Keep Teaching Wherever You Are
Missed the ITS Town Hall?
Watch the recording, view the PowerPoint slide deck, and view the list of Top 10 Tools and Resources, click here.
Fall 2020 Updates
- Brightspace courses for the Fall 2020 semester are now available to faculty. Click here for additional information.
- Take the Fall 2020 Readiness Survey to assess your own experiences and needs with technology and how ITS can help you get ready. Click here for additional information.
- Please direct your students to the Keep Learning webpage for computer equipment requirements, tools, and resources available to LMU students.
ITS provides a faculty software allowance of up to $250 to help meet unique needs. Requests must go through your Instructional Technologistm wgi will ensure LMU does not already have a solution for the need in question. If there is an alternative solution, ITS will not approve the purchase.
All software must be purchased through ITS; your Instructional Technologist will start the process. If the software is more than $250, a department or research budget code is needed to cover overage. If the software is an approved subscription, ITS will pay for up to a year's subscription (if less than $250), either directly or through reimbursement to faculty. The method of payment is determined by the software requirements and the acceptable use policy.
Temporary Relaxed Departmental Tech Purchases
Departments are responsible for unique technology purchases and consumables (additional keyboards, ipad pens, etc…) and may purchase these items directly for faculty up to a cost of $250. This is a relaxation of the standard technology rule that requires all technology purchases over $100 to go through ITS.
For items costing more than $250, please submit an email to the ITS Service Desk for a quick check and approval (based on the item, it may need to be tagged, or may have to go through ITS purchasing). The Service Desk will contact keep you updated on the request as it moves through stages of approval. Recommendations for such equipment from ITS can be found here.
Temporary Relaxed Rules for taking Tech Home
LMU faculty and staff may take home assigned LMU technology (computers, monitors, peripherals, etc.) during the mandatory work-from-home period. When LMU returns to normal operations, you will be expected to return all LMU technology to campus.
Please note, you need to be able to physically capable of moving and reassembling the components yourself. You cannot expect or need ITS help with setting up the computer or connecting it to your home internet.
Also bear in mind, many of PC desktops do not have WiFi capabilities. You will need to purchase your own WiFi extender or have an Ethernet cable.
Temporary Faculty Remote Working Allowance
The Faculty Remote Working Allowance is a $60 monthly allowance automatically given to all full-time and part-time faculty through paychecks. The allowance began in March and will continue until December. It is a reimbursement, and is therefore not subject to federal or state income tax.
For more information, please see HR's Remote Working pages.
Summer 2020 Info
Accessing LMU Systems
- MyLMU: Logging into MyLMU tailors links and announcements to Students, Faculty and Staff. It also logs you into many university systems.
- Duo: Dual factor authentication may be necessary when accessing LMU systems from off-campus. If you have not yet enrolled in Duo, from a computer, please login to MyLMU, click the HR Self-Service link, and follow the instructions. Basic cell phones, tablets, smartphones, or landlines are acceptable devices.
High-Touch Teaching in a No-Touch World - Online Course Guide
Summer faculty are encouraged to use this checklist when preparing for online summer instruction. This list of best practices will help address both student and faculty needs for successful online instruction.
Online Instructional Tools & Strategies
Brightspace, our campus learning management system, is best suited to supporting ongoing instruction and flexible learning needs. While there are a variety of tools available within the Brightspace platform, the following four elements will be of tremendous value to faculty and students during an emergency. Click on the links below for instructions and support resources for deploying each of these tools.
- Communicate with your entire course Roster or individual students via Brightspace.
- Upload files, link articles and videos, and share presentations and other instructional materials with your students in your Brightspace course.
- Discussion Boards: Post a piece of content such as an article or a video to be reviewed by students, and then create a "prompt" aimed at engaging students in an active online discussion. Set expectations for what "participation" looks like and promote dialogue much as you would facilitate an in-class discussion.
- Quizzes: Create true/false, multiple-choice, short, answer, and essay questions to be delivered to students online. Faculty can control the availability of the quiz and basic question types can be graded automatically.
Brightspace's Quizzes tool enables you to create and manage points-measured assessments. As part of your quantifiable assessment procedures, you can use quizzes to help evaluate users' learning progress and learning outcomes.
Brightspace's Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read and reply to threads on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework.
LMU is piloting with Respondus to support online examination needs. As part of this pilot, LMU has site licenses for LockDown Browser and Monitor, which are accessible through the Brightspace Quizzes feature. Click here for more information.
Asynchronous class conversations around a piece of content, linked to your Brightspace course. Click the link above for a brief video tutorial with instructions on how to connect Voicethread with your Brightspace course. View instructions on how to import media and create a new Voicethread activity.
Voicethread lets faculty connect with students online asynchronously, making it easy for them to stay involved in coursework without being physically present at a certain time or place, and without sacrificing that human element of face-to-face interaction.
When to Use: Voicethread is perfect for engaging students in a discussion around a PowerPoint presentation, a video, or a series of images, and allows students and faculty to comment via video, audio, or text at any point in the asynchronous conversation.
VoiceThread is a cloud-based application that brings your media into collaborative spaces where others can engage using voice, video, or text commenting. The results are highly interactive and engaging conversations that combine stronger human presence with the flexibility of an asynchronous learning environment.
Easy to use, conversational video exchange tool, that can be embedded in your Brightspace course. Click the link above for a brief video tutorial on how to add FlipGrid to your course in Brightspace. View some quick tips to get started.
FlipGrid is a user-friendly tool that engages learners and maintains classroom community through recording, sharing, and exchanging short videos from your phone or computer. LMU faculty can access the tool using their LMU credential/Office365 login.
When to Use: FlipGrid is perfect for engaging students in an asynchronous video conversation wherein students record and post videos of a prescribed length (typically 30-60 seconds) and then respond to each other via a comparable video reply.
Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows faculty to ask a question, then the students respond in a video. Students are then able to respond to one another, creating a “web” of discussion.
A Repository for Large Course Files and File Exchanges
If you are not accustomed to using Brightspace or you wish to compile a folder that contains a great deal of content or large files such as videos, you may wish to use Box, LMU's cloud storage solution. Folders of materials can be shared with students by emailing a link. Similarly, students can be asked to upload/submit files to a shared Box folder where faculty and student collaborators and view/assess classwork.
When to Use: Box is perfect for sharing and exchanging large files or if you wish to share or collect materials independent of Brightspace. While Brightspace is the recommended platform for sharing and collecting academic work, there may be circumstances where Box is better suited to your needs.