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This site is designed for students taking online, asynchronous courses through WSU Global Campus. If you are taking a course from another WSU campus that has transitioned to distance learning due to the university’s response to COVID-19, visit the Student Guide for Completing Courses Remotely for help.

WSU Global Campus faculty may use innovative technology tools to aid in collaboration and presentations while learning online. Learn more about some common tools they might use below.

Perusall

Social learning platform for students to collaboratively annotate reading assignments

Perusall is a social learning platform that students and instructors use with reading assignments. Students and instructors can collaboratively annotate a pdf document or textbook through Perusall.

Information for students taking courses that use Perusall

Panopto

Presentation screen-capture software with audio and video recording

Panopto is an easy-to-use screen capture presentation software with audio and video inputs from webcams and other devices, allowing users to record, edit, and share their recordings.

The following tutorials are provided by Panopto and require that you create a user name and password on the Panopto help site.

VoiceThread

Collaborative voice, text, drawing, audio and video discussion tool

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show tool that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave asynchronous comments using voice, text, drawing, audio file, or video.

Zoom

Virtual meeting space for video conferencing, screen sharing

All current WSU students, faculty, and staff have access to a Zoom Pro license. Zoom is a video conferencing service that allows users to conduct a video meeting using any device with an internet connection. Use Zoom to meet up with classmates for study sessions, group projects, and informal check-ins.

Activate your Zoom account: Follow these steps to get started with Zoom and to ensure your name is shown when you participate in a Zoom session:

  1. Visit https://wsu.zoom.us/
  2. Choose Sign In
  3. Enter your WSU credentials to activate and configure your account

You’ve now activated your account and your name will appear when you join a Zoom session.

Visit Zoom Video Conferencing Services for more information on using Zoom.

Teams

Group workspace with persistent chat (IM), file management, project and task tools

Microsoft Teams offers a modern group workspace within Office 365 that includes tools and content targeted for teams of people working towards a common goal or purpose.

Teams includes a collaborative workspace, file management, project and task tools, persistent chat (IM), and an online meeting space all in one solution, making it easier for people to communicate and collaborate.

Microsoft Teams is available to all WSU employees and students, and employees can request a Team be created for their group via the WSU Crimson Service Desk. Team owners can add additional owners, manage the membership of the Team, add channels and content, and set options for the Team, such as setting permissions and Team behavior.

For information about getting started with Teams, visit WSU Microsoft Teams Services.

Note: Faculty members may also assign the use of other software programs provided by third-party vendors. These programs might require you to sign up or pay fees. If you have questions about third-party software requirements in a course, please contact the course instructor.