Technology Tools and Training Resources

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Workshops are Available Every Semester

Please visit www.svsu.edu/workshops to look for session topics and times. Please note the related articles on the right-hand side of the page.

Webinars Offered Outside of SVSU

Request Echo360 in Your Course

Teaching with Echo360 in the classroom or on your computer? Each semester if you intend to use Echo360 in the classroom, Live Stream, or want to enhance student engagement utilizing the *Active Learning Platform (ALP) you need to request Echo360 in your course; only the current term can be requested. Need help? Watch the video we created on how to fill out the Echo360 Semester Request Form - SVSU

Did you know? You can embed your media in a Canvas content window and see usage analytics in your personal library. If you are new to register for the Echo360 introduction workshop at http://svsu.edu/workshops

Canvas Tools to Help You Teach

  • Announcements: 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.
  • Quiz: Online testing, surveying, and quizzing (graded/non-graded).
  • 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: Asynchronous text discussions with and among students.
  • Big Blue Button Conference: We recommend Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) in place of Canvas Conferences (Big Blue Button (BBB). Still, intend to use the Big Blue Button Conference tool? You can use it for synchronous meetings, it offers real-time video/audio, computer screen share, chat, a whiteboard, and reactions. View our article with a comparison table of what applications we recommend for synchronous and asynchronous teaching tools
  • Use Microsoft Teams in Canvas - Create MS Teams online meetings in your course within Canvas from the Announcement tool. MS Teams is available in the Rich Content Editor (plug-shaped icon). Teams is great for collaboration (file sharing), online office hours, sharing your screen, there is a Lobby, breakout rooms for group activities, reactions, chat, and more. Microsoft Teams will be the default conferencing tool in 2021 Q4.


Canvas Quick Start Video by Instructure


Watch this YouTube video "Canvas Quick Start Guide" by Instructure, it is a condensed version of the needed essentials to help teach using Canvas. For full training on using Canvas's tools register for our training workshops at svsu.edu/workshops


Tools to Help You Teach Outside of Canvas

Web Conferencing Tools

  •  Echo360: It is SVSU's chosen lecture capture system. You can pre-record your video lectures or stream them live in your Canvas courses. Record your screen, audio, yourself, and engage your students. Learn more lecture capture and visit our Echo360 Help Portal view our Echo360 Student Guide.
  • Microsoft Teams: Use MS Teams for Features two-way communication using chat (private/public), video/audio, break-out rooms, file/screen sharing capabilities, meeting lobby, ability to record your online meeting with live transcription, present live with PowerPoint, raise your hand virtually or react in a meeting, join all your colleagues with Together Mode, and more. MS Teams is our RECOMMENDED collaboration platform. Learn more about MS Teams.
  • 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 collection of resources be sure to check out our Zoom Video Conferencing Guide.
  • Lifesize: Video conferencing software for real-time video/audio/screen sharing.

Teaching Apps for a Touchscreen Device

  • Microsoft Whiteboard: This is a collaborative digital canvas that integrates with Microsoft Teams, you can use it during an online meeting. Use the Whiteboard app online via the Microsoft 365 app launcher. Available from the Microsoft Store and iOS devices. Coming soon for Android.
  • Microsoft Draw feature: Use your touchscreen device (Windows, Mac, and iOS/Android) and sketch your ideas and teach lessons within Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. You can annotate, highlight, and emphasize content. Math faculty use the Ink to Math or Math Assistant in OneNote. Learn how to "Use the Draw feature in Microsoft Apps with your Touch Device".

Teach Without a Touchscreen Device

Use Echo360 Universal Capture Personal. You can record 2 inputs on your screen and written content on a document camera.
Use a Wacom Drawing Tablet to Teach. Write, draw, paint, and more. Explain concepts visually, sketch, and annotate on your screen. Use it in Microsoft apps link PowerPoint, OneNote, MS Word, and more.
You can request equipment needed for teaching just fill out our Equipment Request form.


Student Help for Paperless Learning

Canvas Help

Web Meeting Tools for Students

Graphics, Presentations, and Video Submissions for Students

  • 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 for Students

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