Educational Tools

Ally (Blackboard): Online Accessibility Support

Description: Blackboard Ally works within Canvas courses to automatically provide a range of alternative formats for files uploaded into a course. Accessible alternative formats include readable text for screen readers, electronic braille, pictures with captions, and audio.

Availability: Subscription has lapsed. Currently, no plans to renew.

Films On Demand: Streaming Video Platform

Description: Films on Demand allows users to view streaming videos from Films Media Group. Choose from more than 43,000+ educational titles in dozens of subject areas. Special features allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, share playlists, personalize folders and manage their entire collection. Canvas-integrated features, which allow instructors to search and embed videos directly into their courses, will become available in the near future.

Availability: Provided by the SRJC Libraries indefinitely.

How to Implement in your course: Films On Demand provides an embed code or a link under the Share option of a video. When editing a Canvas page, access the Insert menu > Embed in the Canvas Rich Content Editor to paste the embed code. You can also use the External Tool in Canvas to embed the films, which allows students to view without having to login a second time to SRJC Libraries’ off-campus proxy.

Instructions for Faculty: See the Films On Demand site (requires login when off-campus) for a list of films, or find Films On Demand videos when performing smart searches in the library database.

For Support: Complete a Films on Demand support request form or call 1-800-322-8755.

Labster: Virtual Science Lab Platform

Description: This application gives students access to realistic lab experiences that will let them perform experiments and practice their skills in a fully online, virtual environment. Disciplines served include biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Availability: Provided by CVC-OEI at no cost through December, 2020.

How to Implement in your course: How to add Labster simulations to your Canvas course

Instructions for Faculty: Labster has established a dedicated website for CCC faculty with Canvas guides, "getting started" webinars, chat help.

Another Lab Resource

Visit the CCC resources page for lab science: Moving Science Labs Online

NetTutor: Online Tutoring

Description: NetTutor is an online tutoring system that allows students to meet at no cost with a tutor from anywhere - they just need a computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access. Provides tutoring across disciplines, including on-demand, multi-lingual 24/7 math and English tutoring as well as the ability for students to make appointments, to be.

Availability: Made available to all California Community Colleges by CVC-OEI. Current contract through June 30,2020.

How to Implement in your course: Instructors can link to NetTutor from within a Canvas course. Students can also access NetTutor from the Student Portal.

Instructions for Faculty: See more information on the Free Online Tutoring For SRJC Students page

PlayPosit: Interactive web-based video platform

Description: PlayPosit provides a video platform that allows instructors to enrich video content with a variety of powerful interactions including but not limited to discussions, multiple choice questions and open response.

Availability: Subscription through Fall 2021

How to Implement in your course: Add to a Page, Assignment or Discussion in Canvas.

Instructions for Faculty: See the PlayPosit Getting Started PDF, and the Build a Bulb in PlayPosit PDF and check our PlayPosit Workshop offerings.

Proctorio: Online Proctoring Platform

Description: Proctorio is a remote proctoring service software used within Canvas. Depending on the settings chosen by the instructor, it can capture your movements, and when you complete the exam, it can send video and other data to the instructor for review.


How to Implement in your course: Proctorio uses the Google Chrome browser and the Proctorio extension for Chrome to communicate with your computer only during an exam. 

Instructions for Faculty: See the CVC Proctorio Quick Start Guide (PDF) and the CVC Proctorio How to Guides.

For support: "Live Chat" with a Proctorio support representative at or email them at


Description: Responds is an exam authoring tool that enables instructors to create online tests from official publisher test banks. Also you can create and manage exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Canvas.

Availability: Provided by CVC-OEI at no cost through December, 2020.

How to Implement in your course: You can use Respondus to format exam questions that you then import into Canvas through the quiz module.

Instructions for Faculty: See the Respondus Quick Start Guide (PDF) and the Respondus Standard Format for Importing Questions PDF. Contact Michele Larkey, Instructional Designer in Distance Education to receive assistance with using Respondus.

Studio (Canvas/Instructure): Integrated Video Management Platform

Description: Canvas Studio supports rich communication and collaboration, supports interactivity between students and instructors, and provides a fully integrated video experience, complete with artificial-intelligence generated captions (and the ability to easily edit for accuracy).

Availability: Provided by CVC-OEI at no cost through June 30, 2022

How to Implement in your course: Studio is a component of Canvas and can be accessed from any SRJC Canvas course shell.

Instructions for Faculty:


Description: Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool that will Identify unoriginal content by highlighting similarities to a large collection of internet, academic, and student paper content. Turnitin also provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time.

Availability: SRJC maintains a subscription. 

How to Implement in your course: Enable Turnitin from the Assignment module in Canvas.

Instructions for Faculty: See the Turnitin page for detailed instructions on enabling, how students submit assignments, and how to use Turnitin for grading.

VoiceThread:  Interactive collaboration and sharing tool

Description: VoiceThread is a learning tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using a microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.

Availability: Provided by CVC-OEI at no cost through December, 2020.

How to Implement in your course: Add to a Page and Assignment in Canvas.

Instructions for Faculty: See the VoiceThread Getting Started PDF, and check our VoiceThread Workshop offerings.

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