Tools for Remote Teaching

Information about tools to help you create and deliver your remote course

Below is a table of common teaching and learning practices, such as lectures, discussions, and group projects. You will find beside them suggested tools to implement these practices remotely. The hyperlinks provided in the table will take you to training and support sites for each tool.

Teaching and Learning practice

    Tools that are supported by USask for remote instruction


  • Record video presentations for your class using Panopto
  • Host a live online class using WebEx
  • Upload content to your Course Tools (Blackboard) course (all USask courses will automatically have a Blackboard course created); or
  • Upload your course content in the new LMS, Canvas (if you are signed up to be an early adopter as an individual or with your college)
  • Annotate or narrate lecture notes using PowerPoint
  • If using Panopto videos, encourage students to use the Panopto Discussion tool to ask written questions throughout videos
  • Link to existing online content, such as lectures available on YouTube from various universities

Class Discussions

Group Projects & Group work

  • Break large classes into smaller online groups using Blackboard or using Canvas
  • Provide options for students to meet virtually (e.g. WebEx)
  • Use Office 365/OneDrive or Google Docs for student collaboration
  • Student video recording or digital sharing of projects / performances (e.g., using Panopto or YouTube)
  • Structure peer feedback using the Discussions on Blackboard or Canvas
  • Connect student projects to community and industry partners remotely using Riipen (Please contact for support setting this up)

Communicating with Students

  • Email your students, either through PAWS or using the Blackboard Email tool or Canvas Email
  • Post announcements for all students in Blackboard or Canvas
  • Update your syllabus / course outline, email it to your students, and upload it to your Blackboard or Canvas course site

Office hours

Quizzes and Tests

  • Use the Blackboard Tests or Canvas Quiz tool for auto- and manual-graded tests
  • Note that these tools can’t prevent students from accessing course materials, books, etc.
  • Explore changing quizzes and tests to different online assessments such as group projects, reflective writing, written or photo essays, research reports, critiques, simulations, scenarios or case studies presentations, and/or ePortfolios

Assignments and Feedback

Readings, Resources and Support

(This page was adapted with permission from: University of Calgary: Taylor Institute)
Last updated: June 1, 2020

You can download the information in the above table as a document.


Learn More

  • What learning technology tools does USask have licenses for? 
  • See examples of pedagogically effective ways to use learning technologies.
  • Quick Tips for Creating Videos in a Remote Context - PDF
  • Guide for Selecting Remote Teaching Methods - PDF