At St. Kate’s we are dedicated to improving learning through the use of digital content and tools. They include:
Desire2Learn (D2L) is a web-based learning management system. Every course at St. Kate’s is set up to use Desire2Learn. In some fields of study it is fully integrated into the curriculum. Others use it to post syllabi and other course materials. Teaching and learning tools available through Desire2Learn include:
- Online assignments and submissions
- Group collaboration within a course
- Online discussions and chat
- Tests, quizzes and grading
- Course materials
St. Kate’s has a number of distance learning programs that combine on-campus learning components with web-based courses of study delivered via Desire2Learn.
With the growth of technology there are many dynamic tools which can be integrated into the classroom to engage a student’s interest, attention and level of interaction. At St. Kate’s, traditional instruction is enhanced through the use of multimedia such as video, podcasts and online lectures. Our Academic Technologies group assists faculty in developing and delivering interactive learning materials.
Using electronic blackboards, professors can write and save class notes. The notes can be updated over time and students return to them for study and review.
Student response systems, often referred to as classroom clickers, actively engage students in the teaching-learning process. A professor poses a question and individual students use clickers to register their responses. Both students and professors have instant feedback as to mastery of concepts. Often, an analysis of student responses leads to an engaged class discussion.