Educational Technology

The Coulter Faculty Commons Educational Technology team provides support and assistance with many forms of classroom technology tools, digital media, and online learning techniques.

Computers

The CFC’s computer lab is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

We have both MAC and Windows computers set up in the lab and they are loaded with a variety of design, production, and creation tools. The Educational Technology team provides scheduled support for faculty, staff, and graduate students.

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Services

Online Collaboration

If you are planning on hosting synchronous virtual sessions for online or hybrid courses, or simply interested in the creation of virtual meetings for committees and departments, the Coulter Faculty Commons provides support for both Skype for Business and Blackboard Collaborate. Learn more about these tools

If you would like instructions and/or training on how to set up Blackboard Collaborate Ultra in your Blackboard courses, complete this form and a member of the LMS Team will contact you and answer your questions.

More detail on the latest capabilities of Skype for Business and Blackboard Collaborate are available on our Faculty Resources Page

Flipped Video and Screen Capture

One of the most exciting new educational technology techniques is to create video resources for students to view outside of class. Western Carolina University’s tool of choice for this is Panopto. The Coulter Faculty Commons provides all faculty, staff, and graduate student support for Panopto, including course set up, training with the built-in editors, and troubleshooting.

Presentation Tools

The Educational Technology team also provides support for PollEverywhere, a virtual clicker and classroom interactivity and polling tool. To request a PollEverywhere account, click here. The CFC also supports the use of PowerPoint, Sway, Google Slides, Prezi, and other digital presentation tools.

Web Presence

Faculty and staff at Western Carolina may request WordPress sites on the faculty.wcu.edu domain. The Ed Tech team can also provide support for designing a site, the functionality of WordPress, and get you started if you want to learn more about HTML and CSS coding. Request a WordPress site 

Two other more simple tools with less functionality but a far less steep learning curve are offered by Microsoft and integrated as part of our Microsoft 365 package. We will be glad to help you set up and optimize the use of Sway, a micro-website that can be accessed directly from your Office365 web launcher, and Docs.com, a simple web-publishing and collaboration tool.

If you require survey or research support, WCU faculty and staff have access to Qualtrics, an online survey and reporting tool. Explore Qualitrics 

Faculty Innovation Team

We seek faculty who would like to partner with the CFC to share their expertise and/or desire to use technology more effectively as a tool for improving learning. For more information, contact Jonathan Wade.

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