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Teaching & Learning Tools

To aid you in your teaching and learning goals, BYU Domains provides faculty with a myriad of resources to enhance the learning experience. These teaching and learning resources come in the form of installable applications, shared code, and plugins. Here is a summary of all the types of tools available to you;

1. Shared code: There are a number of resources on the internet where applications have been developed specifically for the classroom. An example of shared code and installable applications are called "SPLOTs". SPLOTs are “Smallest/Simplest | Possible/Portable | Open/Online | Learning | Tools/Technologies”. Another example are the apps created by the cogdogblog.com team. Some of these apps are customized builds of WordPress made into separate installable apps and others are custom apps made available as an installable app. We have already included a few. You can access them by going to your cPanel | Choosing “All Applications”.

The instructions for how to create the rest are available here;

  • The DS106 Assignment Bank: The DS106 Assignment Bank Theme is a WordPress Theme allows you to create and customize a site that has all of the functionality of the DS106 Open Assignment Bank.
  • The SPLOT Box: This site is for building collections of audio and video content (termed “items”) where contributions can be made without requiring logins or providing personally identifying information.
  • SPLOTpoint: You can create rich media “click-through slides” (like PowerPoint, but they are really just WordPress posts), with a nice look and feel.
  • The Comparator: The Comparator provides a front end for creating “before/after” image comparison. The images are stacked on top of each other. A user-controlled slider allows them to compare the two mages.
  • The Daily Blank: The Daily Blank creates a site where you can publish a new challenge every day.
  • TRU Sounder: Like the TRU Collector this is a tool to allow people to add audio files with an embedded player without asking them to create accounts. Becomes a shared space for audio files.

2. Blog Post & Media File shares:

  • Multiple installable applications and plug-ins and SPLOTs allow for the collection of media files (audio, photo, video) or articles, essays, and papers.
  • Multiple installable applications and plug-ins allow for document sharing, including live and real time digital collaboration.
  • There are installable applications and plug-ins that help students create videos with video creation lessons while allowing faculty to track their progress.

3. Assignment Ideas

  • Create a quick “challenge of the day/week” feature
  • Use the image comparing tool (“The Comparator”)
  • Use plug-ins to accomplish a video shot-by-shot analysis

4. Assignment Mediums

  • No need to implement an LMS, however you can assign students to us application that allow for the creation of presentations
  • As a faculty member you can use BYU Domains to creating your assignments, administering badges, award points, or display leader-boards to gamify the learning experience.
  • You can also create flashcards to aid in learning and testing.

5. Collaboration Tools Multiple installable applications and plug-ins and SPLOTs allow for the collaboration of content individually or as a group.

  • Add virtual post-it notes on a virtual wall
  • Use “Corkboard” plug-ins
  • Create class forums
  • Digress.it and WP Document Revisions and Commons in a Box and H5P.org all are excellent plug-ins to enhance document sharing and classroom collaboration

6. Application Integration You can also integrate existing third-party applications using plug-ins to integration products like; Box, Google Drive, Google Docs, etc.

Using subdomain's to create multiple course pages

As a professors, you have so much information that can be shared with the academic world. More likely than not, you created a domain with the intent to share that information, including your CV, membership on scholarly boards, etc. We also want to let you know that it is extremely easy to create specific sections on your website for each class that you teach to foster class collaboration and response. These sections are called subdomains.

The best way to explain a subdomain is looking at BYU's website: byu.edu. BYU's main website has a ton of different links that take you to other websites run by the university. The following pages all are subdomains of the BYU website: calendar.byu.edu, news.byu.edu, onestop.byu.edu, and lib.byu.edu. These pages are all run by different departments and look really different from each other, even though they technically are all still linked up to the main BYU URL.

With those examples in mind, a subdomain enables you to add on a word or two in front of your main domain name in order to create a URL that links to an entirely different designed page. Applying this to your situation, if you wanted to create a section for each class that you teach, you could call one art101.myblogname.com and another one art104.myblogname.com. Creating subdomains within your existing website is a great way to branch out and engage your students through the Internet.

FERPA Notice
Because the BYU Domains server is a shared server, please do not keep sensitive FERPA/HIPAA information, such as grades, on your site. You may be at risk of violating FERPA/HIPAA if you do.

Creating a subdomain is easy:

1. Go to the BYU Domains dashboard http://domains.byu.edu/dashboard/, scroll down to the “Domains” section and click on the icon for “Subdomains.”

2. On the Subdomains form, fill out the “Subdomain” box with a one or two word phrase. Then make sure that your domain name is selected under “Domain”. After you finish with that, the “Document Root” section will automatically populate. Make sure all the information is correct, and then just click “Create.”

3. You will get a “Success” message which means that your subdomain was created. However, your new subdomain doesn't have a CMS system installed on it. Just like when you registered your original domain, you will need to go and install a CMS system in order to put content on the subdomain.

4. In order to install WordPress on your new subdomain, go back to the BYU Domains dashboard and scroll down to the section titled “applications” and click “WordPress.”

5. Click the top right button that says “Install this application.”

6. Under the “Location” section, make sure you select your correct subdomain from the dropdown menu as the place you are installing WordPress.

7. Further down on the form, under the “Settings” section, change your username and password to something that you can remember.

8. Click the “Install” button to install WordPress onto your subdomain.

Now that you have WordPress installed on your subdomain, you can start designing your site and uploading content.