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Tech Tutorials

Need specific or detailed help beyond the tutorials below? Search UCSB’s extensive help pages, the Help/FAQs page, or email the help desk for support or to set up an appointment. 

UCSB has licenses for GauchoSpace, which is the learning management system, I clicker cloud, Panopto screen recorder and streaming service, Zoom, Gradescope for grading handwritten work and bubble sheets, Eli Review for peer review, Nectir for backchannel chats, and Google Suite.
Tech Tools at UCSB


Zoom Self-Guided Workshop and Zoom Help and FAQs

Panopto Screen Recording

GauchoCast/Panopto Self-guided Workshop and Panopto Help and FAQs

Tips for Planning and Recording Instructional Videos

Tips for Planning and Recording Instructional Videos


GauchoSpace Help Pages or watch recorded GauchoSpace videos about various tools and options in GauchoSpace.

iClicker Polling

iClicker Cloud Mobile Polling App Quick Start Guide

Schedule a live training with iclicker (select UCSB from the drop down).

Nectir Chat/Instant Message

Nectir user guide and recorded workshop

Gradescope Assignments and Exams

Gradescope Help Pages for handwritten assignments, bubble sheet exams, and online assignments.

Eli Review (Write-Learn) Peer Review

Introductory video and help documentation

Collaborative Google Docs

Get students to think and work together before, during, or after class.

Class Collaboration on Google Docs

Ideas for Alternatives to Labs

Alternatives to Videoconferencing

Synchronous, low-bandwidth alternatives:

  • Pre-record the non-interactive part of the session and share it with students in advance.  Discuss, synchronously, through:
  • Text and image-based chat so you can exchange files (Nectir, Slack)
  • Host a video conference with audio-only, to work on a shared document (e.g. Google Doc) or whiteboard (e.g. Jamboard or Google Slides).

Asynchronous alternatives

  • Self-guided workshop of various interactive tools (UCSB access only)
  • Discussion forums that build community and get students to engage with each other in critical thinking. Suggested practices for discussion forums are on the Preparing to Teach Online workshop in GauchoSpace.
  • Use collaborative blogs, online documents, and whiteboards that allow students to contribute to and create content.

Teaching with Limited Bandwidth

If you experience freezing, breaking up, or audio fade-outs, these may be due to insufficient network bandwidth on your local network, or on the local networks of your students.

  • Try muting your video to save bandwidth
  • Use your cell-phone as a hotspot, if financially feasible.
  • Search for other safe, accessible spaces in your neighborhood free wireless networking (e.g. libraries)
  • Create a schedule with house-mates to try to limit simultaneous connections.
Matrix of Immediacy of interactions with bandwidth requirements for various parts of the UCSB educational technology ecosystem.

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