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Additional Technologies


Screencast-O-Matic is an easy-to-use video and screen recording web application that enables you to capture what is being displayed on your computer screen along with audio. The tool comes with full editing functionality and once created, videos can easily be accessed by students via a shared link.

You can find material on how to get started and instructions on how to download Screencast-O-Matic on the Screencast-O-Matic page.

Creating Audio Recordings

For starters you will need to download an audio recorder. Our preferred software is Audacity. It is a free download. You will also download LAME as it allows the files to be exported/converted to .mp3 files. Both downloads are available on the Audacity website.

The following link is text instructions to download, record with and load audacity recordings into Blackboard and a video overview:

Audacity (MS Word)

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RefWorks is an online bibliographic management program through the Library that allows users to create a personal database of references and generate bibliographies or reference lists in a variety of citation formats (APA, MLA, Turabian, etc.). This is a very useful organizational and time-saving tool which will enable you and/or your students to:

  • Quickly export references from most research databases.
  • Organize into folders.
  • Quickly create bibliographies or lists of references.

Most databases have an "Export to RefWorks" option. Off-Campus users, will be asked for a group code; use code RWFSC to get access. Note: You must have popups enabled for RefWorks to work properly.

RefWorks Video Tutorials

ERes, Electronic Reserves

The Library provides ERes for posting articles, images, book chapters, and more. Library staff can scan your printed materials (within copyright allowances) or you can email your files to them. All files are loaded into your ERes for your students to access online. This is a password protected system, which you can use alone or embed your ERes course link into your Blackboard course. The library staff will help you track your copyright permissions and notify you when you need to apply to the copyright holder for permission as well as provide you with access statistics for your posted materials.

Please view this additional classroom technology guide (PDF). The faculty technology guide was created to help familiarize you with the technology resources available on campus. Inside the guide, you’ll find a description of those resources and ideas for integrating the tools, as well as helpful information on our mediated classrooms.