General ItemRead & Write
Read & Write is a comprehensive literacy toolbar that offers many tools and features that are designed to increase accessibility by offering multiple modalities for reading, producing and interacting with digital content. Best of all, it is available at no cost for faculty, staff, students, and alumni to use by downloading it to their computer.
General ItemEquatIO Math Editor
EquatIO is a digital math editor that allows you to type, draw, or dictate math and science formulas, graphs, and equations into your Canvas rich content editor.
General ItemGrackle Accessibility Checker
Grackle is an accessibility checker that can be used in Google Suite (docs, sheets, slides). Grackle allows you to make your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations accessible by cheking your documents against standard guidelines such as: WCAG 2.0, Google’s accessibility guidelines, and the PDF/UA standard.
Assessment & Evaluation Tools
Qualtrics is a survey management tool where you can build and distribute surveys and analyze survey results. Qualtrics enables users to perform many kinds of online data collection and analysis for their research. Essentially, using Qualtrics can help you create a customized survey where you can change the look of your data, add and manipulate statistics, and share the data with other people.
General ItemTesting in Canvas
The Quizzes tool allows instructors to build online quizzes in order to assess their students. The quizzes tool contains options that help enhance quiz security and allows quizzes to be imported from other programs that use QTI. The speedgrader feature reduces the time needed to grade quizzes and helps tracks the student progress on a quiz. Accommodations such as extra time and additional attempts can be made through the quiz moderation tool.
General ItemKaltura Video Assignments
Kaltura is a video management system that integrates with the Media Gallery and My Media tools in Canvas. Videos can be embedded into course content such as assignments, pages, and modules. Videos can be made into quizzes that can be embedded into an assignment.
General ItemGoogle Apps
Google Apps are a suite of web-based messaging and collaboration applications that allow you to connect, create, and manage in real-time.
General ItemVideo Conferencing via Zoom
Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. Zoom offers the best video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across multiple systems. Their mission is to develop a people-centric cloud service that transforms the real-time collaboration experience and improves the quality and effectiveness of communications forever.
Teaching & Learning Tools
General ItemCanvas: Communication Tools
Canvas includes a number of tools for instructors to use to communicate with and interact with students through a course site.
General ItemConnected Classrooms
Virginia Tech has Connected Classrooms where instructors and students can connect to remote participants using Zoom. Either the instructor or the students can be remote. Instructors can also use web-enabled classrooms for guest lectures or courses where students are in multiple locations.
General ItemCanvas: Rubrics
Rubrics allow instructors to communicate the criteria for grading assignments. They promote transparency and greater attentiveness to criteria as students can refer to them while completing their work. They also encourage consistency in grading and offer convenience as instructors only need to enter general information once and can limit their typing on individual submissions to particular concerns.
Kaltura is a video management system that allows video integration with Canvas. With Kaltura, you can: upload, publish, search, record, and share videos directly within Canvas. You can access Kaltura at video.vt.edu as well as in Canvas under the tools My Media and Media Gallery which are located in the Canvas course navigation bar.
General ItemCanvas: Student Groups
Groups are a small version of a Canvas course and used as a collaborative tool where students can work together on group projects and assignments.
General ItemCanvas: Discussions
Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions allow for interactive communication and can be used as an assignment for grading purposes.