The successful integration of technology can lead to improved teaching and learning outcomes for our students. Here are some of the technology tools and resources available in SMU:
eLearn Learning Management System
eLearn is an e-learning platform used to facilitate teaching and learning in SMU. Faculty members use eLearn to deliver course content, engage students collaboratively through online discussion forums and Google Docs, administer quizzes and process results. eLearn also provides learning analytic tools to analyse student learning data to support personalised learning. For more information, please click here.
WebEx [Synchronous Online Discussion]
The WebEx platform allows faculty members to conduct ‘live’ online lectures or consultations with students. In the event of unforeseen emergency situations or prolonged school closure where there are no face-to-face lessons, faculty members are expected to be able to conduct online lessons via WebEx as part of the Emergency Preparedness for Teaching and Learning (EPTL) programme requirements.
Echo 360 Active Learning Platform (ALP) [Asynchronous Online Discussion]
The ALP allows faculty members to record lectures and share the videos with their students. The platform also allows faculty members to facilitate lessons with interactive online activities e.g. polling and quizzes before, during, or after class. The ALP user guide can be downloaded here.
Technologies in the classrooms are fully integrated and designed to ensure ease of use and access. IITS staff partners with faculty members to implement technologies that will enhance instructional practices. Examples of innovations include self-service classroom recording facilities, learning glass, video conferencing facilities, Classroom Performance System for instant polling results, and Virtual Canvas for wireless projection of computer screens. For more information, please click here.
Developing customised digital content and tools
CTE provides funding support for full-time faculty members to develop innovative digital content. Since 2010, faculty members have developed animations, games and simulations and used them as learning aids to develop students' critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials made available in the public domain or introduced with an open license. Faculty members are encouraged to explore the use of such open materials, legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. The SMU OER page can be found at this link.
Epigeum Online course
This online introductory course is designed and developed by Epigeum in collaboration with universities (including SMU) to provide faculty members with the knowledge and skills to design and teach online courses. It will guide you through the basics of online course design and pedagogy, introduce a range of technology tools, and provide advice on supporting students who are studying online.
Online educational web tools
CTE has compiled a list of 3rd party online educational tools, which facilitate different types of online learning activities (e.g. collaboration, discussion, mindmapping). For more information, please access the following link under the '3rd Party Tools' tab.
Please contact CTE (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.