Langara’s Learning Tools and Technologies

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Langara’s Ed Tech department provides expertise, support, and guidance in a wide range of learning tools and technologiesTo clarify our support structure we have categorized these into four levels: Level 1: core, supported technologies, Level 2: advised-on technologies, Level 3: recognized technologies, and Level 4: technologies in the pilot phase. 

Level 1: Core, Supported Technologies 

Core technologies are those that Ed Tech administerscontrols, and supports as part of our core business. Support for core technologies includes: 

  • Providing full support to faculty and instructional staff using these technologies 
  • Offering a comprehensive faculty and instructional staff development and troubleshooting service 
  • Collecting statistics regarding use 
  • Ensuring that their setup complies with legal requirements (i.e. FIPPA and PIPA) and institutional policies (i.e. retention, backup, risk management) 

Ed Tech’s core, supported technologies are currently: 

Level 2: Advised-On Technologies 

Ed Tech faculty and staff have expertise with a range of apps, software, and cloud tools which have the potential to enrich learning and teaching. However, we do not necessarily have administration rights or control over these tools and they are not part of our core business. Support for these tools predominantly consists of advising on effective pedagogical practice in embedding them in learning and teaching activities. Where troubleshooting or technical support is required, please be aware that it may take us longer to respond as we prioritize our Level 1 technologies. 

Users must ensure that their use of ‘advised-on’ technologies complies with legal requirements (i.e. FIPPA, PIPA, data protection, copyright) and institutional policies. 

Ed Tech’s advised-on technologies include: 

  • Pressbooks (a free to use open textbook publishing platform based on WordPress) 
  • Screencast-O-Matic (screen capture software: currently we have 25 ‘Deluxe’ licenses per month available) 
  • Mattermost (instant chat software provided through OpenETC https://opened.ca) 
  • Audacity (a free, open-source audio editor) 
  • PeerMark (a peer review assignment tool integrated with Brightspace) 

Level 3: Recognized Educational Technologies 

Recognized technologies are used in many educational institutions to enhance learning and teaching. Ed Tech does not offer any formal support of these tools so be prepared to seek out online support yourself; however, faculty and staff may be able to offer some support. 

Users must ensure that their use of ‘recognized’ technologies complies with legal requirements (i.e. FIPPA, PIPA, data protection, copyright) and institutional policies. 

Ed Tech’s recognized technologies include: 

Technologies in the Pilot Phase

Before Ed Tech adopts a tool as a core supported technology it must go through a pilot process. The following technologies are currently in the pilot phase:

  • Padlet (digital bulletin board)
  • H5P (interactive content creation tool)
  • WeBWork (online homework system for math and science courses)

To connect with us about a tool or technology, visit our Hours page for contact information.

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