BU Supported Tools
The Center for Academic Technology supports several university-wide licensed tools and other open-source tools. BU-supported tools are those that the majority of the campus uses. CAT provides support and training for these tools on top of the support provided by the vendor (listed below); faculty and academic staff can request one-on-one consultations or classroom instruction for students. Ideas for how to implement these tools in the classroom can be found on our Instructional Activities page.
Zoom was introduced at Butler in 2016 as a pilot solution for web conferencing on campus. It has been used for distance education, interviews, online meetings and eLearning. Zoom is the Butler supported technology for synchronous communication as of April 2017. Those who have the meeting URL can attend a Zoom meeting even if they aren’t affiliated with Butler. Any member of the Butler community (students, faculty, staff) can use their Butler username and password to create Zoom meetings. Zoom has integration tools for Outlook, Chrome and more. Zoom integrates into Canvas as an external tool.
Review IT’s list of mediated spaces to find a room for your next Zoom meeting. Choose a room with a camera located in the front of the room for Zoom meetings with guest lectures where there will be student participation.
For Zoom training options, view CAT’s Training page and upcoming workshop schedule. Faculty and students can live chat with a Zoom Support rep 24/7, and they can also find self-help resources in Ask.Butler and the Zoom Help Center.
Butler subscribes to Infobase Learning Cloud (formerly Hoonuit), a web-based repository of online, on demand, tutorials covering a range of topics including software, soft skills, career readiness, accessibility, and more. Butler faculty, staff, and students can view more that 1,700 courses and 100,000 step-by-step tutorials by logging into Infobase with their Butler email and password at infobase.butler.edu.
Ally is an accessibility tool that promotes inclusivity for all students. Ally integrates into Canvas and automatically converts course materials into a variety of different formats. Additionally, the tool integrates scans course materials and give each file, document, and image an accessibility score. Instructors can then see which content in their course needs improvement from an accessibility standpoint. View CAT’s accessibility page for more information.
During the summer of 2019, the PA and Pharmacy Programs began transitioning the delivery of assessments from traditional paper-based exams to computer-based exams utilizing ExamSoft. ExamSoft is a secure testing platform that allows the ability to streamline the testing process and better track student performance. By adopting this software, COPHS is able to better assess student progress throughout their program and evaluate the success of their curriculum in meeting program and college outcomes.
Butler faculty and students may use additional academic technology tools in their teaching and coursework, respectively. CAT staff will do their best to accommodate non-supported tools; however, workshops and training over these tools is not guaranteed. If there is widespread use of a tool, CAT will consider purchasing a university-wide license; otherwise, payment for tools will be left to the department or college using the tool. Faculty who are interested in one-on-one help with non-supported tools should email email@example.com or view the self-help resources in Infobase. Common tools include:
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Infographic Tools (e.g. Piktochart, Canva, Adobe Express)
- ePortfolio / Web Authoring Tools (e.g. Weebly, Wix)
- Digital Storytelling Tools (e.g. iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, MovieMaker, Adobe Express)
- Podcasting Tools (Audacity)
- MS Office Tools