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Tools

Tools are available to help you develop materials and deliver your courses, in addition to creating engaging learning experiences for your students.

Faculty may check out equipment such as cameras, laptops and tripods. Find out more about what classroom equipment is available for check out and who can assist you.

Blackboard

Blackboard is the Learning Management System for Austin Community College. Every face-to-face, hybrid and online course has a corresponding Blackboard course site. Blackboard is a teaching tool that enables faculty to share their course materials, and build interactive activities in a single place for teaching and learning.

Other features:

    • Upload files in different formats
    • Create discussion forums, journals, blogs and wikis
    • Post grades, and assignment feedback
    • Take attendance with Qwuickly

An important feature of Blackboard is Blackboard Ally, a product that makes Blackboard course content more accessible. To learn more visit the ACC Blackboard Support page for Blackboard Ally.

Need support for Blackboard? Visit our comprehensive Technology Help page.

Blackboard training workshops are available. Visit our Blackboard Workshops page.

Blackboard Collaborate is a learning solution that provides web conferencing and mobile collaboration that seamlessly integrates with Blackboard. It helps instructors to create virtual classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces that reach more students. It also offers innovative approaches to peer-to-peer interaction and learning with a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they’re together in a traditional classroom. Visit the Blackboard Collaborate page.

Additional Tools

Respondus 4.0 is a software tool to develop and manage exams and is available free to ACC faculty for both your office and home computer. Respondus also enables instructors to upload exams into Blackboard without having to retype those questions in Blackboard. Then, in Blackboard make the exam secure using the Blackboard Respondus LockDown Browser tool.

SoftChalk is a powerful online lesson editor that lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons for your e-learning classroom. With SoftChalk, you can create professional-looking, interactive content without knowing any HTML, or programming. SoftChalk content can be integrated into Blackboard courses and record detailed student scores for their SoftChalk content in the Blackboard gradebook.

WebEx™ is the newest long distance communications software licensed to ACC. All ACC faculty and staff have access to Cisco WebEx and WebEx Connect conferencing tools for online sessions with colleagues or students.

With WebEx, instructors or staff can use any device — PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone – to set up audio or videoconferences in real time with anyone within ACC or around the world.

Padlet is an online post-it board allowing for faculty and students to engage collaboratively. When creating your unique link to this virtual board and sharing with students you will all have the ability to post pictures, videos, texts, and attachments while engaging by writing comments and liking posts. Use it to brainstorm a topic or idea, gather student work, for ice breakers, thinking maps, guiding questions, exit tickets, or even create individual ones for each student to create a portfolio where you can comment on each component with meaningful feedback. Padlet can be accessed through a web link or app on any device.

Google Sites is an online application that makes creating a class, school, or project web site as easy as editing a document. With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place — including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text — and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their class, the entire school, or sometimes the world. You always control who has access to your site.

Hangouts works inside Google+, just like it does with Gmail. ACC faculty can connect with others from any computer and use Hangouts to make a live video call with up to 10 friends. Conversations just flow from text-to-video/voice-and-back.

Instructional videos and audio casts have supported education for many years and have the ability to convey material through auditory and visual channels, creating a multi-sensory learning environment. Visit the ACC Media Streaming for Instructional Video website to learn more about making online videos available to your students.