Tools

Below you will find a number of university-supported tools that you can use to help maintain instructional continuity. Beneath each tool is a brief description, and if you click on the tool’s name, you will be able to explore in more detail how the tool could be used in your class while you’re teaching remotely.

We are recommending that you focus on using Canvas, Zoom, and, when needed for secure exams and quizzes, Proctorio. While we are not in any way restricting the use of other tools, we have been given assurances by these companies that they continue to reinforce their back-end architecture to meet the demand. This does not guarantee there will not be issues, but we’re trying to limit the number of problems as much as possible.

Note that you’ll need a reliable internet connection for this new teaching format; if you run into problems, see this UIS page on internet connectivity issues.

For more information on Georgetown-supported tools and services, please visit the Georgetown Tools and Services page.

Canvas provides a platform for you to share materials with students, as well as facilitate synchronous and asynchronous communications and collaborations. It also integrates with other tools you can use to help support instructional continuity, such as ZoomVoiceThreadGoogle Docs, and Panopto.

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows users to speak with others in different locations by streaming audio and video. The tool is accessible from a computer or a smartphone, and it is possible to invite non-Georgetown affiliated people to join the virtual meeting. The Zoom interface includes a variety of features such as chat, screen sharing, annotation tools, and breakout rooms to enhance communication, as well as the option to record. It is fully integrated into Canvas.

Proctorio is a secure, online test taking solution that enables you to ensure academic integrity for your exams and quizzes from within Canvas. To enable Proctorio in your course, please contact cndls@georgetown.edu.

Google Apps are a suite of tools that include gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and a number of other collaborative, cloud-based apps that allow for students to work asynchronously or synchronously on a variety of assignment types.

Panopto is a lecture-capture solution, but also a powerful video sharing tool. Integrated into Canvas, you can record, edit, and embed a video using Panopto. You can use this tool to record a voice-over-powerpoint lecture, which you can then share with students via Canvas or via a dedicated link that can be shared over email. Students can then annotate and take notes on the video, allowing the instructor to see the engagement, as well as respond. You can also access analytics on the videos to see who watched what and when.

Learn about other teaching and learning technologies available at Georgetown on the Commons Tools site.

Office Hours

For support with tools and tips for teaching online, CNDLS provides virtual office hours, Monday-Friday. Click here to enter virtual office hours.  Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm and Friday between 10 am and 12 pm. After hours, you can reach us at cndls@georgetown.edu.  

Webinars

CNDLS is hosting a series of webinars to help address key questions when teaching at a distance. Please find a list of the webinars below and for more training opportunities, please visit the training page. Recorded sessions are available here.