For New Instructors

2 Teaching Technology

These are some of the most commonly used technologies for teaching.  If you’re not sure which tools best fit your needs, contact the Center for Instructional Technology and Training.  An Instructional Designer will meet with you to discuss your course and recommend the appropriate technology.


Canvas is UF’s Learning Management System (LMS).  It  can be an efficient way to make course material and grades available to your students.  It has features that can help you, whether you just want to house a few files or to teach a fully online course.

  • Canvas Guides provide step-by-step instructions for all things Canvas.
  • Zoom is a video conference service available to all students, faculty, and staff.
    • Zoom meetings accommodate up to 100 participants.
    • Webinar rooms that can accommodate 100, 300, 500, and 1000 participants are available.
    • Details and access can be found on the UFIT Video & Collaboration Services website.
  • Calendar tool will automatically display any assignment deadlines that you create in Canvas AND it will update the dates automatically when you copy the course to a new term.
    • Consider using the “Multi Tool” to help you quickly set deadlines across all of your assignments.
    • To do this, go to Settings > Navigation and drag the multi tool up from the hidden items to the course navigation (students won’t see it).
    • Be sure to click Save.
    • Then click on the Multi-Tool in the left menu and choose Due Date Modifier
  • Chat can be a good way to hold virtual office hours.
  • Conversations is the Canvas email tool.
  • Perusall (New!) is a 3rd party tool available within Canvas that allows you to assign and grade student interaction with readings.
    • To enable Perusall in your Canvas course:
        • Click on the Settings tab
        • Click on Navigation
        • Drag Perusall up to the top of the list
        • Scroll down and click Save
        • Perusall will now appear in the left-hand nagivation pane
    • Set it up to grade comments automatically  or review and manually adjust the grades before they are pushed to the Canvas gradebook.
    • For questions about this tool, contact Heather Maness, CITT Instructional Designer.

Video and Multimedia Tools

Whether you are teaching online, hybrid or face-to-face courses, video can enhance your course and help improve student access and retention.

  • Skype for Business allows you to schedule video meetings and conference calls on the fly and through email with your Outlook Exchange account.
  • Mediasite is UF’s video hosting service.
  • Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app for your phone, tablet or computer.
    • Quickly create beautiful images, videos, and web pages.
    • NOTE:  Adobe Spark does not currently meet Accessibility requirements.  Provide the content in an alternate format such as a text document.
  • Zoom is a web conferencing service.
    • It can create breakout rooms and provides a machine created transcript of the audio (requires review and correction).
    • Zoom is now provided centrally for all UF students, faculty and staff.
    • Zoom videos created by faculty can be hosted in the cloud for up to six months. If you would like your videos to be available after that time, you will need to download them and host in Mediasite.

Other Useful Tools

  • Academic Technology Computer Labs
  • Outlook Calendar  is a handy way to keep track of your schedule and let others know your availability.
    • Put in a ticket with your IT support staff to configure Outlook on your computer.
      • While you are at it, request help with setting up your mobile device.
    • Use the Outlook webapp: to access your calendar and email when you are away from your computer.
  • Qualtrics supports surveys for research, teaching and learning.
    • You MUST access Qualtrics through the link on the e-Learning homepage.
    • Qualtrics accounts are available to your students.
  • UF Apps  provides students with access to a variety software applications from any computing device.
  • tutorials are available to all UF students, faculty and staff at no cost.
    • Step-by-step video tutorials recorded in bite-sized chunks for software, creative, and business skills.
    • In order to get free access, users MUST access through the e-Learning homepage.

Academic Integrity Online

Sometimes faculty are uncomfortable with moving assessments to an online environment due to the perceived ease of cheating.  Unfortunately, some students will cheat regardless of the course delivery method. There is no magic technology that will completely eradicate the problem. Strategies to reduce cheating include:

  • Inspire student interest in the topic so they want to learn the material.
  • Discuss what constitutes dishonesty in your specific course as well as your general field of study.
    • This is particularly important if you have students with different cultural backgrounds.
  • Help students to develop self-evaluation skills so that they don’t underestimate the time it takes them to learn and complete assignments.
  • Scaffold assignments with interim steps to support steady progress.
  • Give students low-stakes opportunities to prepare for high-stakes exams.

If a single assessment will comprise 15% or more of the course grade, it is good practice to implement academic integrity tools.

Online Proctoring Tools

The use of online proctoring (ProctorU or Honorlock) in your online course requires a bit of preparation prior to the beginning of each semester:

  • Ensure that the use of proctoring is funded.
    • If you teach a UF Online course, proctoring costs are covered by the program.
    • If you teach a Self-Supporting/Self-Funded online class that needs to utilize online proctoring, the cost is covered by the program.
    • All other online classes that you wish to have proctored must have a Distance Learning (DL) Fee approved.   This process is completed the semester prior to the term in which you wish to use proctoring.
  • Ensure that your Canvas course shell has your proctoring app activated (This must happen by the Friday of the first week of classes 1/10/20)
    • This is a new requirement and will allow us to have better access to data.
    • To activate either the ProctorU or Honorlock apps within a Canvas shell:

Click on “Settings” and then the Navigation tab.   You should see a list of your enabled Tools and tabs.  If you scroll down the page you should see a long list of Tools that you can choose to enable.  ProctorU and Honorlock are on that list.  Be sure to activate the one proctoring tool that you will be using for your course shell.

  • Ensure that within your Canvas shell you have proctoring information provided to your students

If you are using ProctorU place the following link within your Canvas shell for students to use to access their ProctorU login, test their computer to ensure a successful online proctoring experience.

If you are using Honorlock please post the Honorlock Guidelines in your Canvas Course shell for your students.

Turnitin Antiplagiarism Checker

Turnitin is available within the Canvas assignment tool.  To use, create an assignment and select the online submission type.  Then check the box to enable Turnitin Submissions.  Click on the Advanced Turnitin Settings to set:

  • When students can see the originality report.
  • Which databases to compare with your students’ papers.
  • Items to be excluded from consideration.
  • Whether to add your students’ papers to the Turnitin Repository.
    • Note that if you require students to submit drafts for review (which is a great way to scaffold a writing assignment!) you’ll want to opt not to add  your students’ papers to the repository. If you do, their subsequent submissions will be flagged for content that matches their draft(s).
The Canvas Turnitin menu lists additional settings.
Choose the Advanced Settings to access Turnitin options.

Online Proctoring

When a single assessment comprises 15% or more of the course grade, it is good practice to proctor the exam.  If the assessment will be delivered online, proctoring services will authenticate the student and view the testing.  Faculty may use the proctoring service of their choice, however, UF has two preferred providers:

Proctoring for UF Online courses is covered centrally.  All other courses need to request a Distance Learning or Material Supply fee to cover the cost of the service.  Check with your department administrator to request a fee to be added to your course.  NOTE:  Fee requests are due nearly a full semester prior to the term being taught.

For more details visit the Distance & Continuing Education website.  Contact Chris Newsom for assistance or questions.






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