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6 Quick Responses to Faculty Questions

When faculty members come to the Instructional Technology and Media Services team at NJIT with requests, problems, and questions, here’s how the staffers respond:

“I want my students to create audio presentations….” Audacity (free; audacity.sourceforge.net), a program for creating audio presentations in podcast format.

“I want my students to showcase their work….” Freebies WordPress (wordpress.org) for blog-like portfolios and Mahara (mahara.org) for more formal e-portfolios.

“We need to bring in students from other schools (or countries) to participate in this activity….” Wimba (not a freebie; wimba.com) for remote videoconferencing.

“I don’t want to post my lectures to YouTube because that content belongs to me….” Use the private area of iTunes U (free; apple.com/education/itunes-u) that restricts access to students registered for that particular course.

“I can’t get my computer to do…” Camtasia Relay (techsmith.com) for having instructors record what they’re doing on their computers and then send in the sample to get help; and LogMeIn Rescue (logmeinrescue.com) for web-based remote support, when a team member needs to “lay hands” upon the computer. (Neither is free.)

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Dian Schaffhauser is a writer who covers technology and business for a number of publications. Contact her at dian@dischaffhauser.com.

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