Audacity

Audacity is a free audio editing software that you can use on Windows, Mac, or Linux. Audacity allows you to easily record, import, export, and edit audio for a variety of purposes.

You could use Audacity to record lecture notes to accompany slides, for interviews with subject experts, for an alternative to written assignments, or for podcasts. You could even take famous speeches and re-edit them into smaller pieces. You can then export your audio file in a lot of different formats allowing for greater accessibility.

To learn the basics on Audacity, check out our playlist here.
Interested in learning more?  Visit our YouTube channel, where we have uploaded some tutorials to get you started!

Still looking for more information?  Click here to contact the E-Learning Office.

Google Groups

Integrated with other Google Apps like Gmail, Calendar, and Drive, Google Groups is an excellent way to participate in online discussions with other Gmail users. Free of charge and easy to use, Google Groups allows users with shared interests to interact either through a web interface or email.

Using Google Groups, you can easily use photos, nicknames, and translate to communicate with anyone across the world. You can edit your posts with a rich text editor and access them from most mobile devices including Android and Mac iOS.  You can also set up mailing lists from various newsgroups across the web, or set up a mailing list for you and your class to share resources.

Interested in using Google Groups? Have a look at this playlist.
Interested in learning more?  Visit our YouTube channel, where we have uploaded some tutorials to get you started!

Still looking for more information?  Click here to contact the E-Learning Office.

Screen Capture

Screen Captures allow you to take images or video recordings of the content of your computer’s screen. No matter whether what operating system you use, you can take either a Screenshot (still image) or Screen Cast (video recordings) of your computer’s screen. Screen captures can be beneficial in a variety of contexts and offer great learning opportunities when used effectively.

Some situations when screen captures are helpful include:

  • Technical support – show people the exact problem you’re having with a picture or video
  • Engagement – annotate your lecture/presentation allowing your audience to hear and see your passion
  • Concepts including moving images – you could show using your screen intricate mechanisms

Screen Capture can help you present your work in a different light and to a larger audience. Have a look at this playlist to learn more about Screen Captures.

Interested in learning more?  Visit our YouTube channel, where we have uploaded some tutorials to get you started!

Still looking for more information?  Click here to contact the E-Learning Office.

Skype for the classroom and beyond

Skype allows you to make audio and video calls, share files, and chat with anyone you add as a contact. You can use Skype to collaborate, communicate, and connect with people locally, nationally, and internationally.

There are a multitude of ways to use Skype in educational contexts, with the following examples being just a few:

  • bringing Guest Speakers into the class from pretty much anywhere
  • using Skype for online office hours / consultations
  • cultural sharing between classes in different countries

To get an idea of how and what to do with Skype have a look at our playlists below.

Check out our Skype for Windows Playlist here.
OR

Check out our Skype for Mac Playlist here.

Interested in learning more?  Visit our YouTube channel, where we have uploaded some tutorials to get you started!

Still looking for more information?  Click here to contact the E-Learning Office.

Google Sites

Google Sites is a tool where you can create websites, allowing for multiple contributors to edit, collaborate, and share.  Google Sites has a huge selection of themes and features which allow you to customize your website with limited knowledge of website development.

The greatest feature of Google Sites is the ability to make sites private.  This means that you can create websites that are only accessible to a select group of individuals.  Google Sites is a great option for creating an ePortfolio, because you get to decide who sees what!

If you are already a user of Google Drive or Google Calendar, you can easily integrate documents, forms, and calendars into your Google Site.  Every student at UPEI already has a Google Account, while staff and faculty must contact ITSS to make the switch from Groupwise.

Watch the tutorials below to learn more if you are interested in creating a website, ePortfolio, or blog!  It is super easy to get started!

Interested in learning more?  Visit the E-Learning YouTube Channel.

Still looking for more information?  Click here to contact the E-Learning Office.