Select Page

A new series of Learning Technology workshops intended to showcase small but useful applications are available for free during the spring semester at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

“A Digital Amuse-Bouche” will consist of one-hour hands-on IDEA Lab workshops offered 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on five different Thursdays during the semester.

Feb. 10 – Poll Everywhere

A web-based system to get instant responses to questions posed to your  class. Responses can be made with any device that can access the web-a computer, smartphone, iPad, iPod Touch or any of the new Windows mobile and Android products currently flooding the market–as well as through cell phone text messaging. It is free for up to 32 respondents. Pro options allow up to 1,000 respondents. The instructor side is web based, so it does not matter if you are a Windows, Mac or Linux user.

March 3 – Pixlr

Modest online photo editors have been available for years, but Pixlr has ramped up the capabilities to near the levels of Adobe Photoshop. Totally web based, it requires no installation and works with any operating system.

March 31 – Jing

A free application that does either still or video computer screen capture with audio narration. It has a limitation of five minutes so you can’t use it to record an entire lecture, but you would be surprised how you can explain how to use a particular function in Excel, analyze a painting or navigate a government database in under five minutes. Not only is it easy to use, it is easy to make available on the web. You can either let Jing host it for free with a single click or save it locally and put it on one our streaming servers.

April 14 – Folio 21

Kind of a big byte for this series, but free to any UW Oshkosh student, department or class. Folio 21 is an ePortfolio system in which you can upload a collection of documents and then assemble web-based portfolios for specific purposes (with restrictions to specified individuals or audiences). These portfolios persist after a student graduates so it can meet the student’s career objectives, class objectives and departmental assessment objectives.

April 28 – Viewer’s Choice

If there is a handy little application out there on the web that you think your colleagues might find useful, let  us know about it.

To register for any of these events, visit

Nick Dvoracek, Learning Technologies, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.