Tools

Academic Technology has tools available to facilitate remote or online learning, including resources in Zoom, Moodle and lecture capture.  If you would like to learn more about these tools, please Report an Issue through submitting a ticket to ServiceNow.

Submit requests for additional equipment considerations here

We don't expect everyone to become experts in online teaching overnight. In fact, given the circumstances, we recommend faculty simply use Zoom to hold class sessions remotely and for one-on-one meetings with students. Instructions for how to set up a meeting with Zoom through the Zoom website are available here. Please remember, these are extraordinary circumstances, and please, be kind to both yourself and your students.

Moodle: Moodle is our learning management system. Please note, extensive Moodle documentation is available online here. Through Moodle, faculty can ask their students to hold asynchronous conversations through the forum activity or real time synchronous conversations through chat, create a space for students to submit work and instructors can also provide feedback with the assignment activity, and create a gradebook.

A Moodle is created for every course and is accessible through WesPortal.

Zoom: Zoom is our video-conferencing solution. Through Zoom, faculty can hold pre-scheduled live discussions or lectures, record a lecture or record a lecture capture and share it for asynchronous learning, or conduct one-on-one sessions with a student or a group of students. Zoom has created a comprehensive guide to educating synchronously and asynchronously through its platform available here

All Wesleyan University faculty and staff have access to a Zoom basic account. Additionally, the university has licensing for up to 500 concurrent professional accounts. If you have need for a Zoom Professional license, please request one by contacting the ITS Helpdesk at (860) 685-4000 or by Reporting an Issue through ServiceNow. 

For suggestions on how to run a remote classroom, please consult this etiquette guide for virtual classrooms.  

For those who are concerned about "Zoom Bombing," here is a list of tools in Zoom that can be used to keep unwanted guests out of your meetings.

Echo360: Through Echo360 Universal Capture, faculty can record a lecture and share it for asynchronous learning. To learn more about Echo360, please email Bonnie Solivan.

PowerPoint: Slideshows created in PowerPoint can be recorded, with voiceover, and shared with students for asynchronous learning. Tips for recording a slideshow with narration are available here.   

In addition, through the Faculty Forum, the faculty have been sharing additional resources. We compiled these resources here, as well as added others being shared and created by peer institutions.