Learning Technology

The dental school provides a wide range of learning technology resourcces to help faculty implement student-centered learning and teaching innovation. To discuss ideas for their application in teaching, please contact Dr. Meixun Sinky Zheng (szheng@pacific.edu) in the Office of Academic Affairs. To get assistance with instructional media (video) creation, please contact Michael Interrante (minterrante@pacific.edu) in the IT department.

Subscribtion-based technoloogy tools

Below are a list of subscription-based tools available for use by all dental faculty and course supporting staff (administrative assistants).

Canvas is the university's learning management system. All dental courses are required to have a Canvas site.  The dental school has its own Canvas template approved by the Curriculum Committee that all dental courses are expected to follow.

ExamSoft is the school's computer-based classroom testing system. All mid-term and final exams are required to be administered on ExamSoft.  The dental school has a campus license.

Lecture capture
The dental school has Mediasite classroom lecture system installed in most of the classrooms.  Mediasite also provides a Mediasite desktop recorder with which you can record a presentation directly from your computer/laptop desktop.

Voicethread is a web-based tool that allows instructors to design multimedia presentations, post them on the LMS, and invite students to watch and make text, audio, or video comments directly on the individual slides.  There is also a built-in doodling tool in Voicethread for the instructor to annotate the slides during the presentation to point students' attention to the most important concepts.  Voicethread is integrated with Canvas. The dental school has a campus license. 

SoftChalk is a cloud-based e-learning design tool that allows instructors to create online lessons that integrate a variety of mini "learning games" such as hot spot, labeling, crossword puzzles, photo album, quizzes with instant feedback, and many more. 

Poll Everywhere is a web-based audience response system that allows instructors to collect student responses instantly from any mobile device.  It supports a variety of innovative question types such as clickable image (students click on a specific region in an image as their response to the question), discourse, open-ended, and multiple choice questions and thus engages students in higher order thinking.  Students can submit responses using laptops, tablets, or cell phone text messages, devices that most of them  have with them at all times.  The university has an institutional license. 

SplashTop Classroom app
Splashtop Classroom is a remote desktop app for accessing the faculty's laptop or the computer in the classroom using a tablet, from anywhere and at any time.  With an iPad and the SplashTop Classroom app, faculty can (a)present content with an iPad while moving freely around the classroom to engage all students, instead of only those sitting near the podium; (b) annotate slides "on the go" to emphasize key points and help students follow the presentation, and (c) turn the iPad into a virtual whiteboard to illustrate complex ideas. Faculty can also actively engage students by asking a question and passing the iPad to them to answer the question. We have purchased a few licences of this app and 10 iPads for faculty to implement this technology in classroom teaching.

Webex is a tool for video conferencing. It can be used for hosting synchronous class meetings as a way to enhance your teaching presence (especially when you teach online). 

Other recommended tools

Below are some free web-based tools that have been widely implemented by K-12 and higher education faculty across the board.

Jeopardylabs.com allows you to easily create web-based Jeopardy games that you can have students play in the classroom or share a link to the game for students to play out of the class.  Lifetime membership is only $20. It also offers a free license with limited features  (good starting point). 

Crosswordlabs.com is a web-based tool to create crossword puzzles.  It can be applied in various content areas. 

Mindmeister is a web-based tool to create concept maps.  Concept mapping is a great way to help students organize the individual pieces of information to see a big picture.  It has free and paid versions.

Weebly is a web-hosting service featuring a drag-and-drop website builder. It can be used for students to create their e-portfolio.  Faculty can also use Weebly to create an e-dossier.  Other similar tools include Google Sites and Yola.  Weebly has free and paid versions.

Padlet is a free web-based whiteboard tool.  It can be applied in a variety of ways (e..g, for quick reflective writing, brainstorm).

Playposit (formerly known as EduCanon) is a web-based tool that allows instructors to create and add time-stampted self-assessment questions to an instructional video. It is great tool to make video viewing more active. Other similar tools include EdPuzzle and Zaption.  Each of the tools has free and paid versions.