment, LOUIE is the PeopleSoft student information system, where official grades, course rosters, etc. are stored and maintained.

Pearson MyLabsPlus: A learning management system used for MAT-100, MAT-108, and MAT-125, as well as Math Placement testing. The Math Peak Performance program also uses MyLabsPlus.

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Communication & Web Conferencing Tools

Blackboard Collaborate & Collaborate Ultra: NAU's live web-conferencing tools. You can use Collaborate from inside your Blackboard class for live activities, or access it directly as a standalone tool. It is best used when everyone participating in a live conference is at a distance, with access to his/her own computer, a good Internet connection and, ideally, a USB headset with a microphone. e-Learning staff can support your use of this tool remotely by joining your live session.

Classlist Mailing List: provided to all instructors as a way to email all students enrolled in your course. You might use this tool to contact students before a class begins to inform them of textbooks requirements, email/attach the course syllabus, or inform them of late breaking schedule changes, etc. If you create a Welcome Message and select "Save and Send," the welcome message will be sent to all current students as well as any who subsequently add the class at a later date.

Class Roster Request Form: allows instructor to enter term and class number and retrieve class roster, including students' email addresses, major, academic level. Can be retrieved on web page or via email or RTF file.

NAU Email (Faculty & Staff): Web access to NAU's faculty and staff email service.

NAU G-Suite (Gmail & Google Apps): NAU Gmail (student email) and other Google apps including Drive, Docs, Sites & Groups. Faculty and staff may request a Google Apps account here.

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Grade & Early-Warning Tools

Blackboard Learn Retention Center: a built-in early-warning system. Instructors may set up "rules" in Blackboard to indicate at-risk behaviors and grades. Instructors may email students directly from Blackboard.

Grade Performance Status (GPS): allows instructors to communicate with students using default or customized messages. Using current grades, instructors may easily communicate with at-risk students, or can even send "good work!" messages to students who are doing well.

Grade Upload to LOUIE: this walkthrough guides instructors through uploading final letter grades from Bb Learn to LOUIE.

NAUPass Attendance Manager: helps instructors track attendance in face-to-face courses. Some NAU classrooms are equipped with attendance readers. Students "swipe in" with their NAU ID card, which records their attendance.

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Testing & Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity @ NAU online course: in this self-paced tutorial, presented as a standalone Bb Learn course, students will check their understanding of what it means to plagiarize or cheat, often discovering they knew less about this subject than they thought. Instructors may have their students self-enroll in the course and provide proof of completion.

ProctorU: an online proctoring service that allows test-takers to complete exams, certifications and assessments at their convenience, while still maintaining exam integrity. Test-takers can take exams in any secured area with Internet access while using almost any computer and webcam.

Respondus: a simple offline editor for writing multiple choice tests. Writing tests offline is faster than composing in Bb Learn. Tests can then be easily imported to Blackboard when you're done. It's a handy tool for pulling tests out of other LMSes or from publisher test banks. Respondus can also be useful if you're teaching large in-person classes because it can quickly generate multiple versions of a test.

SafeAssign: an anti-plagiarism tool that searches its own archives, paper mills, and the web to generate "originality reports" on students' papers. Take informative (proactive) rather than punitive (reactive) measures to educate students about unintentional plagiarism and proper citation.

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Tutoring & Learning Resources for Students

Online Tutoring: allows NAU students to type, share documents and even video chat with a CRLA certified tutor.

Tutoring: a variety of tutoring services are available to students, all free of charge. Services include 1-on-1 tutoring, online tutoring, the Writing Commons, and English language support.

Writing Commons: the University Writing Commons works with students at any stage of the writing process. They are located in 3 different sites for easy access to writing support — Health & Learning Center, Inclusion and Multicultural Services, and Cline Library.

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Accessibility

Alternative Testing: Disability Resources administers academic tests, quizzes, and exams that require the accommodation of extended time, distraction reduced environment, adaptive equipment, readers, scribes and/or alternative test format, etc.

Assistive Technology: available from Cline Library; this technology gives blind or visually impaired students better access to library materials. The new technology includes: Top-Braille, SmartView Versa+, and Tiger Embosser.

