What staff can do in Stream

Stream is Massey's online learning environment. At the heart of Stream is Moodle, but the online environment also includes a range of other leading edge electronic tools. For instructions for Stream see Stream guides.

Moodle

Moodle is the tool that most people associate with Stream. When you log into Stream you are logging into Moodle. You can use Moodle to:

  • share and exchange ideas with your students
  • have web-based discussion forums
  • provide news, study notes, journal articles, audio and videos to your students
  • create and provide online tests and quizzes 
  • receive assignments from students electronically.

Stream electronic tools and services

Stream includes a number of free electronic tools and services which are described below. The tools in the Stream family undergo regular updates to ensure that we are offering the most up-to-date versions that offer the best functionality. For support for these tools please contact us. To obtain these tools see ordering and downloading electronic tools.

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a web conferencing application for online meetings. It can be used in a wide variety of ways to facilitate online communication and collaboration. Connect provides the teacher with an online 'real-time' classroom to support students' learning. It allows you to talk with students through your microphone, listen to their responses and includes the ability to share a Powerpoint presentation and anything else on your computer screen. There is also a chat facility for back channel discussions between students and a suite of poll and quiz tools. When you first use Adobe Connect it is important to complete the Adobe Connect pre-flight check.

Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter is a application that plugs into PowerPoint. It allows users to create and publish interactive multimedia presentations. It offers audio recording functionality and screen capture technology that you use to enhance existing or new presentations.

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Acrobat Pro allows you to convert documents into PDFs, annotate PDFs and create interactive forms.

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate allows you to create online demonstrations and import PowerPoint slides and enrich them with multimedia, interactive elements and quizzes.

MyPortfolio

MyPortfolio is the University's online portfolio system. It is a free system open to students and staff that allows a user to add artefacts such as images, videos, audio and documents that learners and staff can use to demonstrate their learning, skills and development and record their achievements over time to a selected audience. For more information see the Myportfolio website.

Scenario Based Learning interactive (SBLi)

SBLi provides the ability to include scenario based learning. Interactive scenarios are computer-based exercises which allow students to interact with a simulated real-world situation or series of events.

Audience Response System

The Audience Response System called TopHat functions much like clickers but without the need to invest in actual clicker devices. TopHat can be accessed from any internet connected device and allows you to create questions that can be presented to students with the results being available in real time. To request free licences for this product please contact the Stream User Hotline.

Services for staff

There are a number of free services for staff including electronic assignment printing, uploading of content into Stream courses, creation of quizzes, glossaries and forums and much more. For information see support and services.

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