Teaching supports

Below is a checklist comparing current face-to-face teaching practice with remote teaching options to assist you in your course planning.

Many of our faculty resources can now be found on the new Faculty and Staff section of myLaurentian! Check out the CAE’s Teaching and Learning page for a variety of instructional  tutorials, videos, and best practices for these tools. 


Desire2Learn (D2L; Brightspace):

An asynchronous content repository tool; a place to post lecture notes or slides; upload recorded lectures; post grades, and even administer quizzes. You can also moderate discussions in the discussion forum, email all students plus broadcast updates to the entire class using the “News” feature. D2L’s dropbox allows students to submit assignments online, plus the new annotation tool allows you to provide in-line feedback on student submissions without having to download files to your computer. A D2L site is automatically set up for every course that instructors can customize to suit their needs. Check out the Teaching and Learning page for tutorials on how to set up quizzes, create a dropbox, and more



A synchronous videoconferencing tool; hold virtual office hours; host tutorials; facilitate active participation in lecture-related discussion with screen sharing capabilities. The breakout rooms feature facilitates small group discussions and the polling feature allows you to pose questions to the group to check for understanding or encourage discussion. The new reports feature allows faculty members to review attendance as well as obtain poll data conducted in class.



An asynchronous video tool; a place to record brief lecture or instructional videos and share or embed the recordings via D2L. With Panopto, faculty can choose to record themselves, record voice over presentations, microscope images, and screen share. Additional Panopto features include automated closed-captions, an embedded discussions feature, and interactive quiz options. 



A custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system; useful for securing online quizzes and exams.

Other tools currently available to enhance your teaching:

G Suite for Education


  • Docs
  • Sheets
  • Forms


  • Slides
  • Sites


  • Drive
  • Calendar
  • Keep


  • Gmail



Secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.



An online survey tool that provides real-time visibility and control over collected data. The Enterprise licence grants access to all the options available on this powerful and intuitive platform tool.

Tools that are currently being reviewed for possible adoption in Fall 2020:


In collaboration with eCampusOntario, we are piloting ProctorTrack, an online invigilation software program, for a few Spring 2020 courses.



A lab simulation software program that allows students to perform experiments and practice lab skills.



IT and the CAE are working together to assess what type of whiteboarding tool will be most helpful to faculty members, in order to allow them to draw and create concept maps, collaboratively brainstorm with their learners, and demonstrate or work through equations and problem sets, just as a whiteboard would be used in a face-to-face setting. 



While Zoom has a polling feature, we are exploring other student and faculty-friendly e-polling platforms.

It is important to note that technology is simply a medium to facilitate teaching and learning, not what we build our teaching and learning from. Depending on faculty and learners’ contexts as well as the course’s teaching and learning goals, how the technology is used may look different from course to course. For effective teaching and learning to occur, a focus on learning outcomes and teaching strategies is key before deciding what technology might be an ideal fit with those goals and practices.


Not sure which tool to use for which teaching strategy? 

For support on how to deliver content, assessments, and engage students effectively, please contact coffeehouse@laurentian.ca 

For technological support, please contact IT@laurentian.ca.


If there is a specific tool you are seeking, please let us know. 

The CAE and IT are working together to find solutions for your teaching challenge. Purchasing software and services that will be offered or shared to a broader group (such as your students or peers) must be evaluated and approved by IT prior to implementation or purchase. Here are IT’s guidelines.

  • Technological supports