Technology Essentials


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This page is designed to give you quick access to the Instructional Technology (IT) resources available at WWU. Please note that instructional and media design consulting is also available (x7210/x49

Key Offices


Resource Pages
  • Blogs - A blog (a.k.a., "web log") is an online collection of personal commentary and links. Blogs can be viewed as online journals to which others can respond.1
  • Clickers - Clickers refer to classroom response systems (CRS), also known as personal response systems, consisting of devices that students can use to interact with an instructor's questions via computer software.2
  • Lecture Capture/Screencasting - WWU currently uses Camtasia Relay which allows instructors to record lectures or pre-record any screen and audio presentation and make it accessible online.
  • SmartBoards/Interactive Whiteboards - Smartboards - a touch-sensitive screen that works in conjunction with a computing device--are installed in several classrooms and meeting spaces around campus.
  • Video and Audio - Video and/or audio (podcast) materials can be made available through an online sharing service where viewers can post feedback and "subscribe" to similar content. Usage statistics also enhance the usefulness of the service.
  • Web Conferencing - Web conferencing is a term that describes a synchronous, electronic environment in which meetings, trainings, or presentations can take place.
  • Wikis - Wikis are web pages that can be viewed and modified by anyone with a web browser and internet access.1


More resources on emerging technologies in education:

  • "7 Things you Should Know About..." - series by the Educause Learning Initiative
  • MIT OpenCourseWare - free and open resource for discipline-specific course materials
  • MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
  • TLT Group - American Association of Higher Education's teaching, learning, and technology affiliate

See also the Instructional Technology section of this Teaching Handbook.

Source Information

1. Educause Learning Initiative, EDUCAUSE.

2. Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University.


Page Updated 01.07.2016