In time for the new semester, the university now provides access to Zoom, Adobe Creative Cloud and TechSmith Camtasia to support teaching and learning.
A popular web conferencing tool, Zoom offers features like breakout rooms, a dynamic whiteboard and easy scheduling, including recurring meetings and integration with Outlook. Based on requests to provide it as soon as possible, UW–Madison Zoom was launched with plans to refine support and documentation throughout the semester. Zoom does not replace any existing tools, including Blackboard Collaborate, which will remain the only Canvas-integrated video conference tool as the semester starts.
UW-Madison recently purchased a limited number of standalone Adobe Acrobat Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions (Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, etc) for in-class academic student use. The purpose of these subscriptions is to replace the Adobe Creative Cloud access students had in on-campus computer labs prior to COVID-19. Creative Cloud is available on the Campus Software Library to students enrolled in UW-Madison courses requiring it; instructors can submit their courses by following this procedure. The Creative Cloud continues to be available to currently employed faculty and staff for installation on both personal and university-owned devices.
TechSmith Camtasia is a software suite for creating videos via screencast or a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint. The tool is available on the Campus Software Library to currently employed faculty, instructional staff and associated support staff. You can review the various options for creating instructional videos to decide which one fits your needs.
In addition, there have been updates and new tools added to the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies, which includes Canvas, Kaltura MediaSpace, AEFIS, Top Hat, Blackboard Collaborate, Pressbooks, Piazza, Atomic Assessments, Turnitin and Honorlock.