Technology Enabled Learning

Learning Technology

The Learning Technology team supports the use of teaching tools for fully online, blended, and in-class learning. 

We provide

  • Information about the latest teaching tools
  • Integration of educational technology into courses
  • Workshops on mycourselink and elearning 
  • Assistance for faculty and staff as they create online/blended course content and interactive learning strategies
  • Troubleshooting for issues with online course spaces

For help with mycourselink, to set up virtual classrooms or virtual assignments, or to explore the educational possibilities of emerging technologies, this is the place to start.

Contact us (807.346.7730 or mycourselink@lakeheadu.ca) to explore the possibilities of the online environment!

Text-to-Speech Reader for Academic Articles

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Voice Dream Reader  (app; iOS, Android) is a high-quality, text-to-speech reader that “reads just about anything that contains text” -- academic journals (including from Browzine via a browser), articles, newspapers, books in pdf or other formats, etc.

Files can be read in 27 languages (with a choice of 186 voices):

  • Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English
  • Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi
  • Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean
  • Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian
  • Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

File types read/loaded include the following:

Video Assignments: One STEM Model

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Especially relevant to Lakehead since we now have video assignments integrated into D2L, "Setting the Terms of a Multimedia Assignment in a STEM Class" (blog post) "provide[s] both a broad set of guidelines for these video assignments, and then a more specific articulation of an assignment related to particular course content" -- including a detailed outline/directions and a specific video grading scheme plus rubric:

1. Sample Grading Scheme

"Each video will be graded on the following criteria:

Socrative: Easy In-Class, Real-Time Feedback

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1. What Is Socrative?

"Socrative Teacher" is a downloadable app for computers, smart phones, tablets, etc. that allows instructors to "[e]ngage, assess and personalize" their classes.

"Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app."