Equipment and Software

Technology for ACES Instructors 

College of ACES Technology Services has compiled a Q&A list of resources and how-to suggestions for technology, specific to face-to-face and hyflex instruction.


Software and Hardware Options Based on Teaching Style and Course Content

Teaching Style Content Types Software/Hardware
1. Lecture, few visuals, little interaction Talking head video recordings
Kaltura self-recording
Web camera with Kaltura Capture and and upload through Kaltura, add link in Canvas
2. Lecture, PPT (or similar), little interaction Kaltura self-recording Powerpoint and microphone with Kaltura Capture and upload through Kaltura, add link in Canvas
3. Lecture, board work (or similar), little interaction Kaltura Capture self-recording on computer
or go in classroom and have a camera record
Record with Kaltura Capture and and upload through Kaltura, Add link in Canvas.
4. Interactive discussion or lecture (could include PPT, boardwork or other visuals) Zoom with webcam (shows face),
Zoom with PPT (shows screen),
Zoom with tablet
Share with students before with link to Canvas. Students need to have a microphone or ability to type in text chat boxes
5. Existing UIUC online version of the course Use same methods as before or above  
6. Commonly taught large, multi-section course with common syllabus Similar to ACES 100 or Rhet 105; likely doesn't apply to ACES Spring 2020 classes  
7. Course with extensive laboratory, arts, dance, field work or other hands-on activity Discuss individual strategies with online learning consultant with ongoing discussions to put together list of resources and ideas  


Video Recording and Editing 

CITL Video Hardware and Software Recommendations

The Illinois Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) compiled recommended resources for video hardware, software, and how-to video recording recommendations. All information can be accessed from the UI Box folder.


Software & Services

Kaltura Personal Capture (Great for Asynchronous Lecturing)

Kaltura Personal Capture is a program that makes it easy to create and upload videos to Kaltura through, and Compass is available for Windows or Mac. Recorded videos can be a combination of webcams and/or screen recordings. 

Zoom (Interactive Web Conferencing up to 150 people)

Zoom is available to all faculty, staff and students. Zoom is a web-conferencing tool that you can use in your online course to conduct virtual office hours, project meetups, or live final presentations. For lecture use, Zoom should be used to record lectures that should then be uploaded to Media Space (see Kaltura, Uploading Media for instructions).  


Skype for Business 

Skype for Business is good for point-to-point phone calls or video chat. Skype for Business has limits in functionality, versatility across operating systems, and reliability in large meetings.


Adobe CC Software

Email from Technology Services


Remote Desktop

Visit ACES Computing Facility website for details.


Compass LMS 

The campus LMS system, Compass, is available as both a location to coordinate information and as a quizzing engine. 

Requesting an Illinois Compass2G Space
Getting Started with Illinois Compass 2g

Proctorio Exam Proctoring through Compass 


Cloud Storage 

If a direct connection back to campus through VPN is problematic, there are also a number of cloud-based storage options available. This requires users to proactively move necessary files up into the cloud prior to any quarantine or restricted access initiation. Cloud storage options like Box and Google Drive are also excellent options for collaborating on work among team members who are all working off-site. 


Exams and Quizzes 

Several online assessment methods are available for student use. Instructors may have to sacrifice some assurance of academic integrity in these cases such as open-books, access to other materials, and lack of identity assurance. There are limited options that assure tests are taken without additional resources or by the intended individual. More information to come.


Equipment Checkout and Questions


U of I Tech Services System Status Updates - Indicates whether campus is experiencing issues with particular services, like Zoom, Compass, Media Space, etc.