Instructional Tools


Instructional tools enhance the online teaching and learning experience. Below is a list of instructional tools organized by function. These tools are supported by Academic Technology Services (ATS).

Instructional tools have been evolving rapidly since many institutions stopped offering in-person classes. Tools that you may have found unsuitable for a task in the past may have gone through significant changes resulting in more functionality.

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If there is a tool you want to explore that is not on the list below, please contact Dalhousie's Rapid Tool Review Task Force

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Try this/these instructional tool(s)

teach online Brightspace*
do web conferencing/create a virtual classroom Collaborate Ultra
Microsoft Teams
create a space for group collaboration  Collaborate Ultra
Microsoft Teams
stream video Panopto
record my lectures Panopto† (with an
external application)
create a blog, wiki, or journal Campus Pack
detect plagiarism Urkund
proctor remotely Respondus Lockdown & Respondus Monitor
communicate with my students Email (within Brightspace)*
Pager*
Discussions*
Chat*
make an announcement to my students Announcements widget
create a folder for students to upload their assignments Assignments*
sort and filter assignments awaiting evaluation Quick Eval*
create and manage quizzes and exams Quizzes*
Respondus 4.0
SoftChalk
Panopto(quiz embedded
within a video)
import/export an exam Respondus 4.0
manage grades and upload them to Banner Gradebook*
engage students with surveys and quizzes during my synchronous (live) lecture Top Hat(students
must purchase a licence)
create a video assignment Panopto
create a survey for my students Brightspace*
Microsoft Forms
SoftChalk
Top Hat† (students
must purchase a licence)
provide a text-to-speech solution for my students ReadSpeaker


* Tools within Brightspace.
Tools that can be added to Brightspace. Often called "add-ons."
Tools that are external to Brightspace.