Getting Started with LectureTools

LectureTools is the exciting new lecture supplement that you can use to make your classroom more interactive. It's easy to learn and use, so we've included all you need to know to get started in this guide.

Start with Setting Up Your Course, then browse the other areas to get information and tips you can use before, during, and after your course. In each section, you'll find links to written instructions and video tutorials that will help you get ready to go in no time!

This document is for instructors. If you are a student, please see our Student Information Guide.

Note: When you create a LectureTools course, it will default to a trial license. This means that you will be limited to only two LectureTools courses. To remove this restriction, enter each of your courses (existing and future) and perform the following steps:

  • Click on your name in the top right corner, and select Manage Courses from the drop-down menu.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page that opens, and select the existing UK license
  • Click Save.

This document is for instructors. If you are a student, please see our Student Information Guide.

  • Setting Up Your Course - Getting an account, creating a new course, and adding your students
  • Teaching Your Course - Adding and editing lecture dates, importing slide presentations, and creating interactive activities

Setting Up Your Course

Getting an Account

To create a LectureTools account:

Simply go to http://www.lecturetools.com/ and click Get Started to sign up.

Creating a New Course

Once you've created your account, you just need to click on Create Course from the welcome page.

Adding Students to Your Course

In order to add students to your course, simply provide them with the link.  You can also follow the instructions linked below to invite them from within Lecture Tools.

Teaching Your Course

Adding and Editing Lecture Dates

After your course has been created, you can add, delete, or edit individual lecture dates. Keep in mind, however, that you cannot batch edit as you did when creating this course (for example, setting the lecture list to Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 AM).

For minor changes, choose Add & Edit Lecture Dates from the bottom of the lecture date drop-down menu. More detailed instructions can be found in the links below.

To reset all of your lecture dates, you may prefer to start over, creating a new LectureTools course to replace your current one.

Importing Slides

It is possible to import slides from both PowerPoint and Keynote (you must first save Keynote as a PDF file). From the lecture date drop-down menu in the upper right, locate the lecture you wish to set up.

The first time you do this for a given lecture, you will be prompted to title your lecture and optionally import slides.

To import additional slides after a lecture has been set up, enter the lecture page to which you wish to add slides, and select Import Slides from File from the Import Slides drop-down menu.

For more detailed instructions, visit one of the links below.

Interactive Slides

One of the most unique things about LectureTools is the ability to create and use interactive slides. LectureTools can even assign participation grades based on the activities you include in your lectures. Provided below are some tutorials designed to show you how to use the great variety of interactive features available in LectureTools.

 

The following links contain additional useful slide editing features (non-interactive).