At the CED, we work to create a modern, up-to-date, and pedagogically future-proof digital ecosystem for learning at AU. In connection with this, we make a range of educational IT and digital tools available that can be used to support in- and out-of-class teaching activities.
The varied technologies have different characteristics and support various learning methods. Therefore, when selecting or deselecting certain educational technologies, it is essential to base this choice on pedagogical and didactic considerations, including whether the technology can help meet the intended learning outcome and support the planned activity.
Consider the following steps when selecting an educational technology or digital tool:
AU’s digital ecosystem for learning consists of a wide range of technologies, several of which are built into AU’s learning management system, Brightspace. Common to all the technologies is that the CED has ensured a license with the supplier and that everything concerning the IT security and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been taken care of. Specifically, these are the technologies listed below in which the CED offers pedagogical guidance and technical support.
Brightspace is AU’s learning management system (LMS). It houses a range of functionalities that can create a solid technology-supported foundation for teaching at AU. Brightspace allows for, for example, planning and running varying in-class and out-of-class activities, strengthening the progression between various learning activities, and facilitating and supporting different forms of feedback.
Panopto is a video platform that makes it easier to use video for teaching purposes. With Panopto, educators can easily and securely record and share video material and engage students in the videos with, for example, quizzes, debates, and automatic indexing. In addition, with Panopto, you can record and stream from lecture theatres.
Zoom is a video conferencing system that can be used, for example, to hold synchronous remote teaching and record video presentations, which can be shared with students. In Zoom, you can, among other things, divide participants into breakout rooms, draw on a whiteboard, and share screen.
A data processing agreement has been made between AU and the Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation (DeiC), which facilitates Zoom to AU, so it is safe and secure to use in teaching. You can read more about Zoom from DeiC here:
Mentimeter is a so-called student response system (SRS), which you can use to ask different kinds of questions to your students. Students can participate via a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and their responses are shared immediately with the help of well-arranged graphics. The tool can be used to foster dialogue or test their comprehension of the material. With Mentimeter, you can engage all the students during lectures or small-class teaching.
Find technical and pedagogical guidance at AU Educate or contact the EDU IT consultants at the CED concerning the pedagogical use of Mentimeter.
Peergrade is a tool that makes it easier to create peer-feedback activities for the students. The tool automates most of the process so that when students submit an assignment, Peergrade groups students and pass on their feedback. In the autumn semester, Peergrade will be phased out and replaced by Eduflow.
Find technical and pedagogical guidance at AU Educate or contact the EDU IT consultants at the CED concerning the pedagogical use of Eduflow.
The CED monitors the development of educational technology closely. However, if you have positive experiences with educational technologies that are not part of AU’s digital ecosystem for learning, you are welcome to contact us.
You can also contact us if you have come across an educational technology you would like to learn more about concerning the didactic applications and technical integration in Brightspace.