Academic Technology Services
Academic Technology Services provides the teaching and learning platforms that support classroom learning, hybrid learning (classroom and online), and distance learning.
Educational technology systems and services supported by this department include: Learning Management System (Blackboard), Audience Response (Glisser), Collaboration (G Suite), Lecture Capture (Panopto), Mobile Learning (USciences App), Web Conferencing (Collaborate Ultra), Technology Training Center, and Instructional Design.
Learning Management System (Blackboard)
Blackboard Learn is the primary Learning Management System at the University of the Sciences. It is a cloud-based, software as a service (SaaS), highly customizable and integrated system with tools for hosting online courses, storing and managing course material, collaborating on documents and projects, and assessing the success of students and courses, including course analytics reports
Audience Response (Glisser)
The University's Glisser audience response system allows students, faculty, and staff to participate in presentations or lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions using their laptops or mobile devices. With the help of Glisser, PowerPoint presentations become powerful data collection and assessment tools that collect real-time responses, engage the participants and assess their progress.
Collaboration (G Suite)
G Suite (aka Google Apps for Education) gives all faculty, students and staff a state-of-the-art communication and collaboration platform to supplement our existing e-learning infrastructure. We have the ability to share and collaboratively edit documents compatible with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Lecture Capture (Panopto)
Lecture capture allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available electronically through our Blackboard LMS. The recorded content includes a video of the presenter, their slide materials, and often additional images of accompanying documents. Panopto can also be used by faculty on their desktop computers or laptops to record screencasts and learning modules to supplement lectures.
Mobile Learning (USciences App)
The USciences Mobile app for iOS and Android offers instant access to university news, course catalog, phone directory, library, campus map, athletics’ listings, collections of the university’s latest images and videos, emergency contact information and more.
Several of our programs currently use iPads for both classroom instruction and for mobile access to course content. The iPad offers an array of educational tools for students and faculty including access to the Blackboard Learn LMS for iOS and Android. There are also apps for interactive textbooks, anatomy diagrams, newsletters, and professional organizations.
Web Conferencing (Collaborate Ultra)
Collaborate Ultra by Blackboard is the USciences web conferencing platform for web meetings, eLearning, and webinars. It allows faculty and staff to connect with students and colleagues to host live "virtual" meetings, almost anywhere and on any device. Collaborate Ultra is also available as a mobile app, and has a built-in telephony option.
Technology Training Center
The Technology Training Center (TTC) is located in the McNeil Science and Technology Center, room 151. It was established to meet the technology needs of faculty and staff through hands-on learning and demonstrations. The center is equipped with 12 computers, as well as two 60" flat-panel displays for instruction. The TTC provides the USciences community with a dedicated workspace for educational technology training.
Instructional Design Services
Instructional Design is a systematic process that is used to develop education and training programs in a consistent and reliable fashion. USciences instructional designers help faculty take full advantage of new and emerging models of education. They assist in creating and delivering educational training materials, as well as helping with course design for fully online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses delivered using the Blackboard LMS.