Teaching & Learning Tips

A collection of tips and tools designed to aid in transitioning instruction online.

Platforms To Move Your Course Online

May 20, 2020

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As you think about moving aspects of your course online, you should be sure you are using the appropriate tool to meet your learning objectives. The following campus-supported tools are available for online content delivery and student collaboration.

  1. Illinois Compass 2G

    Compass is the campus-wide learning management system powered by Blackboard Learn. With Compass, you can distribute your course materials, manage your grade book, communicate with your students, post-course announcements, and create auto-graded, self-assessment quizzes. Any faculty member or graduate student can request a Compass 2G course shell by completing this Course Request Form.

    Please consult the Getting Started with Compass 2G page for basic information on using Illinois Compass 2G. Connect with CITL to request personal assistance with Compass 2g.

  2. Zoom Video Conferencing and Collaboration Services

    Zoom is the preferred tool for live, online course sessions. Zoom sessions allow you to deliver lecture materials in a variety of ways, including using a webcam for live lectures, using screen sharing to display a PowerPoint, and using break-out rooms to foster student collaboration.  

    Please remain aware of the types of information being shared when using Zoom. The university wants to make this tool as useful as possible and is working through processes to meet the requirements of its legal obligations.

    Zoom Use Case Disclaimer https://techservices.illinois.edu/security/zoom-use-case-disclaimer

  3. Mediaspace - Your Campus - Supported Media Hosting Platform


    Mediaspace is a media hosting platform that allows students, faculty, and staff to share multimedia within a secure campus environment. Content can be shared with the world or restricted to specific users by NetID. The platform allows for a self-service YouTube like interface, and offers integrated screen and webcam recording, as well as auto-captioning.

    • Record and share micro-lectures
    • Assign and aggregate student video projects
    • Curate and create playlists of existing media content

    Illinois Media Spaces, a campus media sharing platform, is powered by Kaltura. Kaltura is integrated with Compass 2G and Learn@Illinois, allowing you to use the same interface and see media you own across campus platforms.

  4. eText For Accessible Content Delivery

    eText delivers textbooks and other classroom materials with multimedia, notes, and assignments embedded directly in context. Instructors can add original or existing materials easily, and students can save 40-75% versus traditional books. Anyone with a University of Illinois netID and an up-to-date web browser can access eText content from any computer or mobile device, regardless of their visual abilities.