LIT Website Redesign…Coming This Fall

Oh, you want to find that online? Your wait is almost over…the redesigned LIT website has officially entered the development phase and will launch this fall! Find resources to solve your teaching challenges and contribute your opinions, resources, and scholarship. Interested in helping to test drive the new online resource center before launches…touch base, we’d love to get your perspective.

Find the Academic Technology Tool You Need

Need to integrate academic technology tools into your course and don’t want to pay for them? We’ve got you covered… Wentworth has invested in these tools:

  • Blackboard Learn, Bb Learn Mobile
  • Atomic Learning, Lynda Campus (on-demand videos)
  • Lecture Capture / video creation:
    • Echo360, Student video licenses
    • Camtasia
    • Livescribe Pens
  • Active Learning and Collaboration Tools
    • VoiceThread
    • GoToMeeting – virtual office hours, student
    • GoToTraining – virtual classroom
    • Echo360 Active Learning – polling, student notes/questions
  • Assessment Tools
    • Polling – iClicker, polling within Echo360 Active learning
    • Respondus test creation for tests within Bb
    • Plagiarism Detection/Education — Safe Assign, Turnitin
    • Survey using Qualtrics

Contact for more information.

Discover what your students know… instantly

Research on clicker technology supports it is not a trend or a fad, but a true instructional technology that can change instruction and impact student learning. According to Guthrie and Carlin,1 modern students are primarily active learners, and lecture courses may be increasingly out of touch with how students engage their world. You can use clickers to poll your students, assess their knowledge, keep their attention, provide instant feedback, and encourage participation. Chickering and Gamson,2 early proponents of active learning, designated “encourage active learning” as one of your principles of good teaching.

If you’d like to use clickers, please contact us to borrow a set and get support on how to use them in your classroom. Setting up clickers in the classroom is easy and fast.

Exciting New Tools for Student Interaction

Are you looking to improve interactivity in your online and hybrid courses? Are you considering alternative approaches to deliver your lectures during travel or inclement weather? We have several exciting new tools to offer you this fall!

  • ECHO360 Active Platform is a personal capture tool with built-in interactive options. Record your live lecture with a click of a button and post it in Blackboard. Your students will have access 24/7 and you will have data regarding participation and engagement. The students will also be able to respond to questions posted within recordings, provide feedback, flag slides that are confusing and ask clarifying questions.

GoToMeeting is a video conferencing software that allows real-time interaction using a wide variety of devices, such as PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. Use it for live lectures or office hours, present using a PowerPoint or an interactive white board or have students collaborate for team projects. Meetings and presentations can be recorded for later access.

For an educator, creating a class environment that is engaging and interactive is often a desired practice that is hard to implement in an online environment. Educators have long known that discussions provide deeper learning due to the increased thought time provided to students. In traditional discussion boards, text alone can’t deliver the subtlety and expression required for meaningful connection. That’s where VoiceThread comes in.

  • VoiceThread is a discussion tool that incorporates voice, video, and text all in one place. Because discussions are collaborative in nature, VoiceThread tracks all comments around a single theme that you develop in your lesson. It creates a setting that is a more human and natural for your students to connect.

We will be offering individual and group training opportunities. Look out for announcements via email and LIT blog (subscribe at or contact us at LIT@WIT.EDU for more information.

Don’t get caught! Bb Phishing Scam Alert

Phishing e-mails have been received, that appear to come from Wentworth Technology Services, requesting that users update their Webmail and directing to a link to re-login:


Sample spam message

These messages did not originate from Technology Services. Wentworth manages Blackboard accounts from an integration with Banner. Users do not need to verify webmail accounts in Blackboard.

Please report any phishing e-mails to Wentworth DTS at

If you received one of these messages and responded by clicking on the link, your account may be compromised and you should contact the DTS helpdesk at 617-989-4500 for assistance.