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.

What's New in Instructional Technology?

Video 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.

Online proctoring

  • Looking 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.) 

Plagiarism checker

  • TurnItIn is a Canvas-integrated plagiarism checker that runs student submissions through an extensive database of student essays and web-based materials.

Digital annotation

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


  • Blackboard Ally is now integrated into Canvas to help with file accessibility.

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’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 online training to learn about Folio.



  • 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.

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.

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