Educational Technology

Stefanie Weigmann (x8-4997) serves as the law school’s Educational Technology Librarian and is available for consultations on the use of technology in the classroom.  Stefanie serves as the library expert on the use of Blackboard Learn, collaborative research platforms, and podcasts.

Blackboard Learn

The university uses Blackboard Learn as its primary learning management system. Establishing a site is best done using Faculty Link. IS&T has compiled Help Videos and Quick Start Guides to aid with some of the basic navigation of Blackboard Learn.  Additionally, IS&T provides answers to questions you might have concerning you Blackboard site.   It is also possible to come for a hands-on workshop on the BU Campus. Please contact Stefanie if you are having any problems with your site.

Guides

The library can create a customized guide for your classes or for your research  with a collection of links for easy access to materials and other resources to support your teaching or research needs.  If you are interested in such a guide please contact your librarian liaison.

Tutorials

The library provides access to  tutorials on electronic resources and research techniques.  The librarians are happy to create tutorials for use in conjunction with classes.  Please contact Stefanie Weigmann (x8-4997) to request a research tutorial for your students.

Collaborative Research Platforms

Blogs, wikis, and cloud based file sharing tools are all forms of interactive websites that can be used by faculty for courses, research projects, or other scholarly communication. They enable users in remote locations to write posts, comment on existing posts, and share and create documents. Posts, comments, and documents may be categorized, searched, and archived for later use.

For examples of blogs related to law, see the library’s Guide to Law Blogs. For more information on setting up your own blog, see blogs.bu.edu.

An RSS feed allows users to monitor syndicated content in blogs and webpages. For example, the law school’s RSS feeds page provides feeds for different users. RSS feeds are monitored using a feed reader like Feedly, NewsBlur, and The Old Reader You can also use the feed readers in Microsoft Outlook or Apple Mail. Your librarian liaison can provide assistance in setting up and using RSS feeds.

A wiki is a website which allows users to modify its content using a web browser. While Wikipedia is perhaps the most well-known example of a wiki, for an example of a legally-oriented wiki, check out LII’s Wex.

Cloud based file sharing tools, such as Google Drive, and OneDrive allow users to store files and create documents online. They are an effective tool for coordinating and organizing scholarly research and writing, especially if you are working with a co-author from another institution.

For help setting up a blog, wiki, or cloud based file sharing, please contact Stefanie Weigmann.

Podcasts

Podcasting can be an effective way to communicate with students, faculty, and staff. Audio files can be listened to on computers, iPods, or other MP3 players. You can learn more about podcasting at these websites: