»Academic Technology Services

We offer support for all of the applications and technologies listed below. If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to contact the person indicated after each application/technology.

Blackboard - a web-based learning management system (LMS), which allows instructors to easily share documents and information with students and supports communication tools such as course-based email, discussion boards, and a grade book. Log into Blackboard at http://blackboard.chapman.edu. For more info, view the online documentation available from within Blackboard or contact Kim Welch.

TurnItIn - this plagiarism detection software is a web-based service accessed through a Blackboard course site. For more info, contact Kim Welch.

Powerpoint - Powerpoint is the most popular application for creating and projecting computer-based presentations. Using Powerpoint, you can create a series of "slides" that may include text, images, audio and video, all packaged up in a single presentation file. For more info, contact Jana Remy.

Prezi presentation software - Like Powerpoint, Prezi is used to create and display presentations to accompany a lecture or a talk. Unlike Powerpoint, Prezi offers a high degree of flexibility to make last-minute changes to the order of presentation of material, as well as options to incorporate graphical elements into the presentation structure. For more info, contact Mary Litch.

Turning Point - (aka, "clickers") allows instructors to poll or quiz students in class and collect and display results in real-time. Turning Point is used in conjunction with Powerpoint and can help instructors improve student engagement in the classroom and provide a means for real-time assessment of student learning. For more info, contact Jana Remy.

Podcasting - podcasts are audio (sometimes video) that can be downloaded onto a computer or other device (e.g., iPod) for local playback. This technology lets you easily record lectures or special events and post them online for later viewing. For more info, contact Jana Remy.

Web 2.0 Tools - Campus Pack Wikis & Blogs are Web 2.0 tools for public and private web-based publishing. They are included in the toolset for course sites on Blackboard. These tools can be used to facilitate student collaboration and peer review. We also support wiki and blogging software hosted externally (e.g., WordPress, Blogger, PBwiki). For more info, contact Jana Remy.

Photoshop - Photoshop is the most popular software for manipulating digital images. The "full-blown" version of Photoshop is installed on various computers across campus, including the workstations in Leatherby Library B12 and B16. For more info, contact Mary Litch.

e-Portfolios for Critical Year Review and Promotion and Tenure - The WordPress web-publishing platform is used to host closed-access electronic portfolios for Critical Year Review and Promotion and Tenure. For more info, contact Jana Remy.

Open Journal System - locally-hosted e-journal software that offers both management of the editorial workflow and an interface for serving electronic journals via the web. For more info, contact Mary Litch.

Lime Survey - locally-hosted survey software that allows the user to create web-based surveys and manage their deployment. Reproduces the same functionality as the subscription version of familiar commercial web-based survey hosting applications such as Survey Monkey. Available for both academic and administrative use. For more info, contact Mary Litch.

Omeka - locally-hosted software for building and managing digital media collections and sharing them via the web. For more info, contact Mary Litch.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) - OCR involves electronically "reading" the text in a digital image of a text document. The most common scenario involves running OCR on the digital image file that results when you scan one or more printed pages. For more info, contact Mary Litch.

Working with Electronic Texts - Once you possess a text in electronic form (either as a result of running OCR on a scanned printed work or a born-digital electronic copy of a work), you can perform certain manipulations on that text (e.g., searching) that are not possible with a printed version of the work. We support several applications that allow you to manipulate electronic texts in various ways, such as automatically creating a complete concordance of the work. For more info, contact Mary Litch.

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