Online Teaching Tools

Instructional technology can help connect you to students and connect your students to content.  Learn about popular instructional technology tools through our self-paced guides below.  If you prefer a live training, check GROW@4CD for currently scheduled workshops - or view recordings of past trainings in GROW@4CD under the DVC@4CD Distance Ed Community. 

 Video creation and captioning

canvas studio logoNEW!  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 at FLEX trainings coming this summer, or check out the self-paced Canvas Studio Guides.

EXPIRED:  Our Spring 2020 pilot of TechSmith Relay has ended and all Relay videos must be downloaded by July 30, 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 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.  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 - or contact Kat King at about getting an upgraded DVC license.  Sign up for a training (or view past recordings) via GROW@4CD to learn more.

ConferZoom logoVideo conferencing - Zoom

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.  Learn more with the DVC Instructor's Guide to Zoom.

Proctorio: 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 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

Hypothesis: 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 and access additional instructor and student training materials.

Ally: accessibility tool

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.

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.  Learn how to access your OneDrive (and download the Microsoft Suite if you prefer). 

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?

Folio: e-Portfolio and career exploration

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.


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.

Labster: online labs

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

Respondus: 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.

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.