The Instructional Technology Innovation (ITI) subcommittee from the ITLC Educational Technology Committee, helps manage the process whereby members of the university community can request university support for software licensing and other IT innovations.
The Forest software platform is used to solicit ideas from the UIC community. Community members can submit ideas on the Forest software at any time. Other community members can upvote suggestions. New ideas are periodically reviewed by the ITI subcommittee.
See ideas or submit an idea here: uic.forestsoftware.com (login required - UIC NetID and Password)
See ideas or submit an idea
Gathering of Ideas
Anyone with an UIC NetID and Password can login to UIC Forest software.
Promotion of Ideas to Campaigns
The ITI Subcommittee will determine when an idea should be converted into a campaign. Campaigns are created within the Forest software system. The subcommittee will review all current ideas in the general channel at its monthly meeting and decide which ones to promote to campaigns. The criteria for promotion can be flexible, and may include community interest through upvotes, relevance to prior discussions at the full committee, and current capacity in the campaign system.
Current Pilot Programs
Pilot programs are an effective, low-cost way to test new ideas and move instructional technology forward.
Management of Campaigns
Campaigns are used for more in-depth discussion of the issues. The campaign seeks input from appropriately knowledgeable people to answer questions such as:
- What software is available that delivers this functionality?
- Of these, which are in use at UIC, by how many people, and at what cost?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of each software?
- What are the license terms?
The subcommittee will evaluate software options using a rubric which the subcommittee will create and make recommendations for university support.
Once a campaign is closed, the implementation process may include a pilot program. Current pilot programs are reported on this page. If you are interested in joining a pilot program, contact the CATE Instructional Design Team at LTS@uic.edu
Recent Pilot Programs
UIC has added an iClicker site license to its EdTech resources. Students will be able to participate in any iClicker courses without needing to purchase a subscription because of this partnership. As long as instructors create their iClicker courses with “University of Illinois at Chicago” as the institution, there will be no charge.
This site license provides UIC the complete functionality and the best value of iClicker. With the enterprise version, instructors can take attendance, poll and quiz students face-to-face, remotely, or hybrid —either synchronously or asynchronously— grade and push grades to Blackboard seamlessly, and see retention analytics and reports to help students achieve more.
iClicker Cloud allows for students to participate using mobile devices and laptops by default. If you are using iClicker Classic, you must enable the use of mobile devices and laptops in your course settings. We encourage instructors to use iClicker Cloud to take advantage of all the features.
As part of the site license, instructors have access to training, and both instructors and students have direct technical support from iClicker at no charge. If you have not used iClicker in the past, you will need to create an account on the iClicker website. Learn more:
- iClicker facilitated training
- iClicker on-demand training videos
- Getting Started with the iClicker Student App
- Engage Students to Achieve More, webinar series
- iClicker Getting Started Articles
- Get help using iClicker
If you need help creating an UIC account for iClicker, contact the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) Support team at LTS@uic.edu
UIC instructors can now use all the features of Acadly — notably its integration with Blackboard and Zoom — as the Acadly Enterprise license has been added to UIC’s EdTech resources.
Acadly is a student engagement and attendance automation platform for synchronous classes of any kind – online, blended, or in-person. Many UIC instructors have used the basic version of Acadly, which is free, to take attendance in the classroom. About 30 instructors pilot-tested Acadly Enterprise during the spring semester and provided feedback that Acadly used to improve their solution this summer.
Acadly can be used as…
- A standalone Student Response System for in-person classes with a mesh-network based proximity detection attendance technology and activities like polls, quizzes, word clouds, and student Q&A
- A Virtual Classroom platform with Zoom integration for online classes with learning activities, prompt-based attendance, interactive lecture playback and automatic recording management
- A mixed-modality platform for blended synchronous classes, where students can toggle the lecture video on/off while continuing to participate in the same discussion and activities
Here are the demo videos for Acadly:
For a detailed walkthrough, instructors can reach out to the CATE team or book a one-on-one demo with UIC’s point of contact at Acadly.
There are two ways for instructors to get an Acadly account for fall 2021:
- Sign up on Acadly.com with an UIC email address.
- Sign up via the Blackboard plugin.
Instructors can set up three kinds of courses now:
- Acadly with Blackboard and Zoom integration (Acadly Enterprise course): Any course created using the Blackboard plugin would have both integrations enabled by default. If an instructor wishes to use the Blackboard 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.
- Acadly with Zoom integration, but without Blackboard integration (Acadly Pro course): This is useful for cases where, for example, the LMS course doesn’t reflect the actual enrollment, or when an instructor simply does not want to use Blackboard at all. 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 be shown information about how to create an Acadly Enterprise course before they proceed with the setup. This prompt is to make sure that instructors understand that if they need Blackboard integration, they should not proceed further and create the course from within Blackboard instead.
- Acadly without Blackboard and Zoom integration (Acadly Basic course): It is recommended to create a Pro course, even if one does not use the Zoom integration, however, to create a course without any integrations, one can log in to Acadly, tap the + button, and select Create a basic course.
Eesysoft is an interactive layer of communication and support that enables instructors and students to learn about relevant information while they navigate Blackboard. The new application has a personalized data-driven in-line messaging component and reports student activity in UIC’s learning management system (Blackboard) course, which is visible to instructors.
EesySoft is a proactive approach to reducing anxiety by providing information to students and instructors when and where they most need it. You may have seen recent messages in Blackboard about start-of-semester resources, course checklists, or how to edit your name and pronouns — these are all examples of EesySoft campaigns! Students have also been receiving messages about fall course availability and the Flames THRIVE student orientation course.
If a message pops up that is not helpful or relevant to you, you can always click the “Don’t show this again” box in the lower left corner of each message. Messages can be cleared from your screen by clicking the “X” in the top right corner.
Instructors and students can provide feedback on the campaigns with intuitive mechanisms such as “thumbs up/down.” When navigating Blackboard, consider helping the CATE staff tailor messages by giving feedback.
If you’d like to participate in the creation of an EesySoft campaign, or if you have questions about the use of EesySoft, contact the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) staff at email@example.com