Instructional Tools


Instructional Tools

Below are instructional tools commonly used by San José State University School of Information faculty. For a general overview of the teaching resources available through the iSchool, see software download information on the iSchool website.

See also the Canvas faculty tutorials for help with the LMS.

Go to the Technology Help Resource Center for tech support issues.

Be sure to also check out the teaching tools available through the University eCampus site; and software downloads page where you can obtain Adobe products. You need to use your email address. You can find it by going to the University directory and entering your last name.

Microsoft Office for Faculty

The School of Information provides Microsoft Office 365 for our faculty at no cost. It’s a two step process:

  1. Submit a request to the SJSU IT Service Desk.
  2. Email TC Truong and he’ll make sure that request gets processed. 

Recording Tools

Audacity: Free open-source audio recorder and editor.

Camtasia: Screen recorder and video editor; useful for creating screencasts and presentations. Available through SJSU eCampus.

Panopto: Lecture capture system that allows faculty to record a lecture which is automatically uploaded to the iSchool Panopto server. Faculty can then provide their students with a URL for viewing the lecture. Contact Bob Lucore to request an account.

VoiceThread: Interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio file, or video comments.  Additional information including a practice sandbox is available in the Canvas iSchool Faculty site.

Communication and Web Conferencing Tools

iSchoolAlert: The iSchoolAlert notification system used to distribute information to the iSchool community. iSchoolAlert can send email announcements to all iSchool students or can be used to contact iSchool students in a particular geographic area.

Zoom Chat (Instant Messaging): Instant messaging tool used by iSchool faculty and students.

Zoom Web Conferencing: Communication tool with a variety of capabilities including web, video, audio, and chat conferencing. Most often used for synchronous class sessions or to record lectures that students can access asynchronously. For technical support questions, contact Alfredo Alcantar.

Additional Instructional Resources

WordPress: Free, open-source blogging tool with a content management system. Can be used by faculty for individual and multi-user blogs. Contact Abigail Laufer to request an account.

Databases: Available through the iSchool.

Server space: For multi media files