Tools and Strategies

The following sections describe recommended tools and technology for hybrid and remote instruction.

To contact instructional technology and request more information, specific helpdesk forms are linked under each strategy section. Otherwise, please use our instructional technology consultation form or email helpdesk@stolaf.edu

Developing an Online Course Hub

St. Olaf uses Moodle as its learning management system, which makes it a strong choice for developing an online course hub. Other tools, such as Google Drive, can integrate with Moodle or be used independently to manage course content. Google Classroom also provides a lighter-weight alternative to Moodle.

Using Google Tools for Collaboration and Communication

Google apps for education provide several tools that could be utilized to facilitate online instruction. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Jamboard streamline collaboration, while Google Chat can provide simple group, class, or individual communication options.

Record Video to Share with Students

For recording videos to share with students, St. Olaf recommends using Panopto software and video sharing platform. While there are many tools to record and share video, Panopto offers the benefit of integration with Moodle, and a streamlined screen or video recording and sharing workflow.

Record Classroom Instruction for Online Delivery Outside of Class

In the event of some students unable to attend class that is still meeting on campus, Panopto can be used in the classroom to capture video, screen, doc cam and audio. Many classrooms are already equipped with cameras and microphones for this purpose, and others can be easily outfitted to record the class activity.

If recording live course instruction, please note:

  • Students should consent to the recording for each course. Linking to the online course recording release form in Moodle or via an email to the class is recommended (this can be done once to cover all course recordings).
  • For privacy and FERPA reasons, recordings should be available exclusively in Moodle or a class Shared Drive, and only to enrolled students in each course. Videos must not be uploaded to Youtube or other public video sharing platforms.

Video Conferencing for Synchronous Class Meetings, Group Work or Office Hours

St. Olaf recommends using Google Meet for video conferencing, as it integrates well with existing Google tools and can support large group video calls. As a response to COVID-19, Google Meet has made available two features – recording and additional capacity (up to 250) per room.

St. Olaf also supports Zoom and maintains a limited number of Zoom Pro for education licenses.

Remote Testing and Assessment

There are a number of supported tools that can be used for testing and assessment, including those that offer a variety of question types, or video and audio submissions.