Learning Design and Digital Innovation Support

Support articles for Learning Technologies like Nexus, Ensemble Media, Perusall and more!

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Nexus Course Support

Documentation and help for Nexus courses.

Academic + Instructional Continuity During Disruption

In the event of an emergency situation caused by any number of factors, your ability to continue your class in the manner that you've planned may be impacted. These guides help you find alternatives for these unforeseen situations, including: General pre-disruption planning tips; Get started with your instructional continuity plan; Strategies for moving course online; and Resources.

Digital Innovation Student Liaison Support

The DISL Team enable students to show their best not only to their peers but to the whole world. In particular, we empower faculty to engage students with media-rich assignments and projects. If you are interested in DISL support, please contact us through the ITS Service Catalog: https://union.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1831/Por...

Some of the technologies we support are linked here:


Resources to help support faculty and student use of Multimedia in courses.

Content Mgmt Platforms

ITS supports a variety of browser-based, content management platforms to support the creation of faculty websites and student projects like Muse (Wordpress), Sway, and Google sites.

Universal Design/Accessibility

Best practices for creating accessible online content, as well as other Web resources.

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Pinned Article Learning Design and Digital Innovation Trainings/Events (+ Past Recordings)

Find out about upcoming Learning Technology trainings as well as information about how to sign-up with a member of the Learning Design and Digital Innovation team

Pinned Article Navigating Difficult Moments in Your Course

As educators, it falls upon us to purposefully exemplify and facilitate the development of these constructive engagement skills in impactful ways. Simply expecting students to collaborate, delve into sensitive topics, or tackle challenging material without providing clear guidance risks disruptions and may significantly hinder the learning process. Read this article for guidance on how to navigate difficult moments that may arise in your course.

Book an Appointment with Learning Design and Digital Innovation Staff

Need Help? Book an appointment directly on a Learning Design and Digital Innovation team member's appointment calendar.

Google Jamboard

Replace a traditional whiteboard with the Jamboard app that provides real-time co-authoring with the access and connectivity of an interactive canvas.

Google My Maps

Create and share custom maps with Google My Maps.

Google Workspace vs. Microsoft 365: What Does ITS Recommend?

Union College is a Google Workspace school, but faculty, students, and staff do have access to some Microsoft 365 programs. This infographic will help you understand what ITS recommends and supports.

Gradescope / Nexus Integration

The Gradescope Tool in Nexus can link directly to assignments in Nexus to return grades.

Gradescope: A Feedback and Assessment Tool

Gradescope is a feedback and assessment tool that dramatically reduces the pain and time associated with grading exams, homework, and other assignments. Gradescope is widely used for delivering assessments remotely.

iPad Loaner Program (Course Reserve)

Information about reserving iPads for your course.


An important learning goal for every student at Union College is the ability to develop a thesis statement and then reason with evidence. Students will typically work on developing this goal across most of their courses during all four years of their undergraduate education. Why? It is a hard skill to learn. Kialo provides a visual way to see how an argument is constructed and defended, giving you another teaching strategy in your "toolbox".


The MakerWeb Consortium is a group of MakerSpaces (fabrication and tinkering labs) on the Union College campus, all dedicated to supporting Maker Activities in all disciplines.


Use Panopto to create, host share, and stream videos.

Quick Start Guide to ZOOM

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows you to teach live classes online. You can set it up so that everyone sees a thumbnail video of every person in a grid—kind of like the Brady Bunch, if you remember that TV show. This one-pager provides some quick tips to start using Zoom to replace your face to face classes at Union.

Research Computing

Support for faculty and student research is provided through cloud-based High Performance Computing (HPC) resources.

Teaching and Learning Resources on Generative AI

This article aims to help faculty and students understand Generative Artificial Intelligence tools and how we can responsibly approach their use from a teaching and learning context.

Turnitin Draft Coach

The Turnitin Draft Coach is an extension added to Google Docs. Using a Similarity Check, a Citations Report, and a Grammar Guide, the Turnitin Draft Coach provides formative feedback and guidance to help your students practice and learn writing skills before their work gets submitted.

Using AirMedia to Display your Mobile Device in the Classroom

How to use Crestron's AirMedia to display your mobile device - installed in a majority of ISEC classrooms.

Using Peer Review in Perusall

Instructors can use Perusall for peer review.

Apporto Virtual Computer Lab

Apporto is a cloud-based virtual computer lab for students to access applications over the internet i.e. SPSS, Eviews.