eLearning Tips and Tools

In our monthly Tips & Tools series, the Center for eLearning team features instructional design recommendations (tips) and instructional technology features (tools). These tips and tools are designed to provide guidance and assistance to help you thoughtfully incorporate aspects of technology, design, and pedagogical theory in your courses to improve student success across all instructional modalities.

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Alternate Assessments Strategies and Respondus LockDown Browser

Active Learning with Shared Content in Collaborate Ultra

Video conferencing tools, such as Collaborate Ultra, are a way to recreate the face-to-face classroom experience over other modalities, including hyflex and fully online courses. Active learning strategies can help improve the online classroom experience. Active learning is any learning activity in which the student participates or interacts with the learning process, as opposed to passively taking in the information. Incorporating active learning techniques helps create a sense of community, increase student engagement, and help improve students' content retention, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills. 

In this video, we look at implementing active learning strategies by using the Share Content panel in Collaborate Ultra to develop interactive lectures and activities. Tools we review include the embedded whiteboard, polling, shared applications, and shared files - including images, PDFs, and PowerPoint slides.

In addition to the video, the PowerPoint presentation is available with links to additional resources.


Active Learning with Groups in BlazeVIEW

Increase student engagement and promote active learning in your online course by creating group discussions and assignments with the Groups tool in BlazeVIEW. In this video, we explore some of the pedagogical benefits of including group activities and assignments in the classroom and outline best practices for instructors when developing and implementing group activities. We then review the steps for using the Groups tool to create and manage groups in your BlazeVIEW course.


Alternate Assessment Strategies and Respondus LockDown Browser

As advised by the USG, Provost Smith, and CELT, faculty should use built-in BlazeVIEW quiz tools and provide flexible and alternative assessments to online proctored exams. Strategies for flexible and alternative assessments are provided in this CELT & eLearning webinar. 

If deemed necessary, Respondus Monitor is available as an add-in to LockDown Browser for you to use as a proctoring tool for high-stakes exams. Please be aware that Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor are only supported for Windows and Mac computers. Respondus WILL NOT FUNCTION on Chromebooks, tablets (other than iPads-see details below), or smartphones. Additionally, students must have a strong, reliable internet connection for Respondus Monitor to function correctly. 

System Requirements to Run Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor:
  • Operating Systems: 
    • Windows: 10, 8, 7
    • Mac: OS X 10.12 or higher
    •  iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only) Must have a compatible LMS integration. (details)
  • Hard Drive Space:
    • Windows: 75 MB permanent space on the hard drive
    • Mac: 120 MB permanent space on the hard drive
  • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone
  • A broadband internet connection

Please review the following resources as you begin integrating this tool into your courses, and as always, reach out to the Center for eLearning if you have any questions.

Instructor resources:
  • Instructor Training:  This webinar is intended for instructors who plan to use Respondus LockDown Browser and/or Monitor with online exams and provides a detailed demonstration of both applications.
  • Best Practices:  This document outlines the best practices recommendations for Respondus LockDown Browser and/or Monitor in your course.
  • Sample Syllabus Statement:  This is the sample statement we recommend you include in your syllabus if you are utilizing Respondus with your exams. You may also add this statement as an announcement in your course.
  • Instructor Quick Start Guide from Respondus:  This guide provides an overview of the Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor features and set up information for instructors.
  • Technical Support and Knowledge Base:  The Respondus knowledge base and support system are useful tools for assistance with any technical issues you encounter with Respondus LockDown Browser and/or Monitor.
Student resources:
  • Video Overview:  A brief video to help introduce students who are new to using Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor
  • Installation Instructions:  Students can follow these instructions when installing Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor on non-VSU managed computers.
  • Student Guide:  This guide, created by the Center for eLearning, contains information to guide students when installing and using Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor.
  • Student Quick Start Guide from Respondus: This guide provides an overview of the Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor features and set up information for students.
  • Live Chat Support Tool:  A guide to accessing the Live Chat tool where you can chat with a Respondus representative
  • Technical Support:  Submit a ticket here for assistance with technical issues.