Online Teaching Tools

Learn about DVC's instructional technologies through our quick guides below. Enroll in upcoming trainings on GROW@4CD or view recordings of past trainings in the GROW@4CD Playlist.

Basics

Canvas

Canvas is our Learning Management System.  Learn more in our Canvas Faculty Guides.

Office

All DVC employees and students have access to Office, including Outlook email and Microsoft tools like 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."
  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 need (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.

Tip: You can share live links to documents and PowerPoints in Canvas to save storage space and time, as any edits to your original materials automatically update in Canvas. Learn more about sharing files on OneDrive.

New! Canvas and Teams integration: 

Zoom

All DVC employees and students 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, whiteboard, or apps in online meetings.

Adobe

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. FirstInitialLastNameLast3digits@email.4cd.edu).
  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.


Accessibility

Ally

Ally is integrated into Canvas to help instructors ensure course materials are accessible to all students. Learn about 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.

Immersive Reader

Immersive Reader in Canvas can help students with disabilities (or learning preferences) and English language learners. Learn more in our DVC Immersive Reader Quick Guide.

PopeTech

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


E-portfolios

Handshake

DVC 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, schedule appointments with DVC Career Services and more!  Students log in using their DVC username and password.

Folio

DVC staff and students have access to Folio, a Canvas-integrated digital portfolio tool. Learn more in the self-paced Folio training.


Labs

Labster

Labster is a tool that helps instructors deliver quality labs online. Please contact your Dean to request licenses. Sign up for an upcoming Labster webinar to learn more.  


Video

Studio

Studio is a video tool in Canvas that offers interactive opportunities between instructors and students. With Studio, you can create/caption videos, layer discussion or quizzes on videos, and access viewing analytics.  Learn more in the Canvas Studio Guides

3C Media

3C Media is an option for captioning and storing videos. This tool is free for community college faculty and staff; however, there are a limited amount of captioning hours each year, so please connect with DSS ahead of time when using this service. 

YouTube

YouTube allows users to create/caption videos. While the accuracy rate isn't perfect, it's easy to edit the time-stamped file and embed videos on Canvas or the website. 

While DVC does not provide YouTube channels, some instructors prefer to create their own free channel, particularly those who teach at multiple colleges.  Please be mindful of student privacy if creating and sharing videos on this public platform.


Annotation

Hypothesis

Hypothesis 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 DVC!

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 instructor and student training materials, and view recordings of past trainings.


Exams/Academic Integrity

Turnitin

Turnitin is a Canvas-integrated plagiarism checker that runs student submissions through an extensive database of student essays and web-based materials. Learn more in the DVC Turnitin Guide.

Proctorio

Proctorio is an online proctoring tool integrated with Canvas, offering ID verification, audio and video recording, screen-locking, and more. Enroll in the self-paced Proctorio Canvas tutorial to learn more.

Gradescope

Gradescope is a tool for delivering online assessments that enables instructors to provide better and faster feedback.  Learn more in the Gradescope Instructor Guide.

Respondus

Respondus 4.0 is a tool for turning an exam created in Word into a Canvas quiz. Respondus is available for use in the Staff Development Lab (AB-217).  Please contact Jeanette Peavler at jpeavler@dvc.edu for help.


Questions?

Drop by the Digital Learning Lab for one-on-one support!