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Instructional Design and Technology in Teaching

The Instructional Design Office provides instructional design and technology support to help you teach using technology and different types of softwareIf you are a beginner looking to learn the basics, or an expert looking to hone your skills, our education and hands-on training offers you the services and software you need to meet your ever-increasing design and technology needs.

Faculty Resources Support 

This section of the website provides faculty, staff and students access to videos, help documents and links to informational online tutorials about how to use software that we support. Here you will also find information about additional supported software and resources for teaching with technology.   

Supported Software


The software, Raptivity, allows you to design, customize and create online learning interactions. For example, games, simulations and interactive diagrams. The interactions can be embedded into Power Point, Moodle and SoftChalk author ware.


SoftChalk is a user-friendly authoring software that allows you to design and create online modules including interactive content for your students. You can personalize content for your course by adding audio, images, games, video and interactive assessments. The software is compatible with Mac and PC and is ADA and VPAT compliant. SoftChalk also provides the option of tracking students with a Score Center component. Modules are compatible with Moodle and the grade book.

Power Point

Power Point is a complete presentation package. The software includes a user-friendly interface that provides the designer with all of the commands necessary to create a professional presentation.

The finished presentation includes slides the user creates. The slides can either be projected or displayed on a large presentation screen or a personal computer. Users can also narrate slides and print slides with notes pages directly from the program.


Audacity is a free, open-source application available for recording and editing audio. You can use Audacity to create and edit audio files, save the files as MP3 files, and either place the files into Moodle and SoftChalk as audio files or utilize them as a podcast series.

In order to use Audacity on your computer, you may also need to download a free LAME encoder.


Camtasia is a screen recording and editing software. With Camtasia for the Mac, you can create short videos of your computer screen with narration. You can also record and narrate your Power Point slides within a selected area of your screen. In Camtasia Studio 7 for the PC, you can create short videos of screen shots with narration. You can also narrate Power Point slides from within Power Point using a Power Point add-in, which is not available in Power Point for the Mac.

The narrated videos can be embedded into a web page, a SoftChalk online module or into Moodle. The videos can also be edited in Camtasia and saved in a compatible file format such as MP4, or saved as a QuickTime video. The videos can also be saved in a file format for use with mobile learning devices.


Jing is a free, open-source application that allows you to capture an image on your computer screen and narrate and record a short video (up to 5 minutes of screen recording) of your computer screen. After recording, you can store and share the images and video via the web on Jing free storage website (, where you can store up to 2 GB of information for free.


Moodle is an online course management system used on the Oakland University campus. In Moodle, faculty can post various types of online learning materials and use Moodle to communicate with their students. Moodle can be used to:

  • Facilitate chats, wikis and forums
  • Conduct assessments
  • Display interactive online resources, for example, games, videos and audio files
  • Submit homework assignments
  • Use grade book functionality
Help Documents and Videos

List of Available Help Documents, Videos and e-Learning Modules

Raptivity Videos

Raptivity is a PC based software application used to create activities to enhance a learning experience. Learn more about Rapitivity.

Some benefits of utilizing Raptivity interactions:

  • Drill and practice information
  • Increased visual presentation of information
  • Content can be reviewed over and over again as needed
  • Delivery method is convenient and flexible
  • Students come to class excited about the material and prepared with questions
  • Once the activity is created, it is easy to revise and re-publish
  • Useable on mobile devices

Power Point Videos

How to Design Effective, Power Point Slides

Online Modules

Benefits of using online modules:

Some benefits of utilizing online modules and pre-reading materials for students:

• Present new pre and post pre-reading information and save time in class
• Present case studies, video clips and interactions can be integrated
• Self-evaluations, pre and post-tests can be built in
• Content can be reviewed over and over again as needed for drill and practice
• Delivery method is convenient and flexible
• Students come to class excited about the material and prepared with questions
• Once the lesson is created, it is easy to revise and re-publish
• Useable on mobile devices
• Includes a Score Center

Sample of an online module:
Basic Instructional Design For Educators:

How to Write Objectives:

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Timeline 3D Software For the Mac

Timeline 3D Software For the Mac (sample)

Timeline 3D software for the Mac allows you to develop timelines of historical events.  It is a great way to:

  • Present historical information/events that describe connections
  • Share a selection of images and facts
  • Create charts of history, events, dates, times, distances, weights or quantities 

Additional highlights:

  • You can publish the timeline to the web as a .MOV file or as a .PDF file.
  • You can upload the timeline into Moodle.
  • The interactive timeline can be viewed on mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and Android phones.
  • When creating the timeline, you can drag and drop images, video, narration and audio onto the timeline.

Sample: "The Development of CT Technology Over Time" (information provided from a Power Point slide presentation by Dr. David A. Bloom). View a sample of a .pdf file of the timeline here.  You can use the "zoom" tool to enlarge and scroll around the timeline.