Below are a few services and tips you might find useful as you prepare for the semester. If you’d like to know more about these topics, please reach out to Jason Simms, our instructional technologist, at simmsj@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5632.

Smart classroom presentation tips

  • Lecture Capture: Kaltura Classroom is installed on smart classroom PCs. This tool allows you to record what displays on the PC with the push of a button. You also can connect your own mic or webcam to capture audio and/or video. When finished, your recording will be uploaded automatically to My Media in Moodle where you can order captions, and choose to post it to the class or to specific students. help.lafayette.edu/getting-started-with-lecture-capture/
  • Mirroring your device in class: You can use the screensharing option in Zoom to mirror your own device (e.g., laptop, iPad) to the projector in the classroom wirelessly, allowing you to be more mobile in class. Your students can connect their devices too, should you wish. You also can combine this with the lecture capture service mentioned above to record the session. help.lafayette.edu/zoom-mirror-device/
  • Bringing outside guests to class virtually: Using Zoom, you can invite guests outside of Lafayette to speak with your classes. Web conferencing cams and mics are available from the circulation desk in Skillman Library. its.lafayette.edu/2018/04/24/tots6-inviting-a-guest-speaker-to-class-using-zoom/
  • Using extended desktop: Smart classroom PCs are set to mirror or duplicate the PC monitor to the screen. However, you can enable extended desktop, which allows you to have two separate screens. This can be helpful, for instance, when using presentation mode in PowerPoint or Google Slides. help.lafayette.edu/using-extended-desktop/

Moodle reminders and updates

  • Merging courses: Teaching multiple sections of the same course and don’t want to maintain separate Moodle sites? If so, you can create a merged course on your own. help.lafayette.edu/merging-moodle-course-sites/
  • My students can’t see my course: Please remember Moodle courses are created hidden. You have to make courses visible so students can see them. help.lafayette.edu/making-your-moodle-course-available/
  • Course cover images: Moodle now allows you to associate images with courses to visually help differentiate them. help.lafayette.edu/add-a-cover-image-for-your-course/
  • FileScan block: Thanks to a collaboration with Swarthmore, we installed the FileScan block, which when enabled will automatically check the accessibility of all PDFs uploaded by the instructor. We will offer training on this in the fall. help.lafayette.edu/using-the-file-scan-block-in-moodle/
  • A student just added my class but they can’t see it in Moodle: Course enrollments are updated automatically by Banner on a nightly basis. However, if you think a student needs immediate access to the Moodle course, you can add them manually. We strongly encourage you to expire this manual enrollment so the Banner enrollment can remain the authoritative source. help.lafayette.edu/adding-users-to-moodle-courses/
  • Access to Moodle help documents: Every Moodle course includes a “Moodle Help” link at the top, which is visible only to instructors. Additionally, the Help site was migrated to WordPress this summer, and the search tool hasn’t completed its crawl of the site. This means you may find broken links when searching the Help site. For now, we recommend navigating the site until the crawl is completed. help.lafayette.edu/moodle/

Writing with WordPress

  • Zotero integration: Recently we added a plugin, ZotPress, that allows one to use their Zotero citations while writing in WordPress. This can be helpful if you want your students to be able to easily cite their Zotero sources while they post to a course blog. This plugin can be enabled by submitting a request to the Help Desk at help@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5501.
  • The Web Community of Practice will continue meeting this fall. Lunch will be provided, so check web.lafayette.edu to see when this community of practice will be meeting.

Please contact Jason Simms to let us know how Instructional Technology might help you plan your teaching and research that require technology. Also, we will offer programming this fall in conjunction with CITLS, so be on the lookout for upcoming announcements.