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Pedagogical Resources

Resources on teaching, learning, & assessment for CCA faculty

Apps & Tools

Below you'll find a list of tools and technologies you can use to enhance your teaching. They are divided into two categories: tools that are supported by the CCA Instructional Services and Technology (InST) Team, and tools that we do not officially support, but are great recommendations to organize and assist your workflow. We will do our best to help you explore these third-party tools. Visit Teaching and Learning Technologies on Portal for more detailed information about CCA-supported tools.

Learning Management Systems

Moodle is CCA's official Learning Management System (LMS). It is a highly customizable, open-source software used by many colleges and universities to facilitate online learning or to support classroom/studio teaching.

Faculty also have the option to use Google Classroom, which is available to CCA through our partnership with Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals. Google Classroom lacks the power and customizability of Moodle, but can be a solid choice for faculty who are already proactively using Google Drive in their classrooms and don't need much asynchronous engagement.

G Suite

CCA is a G Suite for Education institution. Some of the available apps include: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and much more! Some of the uses for these tools are:


  • Real-time collaborative editing between multiple people
  • Suggested edits for providing feedback without altering the document


  • Customizable and easy-to-use webpage creation for classes or individual students
  • Integration of YouTube, Google Docs, and Google+ feeds


  • Collect feedback from students directly or anonymously
  • Easily import results into a Google Sheet, from which various graphs can be drawn for analysis
  • Support for quiz creation, with automatic grading to provide instant feedback


  • Store files securely and distribute them digitally without having to alter the original
  • Team Drives can collect student work and save the hassle of adjusting permission settings


Panopto is a globally accessible video platform available to everyone at CCA. It allows for recording and sharing of course meetings, lectures, and presentations.


Zoom is a video conferencing software that can be used for a variety of purposes, like online class meetings, one-on-one meetings with students, and hosting virtual guest speakers.


MURAL is an online digital whiteboard. You can use MURAL to do a variety of collaborative activities with students, such as brainstorming and organizing ideas, capturing notes, creating diagrams, and providing critique and feedback.


VoiceThread provides a virtual space for interaction around rich media in between class times. VoiceThread allows students or instructors to upload images, video, or documents and then annotate with audio, video, or text comments to create engaging assignments that encourage participation.

Hypothesis is a web-based tool that allows you to annotate almost any webpage. It is an extension available for most browsers. You can read more about it here:

annotating a poem in Explain Everything

Explain Everything is a virtual whiteboard that allows recording, annotation, drawing, image manipulation, and more. It's an app that can be used to create multimedia demonstrations of virtually anything, from grammar to design patterns to mechanics. Many educators see it as a go-to tool for providing vivid explanations.

Check out Explain Everything.