Online content can be created in many formats - as text, graphics, slide-show presentations, audio, and video - and can be used online and/or in the classroom. Standard word processing programs such as Word produce digital text and, increasingly, web pages. Web authoring tools such as Dreamweaver and WordPress produce basic and complex web pages. Scanners and graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop produce graphic or pictorial content. Programs such as PowerPoint produce presentation content. Flash and others produce audio and video content. Course management systems such as Blackboard provide you with a pre-defined shell into which you upload your course content. Your Instructional Technology Consultant can help you evaluate and select appropriate tools and strategies for what you want to accomplish. It is important to be aware of what products are supported on campus, what technical skills are needed, and where to find appropriate training. The links below will help you in deciding on the best tools and delivery options for your situation.
Student Technology Competencies
Competencies covered include computer operation and setup, word processing, spreadsheets, library research, networking, telecommunication, Internet and multimedia. You may find that, based on your goals for online instruction, you do not need to meet all of the competencies listed here.
Hardware & Software
Faculty creating and students participating in online sections of UNCG courses must have access to minimum computer requirements. In addition, depending on the class, students may need access to additional hardware or software specific to the course. This page is maintained by ITS and provides useful information on hardware and software at UNCG.