Academic Technology

Academic Technology

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Mediaspace LogoMediaSpace is a cloud based web service developed by Kaltura which allows faculty, staff, and students to upload and distribute various audio and video media formats. Once a video is created in or uploaded to MediaSpace, users can copy a link or embed code to share their media in online courses and in other online forums.

Users can also:

Access MediaSpace here using your StarID and password.

Do you have content that you’ve created using Kaltura CaptureSpace Light? Follow these instructions to save and transition that content to the new Kaltura Capture platform. Kaltura Express Capture is  for providing video feedback to students in online courses. See this step-by-step guide to using this tool.

Zoom Web Conferencing

Zoom LogoZoom is a web conferencing tool that can be used by faculty, staff and students. To access and use this tool, go to and login with your StarID. See these instructions for guidance in using the Zoom desktop application.

Zoom includes many features, including, but not limited to: meeting rooms for up to 300 people; microphone or telephone audio; session recording with cloud storage; screen sharing; breakout rooms and more.

View the Zoom intellectual property statement provided by Minnesota State.

Zoom Help Center

To get started, see Zoom’s self-service guides at the Zoom Help Center or watch Zoom Video Tutorials.

If necessary, request assistance directly from Zoom any day and at any time, day or night – including public holidays. Technicians are available for email or live support.

If you still have questions, please contact either Chad Anderson or Martin Springborg to arrange an in-person tutorial.

Respondus Quiz Generator

Respondus Logo with TaglineRespondus Quiz Generator is a software application used to create questions offline and publish them in the D2L Brightspace Quiz tool. This software application is supported by the Minnesota State System Office. A new license key must be updated in order to use Respondus Quiz Generator.

All faculty have access to the installation file for Respondus and information and terms about installing the software via IMS Sharepoint. To access, enter as username and use StarID password. Filter by “Faculty Resources” and under the Documents area, filter by keyword “Respondus”.

The license key and information about installing the desktop application are available in the document 2019-20 Respondus Quiz Generator Software License Key Info.pdf.

The installation file is available in the zipped file titled

For information on Respondus Quiz Generator

Note: If you have an exam in Word that you print and distribute to students in a face-to-face course, you can convert that file to an Excel CSV (Comma Separated Value) file type that can be quickly imported into the D2L Brightspace course. See Convert a Quiz from Word to Online for step-by-step instructions.

ReadSpeaker TextAid

ReadSpeaker TextAidReadSpeaker TextAid is a document and web reader application that is fully integrated into D2L Brightspace. With one click, users can enable to tool to read course documents and PDFs, as well as web-based content appearing both within and outside of courses.

Access ReadSpeaker TextAid within any D2L course by clicking on the tool’s icon. See for a video tutorial on how ReadSpeaker TextAid works within D2L Brightspace. You can also view or print the written instructions here.

eBooks and Direct Digital Materials

The following are best practices for use of eBooks and Direct Digital materials, whether you are teaching online or in traditional settings:

  1. Alert students to any additional costs they will incur for these materials.
  2. Provide students with clear instructions on how to get started with eBooks and Direct Digital materials.
  3. Advise students on where to go for help, keeping the following in mind:
    • All of the access to our Direct Digital content and most of our eBooks are coordinated or sold through RedShelf (though a few in-store eBooks are supplied through VitalSource). Students having difficulty accessing their materials should first call RedShelf. They are very responsive, and unfortunately the publisher help lines are often not.
      Phone: 1-888-622-9838
      Email: help@redshelf.comVitalSource
      Live Chat Available 24/7
      Phone: 855-200-4146 (text or call available for support)
    • Students who request help with Direct Digital materials and eBooks through JIRA are invariably referred back to their instructor for assistance.

The Linking to Publisher-eBook Content provides instructions for adding or linking eBooks and Direct Digital materials to online courses. Please contact Chad Anderson with any questions you have about this process.