Instructional Design Center
The Instructional Design Center supports integration of technology into teaching and learning. The following instructional technologies are available for your use at Ramapo:
- Moodle (learning management system)
- My Ramapo/Luminis portal (course tools, groups, calendar)
- Turnitin (plagiarism, peer review of papers, online grading and rubrics)
- Qualtrics (online surveys)
- Adobe Connect (web conferencing)
- TechSmith Relay (lecture capture)
- Google Apps @ Ramapo (Google Docs, Drive, Sites, Calendar)
- Web 2.0
Training opportunities are available both online and as workshops offered on campus. Faculty and staff can stop by the Instructional Design Center any time for individual assistance. For more information read below:
Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), similar to WebCT, that has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic websites for their students. Its focus is on giving educators multiple tools to manage and promote learning, but there are many ways to use Moodle:
- It can be used as a platform to organize and conduct fully online courses, while some use it simply to augment face-to-face courses (known as blended learning).
- Users have a choice of many activity modules (such as Forums/Discussion, Wikis, Databases and so on) to build richly collaborative communities of learning around their subject matter (in the social constructionist tradition). Other tools allow the delivery of content to students and assess learning using assignments or quizzes.
To find out more about using Moodle, contact the Instructional Design Center. Provide your name, Ramapo e-mail, course name, course number and section for all courses using Moodle.
My Ramapo/Luminis Portal
My Ramapo is a single login portal that gives users access to secured information on Ramapo’s intranet. Features include College announcements; web self-service for faculty, students, and employees; e-mail, calendars, groups, course tools, and even more services in the future. My Ramapo is a communication tool that allows users in the Ramapo community to receive and send customized information according to their role, i.e. student, faculty, employee. You can also personalize your portal by adding tabs which pull in your favorite websites, RSS news feeds, and more. A Ramapo e-mail account is required for access to this system.
Convener Tools: Conveners can be trained to send e-mails to students in their majors, minors, concentrations, or to individual courses within their major.
Turn-it-in is an online program that contains three components targeted toward improving student writing: OriginalityCheck, PeerMark and GradeMark.
- OriginalityCheck checks the originality of student papers and is used in the context of partnering with students to avoid “cut and paste” plagiarism.
- GradeMark provides a paperless grading system to ease the grading of papers. GradeMark simplifies the online grading of papers for the instructor with drag-and-drop grading comments for commonly used writing issues, as well as customizable comments and audio comments. Another feature of GradeMark is the ability for the instructor to create and share rubrics to be used in the grading process.
- PeerMark allows anonymous peer review of papers, to engage students in the writing process.
Turnitin is available to all instructors at Ramapo College and, if you choose, to your students as well. Turnitin is most easily used when integrated through Moodle. However, it can be used as a stand-alone application for those not using Moodle. Without Moodle you need to set up a Turnitin account — login to My Ramapo/Luminis, go to the Tech Connect tab, and information is available under the Instructional Design Center channel.
Qualtrics is an online survey tool that allows you to create, edit, distribute and view surveys or polls. Once you login, you have access to help and video tutorials. Qualtrics allows you to create your own survey, but also contains libraries of entire surveys, as well as individual questions, messages, and graphics. Survey data can be downloaded to SPSS, CSV, XML, HTML; and reports can be exported to PDF, Excel 2007, Word 2007 or PowerPoint 2007.
To create a Qualtrics account, faculty/staff should contact the Trish Williams in the Instructional Design Center to get the access code. Once you create your account and login, click on Help and Tutorials to get started with online training.
Review Ramapo’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research involving human subjects.
Qualtrics University (Guides, Tutorials and Online Training)
Ramapo has implemented eFolio, a web-based application that allows students to easily build an e-portfolio(s) without needing any Web design skills. eFolio supports multimedia and can include text, links, images, video, and other files. E-portfolios are a valuable tool for student assessment — promoting active learning by allowing students to develop their individual portfolios, while reflecting on and assessing their work. Additionally, e-portfolios can be shared beyond the classroom, to help with the job search process or other goals. More than one e-porftolio site can be developed on a single user’s account, to support different needs. To have your students create eFolio accounts, instructors should contact the Instructional Design Center to get the access code.
