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Learning Tech Resources

Below is a list of some of the commonly used technology for teaching and learning on campus.

Blackboard (Learning Management System - LMS)

Blackboard is an academic and community-based content management, collaboration, facilitation, and distribution platform. It’s primarily used as a communication tool and as an access point for resources for student learning.

It can be used for:

  • posting documents
  • creating learning modules including content and assessment
  • collecting student-created content

It is directly connected to many other academic tools available on campus including:

  • lecture capture (Panopto)
  • audience response systems
  • textbook ancillaries
  • online classrooms
  • ePortfolios
  • secure browser for assessment
  • plagiarism detection software

To get started, please see Blackboard for Instructors: Where Do I Start? (The instructions refer to several different views. Currently at Drake we use the Original Course View). If you have experience using our LMS, you might consult Preparing your Blackboard Course for the Semester (How-to). If you need additional assistance, submit a Blackboard Consultation request via our IT service portal.

Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing)

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing is an application for moderating classes, meetings, office hours, or other group collaborations where participants can share whiteboards and screens, chat by voice or text, and/or engage in other ways like taking polls and answering questions. To get started, please see the information at Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing. If you need additional assistance, get help by submitting a Blackboard Consultation request via our service portal.

Blackboard ePortfolio

Portfolios are an invaluable tool in academic and professional development. They provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time.

Portfolios offer a means to demonstrate formative and/or summative progress and achievement. Portfolio authors are empowered with tools to effectively present their information in a cohesive, personalized format. Begin developing personal portfolios, take a look at Creating and Working with Blackboard ePortfolios for Users (How-to)

To learn how to set up pre-prescribed templates for portfolios, instructors and leaders should look at Setting Up Blackboard ePortfolios for Instructors/Leaders (How-to). Once a portfolio is complete, the goal is to share it with others If you need additional assistance, request assistance by submitting a Blackboard Consultation request via our service portal.

iPeer (Self & Peer Evaluation)

iPeer is a peer evaluation application available within Blackboard where instructors can customize and receive students' (anonymized from a student perspective) evaluations from each other. These evaluations can then be shared with the evaluated students or kept confidential between the instructor and the student evaluator. For additional information see the following tutorials in the IT service portal, Creating student evaluations in iPeer (How-to) and Creating iPeer Rubrics (How-to).

LockDown Brower (Computer-based Proctored Testing)

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. It prevents students from copying, printing, accessing other applications, or visiting other websites during an online exam. Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized until the exam concludes. To get started, please see the IT service portal article, Respondus Lockdown Browser for Instructors (How-to). & Other Online Training is the leading online learning platform which helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Lynda's video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts can be accessed for free by anyone with a Drake email address. NOTE: Drake will be ending its campus subscription on June 30, 2019.

To get started, please see Getting Started with to Access Online Training (How-to). It describes how to initially set up your Lynda account so you can begin accessing the course library.

There's also a curated list of Technology Training Resources for Faculty & Staff in our IT service portal.


Mathematica is a symbolic mathematical computation program, sometimes called a computer algebra program, used in many scientific, engineering, mathematical, and computing fields. Features include instant dynamic interactivity, high-impact adaptive visualization, symbolic interface construction, load-on-demand curated data, image and audio processing, neural networkings, 3D printing, and tools for connecting to DLL, SQL, .NET, Java, C++, CUDA, HTTP, and Open CL based systems.

To get started, please see Downloading and Installing Mathematica (How-to).

Panopto (Lecture Capture)

Panopto is a video recording and distribution platform. It’s primarily used for:

  • recording lectures
  • flipping classroom content
  • collecting student-created content

It is directly connected to our Learning Management System (LMS) Blackboard. This connection makes the distribution of content easily available across multiple courses. To get started, please see Setting up and Installing Panopto Recorder (How-to) or request additional help by submitting a Multimedia Production Consultation request via our IT service portal.

Qualtrics (Survey & Research)

Qualtrics is a simple to use, yet robust, survey tool to conduct survey research, evaluations, or, to collect data, and is free to use by Drake faculty, staff, and students. It is easy to set up a survey within minutes even if you have never used Qualtrics previously. Qualtrics is also mobile compliant making it a great choice for in-class surveys. Results can be exported directly to a wide variety of file types or displayed online in real time for an external audiences. To get started, please see Getting Started with Qualtrics (How-to) or to get additional help, please submit a Qualtrics Consultation request via our service portal.

SafeAssign (Plagiarism Detection Software)

SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works. SafeAssign is effective as both an educational tool and a deterrent. Instructors use SafeAssign to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase, and to review assignment submissions for originality. It is directly connected to our Learning Management System (LMS) Blackboard.

To get started, please see Use SafeAssign in Assignments or to request additional help, please submit a Blackboard Consultation request via our IT service portal.

Wireless Projection

Drake University has a new standardized campus wireless projection system. The initiative coincided with the opening of the two newest buildings on campus and is now being rolled out campuswide as rooms are updated. This initiative allows faculty and student to connect wirelessly to classroom projection and allows up to four people to connect simultaneously without having to rely on imbedded technology.

To get started, please see Using WirelessDisplay (How-to).

WordPress (Faculty Publishing)

WordPress is the platform that is used for our faculty publishing environment. The faculty publishing environment provides faculty members with a website that can be used to publish and share research interests, or information on special projects.

To get started with a new site, please submit a request for a Faculty WordPress New Site Consultation via our IT service portal. If you would like to request help with an existing site, please submit a request for Faculty WordPress Site Assistance.

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