Emergency Training Information (FAQ) in Response to COVID-19


Please visit www.svsu.edu/workshops to look for session topics and times. This page will be updated as we create more documentation and create videos. Please note the related articles on the right-hand side of the page.

Online Teaching Webinars

Request Echo360 in Your Course

IMPORTANT: A lecture capture request must be made each semester; only the current term can be requested.

To use Echo360 in your course Request Echo360 here if you are new to Echo360 register for the introduction workshop at http://svsu.edu/workshops

Need help? Please watch the video we created here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM0Km20vat0

Canvas Tools to Help You Teach Online

  • Quiz Tool - Online testing, surveying, quizzing
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor - Used for online exams that restrict students from accessing websites/applications and monitor via webcam (must be enabled). View the Respondus Student Guide.
  • Discussion Tool - Asynchronous text discussions with and among students
  • Conferences Tool - We recommend Microsoft Teams in place of Conferences since Big Blue Button, the company announced they are not able to support the amount of increased traffic that has occurred since the pandemic swept the nation. Conferences are for web meetings and real-time video/audio meetings. It also allows sharing of the computer screen: https://bigbluebutton.org/html5/
  • Announcements Tool - Send timely course communication messages to students or delay them for a specific date. Students can make comments if enabled. Show recent announcements on your course Home Page: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-13115-4152682262
  • Online Meeting in Microsoft Teams - Create online meetings in your course within Canvas from the Announcement tool. Please view our Microsoft Teams article.

Tools to Help You Teach Online Outside of Canvas

Other Video Conferencing Tools

  •  Microsoft Teams - Features two-way communication (private/public), video/audio, break-out rooms [NEW], file/screen sharing capabilities, and record your online meeting. MS Teams is our RECOMMENDED collaboration platform. Learn more about MS Teams.
  • Echo360 - Pre-record your video lectures or stream them live in your Canvas courses. Learn more http://svsu.edu/echohelp/ view the Echo360 Student Guide.
  • Lifesize - Video conferencing software for real-time video/audio/screen sharing.
  • Zoom -  Free/basic Zoom accounts have a 40-minute time limit, it is one of our supported online meeting tools. For video training see Zoom's COVID-19 support page be check out our Zoom knowledge article.
  • TechSmith Video Review - Allows Commenting on Specific Points in a Video. You can download a free trial here. 

Other Online Teaching Apps from Microsoft

Student Help for Online Classes

Online Meeting Tools for Students

Graphics, Presentations, and Video Submissions

  • Canvas - Students can record themselves directly in Canvas or upload existing media. There is a limitation of 500 MB for uploads. Students can upload a video or audio file or record a video or audio using the Rich Content Editor. NOTE: A longer recording takes time to render be patient, also ensure you have a stable Internet connection.
  • MS Stream - This is a video storage place for students who need to upload videos or record (presentations, etc) click the Office 365 app launcher (waffle) login to Microsoft Stream.  Students can use Microsoft Stream for recording presentations. The screen recording limit is 15 minutes. Students can also use YouTube; a Gmail address is required.
  • Adobe Scan convert images to pdf's from your mobile device works with both Android and Apple systems: Adobe Scan App 
  • Adobe Spark is a free, online graphic design app. Adobe Spark includes Page, Post, and Video. Login to adobe.com and sign in with your SVSU email address.
  • Animato is an online video maker students can use for Animato for portfolios.

Tutoring Help

Contact the Tutoring Center and schedule a session - Second Floor of Library