Past Pilots

Learning Management System Pilot

In the 2018-2019 academic year, the myCourses Users Group and the Center for Learning and Teaching evaluated the current Learning Management System (LMS) landscape.  Binghamton University has been using Blackboard as our LMS since 2000. As needs and tools change over time, it is important to continually evaluate them to ensure they are still meeting the needs of our students and instructors.

For more information on this pilot, visit the LMS Pilot webpage

Streaming Media Pilot

In Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, we conducted pilots of Panopto and Kaltura- two streaming media solutions.  Both products provided tools for users to create videos, upload videos, and serve videos via their Blackboard courses.

More information regarding the pilot process and the final report and recommendations are available online. 

Student Response Systems Pilot

In Spring 2016, we conducted a pilot of three student response systems (SRS). The products were Turning Technologies, REEF Polling, and TopHat. All three products allow students to submit responses using their own devices without the need for physical remotes. Classroom polling using either of these products is no longer limited to rooms with base units installed. Each allows for several question types including multiple choice and short short answer.

More information regarding the pilot process and the final report and recommendations are available online. 

Voicethread

In Fall 2015, we conducted a pilot on the use of VoiceThread in courses. VoiceThread is a cloud-based platform that allows instructors and students to upload media (videos, images or documents) and invite others in the class to comment using video, voice, or text.

The final report and recommendations are available online.