Tools We Support & Recommendation

Tools Supported by IDAT

  • Ally – accessibility tool
  • Audacity – audio editing
  • Brightspace – learning management tool
  • Flipgrid – video engagement
  • Foxit Editor & Reader – PDFs
  • Google Workspace – email, collaboration, & storage
  • Infobase – training platform
  • Kahoot! – interactive quizzes
  • Kaltura – video creation & hosting
  • MindMup 2.0 – Google Drive mind map add-on

Explore tools by teaching goal

Do you know what you are trying to do but just don’t know which tool to use? We’ve got a chart to list tools by the teaching goal.

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  • Engage with students
  • Assessments
  • Student collaboration
  • Accessibility
  • and more

For another list of what Instructional Technology tools by purpose or instructional goal, please visit our list our page within the My Meredith portal.

Other Instructional Tools

In addition to our categories exclusively for Zoom, Brightspace, and Google Workspace, we have many other instructional tools to use. You can also explore instructional tool tutorials and tips here on the blog under the “Instructional Tools” category.

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Kaltura for Knowledge Sharing and Efficiency

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to record and share your processes, Kaltura is the software you’re looking for! In this training, we highlight how you can easily share process and other video on the MediaSpace site with the campus, a single department, or team. Then we walk through the workflow …

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Productivity in Google Chat & Spaces

It may seem like an unlikely place to be productive, but productivity is indeed possible in the new Google Chat and Spaces thanks to tight integration with Google Workspace tools like Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and Tasks. Google Spaces provides an easy way for people to engage in topic-based discussions, share knowledge and …

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Resource Map through StoryMap JS

A discussion with Dr. Lanae Hood on the nutrition resource map created for Hunger Week 2022. What did you do? Dr. Lanae Hood and nutrition graduate students in Program Planning and Evaluation collaborated with Paul Keys to create an interactive basic needs resource map for Meredith College students. This was part of a class project …

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Hyperlinks – Creating Accessible Content

Let’s briefly chat about “Hyperlinks”. As you know, “Hyperlinks” are links from a hypertext file or document to another location or file. Linked information is typically presented in the form of text, websites, files, or video content. Accessible hyperlinks can be easily created. There are a few simple concepts to keep in mind as you …

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Effective Use of Color – Creating Accessible Content

Do you ever have trouble reading text in a document or on a website because there’s not enough contrast between the background and the color of the text? Do you find that the font style or the size is difficult to read?  Does colored text or bolding help you to discern what is important in …

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Use Quiz Answer Variations in Brightspace

Multiple choice questions are fantastic for the ease of autograding in Brightspace. But did you know you can create a answer set to autograde as well? It is a little more work up front but it opens up the door to more robust questions without manual grading. We can do this using regular expressions. These …

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Backwards Design and Transparency 2: Modules and Assignments

Previously we discussed how to use backwards design to design an entire course. You can apply some backwards design principles when creating your modules as well. Brightspace’s HTML editor and Insert Stuff tool are great for creating modules that provide clarity to your students by keeping the rationale for your decisions easily accessible and in …

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Backwards Design and Transparency at the Course Level

Numerous instructional and course design models depend upon “backwards design” as their prime organizing principle. Many instructors start by deciding which content they want to include in their course, then decide on assessments, then course objectives. Backwards design reverses that process, making content the last thing you would choose.  Flower Darby, in her book Small …

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