Teaching Tools

eCampus offers a variety of teaching tools and services for faculty. Click on the title of the tool to learn more.

Learning Management System (LMS)

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are software applications that enable online access to course materials and supplements. Some of the LMS’s features includes tests and quizzes, gradebook, assignments, and enhanced communication options between the student and faculty.


San Jose State University uses a learning management system (LMS) called Canvas by Instructure. Canvas has a clean, intuitive user interface, featuring drag and drop usability; and a comprehensive grading tool. Canvas also allows faculty and students to configure their notification options to integrate with services such as Facebook, Twitter, text messaging and more.

SJSU Accessible Syllabus Template

The SJSU accessible syllabus template is designed to help instructors build a syllabus that plans for diverse student abilities. This site provides guidance on how to use the new SJSU accessible syllabus template for your course. 

Video Capturing/Conferencing

There are numerous applications that enable faculty to interact with their students beyond the classroom. By utilizing video capturing tools, faculty can host online meetings and pre-record lectures for their students.

Camtasia and Snagit

Camtasia helps you to create powerful, yet easy-to-use professional videos without having any prior experience with video editing. 

Snagit is a simple screen capture software that allows you to capture either videos or pictures of your desktop, edit, and share quickly. 

Canvas Studio

Canvas Studio is a video tool within Canvas that offers screen capture, webcam capture video recording and editing options. Create lecture videos, quick introduction videos or use it for assignment, discussion or presentation submissions. 

Lecture Videos

Please see Six Tips for Effective Lecture Videos for practical, hands-on tips for faculty.


The Panopto video platform enables comprehensive video workflows including live streaming, lecture capture, video management, Canvas integration, analytics and accessibility solutions.

Zoom Web Conferencing

Zoom provides high quality, easy to use video conferencing capability at San Jose state University. Zoom can be used to host online meetings and interactive sessions with individuals inside and outside of San José State University

Other Teaching Tools


Ally is a tool that helps instructors enhance the usability and accessibility of the content in their courses. Ally provides accessibility feedback for faculty within their course workflow in Canvas. It also generates alternative formats of course files and content. 


Turnitin is an Internet-based plagiarism-prevention service created by iParadigms, LLC. Essays written by students are submitted to the Turnitin website, which checks the documents for unoriginal content. The results can be used to identify similarities to existing sources or can be used in formative assessment to help students learn how to avoid plagiarism and improve their writing. Canvas, already has Turnitin integrated inside it due to which the usage becomes much more easier.

TidyUP: File Cleanup Tool for Canvas

TidyUP is a fast and easy way to check for and delete unused files and pages in Canvas.  TidyUP makes it easy to identify unpublished pages, delete outdated content and remove empty folders in Canvas. Here is how to use TidyUP.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform enabling individuals and organizations to achieve their objectives and aspirations. Learn online at your own pace, with their library of 5,000+ creative, business, and technology courses.


NameCoach is an audio name recording tool used to promote respect, inclusion, and belonging in every interaction. NameCoach aims to solve the common problem of name mispronunciation by providing everyone the ability to record their name and listen to others' name recordings.

Excelsior OWL

Excelsior OWL is a powerful online tool for all  student writers: for very low to highly skilled, ESL, and for writers with varying learning styles and/or disabilities.

Adobe CC

San José State provides faculty, staff and administrators (MPPs) with Adobe software packages for both their campus computers and their home computers. Student Assistants are not included in the work-at-home component of the Adobe program. For additional information, see Adobe Software for Faculty & Staff.


Criterion is an Online Writing Evaluation service offered by ETS. It presents the faculty, writing instructors and administrators at various collegiate institutions of higher education with a reliable writing assessment tool for their students. Students work on their essays and submit them to receive feedback in the form of an aggregate score and an analysis with annotations to aid in the instruction of writing.


The iPad program and initiative aims at enhancing teaching effectiveness through the use of digital technologies. Learn more about these programs.


Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to a learning system like Canvas. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one LMS to another. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project. Available only for Windows.


Polling with iClicker provides user-friendly technology that enables instructors and students to interact dynamically through question-and-answer polling, and accurately records results to improve learning outcomes.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a web-based polling system to engage students through live online polling, surveys, Q&As, quizzes, word clouds, and more. Check out this chart comparing the major features of Poll Everywhere to iClicker.

Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality

VR/AR education is a hot topic in the educational technology conversation.Explore the options like a ugmented reality glasses, google card box, handheld/mobile devices and their applications available at San Jose State University.