Learning Tools and Technologies

Langara’s EdTech department provides expertise, support, and guidance in a wide range of learning tools and technologies. To clarify our support structure, we have categorized these into three levels:

  • Level 1: Core, Supported Technologies
  • Level 2: Advised-on Technologies
  • Level 3: Technologies in the Pilot Phase.

Level 1: Core, Supported Technologies

Core technologies are those that EdTech administers, controls, and supports as part of our core business. EdTech’s core, supported technologies currently are:

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)

Level 2: Advised-On Technologies

EdTech 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.

EdTech’s advised-on technologies include:

  • Padlet (digital bulletin board)
  • Screencast-O-Matic (screen capture software: currently we have limited licenses available)
  • Audacity (a free, open-source audio editor)
  • iWeb/Courseweb (WordPress blogging and content management platform)
  • Pressbooks (a free to use open textbook publishing platform based on WordPress)

Level 3: Technologies in the Pilot Phase

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

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