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Multimodal Learning

Online Teaching Tools

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.

* This product is part of the Microsoft Office Suite of applications and is not supported by Multimodal Learning. Contact CWU Service Desk for assistance.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor

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. Important: There is a new beta Chromebook option that has some limitations, but when enabled by faculty, allows students on Chroebooks to take tests. 

Guide: How do I set up LockDown Browser to be used on a Chromebook?

Daily Training Webinars with Live Q&A – These 45-minute trainings are the best way for instructors to learn how to use Respondus Monitor for online proctoring. Each session is followed by an extended Q/A period where questions are answered live. Register Here

Rapid Rollout Guide for Instructors – Essential information for using Respondus Monitor with online exams

Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams. Respondus Monitor integrates seamlessly with Canvas, and is ideal for non-proctored testing environments.

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.

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Respondus Campus-Wide License

Faculty can create tests using a specific format in Microsoft Word, then publish to Canvas using Respondus Campus-Wide license. This is a tremendous time-saver for creating online tests and also for customizing in-class tests.

To obtain a licensed copy of Respondus, follow the instructions in the Instructor Resource course in Canvas.

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Blackboard Ultra

Blackboard Ultra is the newest web-conferencing tool available in Canvas. It opens right in the browser so it does not require downloading of java to join the session. It works best when using the Google Chrome browser.

Guides for using Blackboard Ultra:

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MS Team Meetings


*This product is part of the Microsoft Office Suite of applications and is not supported by Multimodal Learning. Contact CWU Service Desk for assistance.

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*This product is licensed through ITS and is not supported by Multimodal Learning. Contact CWU Service Desk for assistance.

Zoom is a video, audio and web conferencing tool. It allows people to meet virtually from their location and participate in a meeting, class or working session. Note that Zoom recordings for faculty are not stored in Zoom, but instead are moved to, and stored in, Panopto.


Panopto is an easy-to-use tool for recording lectures and flipping your classroom. It can be installed on any PC or laptop to record your screen and audio, as well as video from your webcam. All recordings are automatically uploaded to our Panopto server and integrated with Canvas, where they can be shared with your students.

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Kaltura is a video streaming and media management service that is fully integrated with Canvas and can be used by CWU faculty, staff, and students for campus video and audio recording storage and delivery. For faculty who wish to upload and use streaming media in their Canvas courses:

In the Canvas rich text editor, use the blue “V” icon, then select  Embed Kaltura icon (as below) on all editable Canvas pages.


Additional Kaltura information and guides for facutly are available in the CWU Instructor Resources course on Canvas.

Please contact Nat Nickel, for more information, including instructions for student uploads to Kaltura.


Turnitin LTI - Plagiarism Detection

Starting Winter Quarter 2017 there will be a new Turnitin LTI integration with Canvas. The new integration allows faculty to take advantage of Turnitin grading features that include the Turnitin Feedback Studio with rubrics, the QuickMark library of commonly used comments, PeerMark for peer review assignments and the e-rater Grammar Check Technology which auto-grades for grammar. These features are in addition to the plagiarism detection that provides a Similarity/Originality score for every submission.

Guide for students:


  • You cannot use Turnitin on group assignments
  • If you want to use a Canvas rubric, you must add the rubric before setting the external tool submission type.
  • You can use the Quick Submit feature to check a submission that wasn't part of a Turnitin assignment.
  • If you copy a Turnitin assignment from another course, you will have to re-enable the External Tool Submission Type for each assignment, otherwise the assignment will not be connected to Turnitin.

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    Discussion Board

    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:



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    Wikis or Pages in Canvas

    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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    Canvas Mobile App for Android / iOS

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    OneNote Class Notebook

    OneNote Class Notebook allows teachers to create a digital notebook for each class, group, term, or project. Teachers can create, manage, and distribute instructional content to entire classes or individual students. The flexible, yet structured format works similarly to traditional notebooks while allowing teachers to provide instant, real-time feedback to their students.

    Office 365 Canvas Integration

    Canvas supports an LTI integration with Microsoft Office 365 in Assignments, Collaborations, Modules, Course Navigation, and the Rich Content Editor. This integration allows students and instructors to use, create, share, and collaborate on Office 365 files within Canvas. Users can also view their OneDrive files directly in Canvas.

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