Basic overview


TechSmith Relay

Recording lectures easily


Microsoft Teams

Real-time remote communication


ELF

Environment for e-courses, testing, and much more


IS MU

Interactive syllabi

About the recommended tools in more detail

Manuals and links to documentation

TechSmith Relay

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What TS Relay is good for in terms of teaching: 

  • You can use it to create a simple recording of a lecture with a presentation.

Advantage:
The tool is linked to the faculty's Medial media library and the captured video is saved to the library automatically.

What it’s not suitable for in terms of teaching:

  • TS Relay does not offer advanced recording features such as recording a specific window or part of the desktop, annotation, or highlighting; Videos cannot be cut or edited here.

  • It is therefore not a suitable tool for creating animated tutorials, for example.

Where to find TS Relay and how to log in:

  • The programme must first  be downloaded and installed. Once the programme is running, you log in with your university identification number and secondary password;
  • TS Relay is available to everyone at MU, but the link to Medial is only available to MU FA students and staff;
  • The programme only works on the Windows operating system. 

Alternatives for which we do not provide user support:

  • PowerPoint,
  • Prezi,
  • OBS Studio,
  • Camtasia.

Microsoft Teams

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What MS Teams is good for in terms of teaching:

  • You can use your Microsoft Teams team (classroom) to hold regular videoconference meetings, which you can record, and use a number of interactive features (screen sharing, integrated whiteboard, breakout rooms, and text chat);

  • The team also serves as a single repository for study materials, multimedia files, and discussion posts;

  • You can assign simple quizzes and tasks within the team, and then evaluate the students.

What MS Teams cannot do in terms of teaching:

  • Create more complex test tasks;

  • Automatically generate a course syllabus (e.g., laid out by topic or week).

Where to find the tool and how to log in:

  • MS Teams can be downloaded at it.muni.cz/en/services/Microsoft-teams;

  • You log into the application using your university Microsoft account via UČO@muni.cz and your primary password. All students and staff have access to the university’s MS Teams and Office 365;

  • We recommend downloading and installing the desktop version of the application. However, you can also run MS Teams in a web browser or on a mobile device.

Alternatives for which we do not provide user support:

  • Zoom,
  • Google Meet.

About MS Teams in more detail

Microsoft Teams is an application designed for online teaching, team cooperation, and synchronous remote communication. The application is closely integrated with a number of other tools and services from the Office 365 environment, and also with the MU Information System. This integration means you can easily set up teams or run separate video conferencing meetings directly from the IS. In a team you can work with documents created in Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and view PDF files, images, and other multimedia content. You can also add a number of extensions to the app to make it easier to communicate with students and colleagues.

Infografiky k nástroji

Typy schůzek v MS Teams a různé situace

Kontrola docházky a aktivity v MS Teams

ELF

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What ELF is good for in terms of teaching: 

  • It is a tool for creating an e-course - a place where you provide students with study materials and set activities for individual study blocks;

  • In the course you can set individual and group assignments, have students grade each other's work, set up discussion forums, and create automatically graded tests;

  • ELF allows you to work with advanced grading methods and manage course advancement (e.g., you can set conditions for access to the next activity).

What it’s not suitable for in terms of teaching:

  • Storing large video files (but you can use the Medial link);

  • Implementing synchronous teaching;

  • Creating video recordings or other study materials (but they can be saved here).

Where to find the tool and how to log in:

  • ELF can be found at elf.phil.muni.cz;
  • You log in through the single university sign-on by entering your university identification number and primary password into the form;
  • ELF can be used by all Masaryk University employees and students; Teachers and students outside MU can create an account by arrangement (contact the administrator at elf@phil.muni.cz);
  • ELF is available in a web browser, and you can also use the mobile app.

Alternative tools:

About ELF in more detail

ELF is a teaching management system based on the popular Moodle platform. You use it as a basic organizational tool for teaching. You can provide students with a clear lesson plan, access study materials, and implement a wide range of learning activities in one place. The main advantage over similar available systems is the richer functionality, which allows you to tailor the asynchronous component of teaching to your needs. The system is also linked to the faculty's Medial media library - videos stored in Medial can be accessed directly from courses in ELF. On the other hand, having only partial connectivity with the IS MU is a disadvantage (it only includes student enrolment and separation into seminar groups).

IS MU

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What the IS MU is good for in terms of teaching:

  • In the IS MU you can create an interactive syllabus - a place where you provide students with study materials and set activities for individual study blocks;

  • In the interactive syllabus, you can create homework vaults, student peer assessment modules and auto-assessment answer sheets;

  • In the Online Teaching application you can keep records of online teaching on other platforms, or use it to set up teams and schedule videoconference meetings in MS Teams. 

What it’s not suitable for in terms of teaching:

  • Implementing synchronous teaching;

  • Creating video recordings or other study materials (but they can be saved here).

Where to find the IS MU and how to log in:

  • The IS MU can be found at is.muni.cz, while the application for online teaching is located in the Teacher section;

  • You log in using your university identification number and primary password;

  • The IS MU can be used by all Masaryk University employees and students; It is available only in a web browser.

Alternatives for which we do not provide user support:

About the IS MU in more detail

Similar to e-courses, interactive syllabi allow for activities such as sharing study materials, assigning tasks, collecting assignments, testing and evaluating students, thematic discussions, and peer evaluation. They offer fewer options compared to ELF courses, but are more closely linked to other applications in the IS MU with which you’re already familiar.

How tools can be combined

Activation tools

Since attention spans drop after 20 minutes even in a regular in-person classroom, and many find concentrating more tiring on their computer screens, we’ve put together some tips for online activation tools that can help you liven up your lessons and engage your students better.

Take a look at the recommended activation tools

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