Tools for Teaching

In this article, you will find a list of our supported teaching tools. Click the link to find out more about the specific tool.

You will also find a comparison table of synchronous and asynchronous tools on the right side of the page under the Attachments section.


Synchronous Tools

Asynchronous Tools

Other Tools




Echo360 can be used as a synchronous tool when used to live stream from the classroom, or anywhere with a computer (Mac or PC) and offers several ways to engage students including polls, discussions, media interaction, and more. 

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is an overall collaboration hub for classes, meetings, file sharing, and breakout rooms for smaller group discussions. Teams is perfect for office hours, live group meetings, chat, note-taking, collaboration, and file sharing. Sessions can be recorded which are stored in Stream. 



Is a cloud-based video communication tool offered as a paid subscription and is not currently a University-wide solution. Zoom is best used for synchronous online meetings featuring screen sharing, webcam, polling, and chat. The features available depend on the account type.



Lifesize is an SVSU paid service currently allowing 75 users. Lifesize is an all-in-one collaboration tool that combines audio, video, web, and chat. It can connect video, audio, and web conferencing all in one application. This tool can also record the sessions and shared with anyone. The Lifesize app is streamlined and built to enhance the different ways your group communicates — from one-on-one audio and video calls to meetings among multiple locations.


Canvas Conferences (Big Blue Button)  

IMPORTANT: The Canvas Conferences tool is a paid add-on to Canvas which we currently have 20 concurrent sessions purchased through Dec 31, 2021.

The Conferencing tool allows you to conduct real-time lectures and meetings, with built-in chat. You can share audio, webcam, and your screen, all within Canvas. Sessions can be recorded and can be downloaded as long as we are premium members, however, it is not recommended to be used for asynchronous teaching.




Echo360 is a comprehensive lecture capture and video hosting solution. Think of Echo360 as a private YouTube channel for each course you teach, with the videos accessible via Canvas. Echo360's Active Learning Platform lets you monitor the students that are confused or least engaged, to increase student engagement and success. The classroom tools give student's a voice in their learning and assesses what they have learned or what they have not.


Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Stream is part of our Office 365 subscription which allows you to create 15-minute screen recordings from the cloud, or store videos to share with others at SVSU. Stream is recommended to be used for student presentations.



Camtasia is a paid per person software that records your screen or yourself (webcam). Camtasia includes advanced editing such as transitions, adding callouts, cursor effects, zooming, and more. The videos you create are stored locally on your machine so they must be uploaded somewhere. We recommend uploading the videos to Echo360 because the files can be large depending on how many effects are applied and using Echo360 does not affect your Canvas course storage limits. 




SVSU staff and faculty have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software suite. The Enterprise license for Adobe includes a full suite of over 20 applications for graphic design, video editing, web development, and Acrobat DC for editing PDFs. Available for Windows and Mac computers. Students do not have access to Adobe apps only Spark Premium.

  • Organize and Sync files across your devices
  • Share & Discover creative work outside your organization
  • Create and edit PDFs and automatically convert form fields into fillable text fields.


Microsoft Bookings

MS Bookings is an Office 365 app that allows students to schedule appointments based on Faculty defined availability in thier outlook calendar. It can also be used for booking (scheduling) events for any department. 



It is Microsoft 365's cloud storage and sharing with collaborative editing of Microsoft Office documents. All staff and registered students are eligible to use OneDrive. You can access OneDrive files on the web, using the OneDrive for Business desktop app, or from the OneDrive mobile app. 

Only Store Non-Sensitive Data on OneDrive.  Users that store documents and files with personal information must store them on network shared drives, not on local "hard drives" or portable data storage media, or cloud destinations such as, but not limited to, Dropbox, Google Drive, or Apple iCloud.​​​ Please view our Internet and Network Resources Acceptable Use Policy under General Regulations. You should only store data that DOES NOT CONTAIN FERPA, HIPAA, or PPI data in your SVSU, OneDrive account.


Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor 

Respondus Lockdown Browser is an application used by instructors to secure online quizzes, tests, and exams by restricting websites and applications on your computer. Respondus Monitor it is an addition to Lockdown Browser requiring the use of a webcam that "monitors" a student as they take their exam. 

Note: Videos are stored in Respondus Monitor for 5 years


Respondus 4.0 – Exam Authoring

Respondus 4.0 is used by instructors to create exam/quiz questions in Word and then upload them to Canvas. 


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