Broadly speaking, there are two categories of learning technologies at CSU:
Academic staff may introduce External Educational Technologies (opens in new window) into their subjects in order to enhance the learning experience. Staff are responsible for ensuring such technologies meet the requirements of relevant CSU policies, as summarised in this check-list which must be completed and submitted to the respective Head of School and the External Educational Technologies Coordinator.
A broad array of supported technologies are available within our online learning environment, Interact2. These technologies fulfil many of the learning and teaching needs of staff and students. The following information can help you work out which technologies to use based on what aspects of learning and teaching you are trying to support/implement.
The principal tools for content delivery are the "build content" options in your Blackboard subject site. These options allow you set-up your content in different formats, including simple folder structures through to learning modules and integrating web-links and multimedia. More detailed help is available here.
Other content delivery tools include:
A number of communication, collaboration and reflection tools exist within your Blackboard subject site:
In addition, CSU uses some "best in class" tools:
A number of different types of assessment and feedback tools existing within Interact2.
Tools for conducting online assessments:
Tools for assessment administration and marking:
Tools for providing or informing feedback to students:
Tools for gathering feedback from students:
All the Interact2 tools listed in the other categories can be employed to support students during their work placements. In particular, the communication, collaboration and reflection tools can be used to help students on placement to connect with their peers, share experiences and address some of the feelings of isolation often encountered in workplace learning situations.
In terms of managing student placements, InPlace, is CSU's supported tool. For information about InPlace, please contact our Workplace Learning Systems Officer, Di Plunkett.
CSU's course design system is CourseSpace. It allows design teams to collaboratively develop a course, evaluate it and submit it for internal and external accreditation.
All supported technologies work on the major mobile interfaces. The capacity to work in a mobile environment is now a primary selection criteria for our learning technologies. Some of our platforms, such as Blackboard and Adobe Connect, have dedicated apps to facilitate easier mobile access.
In addition, a wide-variety of mobile apps are available to support learning and teaching. Such apps are emerging and evolving all the time. An introduction to some key apps can be found in the CSU Mobile Hub.