Teaching Tools

Peer Review & Originality Checking

Eli Review is a peer-based review platform that allows students and instructors to give feedback based on a set of criteria to pieces of writing. Instructors providing multiple formative assignments or relying extensively on peer review may find Eli a helpful tool for improving student writing.

iThenticate is an originality checking tool for scholarly publications, grant applications, and theses. This tool helps manuscript authors self-evaluate research and grant drafts prior to submission. iThenticate is available to MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students who request access.

Turnitin is an optional resource toolset that faculty and instructors can use within D2L to assist students in the continued development of their writing skills in the online environment. Turnitin tools can also raise awareness of the rules of attribution by assisting faculty and students in detecting plagiarized material. The Turnitin toolset features Originality Check, GradeMark, PeerMark, ETS E-Rater, and iThenticate.

Course Rubric & Consultation

MSU Quality Matters provides a campus subscription to the Quality Matters rubric and online peer review resources to assist faculty and instructors in creating quality online and blended courses, as well as MSU consultation with instructional designers.

Presentation & Lecture Capture

Adobe Presenter is an MSU-supported application plugin for Microsoft PowerPoint that adds audio, video, and interactivity to web presentations. The PC-only plugin is available to MSU faculty, staff, and faculty-sponsored teaching and graduate assistants. Request access by filling out the contact form.

Also available as part of MSU Kaltura MediaSpace is CaptureSpace, a personal capture tool that runs natively on PCs and Macs. The tool can be used for lecture capture and allows you to capture PowerPoint presentations and make screen recordings, webcam recordings, or just voice recordings. Read more about using CaptureSpace.

Instructors can also record lectures in many technology classrooms on campus. See the Record Ready Room List.

Badging & Recognition

There is a D2L integrated Awards tool that enables instructors to issue badges and certificates recognizing student achievements and encouraging engagement. Read more in the D2L Awards Tool Quick Reference Guide.

Separately, if the MSU Badges pilot web application to award digital badges to motivate students in acquiring skills and knowledge for non-transcriptable accomplishments. Badges may be used in various contexts including learning management systems and websites.