When teaching online your choice of tools will depend upon the characteristics of your learners, as well as your goals and objectives for the course. The important thing to remember is that when you choose technology for instruction it should be content driven not merely dictated by the type of media that happens to strike your fancy. Select each technology for its unique ability to convey meaning and to facilitate learning outcomes.
Respondus LockDown Browser - Administer Online Tests
Respondus Campus Wide License - Create Online Tests
Blackboard Collaborate - Web Conferencing
MediaAmp - Streaming Media
Discussion Board - Online Discussion
Wikis/Pages - Group Projects
CWU Mobile - CWU on the Go
Canvas Mobile App - Canvas on the Go
Live Text  - ePortfolio for Education Majors
Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Canvas. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to take a quiz in Canvas, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. Tests created for use with Respondus LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers either. Respondus LockDown Browser functions much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently.
- Ten Reasons to Use the LockDown Browser 
- LockDown Browser in Canvas Quick Start Guide - Instructors 
- LockDown Browser in Canvas Quick Start Guide - Students 
- Download the LockDown Browser  for CWU
CWU has a site license for Respondus Lockdown Browser. Respondus LockDown Browser uses a standard Windows or Macintosh installer that can be downloaded by CWU faculty and students.
Faculty can create tests using a specific format in Microsoft Word, then publish to Canvas using Respondus Campus-Wide. This is a tremendous time-saver.
To obtain a licensed copy of Respondus, contact Delayna Breckon at email@example.com 
Blackboard (Bb) Collaborate is a web-conferencing platform that allows for synchronous online meetings. Bb Collaborate sessions can be created within Canvas and recorded. Recorded sessions are available to students in the course.
Guides for launching Bb Collaborate sessions:
- How to launch a Bb Collaborate Session in Canvas 
- Launching Bb Collaborate on a MAC or PC  from a link
- O n Demand Bb Collaborate Tutorials 
- Equipment Recommendations 
MediaAMP allows faculty to upload, manage, and incorporate streaming media into their courses directly within Canvas.
- Guidelines for Streaming Media 
- How to Use the Canvas/MediaAmp Tool 
- How to Add a Video or Audio File from Your MediaAMP Library Into A Content Page 
- MediaAMP Media Manager for Canvas Documentation 
A discussion board is an asynchronous communication tool that allows students to communicate at any time in different time zones and in any place they have a computer and an Internet connection. In online courses the discussion board has been described as a tool with potential to enhance interaction and engagement, empowering learners to express themselves in ways they may not normally feel comfortable in face-to-face learning environments.
As is always the case when creating instruction with technology it is the design and preparation of the learning activity that will predict its effectiveness in promoting desirable learning outcomes.
Here are some resources that address the pedagogy of asynchronous discussion in hybrid and online courses:
Garrison D.R., Cleveland M., 2005, Facilitating Cognitive Presence in Online Learning Interaction Is Not Enough, American Journal of Distance Ed., 19(3), 133–148, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Martyn, M. (2005). Using Interaction in Online Discussion Boards. Educause Quarterly, 4, 61-62. Download from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eqm05410.pdf 
Vesely, P., Bloom, L., Sherlock, J., (2007) Key Elements of Building Online Community: Comparing Faculty and Student Perspectives. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 3. Download fromhttp ://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no3/vesely.htm 
Working with Small Groups in an Online Classroom
(http://www.onlinelearning.net/InstructorCommunity/workingwithgroups.html...  .q050q695b.095g321y41). OnlineLearning.net
Uses of Wikis in Higher Education
- Reflection journals
- Research project and proposals
- Research and Presentation of special topics
- Theater History Topic
- Script Analysis
- Peer Review
- Summary of readings, article summaries
- Knowledge Base (wikipedias for specific courses)
- Study Guides
- Project Tracking
- Course Project/paper
- Choosing Topics and/or Assignments
- Presentation Tool
- To select topics
- Bring in content not covered in class
Canvas calls wikis Page to learn more about how to use pages in Canvas see this guide: What are pages? 
Wiki Sources and Information
- The Power of Wikis in Higher Ed 
- IT‐User Services, University of Delaware: "Wikis in Higher Education: An exploratory report about the value of wikis in higher education from a faculty perspective" , Version 1.2. May 23, 2008 Retrieved online on 8/25/11
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