In the resources below you will find links to helpful websites, video tutorials, and handouts created by the CETL.  The CETL supports and offers training on Microsoft Office products, the University email, Google Tools, and other web tools presented at our workshops.  


  • Helpsheets

    Here are resources from some of the workshops offered by the CETL.
    Presentation Tools
    • PowerPoint Design Tips (PDF)
    • Recording Voice Over PowerPoint 2013 (PDF)
    • Prezi
    Poster Tools
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    Polling Tools
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    Audio Tools
    • Sound Recorder on PC (PDF)
    • Voki (PDF)
    • Voicethread (PDF)
    Video Tools 
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    • Creating a Screencast with Screencastomatic (PDF)
    • Editing Videos with Windows Movie Maker (PDF)
    • Create Interactive Video Lessons with EDpuzzle (coming soon)
    Concept Mapping Tools
    Collaborative Tools
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    • Google Drive
    • Padlet
    • Zoom Video Conferencing
    • Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
    Comic Strip Tools
  • IDEA Course Evaluations

    IDEA Course Evaluations

    IDEA, the Individual Development and Educational Assessment, is an evaluation tool used in higher education.  All faculty at Saint Francis University are asked to use the IDEA student ratings system in their classes as follows: 

    • Tenured faculty: at least one class each academic year 
    • Non-tenured faculty: at least one class each semester 
    • Other faculty (adjunct, first-year, visiting): all classes each semester 
    • Faculty who intend to apply for promotion or tenure during the next academic year should use the IDEA survey in all of their classes this year.
    • Faculty teaching for ADCS or online programs may be asked to use IDEA surveys in all of their courses.
    Faculty are asked to please submit an IDEA request for their courses each semester.  Near the end of the semester, all faculty receive a detailed email with directions for requesting an IDEA form for a course.  All faculty members will be using electronic IDEA forms. Electronic IDEA forms are more efficient and less costly, and the results are available more quickly and in a more convenient format.   After requesting the IDEA form, then faculty must complete the faculty information form (FIF) online before they can begin administering the survey to students.  The start and end dates for students to complete IDEA evaluations are listed in the initial email.  See a sample timeline below.  Faculty will be notified via email when results are available, which is typically 2-3 weeks after the end of the semester.  


    Clock Icon by Aroche       Sample IDEA Timeline
    1. IDEA Requests Due to CETL
    2. Links emailed to Faculty
    3. Faculty must complete Faculty Information Form (FIF)

    4. Students complete Student Response Form (SRF)
    Last day of classes 

    April 1
    April 5     

    April 27     
    April 6 to April 27       
    April 27


     Student surveys are to be administered in person during a class section by a colleague before finals week (not during finals week).  Faculty should arrange for a colleague to administer the IDEA and instruct students to bring their laptops to class on the administration date. The attached document outlines the process for online administration in detail. 


    Administering IDEA (PDF)



    Question mark 1. What happens if a student forgets to bring his or her laptop to class?
    The student can use another person’s laptop after he or she has completed the survey. Since each student must login to the survey using their own student id, it doesn’t matter which computer is used.

    2. What happens if the student’s id (username) does not work?
    First, make sure that the student is using the correct information.  If the student cannot gain access to the student response form, please contact Theresa Wilson (x2799 or 

    3. Why is it important to administer electronic IDEAs in the classroom?
    Setting aside class time for students to complete the IDEA form sends the message that you take the course evaluation process seriously enough to devote time to it. It also helps to ensure that as many students in the class as possible provide feedback. Larger response rates ensure more reliable results. Finally, it helps to ensure that the students are completing the forms having heard the same information and in the same conditions as their classmates.

    4. Why do I need to have a colleague administer the IDEA?
    Research shows that faculty who remain in the classroom while students are completing the surveys influence student responses, even when electronic surveys are used.

    5. When should I administer the course evaluation?
    IDEA recommends administering the course evaluations no later than the next to last week of classes. IDEA also recommends setting aside time at the beginning of a class, rather than the end, so students are not rushing to leave the classroom. If this option is used, the instructor should set aside a specific amount of time (20 minutes is usually sufficient) and then continue with class.  

    For helpsheets and videos please visit IDEA website:
    Questions may also be directed to Theresa Wilson: x2799


  • Digication Eportfolios

    Digication Eportfolios


    Digication Getting Started (PDF) 

    • How do I log in to Digication?
    • How do I create my own e-Portfolio?
    • How do I set permissions on my e-Portfolio?


    Digication Creating a Header (PDF)

    • What is a header?  What is a directory icon?
    • Why should I create my own custom header and directory icon?
    • How do I create my own header or directory icon?  Where can I find images to use?
    • How do I actually add my own header and directory icon to my Digication e-Portfolio?


    Digication Controlling Access (PDF)

    • How do I control access to my e-Portfolio content?
    • What are permissions and what are my options within them?
    • How can I use the "Edit, Preview, and Publish" options to manage availability of my content?

    Digication Organization and Content (PDF)
    • What should think about when deciding how to organize my e-Portfolio?
    • What are the navigation and organization options within Digication?
      • Sections - What are they? How do I? How do I modify?
      • Pages - What are they? How do I? How do I modify?
    • How types of Content can I add to my e-Portfolio?
    • How do I add Content Modules to my e-Portfolio?


    Digication Adding Images (PDF)

    • Why should I include images in my e-Portfolio?
    • What are my options for adding images in Digication?
    • How do I actually add an image to a Digication e-Portfolio?
    • What types of images should I use?


    Digication Adding Videos (PDF)

    • Why should I include a video in my e-Portfolio?
    • What are my options for adding videos to a Digication e-Portfolio?
    • How do I actually add a video to a Digication e-Portfolio?
    • What types of videos should I use? 


    Digication Comments (PDF)

    • What are comments?
    • How can I control the Comments feature?


  • Microsoft Office
    Microsoft Office


    For help with the Microsoft Office software please visit the Microsoft Office Support Website.  The CETL can provide training for many of the Microsoft tools.  Please contact our office if you have a suggestion for a workshop or need to schedule an individual appointment.

    • Word 
    • Excel 
    • PowerPoint 
    • Publisher 
    • Access 
  • Google Tools

    Would you like to use Google at Saint Francis?  Google is a great way to store and share files.  Saint Francis University has a Google domain and can create Google accounts for employees and students using the email.   If you would like to request a Google account or need your Google password reset (for an username) please email the CETL.
    • Google Docs/Drive (pdf)
    • Google Forms (website