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Academic Technology Design Team - Technology Evaluations

The ATDT understands how technologies can best be used in academic situations. We review and explore technologies, classrooms, and other learning spaces. We explain how those technologies and spaces might be used to stimulate learning and share our findings with OIT and the campus community.

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Gradescope Evaluation

Usage on campus of Gradescope, a grading software that improves management of paper-based exams and homework, has steadily increased since 2018, particularly as a solution during emergency remote teaching. OIT was asked to consider supporting the tool and obtaining a campus license, so ATAD evaluated the software.

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Reef Pilot

The iClicker Reef project seeks to assess whether the BYOD classroom response system will function efficiently within CU Boulder's infrastructure and provide additional functionality that instructors and students perceive as beneficial to teaching and learning.

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Classroom Capture
User Engagement

The Classroom Capture service automates the recording of course lectures to provide students a convenient way to stream course content. After being installed in classrooms across campus, the ATDT was asked to examine how instructors and students use Classroom Capture by analyzing metadata, conducting surveys, interviews, and more.

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Faculty Grading

In partnership with OIT’s Academic Technology Applications Program (ATAP), the Academic Technology Design Team (ATDT) is undertaking a study of the faculty grading experience at CU Boulder and how OIT can best support faculty use of grading technology.

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An electronic portfolio or “ePortfolio” is a curated, digital collection of a student’s learning experiences and/or artifacts developed during his/her academic career. With several CU Boulder units already implementing ePortfolios, the ATDT researched the possibility of implementing an OIT-supported ePortfolio platform for our campus.

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Question Bank
Tool Evaluation

For faculty who work collaboratively on quizzes or exams, the ability to share quiz questions digitally with one another is indispensable. While D2L gives instructors some question-sharing capabilities, these don’t meet the needs of every project.

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Previous Technology Evaluations

PlayPosit Pilot

Do you want your video content to actively support your teaching? Are you looking for a way to track student engagement with video assignments? Would you like be able to structure video lessons to improve student learning? The ATDT piloted PlayPosit as an interactive video tool solution for the CU Boulder campus. Learn more about the pilot and its results.

Kubi Innovation Grant Pilot & Use Cases

From time to time, students encounter situations that make it difficult or impossible for them to be physically present in class. Our pilot explored how to bring these students into class in a way that allows them to actively participate and that might scale to fit our campus population. Read more about Kubi, a small but mighty solution.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, two students studying abroad were able to continue their Arabic language learning utilizing Kubi. Learn how both student and instructor used Kubi effectively.

D2L Mobile App

Desire2Learn’s Assignment Grader is an app Instructors can use to download assignments from the Dropbox tool in their D2L course to their iPad or Android device for offline grading. Instructors can also grade assignments while connected to the Internet for automatic synchronization of feedback and grades to their assignment’s dropbox folder. Read more


What can CU Boulder do to increase access to our digital technologies? In Fall 2014 the ATDT initiated a pilot closed caption service to increase support for the captioning of campus materials. We are currently collaborating within OIT to transition this project from a pilot to a robust and sustainable enterprise service. Read more

Observation Protocol for Learning Environments

Technology-based observation protocols enable objective capture of observable teaching practices and student behaviors in a classroom environment. In 2015 - 2016 academic year, ATDT in partnership with the Center for STEM Learning developed and piloted the Observation Protocol for Learning Environments to assess viability and possible applications of this tool. The pilot was successful and set the groundwork for implementation of observation protocols and the development of a protocol-based observation service at CU Boulder. Read more

Calibrated Peer Assessment Pilot

In Spring of 2015, we piloted technological and curricular aspects of implementing calibrated peer assessment on campus. After an exhaustive technology search and thorough in-course pilots, we determined that there are no workable technology solutions available at this time, but we remain vigilant for new technologies that may meet this compelling learning need. Read more about this pilot.