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…)
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…)
Adobe Connect is a web conferencing platform for web meetings, eLearning, and webinars. (more…)
Moodle (acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an open source Learning Management System, with similar functionality to Blackboard. (more…)
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.
How do I get an Adobe Connect account?
Please contact the Price Online Learning Office, 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:
Blended Online & Intensive Courses
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.
Fully Online Courses
In most cases at the Price School, fully online courses are part of the Online MPA, Online Executive Master of Urban Planning, and EMHA programs. These programs primarily use Moodle as the learning management system for storing course content, and Zoom 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 the Price Online Learning office for access to Moodle and Adobe Connect.
CQ Researcher – Cases and reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked.
The Case Centre – Aggregates case studies. Some cases are free (including some Harvard cases)
Hubertproject.org – Allows public affairs educators to create, and share cases and other multimedia
CATME – Tool for organizing student teams and encouraging best practices