Acadly is a classroom interactivity tool with features for in-class student response, math-TeX support, and no limits on the number of responses. Many UIC instructors have used the Basic version of Acadly, which is free, to take attendance in the classroom. Acadly Enterprise brings an improved experience to classes for both students and faculty, by making it possible to use quizzes, polls, discussions, word cloud questions, videos, files, and more, in one application.
Any UIC instructor can sign up with a UIC email address, a trial account will be activated for them and they will be placed in Acadly verification queue. Because the basic license is free, a verification is done to confirm that the person signing up is an instructor at a higher-ed institution. At any time, even before verification, if someone uses the Blackboard plugin to import a course to Acadly, all Acadly features will be unlocked immediately.
Types of courses
Included in the Enterprise License
- Students in the course appear automatically in Acadly
- Students can attend Zoom synchronous classes within Acadly
- Students can chat, answer polls or take quizzes during Zoom sessions and have those activities available even after the class is over
- Students can automatically see their grades for class activities and attendance in Blackboard
What can Acadly help you with?
- Automatic Attendance that saves you time
- Realtime Polls to increase and record student engagement
- Quizzes to better understand students’ grasp on a topic
- Contextual Messaging tuned to the classroom
- Continue the engagement outside the classroom
- Analytics to get a detailed view of students’ performance
Full list of Acadly features: acadly.com/features
Types of courses in Acadly
- Acadly with Blackboard and Zoom integration (Acadly Enterprise course): Any course created using the Bb plugin would have both integrations enabled by default. If someone wishes to use the Bb integration but not the Zoom integration, all they have to do is unselect the “this is an online lecture on Acadly” option at the time of lecture/ course schedule creation.
types of courses
- Acadly with Zoom integration, but without Blackboard integration (Acadly Pro course): This is useful for cases where, say, the LMS course doesn’t reflect the actual enrollment, or when an instructor simply does not want to use Blackboard at all. I think at least a couple of professors did so last semester. To create a course with just the Zoom integration, instructors can log in to Acadly, tap the + button and select Create a Pro course. They will not hit a paywall here, which used to happen earlier. However, they will be shown information about how to create an Acadly Enterprise course before they proceed with the setup. This prompt is to make sure that professors understand that if they need Bb integration, they should not proceed further and create the course from within Bb instead.
- Acadly without Blackboard and Zoom integration (Acadly Basic course): To create a course without any integrations, one can log in to Acadly, tap the + button, and select Create a basic course. However, there is no real advantage of using an Acadly Basic course because:
- In an Acadly Pro course, using the Zoom integration is optional. It can be turned off at the lecture level, as explained in point
- In Pro courses, apart from the Zoom integration, another benefit is that any exported reports contain students’ email addresses, which can help manually sync data with the Blackboard Grade Center. So it is recommended to create a Pro course, even if one does not use the Zoom integration.
Acadly offers accessibility features that allows users to easily navigate and read the Acadly web interface. The web interface supports screen readers for all available creator and viewer interfaces. The web interface also support keyboard access, allowing you to use the tab key to access all available functions. All sessions fully support adding and displaying captions. For additional information on Acadly’s accessibility features, please visit Acadly’s Accessibility Conformance Report (WCAG Edition).
Product tour videos
Blackboard integration videos
- Setting up a “Blackboard-linked” Acadly course. You can also set up a course without Bb integration from inside Acadly but then it won’t have the benefits of roster and gradebook syncing that a Blackboard-linked course provides.
- Syncing course enrollment and exporting grades using Acadly’s Bb plugin