UW Continuum College Instructor Resources

Additional Learning Technology Resources

UW Continuum College, UW-IT, and the University of Washington provide a wide variety of tools for teaching and learning, in addition to Canvas, Open edX, and Zoom. It is important to note that UW Continuum College does not directly support all of these tools. However, we have compiled some information for commonly used learning technology tools that you may make use of in your courses, links to resources, and information on where to find support.


H5P is a suite of tools for creating interactive course content and providing layout, which can be integrated into course materials, including the Canvas learning management system.

H5P is a recent addition to our educational toolkit. It was recently piloted by UW Continuum college and we are gradually expanding its use in our courses. H5P is currently only being set up through collaboration with our Instructional Design team. Contact ctnmhelp@uw.edu or your Program Manager for more information.

Some types of content available in H5P

  • Presentations
  • Interactive video
  • Memory games
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Hotspots
  • Flash cards


Panopto is the the University of Washington’s lecture capture solution. You can use it to easily record and review videos from courses, lectures, and presentations. Recordings in Panopto are viewable on most Web browsers and mobile devices. As of a recent update, you are also able to use Panopto to upload/host existing media for your course, such as your Zoom meeting recordings.

Poll Everywhere is centrally supported by UW Learning Technologies and UW-IT.

Some benefits of using Panopto include

  • Access to recordings is tied directly to Canvas course data and enrollment information.
  • Panopto has a built in editor for recordings.
  • When recording PowerPoint slideshows in Panopto, Panopto creates timed events for every slide change, and records the slide titles and any text, and makes it searchable, allowing students to find what they need easily.

Resources & Guides

Support Contact Information

  • 206.221.5000
  • help@uw.edu

Creating Recordings

Editing Recordings

Sharing Recordings

Enabling the Panopto Recordings course navigation tab

If you wish, you can enable the Panopto Recordings tab to be visible for your course. You will be able to use this tab to easily review and access your videos, add new videos, and students will also be able to access all recording files from this navigation tab as well.

  1. If you do not currently see Panopto Recordings in your course navigation menu, you may need to enable the menu item. Click on Settings at the bottom of your course navigation menu.
  2. Click on the tab labeled Navigation across the top of the page.
  3. Locate the tab for Panopto Recordings and drag it to where you wish it to appear in the course navigation, or click on the three vertical dots next to the tab and select Enable.
  4. Click on the blue Save button.
  5. Refresh your page, and the Panopto Recordings tab will now appear within your course navigation.
Sharing the Video
  1. In the left course navigation menu, click on Panopto Recordings
  2. Panopto will open as a frame within your Canvas course.
  3. Hover over the video which you wish to share with students.
  4. Click on Share from the tabs that appear.
  5. Copy the link URL to share with students.
  6. Create a hyperlink on the Canvas page where you wish to share the recording. Or, to share from Modules:
    1. From the Canvas Modules tab, locate the module where you wish to share the video.
    2. Click on the + (Plus) icon to the far right of the module title.
    3. Select External URL from the drop down menu at the top of the window.
    4. Paste the URL.
    5. For Page Name, type a relevant title for the recording.
    6. Select the checkbox for Load in a new tab
    7. Click on the blue Add Item button to save.
    8. Ensure that the URL is published within the Module, so that students will have access.
Embedding a video in a Canvas page
  1. Open Canvas at https://canvas.uw.edu in the browser of your choice.
  2. Navigate to your course.
  3. Open the page where you wish to embed your recording (or create a new page).
  4. Click on the Edit button at the top of the page.
  5. Place your cursor where you wish to embed the video.
  6. In the Rich Content Editor menu at the top of the page, click on the green Panopto logo icon.
  7. A window will pop up that shows all Panopto recordings affiliated with your course folder.
  8. Select the video you wish to embed.
  9. Click on the purple Insert button at the bottom of the page.
  10. The video will embed itself into the Canvas page.
  11. Click on the Save button to save the page.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a robust and web-based polling feature and audience/classroom response system. Poll Everywhere does not require students to own a special device (such as a clicker), they can use their phone, or any internet connected device to respond to questions.

Poll Everywhere is centrally supported by UW Learning Technologies and UW-IT.

Some benefits of using Poll Everywhere include

  • Can be run through a browser, or embedded into PowerPoint or Google Slides during your presentations.
  • Responses can be automatically marked as correct or incorrect.
  • Open ended questions are permitted.

Resources & Guides

Support Contact Information

  • 206.221.5000
  • help@uw.edu

Interested in other tools?

If you are interested in using other third-party tools or integrations in your course, you must review and follow the procedures outlined in our Use Policy for Third Party Tools and Integrations.

All apps in the UW LMS Vendor Integration Program and on the Canvas App Center Whitelist have been evaluated by UW-IT and are safe to use. UW Continuum College also has a list of authorized tools for use in Canvas. If you have any questions about whether a tool already has a contractual agreement and signed data agreement, please contact ctnmhelp@uw.edu

If there is a tool that you wish to use, please email ctmnhelp@uw.edu to determine if this is something that we can enable. Please note that data agreements may take up to 6 months to properly formulate, document, and process. Tools will not be enabled until this process is complete.