Customizing Bb Learn Assessments: Bb Learn Assessments may be customized to accommodate students. When editing the Test Options one has the ability to add Test Availability Exceptions which allows the Instructor/Designer to select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established test settings. Instructors may use these exceptions to provide an accommodation to a disabled student. These settings can be changed at any time, if conflicts in rules occur, the most permissive settings for that user or group of users is granted. For example, students would receive the greatest number of attempts, longest availability time, and so on.

Usable Materials Center: assists in making print material and video content accessible for all users. Some examples of this include making sure a PDF document is properly tagged and formatted so that it is readable by an individual who is blind or visually impaired and using a screen reader; and adding closed captions to video content to make it accessible for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Media & Interactive Learning Tools

Audacity: an audio recording/editing tool available for MAC and WIN. Allows for simple basic audio capturing and editing.

Clickers: also known as "audience response systems," clickers can be used to gather attendance and do live polling of students. Designed for large face-to-face classes, they help instructors gather feedback and keep students engaged. In clicker courses, students each have their own clicker.

iPads: the e-Learning Center can provide training on how to manage iPads as well as how to integrate them into the classroom.

Kaltura: instructors can record narrated slideshows, screencast presentations, mini-lectures and brief video announcements include in Bb Learn. Such media establishes an interpersonal connection particularly in online classes, and reduces static text-heavy content, replacing with dynamic media content.

SoftChalk: create digital lessons with your own interactive learning content and rich media

VoiceThread: a multimedia conversation tool available for instruction. VoiceThread is available through Blackboard Learn. This Instructor How-To Guide covers the very basics of using VoiceThread in your online classroom.

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Policies, Academic Calendars, Etc.

Faculty Handbook: the Provost's site, which includes a link to the Faculty Handbook.

Student Handbook: the NAU Student Handbook includes policies and guidelines for student conduct.

Syllabus Policy Statement: includes Safe Environment, Students with Disabilities, Academic Contact, Academic Integrity, Research Integrity, Sensitive Course Materials, Classroom Disruption Policies

Term Dates, Deadlines & Grading Schedules

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Faculty Services

Cline Library: Research Help, Special Collections, Document Delivery Services, Loan services including laptops and equipment, Course Reserves, and more

CoursEvals Evaluation Tool: online course evaluations for most courses; also accessible from within Bb Learn

e-Learning Center: helps NAU faculty design and build engaging and effective courses. If you teach in person, online, or in a blended format, we’re your go-to support team for the latest information and best practices for teaching and learning with technology.

Faculty Activity and Achievement Reporting (FAAR): facilitates the evaluation process, and allows faculty to report accomplishments for departments, colleges, and the university

Faculty Professional Development: organizes and conducts offerings aimed at engaging faculty in focused conversations about designing teaching and learning experiences to contribute to a "teaching commons" at Northern Arizona University.

Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment: collaborates with faculty to advance intentional curriculum, strategic learning design and meaningful assessment. The office provides tailored consultations, assistance, and support for the enrichment of student learning and academic excellence at Northern Arizona University.

Quality Matters: promotes a continuous improvement model supported by a database of professionally trained, community-based QM peer reviewers eligible for assignment to peer review teams. Courses that successfully meet the QM Rubric standards in an official course review are eligible to carry the QM certification mark.

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Technology Help

Classroom Support: ITS Classroom Support assists faculty with in-classroom technologies, including projectors and classroom computers. For fast support call: 928-523-8818 or email Classroom.Support@nau.edu

e-Learning Center Help Desk: dedicated faculty support for Bb Learn, Kaltura, Softchalk, Collaborate, Clickers and other learning tools

ITS Solution Center (Faculty & Staff support): the central point of contact for NAU faculty, staff and affiliates requiring technical assistance and support with NAU software, hardware, networking, and telephony

ITS Student Technology Center (Student support): technical help for students for passwords, BbLearn, Gmail accounts, and more

ServiceNow Incident Management System: request services, report problems, and track your own service incidents with ITS, Telecomm, and the e-Learning Center

ServiceNow Knowledge Base: articles, FAQs and walkthroughs on a variety of NAU technologies, from Blackboard to 

Tutorials (Bb Learn): on-demand video tutorials for instructors for a variety of Blackboard Learn tools and procedures

Tutorials (Lynda.com): technology tutorials on a wide range of topics, from programming to photography

To suggest new items for this index, or to make corrections to existing items, please contact the e-Learning Center: elc-help@nau.edu