Overview of Technology Tools


Use audio to provide feedback, add narration to a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, image or b-roll, or an expert interview. Use audio to humanize an asynchronous discussion.

Blogs & Wikis

Blogs typically are an individual space for publishing content, allowing users to comment, and facilitating reflection. Wikis typically are a collaborative space where content can be added, edited, and removed. They are good for building a shared resource.

Citation Management & Social Bookmarking

Both citation management and social bookmarking are ways to organize content for your course. They can also be a great way to have learners share and create course resources.

Synchronous Sessions

Use synchronous sessions to humanize your course, create community, and increase engagement. It is recommended that you do two synchronous sessions during your course. You can invite a guest speaker, analyze a case study, role play, demonstrate on the whiteboard, and more.

Photo Sharing

Photo sharing is a great icebreaker activity. A few examples of photo sharing activities are:

  • Have students share photos of their favorite places.
  • Have learners collaboratively write a story around a photo and prompt.
  • Use photos for a virtual field trip.


Use webcam and lecture capture tools such as Panopto. Try Cintiq for drawing and writing. Use web conferencing for lecturing, office hours, or student group work.

Canvas Tools

The Canvas learning management system offers several tools to for your course. Tools available include the following:

  • Course messages
  • Collaboration
  • Discussion board
  • Calendar
  • Kaltura media stream
  • Assessments:
    • Peer review (Turnitin)
    • Peer assessment
    • Tests
    • Surveys
    • Rubrics (create your own and use)
    • Question pools (create your own or use from instructor manual)
    • Group assignments

Additional Technology Tools

New technology tools are developed frequently. A few examples of additional technology tools include:

  • Wordle
  • Infographics
  • Webquest
  • Virtual bulletin
  • Shared notebooks
  • Digital storytelling

Video Tips

The recommended method for posting media files for instructional uses is through Kaltura.

Advantages of Using Kaltura:

  • Simplicity. Uploading a file is similar to using YouTube.
  • Files are streamed to viewers, so you are not distributing copies of the media.
  • Currently there is no limit on the number of files you can upload.
  • No need to request a media account, all Canvas courses are set up with the Kaltura Media upload feature.
  • When used within a Canvas course, the media files use Kerberos authentication. When moved outside Canvas, they become publicly available.
  • One file can be used in many courses or websites without having to upload it separately for each use.

Considerations for Using Kaltura:

  • You cannot generate a link (URL) to a video except when in a Canvas course. Only the HTML used to embed a file in a page is available.
  • Uploaded files need time to be compressed and are not instantly available. Usually the delay for video files is approximately the running time of the video (e.g. a one-hour video will take about one hour to compress). Audio files compress much more quickly.
  • It is not yet possible for students in your course to upload videos.
  • Only one person has ownership rights to the uploaded file, allowing them to edit, delete, and re-use it. So if your TA uploads files to the course, s/he will own them. It is possible, however, for system admins to transfer ownership.