For much of the academic year scheduled classes meet as expected, without incident. However, there may be instances when the “norm” is disrupted due to factors outside of our control like severe storms, health risks, or other emergencies. To ensure instruction can move forward, WashU has several tools available within Canvas at your disposal. Leveraging these tools, such as those listed below, will help you continue teaching throughout the disruption.


Use the Canvas Learning Management System to deliver your course completely online.

All online courses are automatically created in Canvas each semester. But, it’s the faculty member’s responsibility to add a syllabus, content, structure, etc. Schools offer varying levels of support as well as resources to help you. 


Use Zoom for real-time video conferencing with students as well as break-out rooms.

Zoom is a simple and powerful video conferencing solution compatible with all major platforms that makes it a primary choice for web conferencing and recording. 

Zoom can be used within Canvas (utilizing course roster information) or independent of Canvas.

Washington University in St. Louis has two versions of the Zoom-Canvas integration that appear in your Canvas course navigation menu: “Zoom” and “Zoom (HIPAA)

Meeting hosts will only be able to launch Zoom from one link or the other, although attendees are free to attend meetings from either link. The “Zoom (HIPAA)” link is primarily intended for School of Medicine employees, but some others may also be required to use this link to host a meeting. If you’re unsure which link to try, please try the “Zoom” link first. If you get a “User not found” error, then shift to the “Zoom (HIPAA)” link.


Use Kaltura for recording lectures and delivering videos to students in Canvas.

Integrated within Canvas, Kaltura is a video hosting, sharing and recording service provided for all WashU faculty, staff and students.


Use Respondus when you need to lock down and/or monitor the remote testing environment.

LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor locks down the testing environment within Canvas and protects the integrity of both proctored and unproctored online quizzes and exams. LockDown Browser and Monitor are used in conjunction with the Quizzes tool in Canvas.

Note: Students should ensure that other individuals are not being recorded by Monitor while they are using the tool.


Use Microsoft Teams for quick online meetings, text-based messaging, and video conferencing with an invited list of students or colleagues.

While not integrated into Canvas, you may wish to use Microsoft Teams to quickly speak with students or colleagues online. Teams links can be easily added with a single click when you send an Outlook meeting invitation.

Other Tools and Resources