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Boost Student Learning with Pre-Recorded Videos

Pre-recorded videos targeting skill development have shown to greatly improve student learning. One explanation for this is students have greater control over the pace of their learning, pausing, and rewinding as needed. (1)

Even with thousands of videos available on YouTube, Khan Academy and other websites, there are many reasons to record your own videos. The Instructional Technologist team of Digital Learning produced the following list of technology that supports the recording of demonstrations, worked examples and similar skill-based instruction.

Whichever technology/method you choose to record your videos, remember to use Kaltura to add them into your Canvas course(s). Kaltura unlocks analytics that allow you to monitor progress and identify areas where you may need to provide focused support.

If you have questions or want to discuss recording videos for your FGCU course(s), contact Digital Learning's Technologist team at (239) 590-7024 or

BigBlueButton (BBB) in Canvas Asynchronous and Synchronous Help Desk
Microsoft Teams Meetings - Whiteboard Feature Asynchronous and Synchronous Help Desk
Zoom Asyncronous and Synchronous Help Desk
Classroom Doc Cam Asynchronous and Synchronous Help Desk and Digital Learning Instructional Technologists
MirrorMeThis - BrightFingers Asynchronous and Synchronous Not supported by FGCU
iPad - Notes App Asynchronous Digital Learning
Explain Everything Whiteboard Asynchronous and Synchronous Not supported by FGCU

BigBlueButton (BBB) in Canvas


Modality: Asynchronous and Synchronous purposes

Pricing: Avaliable through our Canvas LMS


Support: Help Desk | | (239) 590-1188

*To use the Whiteboard feature in BBB, we recommend using an iPad with a digital pen and login to your Canvas account using Safari 

Microsoft Teams Meetings - Whiteboard Feature

Modality: Asynchronous and Synchronous purposes

Pricing: Avaliable through your Microsoft Teams


Support: Help Desk | | (239) 590-1188

Start a Teams meeting and begin a Whiteboard session using the "Share content" button - in addition to sharing your screen, a window, or a PowerPoint file you now also see a "Microsoft Whiteboard" option:



Modality: Asynchronous and Synchronous purposes

Pricing: Avaliable to all FGCU Faculty/Staff


Support: Help Desk | | (239) 590-1188



Classroom Doc Cam

Modality: Asynchronous and Synchronous purposes

Pricing Avaliable in the classrooms


  •  Classroom Podium Quick Reference Guide (Creston) [Link to the QuickStartGuideCreston.PDF file]


Teaching class face-to-face using the Classroom Doc Cam but have some students that need to join remotely? For such cases, we recommend using Zoom. Zoom allows you to enable the Mirror my Video option from your video settings so that Zoom participants do not see your video backwards. 

  • Video SettingsMirror my video

    Nerds Chalk: What is Mirror My Video on Zoom, How it Works, and Should You Enable It?

    Teaching class face-to-face but want to use a Whiteboard on your iPad? For such cases, we recommend using Zoom. Set up a Zoom Meeting ahead of class and email yourself the link to the Meeting. Upon arriving to the classroom, login to the classroom desktop, access the Meeting URL to join the from the desktop and display your screen on the projector. Now from your iPad, access the same Meeting using the Zoom app and share the Whiteboard.

MirrorMeThis - BrightFingers


Modality: Asynchronous and Synchronous purposes

Pricing:  Buy Here:


Support: Zoom is supported by FGCU but MirrorMeThis is not. For help with Zoom contact the Help Desk | | (239) 590-1188

iPad - Notes App

iPad Notes App

Modality: Asynchronous purposes

Steps for recording:

  1. Open your Notes app and use the Apple Pencil to write/draw.
  2. Record using your iOS Screen Recording feature; remember to turn on your Mic.
  3. Confirm that your video has been saved to your Photos App
  4. Upload the video file it to your Microsoft OneDrive App
  5. From a Desktop/Laptop, login to your OneDrive account, and download the video.
  6. Login to Canvas and upload the video file to Kaltura using the Media Upload 

Support: Digital Learning | | (239) 590-7024

Explain Everything Whiteboard


Modality: Aysnchronous and Synchronous purposes



Support: Not supported by FGCU


(1) Noetel, M., Griffith, S., Delaney, O., Sanders, T., Parker, P., del Pozo Cruz, B., & Lonsdale, C. (2021). Video Improves Learning in Higher Education: A Systematic Review. Review of Educational Research, 91(2), 204–236.

Are you teaching multiple sections of the same course? You might benefit from a Canvas Blueprint.

