Online Teaching Tools

Instructional technology can help connect you to students and connect your students to content.  Earn flex credit while taking one of the many 1-2 hour workshops DVC offers to provide faculty with up-to-date trainings.  Learn more about popular instructional technology tools, sign up for an upcoming training via InSite, or view a list of available trainings and request training based on your needs. 

What's new in instructional technology?

Wondering what instructional technology tools your peers are using?  Consider the Canvas-integrated sites, software, and services below.

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.)

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 through our CVC-OEI partnership.)

Video creation and captioning

Camtasia, Apple's Quicktime, and Screencast-O-Matic allow a user to record and narrate activity on a computer.  Camtasia, while costly, offers the most features.  The free version of Quicktime and Screencast-O-Matic are often enough to meet instructor needs.

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.

Dropbox is a free service which allows for easy web-based storage of files. 

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.

e-Portfolios

Weebly and Wix are both template-based, easy-to-use sites for website creation. Either site can be used for project based learning activities like the development of e-portfolios.  To learn more about how faculty use e-portfolios in the classroom, sign up for an in-person workshop via InSite.

Plagiarism checker

Turnitin is a Canvas-integrated plagiarism checker that runs your students papers through an extensive database of student essays and web-based materials.  To enable Turnitin on an assignment in Canvas, choose "External Tool" as your Submission Type and select Turnitin LTI.  Check out the Canvas Community Guide on Turnitin for more details.

Digital annotation

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.  

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.  If you'd like to add a NameCoach Badge to your email signature, follow the instructions in the NameBadge Quick Guide.