Academic Technology Design Team - Tech Evaluations & Pilots

Last Updated: 09/10/2018

We identify innovative educational technologies that show great teaching and learning potential and exhibit promise to scale campus-wide. We work closely with other OIT groups to evaluate and pilot these technologies.

ePortfolio Evaluation

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. Read more

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 is piloting PlayPosit as an interactive video tool solution for the CU Boulder campus. Read more

Kubi Innovation Grant Pilot

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. Enter Kubi, a small but mighty solution. Read more

Kubi Petit Pilot for ITAL 1020

In a collaboration between the Department of French and Italian and OIT, the Academic Technology Design Team will work with Giorgio Corda and one distance student to pilot the use of Kubi in the face-to-face ITAL 1020.005 class for the spring 2016 semester to meet the distance student’s needs without disrupting the face-to-face classroom environment. Read more

Interactive Video Tool Evaluation

An interactive video tool allows you to integrate a quiz directly into a video. As students are watching, the video will pause then a quiz question will appear. Often, you can require that students successfully answer the quiz question before moving forward. In-video quizzes can be used with most video, from YouTube content to full-length films. Read more

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. Read more

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