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Instructional Tools

University Technology Services supports a number of software tools that can help enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and/or online. These applications allow you to capture and manipulate media on your computer, and even develop it into interactive presentations.

Our UTS staff can help you choose the best tools for your needs, show you how to use them, and help you integrate them into your teaching or presentations. For information or support on these programs, contact the UTS Service Desk at 803-777-1800.


Adobe Connect and Adobe Presenter

Adobe Connect Professional and Adobe Presenter are premier tools for creating, sharing, and archiving presentations and meetings online. University Technology Services can provide authorized faculty and staff of the University of South Carolina with a FREE account for use of these Adobe communication tools.

  • If you are here to view a class on Adobe Connect, please go to: video.sc.edu
  • Adobe Presenter
  • Adobe Presenter allows you to enhance your Microsoft PowerPoint with multimedia content. You can develop self-running lectures that include features such as recorded narration, embedded video, interactive surveys and quizzes, and more. Adobe Presenter allows you to either create new presentations, or add Presenter content to existing PowerPoints.

    Once you have created your presentation, it can be uploaded to the UTS Adobe Connect server, where it can be accessed by colleagues, students, and interested viewers via the Internet. Adobe Presenter is a simple software plug-in that you can download from University Technology Services. UTS will also set up access for you to use the Adobe Connect server at no charge.

    • For more information on Adobe Presenter, click here.

Request an Adobe Presenter/Connect Account

UTS can help you decide the best technologies for online communication and teaching. Our experienced staff can create an Adobe account for you, with a secure username and password, as well as documentation and training on how to use the system.

And if you are planning to use the Adobe Presenter or Connect for online teaching, our Instructional Designers can help you tailor these technologies to your specific lesson plans.

For more information on these services, or to set up an Adobe account, contact the UTS Service Desk at 803-777-1800.

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Camtasia

Camtasia allows you to capture visual information on your computer and build it into an interactive presentation. You can create videos that actually show the viewer step-by-step processes, or incorporate media into demonstrations. Build study tools for students, or develop instructional videos for staff. Camtasia allows you to incorporate what's on your computer and in your head into teaching and learning. For a list of Camtasia features, click here to visit TechSmith.

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Jing

Jing is a fast, easy-to-use screen capture and recording program. It allows you to share information online almost instantly - through screen captures, web-cam videos, and chat. You can even record up to five minutes of what you're doing on the screen in real-time. Once you capture or create your Jing presentation, you can upload it to Screencast.com, create a hyperlink to the information, and share via email, chat, or on a web page or blog. If you are working online with colleagues or students, you can very quickly show them what you are talking about by recording your process, uploading it, and then sharing the link.

You can also save your Jing presentation to your computer and share or replay it later.

Jing is a free program that you can download here. Jing presentations can also be edited with the tools in Camtasia or Snagit.

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iTunes U @ South Carolina

iTunes U is a free podcasting service offered to the University of South Carolina community through University Technology Services and Apple Computer Corporation. Using Apple iTunesĀ© software, members of the University community can view, subscribe and contribute to a library multimedia content, such as course lectures, seminar videos, sporting events, interviews, and more. Multimedia content can be made available to the general public, or restricted to the University community by such criteria as organizational membership, class rosters, or group policies.

For more information on iTunes U @ South Carolina, visit our site at: iTunes.sc.edu

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OneNote

Microsoft Office OneNote is an extremely flexible program for gathering, archiving, searching and sharing all types of media. OneNote lets you gather typed notes, emails, documents, web web links and text, audio clips, and video into an electronic notebook. You can organize the information quickly, and run specific searches using a powerful search engine. It is an effective tool for gathering research, building dissertations and journal articles, and collaborating with groups. It can also be used in the teaching environment for assembling course materials, building lesson plans, and tracking class interactions.

University Technology Services can show you how to use OneNote effectively with groups, departments, and in the teaching environment. For more information, contact UTS at 803-777-1800.

To see the full features of Microsoft OneNote, click here.

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Snagit

Snagit lets you capture a snapshot of your computer screen, edit it, and share it through a variety of methods. You can combine captures into a larger picture, add notes and graphics to create montages. You can also use Snagit to capture web information and imbed it into email, web pages, Camtasia and PowerPoint presentations, or save it for later use. To see Snagit in action, click here to visit TechSmith.

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