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Instructional Strategies and Tools

Moving online during uncertain times can be an overwhelming undertaking so we’ve gathered together the most relevant information to assist the process. On our Instructional Strategies and Tools page you’ll discover resources that will support you in designing and teaching an online course and how to do that while working remotely.


Guava Jordan
Faculty Development and Ensured Learning

Alissa Sells
Online Course Design

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Open Educational Resources

William Durden
I-BEST, BEdA Pathways, and Navigation

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  • Canvas
    Canvas is the learning management system (LMS) used by Washington State’s community & technical colleges. It is our primary tool for hosting online course content, communication, and assessments and it integrates with many other eLearning tools used by our colleges. Here you’ll find training information, how to use the Canvas guides, and valuable must-see videos.
  • Online Course Design and Teaching with Technology Resources
    This content contains a collection of resources related to good online course design and practices for teaching online.
  • Washington Math Pathways
    This webpage houses information about coming virtual meetings for Washington CTC Math faculty, documents from previous meetings, and other resource documents related to the current shift to remote learning.

Meeting and web-conferencing apps are simply remote conferencing tools that combine video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.

  • Panopto
    A cloud-based lecture capture service Washington state community and technical colleges can use to capture any class or lecture, on or off-campus, for later review by students; anytime, anywhere. Panopto supports recording and viewing of on-demand recordings using a desktop or mobile device. The SBCTC contract allows unlimited use of Panopto by anyone associated with our colleges and the tool is integrated with Canvas.

Live captions must be provided if:

  • someone has requested them through the event/meeting registration or 
  • the meeting/event is open to the public, the system or a listserv. 

We strongly recommend having participants register for all webinars and virtual web meetings in order to include a question asking if they need accommodations like live captioning. 

Closed captions must be provided if the recorded video is:

  • posted the web or 
  • distributed widely, such as being sent to a listserv. The use of live captioning does not impact whether or not a video should be close captioned (live captions are usually not included in recorded media). 

In some cases, the live captions are accurate enough that the transcript can be used to create closed captions. If the live captions contain numerous errors, missing text, etc. and you are unable to edit or fix the transcript, then you must submit the video for closed captioning. Note, if someone requests live captions (also known as CART), do not ask for proof of need or ask about their disability, just honor the request.

  • Auto-captions in Panopto
    Learn to automatically generate captions for your recorded Panopto videos.
  • Caption Hub and 3PlayMedia Captions
    Caption Hub helps college staff and faculty obtain closed captions for instructional videos stored in Panopto or YouTube. Human-edited captions are generated by 3PlayMedia. Contact your eLearning or DSS staff for help in accessing and using Caption Hub.
  • Live captions with Google Slides and PowerPoint
    PowerPoint in Office 365 and Google Slides can transcribe a presentation, placing captions into your slides as you speak.
  • Live Captioning
    Live or real-time captions are transcriptions of spoken content to text immediately, in close to real-time.
  • OER and Copyright Support
    As WA colleges move to remote instruction for the near future, now is the ideal time to look into open educational resources (OER) for your courses. OER eliminates copyright issues related to course materials used for remote instruction and provides students with access to course materials at no cost, which is crucial now that many students will be losing jobs and work hours.
  • Sharing Courses to Canvas Commons
    Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course. Many of Washington colleges’ new-to-Canvas faculty need online content. If you have online content in Canvas we’d love your help in sharing. Let’s help them out so they can get online quickly and be ready to teach.

Resources for Teaching and Learning Remotely

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