The eCampus News 2014-15 Readers’ Choice Awards



Nearpod allows teachers to easily create and share interactive lessons, receive feedback on student device use, assess learning in real time, and personalize instruction for students who are logged into the Nearpod Student app. Teachers use Nearpod to create their own lessons or choose from its growing collection of complete multimedia presentations based on content from recognized sources, such as Khan Academy and TED Education. All Nearpod presentations include short lesson plans and can be aligned to the Common Core State Standards, featuring multimedia content and activities appropriate for any grade level. “This product for mobile devices has given teachers back control of the classroom,” said Robbie Melton, associate vice chancellor for mobilization for the Tennessee Board of Regents. “Teachers now have a powerful solution for using mobile devices as an effective teaching and learning tool. NearPod allows the teachers to engage students using their mobile device of choice (smart phone, tablets, Apple, Androids, Windows, lap tops) and deliver interactive synchronous content via mobile devices. The products include features such as polling, blogs, Powerpoint, videos, accessing websites, drawing, and immediate feedback and tracking of students’ work and progress.”


Network Sentry by Bradford Networks

Network Sentry provides a real-time view of a school’s dynamic network infrastructure ensuring that college and university IT officials can detect and prevent any changes that would introduce risk. With the proliferation of personal and mobile computing devices in organizations, the diversity and the ownership of the devices is difficult to manage. Network Sentry/NAC helps to identify and classify each type of device on a college’s network, identify if it is corporate issued or employee-owned, and identify the user on the device to enable role-based network access policies. Ensuring the integrity of wired and wireless devices before they connect to a campus network minimizes the risk of vulnerabilities and the spread of exploits and malware. Network Sentry, with agentless, dissolvable agent, or a persistent agent, validates the endpoint’s configuration as it tries to join the network.


Qiqqa by Quantisle Ltd.

Qiqqa is a software tool designed for teachers, students (undergrad, grad, and doctoral learners) as well as other researchers. “If you have or read a lot of PDFs you’ll like the way Qigga extracts information from the documents and assists you in adding them to your research,” said Eugene Matthews, assistant professor of criminal justice at Lincoln University of Missouri. “What is especially helpful is that in addition to accurately searching hundreds (possibly thousands) of documents simultaneously for words or phrases, to enter into your document, Qiqqa also provides the reference citation for the information extracted. Another benefit incorporated in the application is the connectivity to Google Scholar and the ability to import current publication through the BibTeX link – similar to EndNote, RefMan, and RefWorks.” Matthews added, “Qiqqa also alphabetizes your references, which I found very useful. There are also a ton of how-to YouTube video for various aspects of the tool to demonstrate other advanced capabilities that the tool has to offer.”