The Instructional Technology & Design (ITD) Office provides and supports a suite of tools for the iSchool community, but specifically our on campus and adjunct instructors. All courses will have Moodle course space and file storage space created automatically. In addition, instructors will have the option of utilizing a number of other tools and services to meet their instructional needs including wikis for collaborative work, synchronous tools, and more. Our office provides one-on-one training for most of these tools and resources.
We will contact you about your course needs and expectations. In addition to one-on-one sessions with ITD staff, we will hold group instructor overview sessions to review the basics of Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate.
To get started with your course development, we suggest:
- Accessing and Setting Up your University of Illinois Account.
- Create and add your course syllabus and resources to Moodle.
- Review campus resources including accessibility policies, ICES course evaluation feedback, and the University Library services.
The primary tool provided for instructional use is Moodle, an open-source course management system implemented in 2007. Moodle spaces are automatically provided for all courses a few weeks before the beginning of the semester. You are encouraged to use as many of the Moodle tools as you think would be useful in conjunction with your existing course materials. At minimum, we request that you post your syllabus (as a text page, web page, or linked from your course directory) to your course space. Moodle spaces can also be selectively created for independent study projects, student groups, or other longer-term collaborations.
Access to Moodle is restricted to members of the University community. Course-specific information including participant lists, forums, assignments, etc., are restricted to instructors, students enrolled in the class, and other authorized agents of the University of Illinois (e.g., site administrators, support staff, guest speakers, etc.).
If you have questions about Moodle or need assistance preparing materials for your course space, please contact the Instructional Technology and Design Office (ITD) at help [at] support.ischool.illinois.edu.
For live synchronous sessions, the School uses Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Blackboard Collaborate is web conferencing software that utilizes VoIP, text chat, video, application-sharing, and more. Each session is recorded, archived, and made available to the instructor(s) and students shortly after class ends. We do require that both instructors and students use a headset microphone for these sessions. Please contact help [at] support.ischool.illinois.edu to schedule a training session, or if you have questions about the live sessions.
iSchool Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 101 (login required)