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Online Teaching Tools

Your 1Hope Account gives you access to several great tools that make teaching possible online.

Screen Recording

There isn't a “correct way” to create videos, just like there's not just one way to create and present a lecture. There are lots of ways to capture your screen, edit it, and distribute it to students!

See options for recording and editing videos 

Real-Time Video Collaboration

Google Meet

Google Meet logo Google Meet is a free web-based videoconferencing tool, and is the easiest way to give your lecture online in real-time. When you schedule an event in Google Calendar logo Google Calendar and invite participants, a new Google Meet call will be associated with that event.

See more information about Google Meet 


Zoom logo Zoom is a third-party service that CIT maintains a license pool for. If you're looking for advanced live-streaming features or are hosting a public event, Zoom may be a good choice for you.

See more information about Zoom 

Comparing the Two

  Google Meet Zoom
Layouts Automatically switches between:
  • Spotlight
    The current active speaker and presentation, if any. Users may also "pin" one participant to stay on them.
  • Tiled
    16 (adjustable up to 49) equal-sized participants
  • Sidebar
    The presentation or active speaker, with additional participants along the side

More information

Note: If you previously installed a third-party extension to see more people at a time in Grid View, we recommend removing it

Manually choose between:
  • Active Speaker
    The current active speaker and presentation, if any. Users may also "pin" one participant to stay on them, and the host can "spotlight" a participant so everybody stays on them.
  • Gallery
    25 equal-sized participants, paginated. Some computers may allow up to 49.
  • Mini
    A tiny version of the Zoom interface that you can drag around your desktop
More information

Yes, directly to Google Drive.

Yes, to local disk or the cloud.


Chat to everyone in call.

Note: A given user can only see what was sent during the time they were in the call.

Chat to everyone in call or one-on-one. You can also send files via chat.

Note: A given user can only see what was sent during the time they were in the call.

Screen Sharing

Multiple people can share at the same time. Each presenter has the option to share either their entire screen, one application window, or one Chrome tab. Only one shared screen at a time is designated as "Presenting", which spotlights that screen front and center. You can see all participants and shared screens in the call with the "People" button in the top right. More information.

Note: Playing media such as video and audio only works when sharing a Chrome tab. Make sure you mute your microphone or turn down your volume while playing media, so that people don't hear it twice!

The host can share their screen or a single application window, or designate another participant in the call to do the same. More information.

Built-in automatic real-time captioning. Saving of the transcript is available via this third-party Chrome Add-on.

Built-in Live Transcription captioning is now available as an option in your profile settings. This will change the "Closed Caption" button on the bottom bar to say "Live Transcription" during a call, and must be pressed by the host at the start of every meeting.

We also recommend enabling the optional audio transcript that can also be downloaded after the call. This feature is unfortunately only available when using Cloud Recordings.

Breakout Rooms Yes. Yes.
Real-Time Polls Yes. Created and displayed during the call. Yes. Created on the Zoom website before or during the call, and triggered during the call.
Real-Time Q&A Yes. No. Consider using a third-party tool such as the Zoom chat or the Google Slides built-in Q&A feature.
Participant Reactions Yes. Participants can indicate a "raised hand". They are moved to the top of the participants list and an icon appears in the corner of their video feed. Yes. Participants can indicate a "raised hand," "yes," "no," "slow down" and more with icons that appear next to their name in the participants list. They can also add a "reaction" overlay to their video feed.
Host Control If you schedule a Google Meet call via Google Calendar, all recording video files will go to your Google Drive. Also, only the meeting creator will be able to mute and kick other participants. Very robust hosting capabilities. Meeting organizers have full control over all aspects and features of the call. Each feature needs to be enabled before the call begins in your Zoom profile settings.
Who Can Join Distribution of the meeting link is up to you. If the participant is signed in with their 1Hope Account, they will automatically join the call. Users who aren't signed in with a 1Hope Account will prompt the meeting host, who can "Allow" or "Deny" their entry. Distribution of the meeting link is up to you. Zoom offers many features to try and give the host control over who can and cannot join a call. For each call, you can set a whitelist, a waiting room, password protection, and restrictions on participant webcams and/or screensharing.
Client Web-based. All you need is a link. Desktop client is more full-featured, and web client is actively being developed. We recommend downloading and installing the client, and having all of your participants do the same.
Cost to the College Free, built into your 1Hope Account. CIT currently manages the pool of Zoom licenses available for our faculty and staff to use. A new account must be created to schedule a call. We recommend using the "Sign in with Google" option and selecting your 1Hope Account.

What Live Platform Should I Use?

Flow chart describing whether to choose Google Meet, Zoom, or to contact a department Open in New Window 


Moodle logo Moodle is an incredibly powerful and flexible learning tool for interacting with your class. You can create online exams, distribute documents, direct your class towards external links and resources, and so much more.

See our Moodle Help page for more information 

Google Drive

Your 1Hope Account comes with a huge amount of storage with Google Drive logo Google Drive. It's a fantastic collaboration tool and a great way to keep your files organized, on- or off-campus.

See our Google Drive page for more information Instructions on moving from the U: Drive (Red) to Google Drive 


Your 1Hope Account includes a virtual whiteboard system called Jamboard logo Jamboard. With it, you can create, share and collaborate on whiteboards in real-time.

Learn more about Jamboard 

GSuite Learning Center

Google publishes an enormous amount of guides and help articles about Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and much more in the GSuite Learning Center. We highly recommend you take a look and learn about the wealth of tools we have at our disposal with our 1Hope Accounts.

Visit the GSuite Learning Center