Technical Competencies

Competencies Section

Online instructors need to be proficient users of a range of applications related to teaching and learning online. Here is a basic checklist of tools and competencies involved:

Course Space

  • Add a variety of content types (files, links, pages, etc.)
  • Create and manage assessments (quizzes, exams, surveys, etc.)
  • Can rearrange content in Modules
  • Create an accessible home page
  • Can use the Calendar
  • Create and manage groups

Assessment & Grading

  • Can use Assignments and Quizzes to grade and provide feedback via Speedgrader
  • Can create and manage gradebook
  • Use reports to inquire into student activities
  • Can assist students with special learning needs


  • Can use Canvas conversations (Canvas Inbox)
  • Can use discussion forums
  • Can use Announcements
  • Can use live Chat

Live Meetings (Zoom)

  • Can use live office hours (Zoom
  • Can host synchronous sessions with chat in Zoom
  • Can share whiteboard
  • Can share computer screen
  • Can record and post meetings
  • Can use the telephone! (don't forget this one!)

Creating Videos

  • Can create screen captures via Zoom, Kaltura or some other technology
  • Can use Kaltura within Canvas to create quick videos
  • Can post the video to Box, YouTube or some other video host to share with students
  • Can use the Canvas video capture tool in Canvas for discussions, announcements, or grading feedback

File Sharing

If you need assistance with any of these technologies (or are just plain curious), please do not hesitate to contact John Haubrick.