Online Teaching Tools

tech support buttonInstructional technology can help connect you to students and connect your students to content.  Learn about popular tools through our self-paced guides, enroll in live trainings via the calendar in GROW@4CD, or view recordings of past trainings in our DVC@4CD Distance Ed Community. 

Video Tools

Zoom / TechConnect Zoom

ConferZoom logoAll DVC instructors have 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.    

NEW!  Studio


Canvas Studio is now available! Studio is a fully-integrated Canvas video tool that offers interactive teaching and learning opportunities between instructors and students.  Learn more:


Our Spring 2020 pilot of TechSmith Relay has ended and all Relay videos must be downloaded by August 31, 2020.  Please follow the instructions in our Downloading Videos from Relay Guide, which includes instructions for transferring videos to your new Canvas Studio account. 

3C Media

3C Media purple logo3C Media is an option for captioning and storing 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.  Learn more in DVC's 3C Media Guide. 


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.  Check out the DVC YouTube Quick Start Guide to learn more.  


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.  Upgraded versions of Screencast-o-matic are now available through Studio.  See the new training materials above.  

Document Creation and Storage


Office 365 OneDrive  All DVC employees have access to Office 365 OneDrive to make collaborating on Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoints easy.  Learn how to access your OneDrive (and download the Microsoft Suite if you prefer). 

NOTE: OneDrive and Google Drive offer a great way to add 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?

Google Drive

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.  

NOTE: OneDrive and Google Drive offer a great way to add 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, visit the Adobe home page, click "Sign in," and enter your long email address (ex.  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.

Academic Integrity Tools

Proctorio (exam 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 currently available through Fall 2020.)  Enroll in the self-paced Proctorio Canvas tutorial to learn more.

TurnItIn (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 

Accessibility Tools


Blackboard Ally is now integrated into Canvas to help with file accessibility.  Learn about available alternative formats and promoting this tool to students in the DVC Ally Instructor Quick Guide.

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.  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.



portfolium logo orange textDVC staff and students 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 a training through GROW.  Students/staff may also take an online training to learn about Folio. 

Quiz Creation


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.  Our license permits you to install a copy of the Respondus software on a home or travel computer. Access the software and resource guides by self-enrolling in the Canvas Respondus Training Shell.

Online Labs


Labster is available through Fall 2020 to help with transitioning lab courses to remote instruction.  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.

Equity Tools


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.