Northwestern Information Technology Faculty Support Services (FSS) concentrates on programs that compliment and extend the capabilites of core academic technology servcices at Northwestern including its media suite, technology-equipt classrooms, and digital learning environment. Here are some of the programs available for you to use in your Canvas courses today.
TurningPoint Cloud is an easy-to-use polling software that provides enhanced tools to engage with your students and identify their understanding.
Nebula is an alternative interface to Canvas discussion forums created by Northwestern IT's Academic and Research Technologies. It creates a visual representation of a Canvas discussion as an interactive network graph.
The Avalon Media System is Northwestern’s online system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video. It allows anyone with a Northwestern NetID to easily search the University’s archive for images or videos.
Note:This app requires that Yellowdig also be used in the course. Yellowdig Viz provides an instructor and his/her students a useful way of visualizing class interactions in the Yellowdig Discussion Boards.
This tool is used to analyze Canvas discussion forums. It uses Natural Language Processing tools to extract keywords, organizations, place names and persons. It can also compute the reading level required for each post expressed as a grade level.
Blue Jeans is a cloud-based videoconferencing service that supports high-resolution videoconferencing and content sharing on any device. The seamless integration into Canvas provides greater opportunities for classroom collaboration.