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  • e-Learning is the centrally supported course management system at UF. e-Learning is powered by Sakai, an advanced web-based collaboration environment. Sakai is an open source system created by a consortium of higher education institutions.

    e-Learning provides a secure online system for student submissions and assessments, posting grades and content, and communication among class participants. e-Learning also supports researchers, staff, and students who can create Project Sites for collaboration, document management, and communication. A GatorLink account is required to access e-Learning. .

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  • While not a "Teaching Tool" in the usual sense, lynda.com is an online training resource partner of UF. lynda.com's online training library has over 3,000 courses, ranging from Web development, animation, and video graphics to courses in business software and Microsoft SharePoint training. Click on Login to access the University of Florida log-in. If you are an instructor and the classes you teach require a certain kind of technical skill to be successful, you should explore lynda.com for tutorials to which you can direct your students to remediate weak skills or to learn new skills for your course. Likewise, if you are a student, you might wish to explore lynda.com to help learn new software or to enhance your skills in software you already know.

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  • iRubric is only available for the Sakai course management system.

    UF has licensed iRubric from Reazon Systems to support rubric-based grading and assessment. iRubric is a comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and sharing tool integrated with the e-Learning System's Gradebook . Scoring rubrics cannot be made any easier. Just pull up a rubric from the gradebook, click, click, and you're done. Rubric scores are automatically adjusted to the coursework grading scale and posted on the gradebook. All you have to do next is to press Save. Students get a copy of the scored rubric securely...no more paperwork, no more calculations, and no more confusion.

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  • UF has adopted Big Blue Button (BBB), an open source service for synchronous communication integrated with the e-Learning System. Big Blue Button enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students. BBB supports online collaboration groups and presentations for up to 40 participants at a time; therefore BBB is excellent for collaboration, small groups . including student-initiated sessions, and activities such as online office hours. However, BBB is not a solution for large class online lectures involving more than 40 people. As a general rule of thumb, large group .lectures. are best served by lecture capture or recording a lecture using a service such as Mediasite or Camtasia.

    Big Blue Button is available integrated with e-Learning. While students can create their own collaboration sessions in courses where an instructor has enabled Big Blue Button, or in Project Sites.

    If you need to run an online session such as a lecture, webinar, or presentation to more than 40 participants, please contact LSS. We have an online .seminar room. that supports up to 200 simultaneous users that can be reserved for webinars and other larger group purposes.

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  • Turnitin is an online anti-plagiarism service which compares student submissions to millions of websites and papers submitted for exact matches. Instructors can verify if students properly cited their sources. The reports are integrated into the Assignments tool in e-Learning, or Turnitin can be used as a stand-alone product, offering more tools such as grading rubrics.

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  • VoiceThread is a new service from Academic Technologies to support teaching and learning. VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio files, or video comments. Typically, an instructor creates the initial narrative slides and students then add their comments at any point in the narration. VoiceThreads can be posted on your website or save it to an MP3 or DVD. VoiceThread can be used to simulate conversations and interviews, allow users to critique and comment on interviews and analyze a conversation for body language and other nuances such as tone of voice. In short, VoiceThread allows instructional collaboration centered on communication.

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Research Tools

  • iThenticate is a new service for faculty, staff, and graduate student research and grant-writing. iThenticate, from the creators of Turnitin, allows you to scan your own research and grant proposals for missed citations and other mistakes that could be characterized as plagiarism, thereby protecting the integrity of your scholarship and your professional reputation.

    iThenticate scans against a massive database of documents and files drawn from the Internet, as well as from more than 26,000,000 published research articles, 80 global scientific, technical and medical publishers, more than 1 million abstracts and citations from PubMed; and more than 20,000 scholarly research titles from EBSCOhost and the Gale InfoTrac OneFile. iThenticate is also used by major grant sources such as the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Mental Health; thus UF researchers can use the tool used by these and other agencies to help evaluate your work.

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  • Qualtrics is a robust, sophisticated service for creating and delivering web-based surveys. With over 100 question types available and the ability to create interactive questions and engage survey-takers with rich media, it becomes possible to increase response rates. Users can also pull questions from professionally designed surveys as well as create your own library of questions, surveys, messages, and media.

    Quantitative survey data can be analyzed as it is collected and researchers can pre-create reports with graphs, charts, and tables that populate in real time. Likewise, data can be exported into SPSS, Excel, or a variety of other formats for additional analysis. Furthermore, Qualtrics reports can be exported to PowerPoint, Word, or as a PDF file to use in presentations, reports, and research writing.

    To login you will need your GatorLink username and password. Once you are logged in, you will be able to create, deliver, collect, and analyze online surveys in support of your teaching, research, and studies with expected adherence to codes and ethics for survey research.

    Please note that Restricted Data is not permitted in the questions or answers of Qualtrics. For questions about what constitutes Restricted Data or codes and ethics for research data see http://www.it.ufl.edu/policies/infosecdefinitions.html or contact the IT Security Office , Privacy Office or the Office of Research.

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