Remote Teaching

Instructional Tools

Dalhousie University has several instructional technologies available to faculty for teaching and learning. Each is described below with information on common uses, notes about accessibility, and links to more information and support.

YouTube Video: Adding Collaborate Ultra and Panopto to Your Course Space [0:46, No Audio]

Learning Management System (Brightspace)


Brightspace, our Learning Management System, or LMS, is the foundational eLearning application that offers a suite of functions to support teaching and learning. In general, it is the main platform for offering online or blended courses, but can support your face-to-face teaching by being a place where students can access content, such as your syllabus, quizzes, or grades. All the other instructional software described on this page is accessed through External Learning Tools menu of Brightspace. 


  • Make class-wide announcements
  • Host content such as readings, audio, video, links, etc.
  • Engage students in interactive discussions
  • Collect and provide feedback on student work
  • Post student grades


Accessibility in Brightspace

More Info & Support

Brightspace support

Brightspace tutorials


Video Streaming and Lecture Capture (Panopto)


Panopto is a software for recording, editing, hosting, and sharing audio and/or video. Think of it like Dalhousie’s own secure version of YouTube.  You can record online or download Panopto software to your computer (or upload existing videos that you recorded on other devices), and then share with your students as a link in email, in Brightspace, or to show in class. 

Panopto can be used for lecture capture, screen recording, and voiceover slide presentations.  Other Panopto features include: multiple “streams” (e.g., PowerPoint slides + video of yourself shown in same recording), function to search videos for words spoken or shown on screen, automatic or custom captioning, and built-in quizzing. Check out Panopto’s best practices for flipped classroomsideas for using lecture capture, and case studies.


  • Capture lectures delivered in certain tech-enabled classrooms on campus
  • Have students create videos for class activity or assignment
  • Create video tutorials walking through a process or procedure
  • Share existing video recordings (such as those recorded on other devices)
  • Record lectures, announcements, directions, etc. – for online courses or blended classes


Accessibility in Panopto

More Info & Support


How to Upload a Video to Panopto [1:54, CC]

How to Record Your Screen in Panopto [2:41,CC]

How to Record a PowerPoint in Panopto [2:14, CC]

How to Share a Panopto Video in Brightspace [1:42, CC]

How to Add Captions to a Panopto Video [0:54, CC]

How to Edit Panopto Videos [1:10, CC]

Support for Panopto, including online guides, video tutorials, and a community forum.

Virtual Classroom/Web Conferencing (Collaborate Ultra)


Collaborate Ultra is a video conferencing service for online classrooms.  It provides an opportunity for faculty to create synchronous online teaching events that are hosted through a computer using a webcam and microphone.  It offers functionality that is designed for delivering online classes such as:

  • Screen or other application sharing
  • Live polling to learners
  • Guest links for speakers
  • Chat
  • Breakout rooms


  • Offer online synchronous classes via video conferencing
  • Bring guest speakers into face-to-face and/or online class sessions
  • Record online class sessions and make them available to learners afterwards through Brightspace and Panopto
  • Hold online office hours or tutoring sessions for students


Accessibility in Collaborate 

More Info & Support

Support for Collaborate