Online Teaching Tools

Instructional technology can help connect you to students and connect your students to content.  Learn about popular instructional technology tools below, or view our list of available trainings and request training based on your needs. 

What's new in instructional technology?

ConferZoom logoVideo conferencing 

ConferZoom is a Canvas-integrated video conferencing tool. Share your screen, browser, or app as you host virtual office hours or study sessions.  ConferZoom also allows you to offer students one-on-one appointment booking online.  (This tool is free through our CVC-OEI partnership.)  Learn more with the DVC ConferZoom Quick Guide or sign up for an in-person training via InSite.

NEW: Passwords and Zoom - tips for managing passwords with the new default sercurity settings.


Labster is now integrated into Canvas to help with transitioning lab science courses to remote instruction.  Sign up for a live-training through the CVC-OEI or view a recording of the webinar 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.

Online proctoring

proctorio logo overlapping rectanglesLooking for a way to ensure academic integrity around exams? Meet Proctorio - an online proctoring platform fully integrated with Canvas, offering ID verification, audio and video recording, screen-locking, and more.  (This tool is free to use until June 20, 2020, through our CVC-OEI partnership.)  Enroll in the self-paced Proctorio Canvas tutorial or sign up for an in-person training via InSite.

Plagiarism checker

DVC provides TurnItIn as a Canvas-integrated plagiarism checker that runs student submissions through an extensive database of student essays and web-based materials.  Learn more with our TurnItIn on Canvas Quick Guide or sign up for an in-person training via InSite. 

Digital annotation

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.  Learn how to layer Hypothesis on a reading in Canvas, self-enroll in our Spring 2020 Hypothesis Pilot, or learn more about how colleges across the country leverage social annotation by watching the webinar: 

Video creation and captioning

TechSmith's Relay is now integrated into Canvas for use by instructors and students.  Use Relay to record and caption lectures and layer conversations with students right onto videos.  This tool will be available through the Spring 2020 semester - and potentially longer based on interest.  Learn more by reading the DVC Relay Quick Start Guidewatching a video about how to use Relay, or signing up for a live trainingThen, access your DVC Relay video library and start recording today.

Screencast-O-Matic allows a user to record and narrate slideshows or other activity on a computer.  The free version is often enough to meet instructor needs - or contact Kat King at about getting an upgraded DVC license.  Sign up for an in-person training via InSite to learn more.

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.  Tutorial: How to caption videos using YouTube's video options

3C Media purple logo3C Media is another option for captioning videos.  This tool is free through our CVC-OEI partnership.  However, there are a limited amount of captioning hours each year, so it's best to prepare ahead of time when using this service.

Web-based word processing

Office 365 OneDrive  All DVC employees have access to Office 365 OneDrive to make collaborating on Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoints easy.  Log into InSite or your email to access OneDrive.

Google Drive  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 these web-based programs, many choose Google Drive for student collaborations.


portfolium logo orange textDVC staff and students now have access to Portfolium's Canvas-integrated digital portfolio tool, Folio.  To learn how faculty leverage Folios to make college-to-career pathways clear, sign up for an in-person workshop via InSite.  Students/staff may also take an online training to learn about Folio.

Additional resources

NameCoach is a simple Canvas tool that allows users to record their names to share correct pronunciation with others.  Through NameCoach, users can also enter preferred honorifics and gender pronouns.  To learn how to use NameCoach in Canvas, follow the instructions in the NameCoach Quick Guide, or watch the video below.  (Please note: this tool is free to use until June 30, 2020.)  If you'd like to add a NameCoach Badge to your email signature, follow the instructions in the NameBadge Quick Guide.