Bridges Tools and Tutorials

Recording Lectures and Live Streaming

Use Panopto to Record your Lectures. Panopto is best used for asynchronous delivery of course content.

Use Zoom for video conferencing or live streaming of your class. You can also record your live sessions and upload them to your course site so students can view them later. 

Multimedia Streaming 

RWU has a range of options for streaming media available for faculty and students. Your goals and comfort level with the technologies dictate the best options for you. If you'd like a consultation about media options and get help selecting the best choice for you, you may contact the Department of Information Technology Classroom and Event Support via e-mail at or via phone at (401) 254.3157 or contact a member of the Instructional Design team via e-mail at  

Tools for Collaboration and Student Engagement

Google Apps for Education: All students have Google accounts at RWU. In addition to Gmail, students have access to all the Google apps including Google Sites for eportfolios and simple websites, YouTube to create and share videos, Google Groups, Google Classroom, Google Drive to create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations, Google Hangouts web conferencing, and much more. Learn more about Getting Started with Google Sites. 

Use Poll Everywhere  to take quick polls in the classroom. Using Poll Everywhere allows instructors to get a quick snapshot of their students' understanding of the topic while simultaneously increasing engagement. 

Qualtrics is  RWU’s survey tool. This application makes it easy to create powerful electronic survey. Link goes to:

Forums is part of the tool set of every Bridges courses site. This tool allows you to engage students in discussions on the topics you post.

Blogs works as an online journal, in which individuals can write entries, ordered by date, which they can share with others. Members of the site can comment on each others’ entries.

for Student Assessment

Rubrics is a part of the tool set available in every Bridges course site. This tool allows you to use rubrics for Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, Forums and in the Gradebook. Rubrics make your expectations crystal clear so students know in advance what they need to do. Rubrics also provide automatic feedback to students when viewing their grades so no further explanation is needed.

SimCheck, a Turnitin anti-plagiarism tool, is built into the Bridges Assignments tool as an option. This tool will automatically check assignment submissions for plagiarism.