Teaching Tools Overview

SVSU Supported Teaching 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 an internet connection; asynchronously 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 Teams

Microsoft Teams is part of our Office 365 subscription that can be used stand-alone, or via Canvas integration (added from the Rich Content Editor). 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.


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.


Canvas Conferences (Big Blue Button)

The Canvas Conferences tool is a paid add-on to Canvas which we currently have 20 concurrent sessions purchased through Dec 31, 2020. 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.



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.



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.



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. 


Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor 

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. Respondus Monitor is an addition to Lockdown Browser requiring the use of a webcam that "monitors" a student as they take their exam. 


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. 


Related Articles

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