Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

Pilot Programs



GoREACT is an online video recording tool designed to provide feedback for public speaking/speech, faculty review, sign language/interpreter training, student teaching observation, and music/dance/theatrical performances. GoREACT allows for both real time commentary or for providing feedback on previously recorded videos. You can set all sorts of access settings as to who can see the videos, create comments, or see comments. The comments can either be in the form of text or recorded video. This fall, GoREACT is going to be used in several ASL Interpreting courses and in a new online public speaking course.


Wacom Intuos Tablets

ITMS has recently acquired 5 Wacom Intuos tablets. These tablets are available for faculty to borrow for both short and long term projects. These professional grade devices can be used for graphic design, digital art, for creating Khan Academy style screencasts. These tablets can also be used in conjuction with the whiteboard feature in Adobe Connect to provide live graphic instruction. For more information about the tablets, please contact Angela Cook (



CTEL and ITMS are proud to announce the implementation of a Panopto Pilot project that is involving several courses on the USM campus. Panopto is a software that is designed to capture, edit, stream, and share recorded lectures and presentations. It allows for multiple feeds to all be recorded at once, including audio, video, webcams, screencasts, and PowerPoint presentations. These feeds are then combined into a single, interactive viewing platform, where the viewer can not only select between which feed to watch, they are also able to take notes and search for content within the videos using speech recognition technology. In addition, Panopto gives you the ability to further supplement the recordings by attaching PDF files. These recordings can then be embedded directly into Blackboard course using the Panopto building block.



In Spring 2011, USM signed up with to provide our students access to this online grammar-checking tool. Grammarly is an online software that needs no download. It proofreads your typed, pasted or uploaded text. Students can sign up simply using their USM email address. Grammarly identifies errors and writing suggestions and organizes parts of the text by giving you a categorized feedback within seconds. It does not however, fix those errors. It works as good initial tool for students to understand ways in which they could improve their writing, while still giving them control over their learning.

Currently, CTEL has partnered with several academic and non-academic units within USM to encourage and assess student use of Grammarly. These units involve faculty members from the department of English, the Lewiston Auburn College as well as staff members from the Writing Center at LAC and the Learning Commons in the Glickman Library at Portland. Our hope is to understand the ways in which students are making use of this tool, and also whether it contributes to their writing skills. If you would like to know more about Grammarly, or would like to get involved in its promotion and assessment at USM, please feel free to contact Dr. Rucha Modak ( or Paul Dexter (


Mid-Term Course Evaluation

CTEL is partnering with a few faculty members teaching online this semester to roll out a mid-term course evaluation to their students. The goal of this pilot is to focus on the student experience of taking an online course in terms of its design, the technology it employs and the learning that takes place. Gathering this information formatively- in the middle of the semester- rather than summatively - in the end- will hopefully offer insights that can be used to make improvements while the course is still in progress. This evaluation will take the form of a Blackboard survey and students may earn extra credit.


Electronic Course Evaluations

USM is moving toward an Electronic Course Evaluation (ECE) process to increase the efficiency of the course evaluation procedures and provide better and quicker reporting options.  For Fall 2013, 12 academic departments agreed to switch their paper-based course evaluation to the electronic version of the Green Form (now called E-Green Form).  All online USM courses will also participate this fall using the new process.

Three ECE demonstrations are scheduled during the month of November, which will describe the new online course evaluation process and demonstrate the software. These sessions are open to all departments and faculty members.  

The following dates, times, and locations refer to ECE demonstrations on the Portland campus, with Polycom access in Gorham and LAC.

*Friday | Nov 8th | 1:00pm | 215 Abromson | Portland Campus

*Friday | Nov 15th | 1:00pm | 215 Abromson | Portland Campus 

*Friday | Nov 22nd | 1:00pm | 215 Abromson | Portland Campus

Polycom: Gorham campus (206 Bailey Hall) and LAC (106) 

Please feel free to contact Susan King, at 780-4681, or for any questions.