USC Price School of Public Policy

Learning Technologies

VoiceThread

VoiceThread can be thought of as a multimedia discussion board.  A discussion prompt need no longer be simply text based, but instead can be images, slides, video, or audio.  Students can respond to the prompt via video, audio, or text, allowing for a rich conversation that can add an additional element of social presence to an online class. Its also a quick and simple way to narrate presentations online with the ability to easily modify and add content. (more…)

  • Where is it used (fully-online, blended & intensives, on-campus)

VoiceThread Tutorials

Getting Started

- How update your profile photo

- How To Share Your VoiceThread

- VoiceThread for Intensives

 

Pathbrite

Pathbrite is a tool that allows both students and faculty to collect work in the form of a visually appealing digital portfolio.  Pathbrite also has some functionality of a learning management system (such as Blackboard), where faculty can create assignments, and provide grades and feedback. (more)

  • Where is it used (fully-online, blended, on-campus)

Pathbrite Tutorials

- Pathbrite User Guide

- How to Create a Pathbrite Course

- How to Create Assignments

 

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a web conferencing platform for web meetings, eLearning, and webinars. (more…)

  • Where is it used (fully-online, blended & intensives, on-campus)

Adobe Connect Tutorials

- How to Share Your Screen

- How to Share a PowerPoint or PDF

- How to Assign Presenter Rights to Students

Adobe Connect Tutorials on Lynda.com

- How To Create a Meeting Room

- Adobe Connect for Intensives

- How to Mute a Participant

- How to Mute a Telephone Number

- Test Your Computer’s Compatibility

 

Moodle

Moodle (acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an open source Learning Management System, with similar functionality to Blackboard.  (more…)

  • Where is it used (fully-online, blended & intensives, on-campus)

Moodle Tutorials

- How to Embed Youtube videos into Moodle

Yammer

- How to adjust your email notification settings in Yammer

 

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TechSmith Relay Tutorials

 

Learning Technology FAQ

How do I get a VoiceThread account?

If you are faculty or a student of the Price School, you are provided a VoiceThread account free of charge.  Please contact Shan Carballo, sccarbal@usc.edu for account login and details.

How do I get an Adobe Connect account?

Please contact Shan Carballo, sccarbal@usc.edu, with details regarding your planned usage of Adobe Connect.

What tools should I used when teaching an intensive course?

There are various technology options when teaching an intensive course.  Please view the brief presentations via the links below to help you decided what might be best for your particular situation and teaching style: (Blackboard Part 1 , Part 2)(VoiceThread)(Adobe Connect)

 

Best Practices:

Blended Online & Intensive Courses

There are several great tools for keeping your students engaged in between intensive sessions.  The simplest is arguably the Blackboard discussion board (tutorial)(video tutorial)

Faculty typically post weekly discussion prompts which the students are requested to respond to by a specific due date.  Replies can either be graded or ungraded assignments.

Some faculty choose to hold live meetings via video conferencing using a tool called Adobe Connect , while others create prerecorded lectures using VoiceThread.  Some faculty choose a combination of the above technologies.

Please contact Shan Carballo (sccarbal@usc.edu) for additional information on the tools described above.

 

Fully Online Courses

In most cases at the Price School, fully online courses are part of the Online MPA and EMHA programs.  These programs primarily use Moodle as the learning management system for storing course content, and Adobe Connect for live sessions.  If you are a new faculty member teaching in one of these programs, please first activate your USC email address , then contact Shan Carballo (sccarbal@usc.edu) for access to Moodle and Adobe Connect.

 

Curriculum & Content Resources

JSTOR

Course Reserves (ARES)

Electronic Hallway

Teaching Resources Guide for Public Affairs and Administration (Rutgers SPAA and NASPAA)

Harvard Kennedy School Case Program