Skip to main content

Instructional Continuity


A number of university-supported tools are available. 

Beneath each tool is a brief description and some examples of how you can integrate it into your course to meet your teaching and learning needs. The tools are all cloud-based and available from anywhere with an internet connection.

Camino (SCU's branded instance of Canvas)

Camino can be used for a variety of purposes in an emergency. Every course at Santa Clara University has an accompanying Camino course shell that can be published and used as a closed portal for you and your students to interact. On Camino, you can communicate with your students via Announcements and Inbox Messages. You can share a variety of resources for students to access via Modules. And you can create assignments for students to complete using Assignments, graded Discussions, or Quizzes.

Camino provides a platform for you to share materials with students, as well as facilitate synchronous and asynchronous communications and collaborations. It also integrates with other tools you can use to help support instructional continuity, such as Zoom, VoiceThread, Google Docs, and Panopto.

  • Collaborations: students can work together in Google Docs on drafts, have discussions, annotate text, and do peer-review work. You can also create collaborations groups, as well as set up prompts for students to work on within the Google Doc. Another advantage of Google Docs is that students can incorporate images and video along with text.

  • Discussions: The Canvas discussions feature allows for threaded discussions that can be graded or ungraded. Video or images can be embedded in the discussion prompt, and students can reply and participate in the discussion. This can be a good replacement for in-person discussions.

  • Peer-Review: Students can upload assignments to Canvas and have them peer-reviewed. The instructor can set how many peer-reviews each student receives. Groups can be organized by the instructor, or can be randomly distributed. This can allow students to receive valuable feedback on their work.

You can also use Canvas to share just about any digital artifact, including course readings, videos, lecture slides, audio files, and more. These can be combined into modules for the missed classes, allowing students to engage with the materials in a controlled way.


Email can be the easiest and fastest way to communicate with your students about what to do if and when a class is canceled. Please remind your students to check their email and to have their notifications in Canvas turned on.

Email, one of the most basic options for communicating with students, is a simple and ubiquitous solution for exchanging information and files.


The Google Apps platform contains many tools you can use to maintain your course instruction without a hitch. With Gmail, you can create an email distribution list to communicate with students. With Google Drive, you can share resources with your students. With Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, you can build content and either share that with students to view only or for them to edit.

Google Apps are a suite of tools that include gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and a number of other collaborative, cloud-based apps that allow for students to work asynchronously or synchronously on a variety of assignment types.


Panopto is a lecture-capture solution, but also a powerful video sharing tool. Integrated into Canvas, you can record, edit, and embed a video using Panopto. You can use this tool to record a voice-over-powerpoint lecture, which you can then share with students via Canvas or via a dedicated link that can be shared over email. Students can then annotate and take notes on the video, allowing the instructor to see their engagement, as well as respond. You can also access analytics on the videos to see who watched what and when.

SCU Mission logo University Library Home Page - One Search

Use the library's electronic resources to find digital versions of articles, books, and readings to share in Camino. Subject Librarians are available to help select and link materials from the University Library.

 University Library Streaming Video Services

Search for videos available through the University Library using this guide. Students, faculty, and staff can access these videos from anywhere with internet access, not only on campus. The streaming video services, like all of SCU Library's electronic resources, are accessible from off-campus with a current SCU network ID and password.


VoiceThread allows you to add audio narration or video content to your previously existing course content. You can take your PowerPoint slides, add them to VoiceThread, and add your audio narration to them using your computer’s microphone.

VoiceThread is a platform for creating rich, asynchronous conversations around media including images, video clips, documents, and slide presentations. Students and instructors can comment on the posted content using text, audio, video, or drawing. Each comment forms another layer added to the timeline of the voicethread slide, and additional slides can be added to continue the discussion around other pieces of media.


Zoom is a web conferencing tool that allows you to meet remotely or create recordings. It is good for office hours, teaching live remotely, and for capturing short, no frills videos.  Learn how to setup Zoom with the SCU license hereZoom support and training here.  Faculty requests for webcam/mics here. Recommended webcams here.

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows users to speak with others in different locations by streaming audio and video. The tool is accessible from a computer or a smartphone, and it is possible to invite non-SCU affiliated people to join the virtual meeting. The Zoom interface includes a variety of features such as chat, screen sharing, annotation tools, and breakout rooms to enhance communication, as well as the option to record. It is fully integrated into Camino (SCU's branded istance of Canvas).

You can use Zoom in smaller classes to hold a “live” class as you would normally, but with everyone at their computer, either by setting it up through Camino or by sending students a link. For those who may have had their Internet connectivity affected, the session can be recorded for later viewing. For larger classes, you may want to schedule a number of “office hour” sessions that students can attend as their schedules allow. If students were scheduled to present during a class that cannot meet in person due to an interruption, students can record their presentation using Zoom and share it with you and the other students in the course. 

Here are some tips for using Zoom:

  • Speak clearly: Make sure the microphone on the computer sounds clear  and you record in a place with minimal background noise. 
  • Keep it short: Break up your long lectures into shorter pieces to keep students engaged. 
  • Include activities: Between segments, have students participate in the chat feature or in breakout rooms before moving on to the next segment.
  • Turn on your camera: Even if it is just for a few moments, students are more engaged with instructor content when they can see their face, not just the slides. 
Related Sites

Technology at SCU

Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation

Digital Resources for Teaching

Information Technology

Information Security

University Library