Learn about course management at Wooster

Wooster offers several options that allow faculty to manage their courses: Moodle (our course management system), Confluence (our institutional wiki), and Voices (our WordPress Multisite instance). Which of these options is best for you depends on your goals for the course and what activities you plan on having your students do. Moodle: This is our […]


What is it? Machinima, a Portmanteau of machine cinema, is a collection of associated production techniques whereby computer-generated imagery (CGI) is rendered using real-time, interactive 3-D engines instead of professional 3D animation software. Engines from first-person shooter and role-playing simulation video games are typically used. Consequently, the rendering can be done in real-time using PCs (either using the computer of the creator or the viewer), rather than with complex 3D engines […]

Make my class more interactive

Video clips, audio segments, images and simulations can deepen students’ understanding of concepts presented during lectures. Strategies Poll students electronically You can use student response systems to poll students on a series of questions in order to gauge their comprehension of presented material. Some systems include the ability to get feedback from students while the […]

Make resources available electronically

Use Wooster’s course management system, woodle. Faculty can use woodle to post readings, create discussion boards, collect assignments electronically, administer quizzes, and conduct a host of other learning activities. Use e-reserves in your course – This service from The College of Wooster Libraries allows faculty to drop off paper copies of journal articles or book […]

NPR-like book reviews

In an effort to explore a wide-variety of issues that affect the lives young children, the students in Education 265:Social and Cultural Processes in the Early Childhood Years have created and produced podcast presentations. Each presentation examines a specific issue of interest to educators of young children and is based upon topics addressed within texts […]

NPR-like radio spots

In Professor Lyn Loveless’ Spring 2006 class on the Biology of the Tropics students were asked to create radio spots similar to NPR spots. Why? To get the students to engage the material in a different way than they are used to and thus to gain a better understanding.


What is it? Omeka ( Oh-mehk-ah) is a free, open-source web publishing system for online digital archives.  This web-based tool allows users to manage digital exhibits.  Omeka can be customized through plugins and themes.  The main purpose of Omeka is to display and organize digital images. Key Features Free and open-source Download and use the […]

Overhead Document Cameras

What is it? Document Cameras are digital video cameras with a bed or tray to place media on for projection purposes in a classroom setting. They are similar in function to overhead projectors, but with greatly improved capabilities such as zooming in or out, adjustable light levels (ideal for slides), and various viewing angles (ideal […]


What is it? Adobe’s Photoshop is one of the most popular image-editing applications for professionals, available for both Macintosh and Windows. Images are imported from a scanner or opened from an existing file. They can then be cropped, color balanced, reduced/enlarged, lightened/darkened, repaired, combined and more. Text, lines, shapes and (with a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet) […]


In the fall of 2007 Prof. Matthew Broda had his students produce Podumentaries. As the name indicates a podumentary is non-fictional audio or video recording exploring a particular topic. Prof. Broda hoped that podumentaries would serve to achieve course learning outcomes, and as outcomes themself. The aim is to develop the capacity of teacher candidates […]

Political Advertisements

With the marked use of the internet and digital technology in the 2008 Presidential Election, Political Science has grown to encompass the evaluation of digital media in the political realm. In the Fall of 2008, College of Wooster students served as political campaign strategists in Prof. Bos’ Media & Politics course.  As a part of […]


What Is It? PowerPoint is an application in the Microsoft Office suite for Macintosh and Windows. It can be used to combine text, pictures, audio, video, animations and Web links into slides that can be displayed as part of a lecture, presentation or training session. Used well, computer-based presentations can help to present instructional materials […]

Reserve Loaner Equipment

The Educational Technology department loans out new and innovative teaching technologies to faculty and staff for evaluation.  For more information visit our loaner information page. The Office of Information Technologies HelpDesk maintains a loaner equipment pool for faculty, staff, and student use.  For more information, visit the Checking Out Equipment page. (Login required.)   Loaner […]


What is it? Scanning is simply the process of digitizing hard-copy media. A scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. These images may then be saved into a variety of file formats and used in lectures, websites, etc. This is especially […]

Screen Capture Programs

What Is It? Screen capture applications allow the user to capture still images or video of actions or objects on the user’s computer screen. There are a variety of tools available, but their capabilities are very similar so the information here will be somewhat generic, but is generally true for all screen capture utilities. If […]


What is it? Screenflow is an Apple screen capture application that enables the user to record everything on the screen, computer audio, video from a web camera, and audio from an attached microphone. Key Features User-friendly, intuitive, easy-to-use interface Powerful video editing and annotation tools Multiple video and audio tracks for bringing in other material […]

Select Survey

What is it? Select Survey is a web-hosted survey software application similar to Survey Monkey.  It allows the user to create forms and surveys for data collection. Key features Accessibility: the user can log in to the service from any computer with internet access. Portability: Export data to CSV format, allowing the user to export […]


What is it? Sketchup is a free Google application for drawing three-dimensional objects. Key features A three-axis drawing field Ability to rotate an object and export a 2-D image of the object you have created Various templates for different applications (engineering, architecture, carpentry) Color and texture tools to create building for Google Earth Works on […]

Skype Conferencing

What is it? Skype is a software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service and to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer, voice conferencing and video […]

SMART Boards

What is it? The SMART Board is a touch sensitive display that connects to a computer and/or digital projector to show computer images and applications, documents, and notes in digital ink. A user may use his or her finger, pen or mouse to navigate on the display, the same way as you would navigate using […]