Tools to Extend Nexus

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Union College offers a wide variety of tools that you can add onto Nexus in order to enhance your course.

Discussion and Blog tools:


 Muse - Online publishing platform for blogs,   websites

Easy to publish blogs

Make content public or private

Easy formatting


Kialo - Rational debate platform                                                                        

Helps keep arguments concise

Visual map of debate with size of arguments directly related to number of replies

Displays supporting and opposing points in a tree structure


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 Pebblepad - Portfolio learning program                                                   

Easy for students to create, publish, and control blogs.

Easy to add students to courses through Nexus and create blog assignments for a grade.

Collaboration and Assessment:


Google Assignments - Create, analyze, and grade coursework

Quickly and securely create, analyze, and grade coursework using Google Docs through Nexus.

Create and analyze assignments with individualized comment bank, rubrics, and originality reports.

Interactive Assignments:


 H5P - HTML5 Package                                                                                

Easy to create, share and reuse interactive content and applications online

Can create interactive videos, question sets, drag and drop questions, etc.



 Perusall - Document and assignment annotations                                                                                                                                               

Collaborative assignment and annotation tool

Allows students to engage with readings

Creates "confusion report" for instructor to highlight where students misunderstood, disagreed with each other about, or were most engaged with

Automatically grades annotations, making grading easy

Learning Portfolio:

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 Pebblepad - Portfolio learning program                                                   

Easy to edit and delete items and portfolios

Easy to view portfolio as the audience would view it                                   

Easy to add students to courses through Nexus

 Muse - Content creation and organization

Easy formatting

Easy publishing

Plagiarism Detection:



Checks all assignments for plagiarism from books and papers

Helps with grading


Google Assignments

Checks assignments for plagiarism through Google

Easy grading

Embedded Video:


 Ensemble Video - Multimedia content management system

Can create libraries and upload videos

Can embed libraries or link videos in Nexus                                 

Screencast or Lecture Capture:


 Ensemble Anthem - Lecture capture, screen capture, flipped learning

Easily integrates with Ensemble Video

Automatically uploaded with option to auto-publish

Easily record screen movements with audio, and/or record video with a webcam 


 Lightboard - Glass board to write on while recording

Helps emphasize points while recording

To use: contact Learning Technologies + Environments staff via or this form:


Production Studio - Located in Schaffer Library, room 208

Can be used to record any type of lecture or lesson

Newly remodeled

To use: contact Learning Technologies + Environments staff via or this form:


 Zoom - Web based video and screen share                                                                                                                                                                             aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Includes virtual dry erase board

Record lectures

Self-Directed Technology Tutorials:


 LinkedIn Learning - online library                                                                                          

Teaches latest software, creative, and business skills through video

Beginner to advanced courses

Can link to your LinkedIn account to provide automated content and course recommendations

Synchronous Remote Lecture, Meeting, or Office Hours:


 Zoom - Web video conferencing tool

Can host online meetings, office hours, or project collaboration

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Optical Mark (Scan) Grading:


 Remark - Form scanner                                          

Scans and analyzes a variety of forms

Easy grading

Can be used for surveys as well as tests and quizzes

Setup and Adminisration:


 Sharing Cart                                                                                                    

Nexus tool that helps copy course content

Can transfer activities between courses

Easy to use

Copies without user data



Nexus tool that displays topics in a grid format

Allows activities in tiles to be displayed as sub-tiles

User friendly



Nexus tool that allows users to easily track attendance

Allows teachers to take attendance during class

Allows students to view their own attendance record if the activity is not hidden

Thinking deeply about how to improve your teaching? Did you know The Our Shared Humanities initiative made it possible for the Schaffer Library to acquire an impressive collection of in Primo, focused on promoting Teaching Excellence through a student and human centered lens. These texts provide inspiration for small changes and instructional moves you can make is your teaching. Make sure you "check them out" today!

If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please contact the Help Desk through the ITS Service Catalog or call (518) 388-6400.



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