More information on eFolio (URL, account setup, guides and tutorials)
Adobe Connect is a web conferencing solution that can be used for online learning, webinars and web meetings. Connect with others in a virtual room that provides video and audio conferencing (webcam and headset required,) as well as other tools for live, interactive sessions. Adobe Connect can personalize and enhance online and hybrid courses, allowing people to meet online from remote locations. Hosts and presenters can share presentations and other files, annotate on a whiteboard, or share their computer screen with participants. Engage participants using text chat for dialogue, or polling to receive immediate feedback. Meeting hosts can allow participants to become presenters, if desired. Hosts can customize and control meeting room layouts. Connect supports breakout rooms for small group discussion. Sessions can be recorded and shared with participants.
Meeting hosts require an account to create and control meeting rooms, and invite participants. Training and practice is highly recommended prior to live sessions for new users. Participants/students do NOT need an account, they only need a invitation with the link to the meeting room. Meeting hosts (faculty/staff) must request an account through John Bragg in the Instructional Design Center.
TechSmith Relay is an application that allows you to easily record and share videos that capture your computer screen, and/or your webcam and audio narration, depending on your needs. Relay is great for recording lectures, presentations or meetings, and the simplicity of this tool makes it easy to use. Simply launch the application and give your recording a title and description, hit record and begin your presentation or lecture. When you are finished stop recording, and your video can be uploaded/published to a Ramapo server with the click of a button. You will receive an automated e-mail with the link to your finished recording once it is published, so you can share your videos.
TechSmith Relay application is currently installed in most classroom teacher’s stations. You can request that Relay be installed on your office computer or additional classroom teacher’s station. You will be given a Relay user name and password which is used to publish your Relay recordings. Please contact the Help Desk for all requests at 201-684-7777. Recommendations for the best quality audio recordings are to use either an audio headset (for non-classroom setting,) or a USB speakerphone for classroom setting (requested through Academic Media Services).
There are many other web-based tools available for use in the academic setting that we can help you to integrate into your courses. Web 2.0 tools are great tools for your students to use to collaborate, making them perfect learning tools for online or hybrid courses. Most web 2.0 applications are free, and anyone can easily request an account and be up and running in a few minutes. Most are easy to learn and use, and we are available to assist you, or confer with you on options. You can add a link to the site from your Moodle or My Ramapo/Luminis course, making it easy for students to access the Website (a login will still be required). There are too many Web 2.0 applications to list here, but they are available by searching on the Internet. Below are the Google Apps Web 2.0 options supported at Ramapo College.
Google Apps @ Ramapo
Ramapo has implemented several applications from Google Apps allowing you to login with your Ramapo e-mail user name and password. Google Apps are built around collaboration and can be used in several ways. There is no software to install on your computer, everything is online “in the cloud.” More apps may be available in the future, but here is what is currently available:
- Google Docs & Drive
- Google Sites
- Google Calendar
- Google Contacts
Google Docs and Drive
Google Docs is a suite of collaborative web-based tools that include text documents, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, and a drawing tool. Google Docs is ideal for sharing and collaboration of files over the Internet. You can upload documents, create new documents, view, edit and share documents with others. Google docs in very useful for collaboration with colleagues (e.g. units, schools, committees), or for collaborative projects within your courses, as well as other uses. Google Docs are stored on your Google Drive.
Google sites is a type of website called a wiki. Google sites allows you to create your own Website without requiring any knowledge of HTML or FTP. A simple edit and save button makes adding content easy. Google sites can be used individually or collaboratively to develop and edit sites with ease. You can insert text, pictures, and videos and customize your site. Make your site public, available only to the Ramapo community, or only to people you specify.
Google calendar is a web-based calendar to manage your events and tasks. Calendars and notifications can by synced with mobile devices or e-mail clients. Calendars can be private, public, shared with the Ramapo community, or shared only select individuals for collaboration.