The following is a brief description of Catalyst tools English
faculty may find useful. For more information on how to use these tools,
see the Catalyst
site. Not only does the Catalyst tools page contain in-depth descriptions
of each tool, but it also includes links to interviews with instructors
who have successfully used the tools in their courses. For profiles
of English faculty who have used Catalyst's tools in their courses,
go to our
faculty profiles page.
- Collect It
you to create electronic dropboxes where students can submit course assignments
and you can return graded work. Students receive immediate visual confirmation
of successful assignment submission. Instructors can
use Collect It's
management page to quickly see who has turned in an assignment. They can
also download all submitted documents in a single ZIP file.
In a recent survey
of educational technology use, 77% of UW students contended that all
instructors should have course Web sites. CommonView is
an online workspace that allows instructors to post course descriptions,
syllabi, schedules, video, podcasts, lecture notes and links to Catalyst
tools and other online resources. Instructors upload files and type information
CommonView transforms the template
process of creating a course workspace with CommonView typically takes no
longer than one hour.
you to create a Web-based discussion board that students can access anytime
from any computer with an internet connection. The tool also facilitates
collaborative research projects.
- Portfolio/Portfolio Project Builder
students an opportunity to post and annotate a variety of “digital artifacts” to the Web. Students can use the portfolio
to highlight work they’ve done in a single class or over the course
of their tenure at UW.
Using Portfolio, students may organize their artifacts and reflections as
they wish. Instructors who want students to use a uniform structure may create
and distribute portfolio templates with Portfolio
Project Builder. Catalyst has provided the CIC Program with sample templates
for 100-level writing classes. If you would like a copy of the templates
with the Portfolio Project Builder, please email the CIC staff or the EWP
For links to sample portfolios and links to view the templates, go to the
EWP eportfolio instructor resource site.
you easily create a one-question survey on your course Web page.
you can create an anonymous feedback form linked to your course Web page.
Students can use the form to offer suggestions for the course.
you create Web-based quizzes or questionnaires that employ a variety of
question formats, including short answer, long answer, and multiple choice.
Instructors may consider using WebQ in lieu of a print student survey or