Teaching isn't about technology, but the right technology can support the teaching experience and transform the learning environment. Here, we've compiled some of our recommendations for software, as well as listing what technology is standard across campus. 
Software available for installation on university-owned computers or available in classrooms is listed among our Available Campus Technology
Training for many of these applications is available online via Lynda.com or by requesting a consultation through support@stedwards.edu.

Available Campus Technology

All St. Edward's classroom spaces are equipped with a standard set of technology including a computer, projector, video camera, microphone, and document camera based on the usage of each room. We have compiled a list of classroom technology and campus licensed software applications available for installation on university-owned computers. 

Learning Management System

Canvas is the supported learning management system at St. Edward's. All courses, instructors and students are loaded automatically into Canvas. You can use Canvas to post your syllabus, assignments, readings, slides, quizzes and online discussions, as well as to track grades.

Documentation/Training: Canvas Training Center, Canvas Guides, and individual faculty training is available via consultation with Instructional Technology.
Availability: All students, staff and faculty may use their SEU credentials to login to Canvas.


Faculty can create online, auto-graded quizzes in Canvas. If you have a quiz in Word or an online textbook it can be imported into Canvas. For more information, see Creating Quizzes in Canvas.

Presentation or Lecture Capture

Panopto is a supported tool, available within Canvas, for recording presentations created by instructors and/or students. Recordings can be initiated in a classroom or on a personal computer.

Documentation/Training: Training on the use of Panopto is available via consultation with Instructional Technology. See What is Panopto? for documentation on using Panopto.
Availability:  Panopto is available in all Canvas courses and loaded on all Teacher's stations in classrooms. For usage outside of Canvas, please contact Instructional Technology.

Video Conferencing

Three supported means of video conferencing at St. Edward's include:
  • Both the Global Digital Classrooms and Jones Auditorium allow for high-definition classroom video conferencing. 
  • WebEx can be used for audio and video conferencing by faculty, staff and students.
  • Conferences, part of the Canvas application, is a quick way to video conference between students and faculty. Note: Recordings are only stored for 14 days and Conferences does not work on iOS or Android mobile devices.
Documentation/Training: Documentation on video conferencing is available at Using WebEx. Training on the use of video conferencing is available via consultation with Instructional Technology.
Availability: WebEx is available to all faculty and staff through WebEx for Faculty/Staff and for all students at WebEx for Students.

Digital Publication Tools

Would you like to publish a website or blog for your class? Would you like your students to journal, blog or create online content? We have several options available including:
  • Sites: A WordPress platform that can be used for websites, blogs or e-portfolios. 
  • Create: A web-hosting service that allows for site creation using HTML/CSS, PHP, Python or databases. 
  • Institutional Repository: A research repository available from Munday Library to store and showcase faculty projects. 
Documentation/Training: Not sure which to choose? Check out our guide to digital publication tools. Faculty and staff may contact Instructional Technology for consultations.
Availability: Sites and Create are available via the web to all St. Edward's University faculty, staff and students.  Faculty interested in using the Institutional Repository should contact Munday Library staff. 

Multimedia Creation 

The Digital Media Center (DMC) supports the creation and use of digital media in education, scholarship and creative expression. It provides a learning space for in-person consultation and online resources for digital media, including audio, video, images and interactive media. 

Documentation/Training: Tutorials on all Adobe Suite products are available through Lynda.com or via consultation with the Digital Media Center.

Following are some sample Lynda.com Playlists available:
Photoshop Quick Basics (1 hour 38 minutes)
Photoshop Basics (2 hours 15 minutes)
InDesign Quick Basics (30 minutes)
InDesign Basics (2 hours 17 minutes)
Illustrator Basics  (2 hours 12 minutes)
Adobe Acrobat DC Quick Basics (38 minutes)
Adobe Acrobat DC Basics (2 hours 54 minutes)
Adobe Acrobat Forms ( 1 hour 23 minutes
Creating Accessible PDFs (5 hours)
Adobe Premiere Pro Essential Training (6 hours 36 minutes)

Availability: The Adobe Suite is available on all lab and classroom computers. All faculty and staff with a university-owned computer can request licenses for any of the Adobe Suite tools (Photoshop, inDesign, Illustrator, Premiere) by emailing support@stedwards.edu.

Polling/Audience Repsonse Systems

You can use a polling or audience response system application to create and answer real-time polls. These systems use the student's devices or an alternate means of gathering information. Below are free applications available online for recording interactions in classes.  Support for these applications is available from each application site. 
Please note that iClickers or physical clickers are no longer available. Poll Everywhere can be used with students' personal devices and Plickers does not require use of student devices.
  • Poll Everywhere is a platform that allows instructors to create polls that students can respond to via Poll Everywhere app, web browser, text message or Twitter. Instructors can create and display questions on the fly, including Q&A and multiple choice polls. Poll Everywhere is free for up to 40 responses per poll.
  • Plickers is a "low-tech" alternative for classroom polling that allows students to respond to multiple choice questions using paper cards printed with unique codes. Instructors use the Plickers app on a smartphone or tablet to scan students' responses and receive instant results that can be shared with the class. Plickers cards and the app are free, and you can obtain class sets of up to 63 cards.
Documentation/Training:  Both applications have assistance online: Poll Everywhere Support Center and Plickers Support.
Availability: Find free versions of Poll Everywhere (up to 40 responses per poll) and Plickers on the web.

Social Annotation

Faculty can use collaborative social annotation tools to help students analyze, engage and connect around online texts. 
  • Hypothes.is is an open-source application that enables sentence-level note-taking or critique on top of online news, blogs, scientific articles, etc. Students can add links, images and videos to their annotations.
  • Perusall is an e­-book platform with collaborative annotation. Students annotate passages spread through each reading, ­­asking questions, responding to each other’s questions (in threads, Facebook­-style) or sharing other perspectives and knowledge. 
  • Kami is an online annotation tool with text, voice and video annotation options. Note: Kami requires the use of Google Drive.
Documentation/Training: Support for these tools is available online through the tool's support site.
Availability: All of these tools are available via their website.

Academic Research

Data Analysis Platforms, like Qualtrics, SPSS, NVivo, and Excel, and Literature Review applications such as Zotero and Google Scholar are available to the campus community.   Training for SPSS, NVivo, Excel and Google Scholar applications is available online through Lynda.com. Training on Qualtrics is available through consultation with Instructional Technology.

Get the details on availability and support for research tools at Accessing Research Tools.