What Technologies are Used?
eLearning courses utilize many types of technologies. At KUMC, instructors are able to use any of the following in their courses:
- Outlook (Email)
- Blackboard (Learning Management System)
- Adobe Connect (Web Conferencing System)
- Streaming Video
Depending on the instructor, the school, or the department, you may or may not use all of these. Most likely, you will use at least two of these (email and learning management) if you are taking an online or hybrid course at KUMC.
Descriptions of each Technology
Outlook - KUMC uses Microsoft Outlook for its e-mail system. During the semester make sure you check your e-mail frequently so you do not miss important course announcements.
Blackboard - At KUMC, we use Blackboard Learning Management Suite as our primary system to deliver online courses. This is the system where you will go to find the syllabus, view course announcements, turn in assignments, read content, discuss topics, and interact with your classmates and instructor.
Adobe Connect - is considered a synchronous web-based technology, meaning you will be asked to log into it at a specific time to hear your instructor speak, give a lecture, text or voice chat with everyone in your class, or even share your webcam for video conferencing.
SafeAssign - is used as a plagiarism prevention tool offered by Blackboard. Learn More About SafeAssign.
Streaming Video - many instructors record lectures for later viewing. Some courses utilize MP4 videos, while others stream using the Panopto system.
When taking an online course, you will be asked to submit a course evaluation. Depending on the school or department, you will get a link to take a survey in your email or though a link in your course.