To provide educational technologies in support of UTMB's educational mission.
Academic Computing Contacts:
David del Pino Kloques
Financial Systems Analyst
Blackboard Learn 9.1 allows a web-based interface for UTMB’s distance, hybrid, and face-to-face courses, providing collaboration, engagement, and course management. Features include discussions, content, assignments, grade book, and exams/quizzes. Blackboard supports many extensions that integrate Blackboard with additional applications (see Blackboard Building Blocks below).
Tegrity Lecture Capture
Tegrity Campus 2.0 allows UTMB instructors to record lectures and talks from the podium or from any convenient site. Equipment required is a personal computer and a microphone; a web camera is optional to record the instructor in a separate window. Tegrity features include full search capability, high resolution screen recording, ease of use, variable speed playback, mobile viewing, and iTunes and Blackboard integration.
This application allows a-synchronic voice and media communications associated with educational objects like powerpoint presentation. VoiceThread is fully integrated to BlackBoard and Instructors can add VoiceThread to their blackboard courses.
Licensed applications for learning and research
Sigmaplot is a scientific graphing and statistical analysis package for Windows computers. Academic Computing provides and manages a 250 user license.
SPSS is a high-powered statistical analysis package for Windows and Apple computers. Academic Computing provides and manages a 30 concurrent intranet user license.
Communications and Videoconferencing applications
MS Lync is a Microsoft application integrated to Microsoft Office and part of UTMB Information Services supported applications
Microsoft Lync: http://www.utmb.edu/is/lync/
Additional Lync support: http://www.utmb.edu/facultyaffairs/FacultyDevelopment/Lync/.
Blackboard Building Blocks
Blackboard Building Blocks:
Blackboard functionality can be extended through the use of building blocks:
- For Instructors: Respondus (test building) and SoftChalk (Content creation.)
- For Students: You can install an app on your iOS or Android device to access Blackboard from wherever you are. See your app store to download the Blackboard Mobile Learn app ($1.99/yr or $5.99/unlimited).
At UTMB there are two testing applications implemented: Respondus and Perception support for students is provided by the instructors, and support for instructors is provided via the departments.