Instructional Tools

Michigan Engineering and CAEN help support a number of teaching and learning tools at the College. We offer consulting, training and support for instructional technology. Services include campus-wide applications, systems and tools for teaching and learning such as the Canvas learning management system, video conferencing, student response systems, lecture recording, and digital media solutions. For assistance using instructional tools please email caen@umich.edu. This team works closely with experts in CRLT-E and Nexus and will help connect you to the right resource for your question.

If you use a tool in your course that you believe would be beneficial to other Michigan Engineering instructors, please email caen@umich.edu.

If you would like more information on these tools there are a number of options available including:

Assessment

Assessment tools are used to measure a student’s academic abilities, fluency in skills in a specific subject, and progress toward academic proficiency in a specific subject area.

Communication

Communication tools are used to facilitate asynchronous discussion around ideas, the completion of learning activities, building of relationships, or networking.

Team Development

Team development software can assist an instructor that has a course with group work where they want to create the most effective groups, have their groups evaluate their peers, and have them produce quality assignments.

  • Tandem – Teamwork and Team Coaching
  • CATME – Peer Evaluations

Learning Management System (LMS)

Learning management systems are designed to identify training and learning gaps, using analytical data and reporting. LMSs are focused on online learning delivery but support a range of uses, acting as a platform for online content, including courses, both asynchronous based and synchronous based.

  • Canvas – Learning Management System
  • Gradecraft – Learning Management System

Student Response Systems (SRS)

A student response system (SRS) is a systematic way of assessing student learning in real time. There are a variety of ways that a student response system can help during class time. Some examples that you may find helpful in figuring out how an SRS can help you achieve your teaching and learning goals are formative assessment, assessing attitudes, biases and misconceptions, in-class quizzing, assessing prior knowledge, and taking attendance.

Video Recording

Video recording software is any tool that lets you record your screen, your webcam, or both.

Accessibility Tools

Accessibility tools assist in making course material equally available for all students.

  • Lecture Rewind (CAEN) – Real time classroom recording replay
  • UDOIT – a Canvas add-in, which can be used to scan your individual courses for accessibility
  • Accessibility Checker (Canvas RCE) – tool that detects common accessibility errors within the rich context editor in Canvas
  • Captioning in Zoom – adding captions to Zoom recordings