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Academic Technology Services

Academic Technology Services provides 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 (D2L Brightspace), Audience Response (Glisser), Collaboration (G Suite), Lecture Capture (Panopto), Mobile Learning (USciences App), Web Conferencing (Virtual Classroom and Zoom), Technology Training Center, and Instructional Design.

Learning Management System (D2L) 

Desire to Learn (D2L) by Brightspace is the primary Learning Management System at the University of the Sciences.

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 D2L Brightspace 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 the  OneCampus portal, important contact phone numbers, the Devil’s Advocate (student organizations and events), Athletics, the D2L Brightspace learning management system, Workday (for employees), 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 D2L Brightspace LMS for iOS and Android. There are also apps for interactive textbooks, anatomy diagrams, newsletters, and professional organizations.

Web Conferencing (Virtual Classroom and Zoom)

There are currently two web conferencing platforms utilized at USciences for web meetings, eLearning, and webinars - Virtual Classroom by Bongo, and Zoom. These technologies allow faculty and staff to connect with students and colleagues to host live "virtual" meetings, almost anywhere and on any device. Both can also be used on mobile devices - in a browser or as a separate app.

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 D2L Brightspace LMS.


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