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Other technologies

SCU provides a range of additional technologies that can assist academic staff in the preparation and/or delivery of their units of study. Consider whether you or your students could benefit from the use of the following SCU supported options.

SCU has videoconferencing facilities across the University's campuses, allowing for concurrent audio-visual connection between two or more locations. Videoconferencing that includes a Mediasite equipped location can be recorded. Equipment provided in each videoconference location includes two projectors and screens, a Windows PC (with standard SCU software applications installed), a DVD player and a document camera. The desktop of the Windows PC or the document camera can be displayed on one of the screens in each location.

The booking of videoconferences is made through SCU's timetabling team system using the or using a Microsoft Outlook Meeting Request.

Support, assistance and training in the use of the University's videoconferencing facilities are provided by . The Centre for Teaching and Learning also run "Effective Videoconference Teaching" workshops.

Campus locations with videoconference facilities

 

Preparing to Teach via Video Link

Audacity is open-source audio recording and editing software that staff can use to create and edit audio recordings (podcasts) which can then be added to MySCU Learning Sites. Recordings created using Audacity can also be uploaded to the SCU My Mediasite portal where they can be edited and shared.

Audacity is part of the standard software installation profile on University staff computers, and can also be installed on staff computers by accessing the Software Center in Windows (Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center 2012 > Configuration Manager > Software Center. Audacity can also be downloaded for use on other computer systems from the Audacity website at no cost. In order to use Audacity you will require speakers and a microphone on your computer system (use of a headset is recommended).

Audio recordings created using Audacity can be added to a MySCU Learning Site either by using the Build Content menu for a content item, or by using the Insert/Edit Embedded Media tool in an item's content editor.

For assistance with the use of Audacity, please visit the Audacity help pages.

EndNote is software used by staff and students to manage references and bibliographies when writing essays and articles. EndNote support is available from by the SCU Library, which has a detailed library guide containing links to guides and webinars and other support information.

The Library conducts regular classes during session in introductory and advanced use of EndNote. Notifications of upcoming classes are sent by email to all staff and students.

SCU Library's EndNote library guide

EndNote's training resources

Qualtrics is a comprehensive survey tool that provides a broad range of surveying capabilities and reports. SCU has a University-wide licence for the use of Qualtrics by staff and students. Qualtrics is hosted externally to SCU and the vendor's support site offers a broad range of training guides, webinars and email support.

To login or create a Qualtrics account go to the Qualtrics Control Panel.

Mobile@SCU is a free mobile application that provides SCU information and services to staff and students' smartphones and tablets.

Mobile@SCU provides access to University phone directories, campus maps, Library services, MySCU Blackboard and more.

Mobile@SCU is available for download for Apple mobile devices from the iTunes App Store and for Android mobile devices from the Google Play Store.

Blackboard Mobile Learn is a free mobile application that allows SCU staff and students to use their mobile devices to access MySCU unit content including announcements, discussion forums, grades, blogs and tasks.

Blackboard Mobile Learn is available for Apple mobile devices from the iTunes App Store, Android mobile devices from the Google Play Store and Blackberry devices from Blackberry World.

Note: the functionality of this mobile app is also available by using the Mobile@SCU app.

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