Canvas Blueprint helps you to manage your sections of the same course in one place. A Blueprint Course is like other Canvas courses that you build or import updated content into each semester. The difference is that the Blueprint course is associated with the sections of the course and all syncing, updates, and revisions are easily pushed to individual sections (without impacting those parts of the course that are not part of the changes). 

Contact your Instructional Designer if you would like to learn more about this process.

Blueprint Course Diagram

Canvas Guides


Fully Online Courses

The Digital Learning department created a Canvas course template to help faculty build new online courses. The template integrates best practices for online course design and can easily be personalized to meet your specific instructional needs.

 Template Features:

  • General Course Information Placeholders
  • Sixteen Customizable Modules
  • Links to Important Student Resources
  • Attendance Verification Quiz
  • “Set up Canvas Notifications/Preferences” Assignment
  • “Introduce Yourself” Discussion Forum
  • Muddiest Point Reflection Assignments
  • Sample Exam Wrappers 

Contact your Instructional Designer to learn more and to import the template.

Templates for Other Course Delivery Options


The Instructional Design team has also developed templates with a collection of content to import into your Canvas course for various course delivery options. The templates are available for you to take what you want, change it up, and use it however it fits your situation. These templates can be imported from Canvas Commons.

 Preparing to Teach Remotely

Preparing for HyFlex Teaching

Preparing for Hybrid/Blended Teaching

Contact your Instructional Designer for assistance importing these templates..

Direct Share allows users to copy individual course items to another course and share individual items with other users. This change allows content to be shared directly in Canvas without having to use a secondary repository like Commons.



FGCU Tutorial Documents:


 Kaltura Capture:

Embedding Kaltura Media in Canvas:

Kaltura LTI Overview Guides:

Kaltura User Guides (Website)

Respondus® 4.0 Test Generator:

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Canvas. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment.

Visit Respondus for more details.

For access to Respondus 4.0 Test Generator, please submit our Respondus Request Form.


Respondus LockDown Browser (RLDB):

LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading. Available for Windows, Mac and iOS.

Feature List:

  • Integrates with Canvas
  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by users for grading
  • Task switching or access to other applications is prevented
  • Print, Print Screen and capturing functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to and from an assessment is prohibited
  • Screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machine, and network monitoring applications are blocked from running
  • Right-click menu options and function keys are disabled
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are disabled, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop

Gulfline Statement

Syllabus Statement

Instructor Quick Start Guide – Canvas Edition

Instructor Quick Start Guide – Canvas NEW QUIZZES Edition

Video: Enabling LockDown Browser for a Canvas Quiz

Instructor Training:  LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor® 


Respondus Monitor:

Please consider the following carefully before you implement Respondus Monitor in your previously seated class.

  1. Internet access varies considerably from student to student. They might need to go to a local library, Starbuck’s, or other public wifi hot spot.  These public hotspots are not ideal and can be a weak signal or spotty.
  2. With students out of their academic area, where they have a plan for completing course assessments, high-stakes assessments using Respondus Monitor will create an inequity of opportunity for success.

Respondus Monitor is a companion application that integrates webcam technology with LockDown Browser. Together they address the core issues of student identity and cheating, creating an essential layer of security for non-proctored assessments.

For access to more detailed information on how to get started please submit our Respondus Request Form.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor Guidelines for Instructors: Instructor Quick Start Guide – Canvas Edition



How do students initiate a live chat with Respondus Support?
Most technical issues are encountered during the pre-exam “Startup Sequence” of Respondus Monitor – which is where the webcam/microphone check occurs. There is already a powerful “It’s not working” feature in Respondus Monitor that helps students find the right solution. But if students are unable to solve the issue by the last step, a “Chat now” prompt appears. The live chat functionality can also be accessed through the “Help Center” in Respondus Monitor.


LockDown Browser the Student Experience

TechSmith Capture is a free screen casting computer program used to take screen shots or video of the user’s computer screen and upload it to the web to share with others.

Download and Create an Account

  • Follow the free download link
  • Choose a version for TechSmith Capture (Windows or Mac)
  • Open the setup.exe file you just downloaded
  • Click the Run button
  • Check the “Accept the fine print” checkbox
  • Click the Install button
  • Click Yes (“Do you want to allow the following program to install software on this computer?”)
  • Click the Finish button
  • Complete the “Welcome” tutorial when it launches; click Play
  • Sign up – create a new account


This information is provided for Supervisors who seek guidance on accessing their SPoI Administrator Accounts and related EvaluationKit Turorials.

For Instructors in need of assistance with individual SPoI surveys within a course, contact 


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