Online Teaching Tools

tech support buttonLearn about popular tools through our guides below, enroll in upcoming trainings via GROW@4CD, or view recordings of past trainings in the GROW@4CD Playlist.

Video tools

Zoom iconAll DVC staff and instructors have district-created accounts with Zoom (called TechConnect Zoom within Canvas).  Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows you to share your screen, browser, or app as you host virtual office hours or study sessions.    

Studio logoCanvas Studio is a fully-integrated Canvas video creation tool that offers interactive teaching and learning opportunities between instructors and students.  

3C Media purple logo3C Media is an option for captioning and storing videos.  This tool is free; however, there are a limited amount of captioning hours each year, so it's best to prepare ahead of time when using this service.   

YouTube allows users to upload videos for free captioning. While the accuracy rate isn't perfect, it's easy to edit the time-stamped file and embed videos in Canvas or on the website.

Document creation, storage, and annotation

OneDrive logoAll DVC employees have access to Microsoft 365 OneDrive, with access to email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, and more.  To access: 

  1. Log into InSite.
  2. Click the "Email" tile.
  3. Click the waffle (3x3 dots) in the upper left.
  4. Click "Office 365."
  5. Click "Install Office" to download the Microsoft Suite to your device for offline access.
  6. Or, use Microsoft tools online.  Click the icon of the tool you'd like to use (ex. Word, PowerPoint, etc) from the left navigation menu.  Using this online version will save your files to your OneDrive for cloud-based storage and sharing.  
  7. Learn more about OneDrive tools.  

NOTE: With OneDrive, you can share live links to documents and PowerPoints in Canvas, which can help save you storage space and time, as any edits to your original materials automatically update in Canvas.  Learn more in What are my storage options?

bullseyeNew! Canvas + Teams:  Microsoft Teams is in Canvas, providing new opportunities for student communication and collaboration. 

Google Drive is a web-based word processing suite (for documents, spreadsheets, slide presentations) available with a free gmail account.  Because students are often familiar with Google tools, many choose Google Drive for student collaborations.  Learn more about Google Drive

NOTE: With Google Drive, you can share live links to documents and slideshows in Canvas, which can help save you storage space and time, as any edits to your original materials automatically update in Canvas.  Learn more in What are my storage options?

Adobe has many useful applications for instruction: make accessible documents, digitally sign documents, or use Adobe's graphic design tools.  For at home access:

  1. Visit the Adobe home page.
  2. Click "Sign in."
  3. Enter your long email address (ex. 
  4. This will bring you to the Single Sign On page to log on with your InSite username and password. 

If you'd like to learn more about using Adobe, check out GROW@4CD for self-paced trainings available to all employees free of cost.

hypothesis logo h in red dialogue boxHypothesis is a digital annotation tool that makes reading social.  Scaffold readings for your students with your own annotations, or encourage peer-to-peer interaction with student annotations.  Hypothesis is fully integrated into Canvas at our college, so there is no need to install anything yourself! 

Learn how to layer Hypothesis on a reading in Canvas, or self-enroll in our Hypothesis Pilot Canvas shell to connect with other users, access additional instructor and student training materials, and view recordings of past trainings. 

You can also check out our District's work with Hypothesis as featured on Liquid Margins:

Accessibility tools

Ally is integrated into Canvas to help with instructors ensure course materials are accessible to all students.  Learn about available alternative formats and promoting this tool to students in the DVC Ally Instructor Quick Guide.

Learn how to solve accessibility issues with Ally in the Accessibility Newsletter Archives.

Microsoft Immersive Reader is enabled on Canvas pages, providing support for those with certain learning disabilities (or preferences) and English language learners.  Learn how to leverage this tool in our DVC Microsoft Immersive Reader Quick Guide.

PopeTech is a tool that can help instructors identify and remediate accessibility issues.  Training is available in the Accessibility Newsletter Archives.

Exams and academic integrity tools

Proctorio logoProctorio is an online proctoring tool integrated with Canvas, offering ID verification, audio and video recording, screen-locking, and more.

Turnitin is a Canvas-integrated plagiarism checker that runs student submissions through an extensive database of student essays and web-based materials. 

Gradescope logoGradescope is a tool for delivering online assessments that enables instructors to provide better and faster feedback.  

Respondus 4.0 is a tool for creating and managing exams that can be published directly to Canvas or printed for paper-based exams. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment and can also be moved from one LMS to another.  Respondus is available for use in the Staff Development Lab (AB-217).  Please contact Jeanette Peavler at for help.


Handshake logoDVC now offers students access to Handshake!  This is a platform where students can create a digital resume/portfolio, find job and internship opportunities, attend career fairs & events, schedule appointments with DVC Career Services, and more!  Students log in using their DVC username and password.

Portfolium logoDVC staff and students have access to Portfolium's Canvas-integrated digital portfolio tool, Folio.  To learn how faculty leverage Folio to make college-to-career pathways clear, sign up for a training through GROW.  Students/staff may also take an online training to learn about Folio

Online labs

Labster is available for individual instructors transitioning lab courses to online instruction.  Please contact your Dean to request a license.  You can sign up for a live-training through GROW or view a recording of Digital Strategy in Action: Moving My Science Course Online - by CVC and Labster.  Then, follow the instructions in Add Labster to Canvas - Instructor Guide to get started.