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Streaming Video Services | e-PortfolioAcademic Integrity ToolsWeb Conferencing Tools  | Communication Tools

The Coastal Office of Online Learning is working diligently to provide CCU faculty with the necessary tools to engage students in a digital learning environment. Please view the Instructional Tools for Faculty for a list of readily available tools. For more information on each of these tools, please see below or visit our Faculty Resources Libuide.

Lecture Capture 

Echo360 Active Learning Platform

Echo360 is Coastal Carolina University's lecture and universal capture platform. Echo360 is an active learning platform that allows for class lectures to be recorded and gives faculty the ability to perform personal captures from their computers and/or mobile devices. Echo360 can also bring high level of engagement to the classroom setting. Whether you just want to record your lectures for your students to review, or use the advance features to truly give a sense of your student knowledge on a particular subject. Echo360 is easy to use and ties seamlessly into the Moodle LMS environment. Echo also includes engaging features, such as being able to track real time analytics on your student's behavior in the classroom, search content for keywords, add notes throughout videos for study purposes, and students are able to playback captures on demand. For more information about Echo360 and how to install it, please see our Lecture Capture Best Practice Guide and the new Lecture Capture website. To learn how to save your Zoom meetings to Echo360 please visit the instructional guide, Saving Zoom Recordings to Echo360

Streaming Video Services


Kanopy is a general streaming video collection of movies, documentaries, educational films, training films, and more. You can search by title or browse by subject and there is an app to view programs on mobile devices and TVs. Videos can be linked or embedded in Moodle. Most videos are closed captioned, however, if they are not, please visit the Kanopy Help page. 


Kantola is a video repository of instructional materials for students employed by Coastal Carolina University since 2018. Each video contains guest lecturers from the Stanford Briefings series. Faculty interested in viewing the content and seeing if they would like to utilize Kantola for their student learning outcomes should contact the Coastal Office of Online Learning. Please also refer to the Kantola Resource Guide for more information.



Mahara is an e-portfolio, weblog, resume builder, and social networking system tool that connects users and allows for creating online learner communities. Mahara facilitates sharing of demonstrated life-long learning, skills, and development over time. Please see the Mahara Resource Guide for more information on utilizing Mahara in your course.

Academic Integrity Tools

Respondus Monitor & Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus is a proctoring tool that integrates with the Learning Management System (LMS) to prevent cheating on online exams. Respondus Monitor utilizes webcam/video technology as a method to proctor online exams, whereas Respondus Lockdown Browser locks down the online test environment to prevent cheating. Currently, Coastal Carolina has a campuswide license for both tools. For more information on using Respondus in your course, please contact

To request access to Respondus 4.0, email You will be enrolled into a Respondus 4.0 resource course which will provide you with access to the software to download and install Respond 4.0. Please know that if you are using a CCU device that you do not have administrator rights to, you will need to contact ITS to request that the software be added to your devices. NOTE: This software is only available for PC devices at this time.


Turnitin is designed around empowering you and your students by giving you the information and the tools needed for efficient submission and marking process. Improvements to accessibility, responsiveness, and navigation are all designed to help you build better writers with an emphasis on integrity. Please see the Turnitin User Manual on how to use Turnitin in Moodle. If you plan to use Turnitin in your course, please feel free to share this tutorial as a resource for students when using the tool.

Web Conferencing


Zoom's cloud-based capabilities combine audio and video conferencing, online meetings, group messaging, chat, calendar integration, and more. Zoom also has mobile apps for iOS and Android. 

CCU Zoom accounts are available for faculty and staff through a campus site license. Only those hosting or scheduling meetings are required to have a Zoom account; students and others can participate in meetings without a Zoom account. To request a CCU Zoom account, fill out an ITS Online Service Request and select the category Faculty/Staff Support. Faculty and staff will receive a Zoom Pro account. Once the account is created, setup information will be communicated via the ITS ticket. Please also visit the instructional guide, Saving Zoom Recordings to Echo360.

Skype (available until July 2021)

Skype for Business provides a consistent, single client meeting experience for presence, instant messaging, voice and video that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with people around the world who use Skype. Skype for Business allows users to see when contacts are available to schedule and join meetings; chat via instant message conversations; and collaborate with tools such as video conferencing, desktop sharing and file-sharing.

Teams (recommended)

Microsoft Teams is a powerful team-based collaboration and communication tool that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place. Microsft teams is currently the recommended web conferencing tool for the campus. Skype for Business will no longer be available after July 2021 and the campus is unsure about expanding the license for Adobe Connect. 

Communication Tools

Remind is a communication platform that helps every student succeed. Whether you're in the classroom, at home, or anywhere in between, Remind makes it easy to stay connected to your school community. Remind can also be embedded directly into your Moodle course with the Remind Embed Widget

  • Communicate in real time—on any device.
  • Keep personal contact information private.
  • Translate messages into more than 90 languages.
  • Share files, photos, and content from your favorite sites.

VoiceThread is a learning tool that integrates directly with Moodle to enhance student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.

A small license for VoiceThread has been obtained beginning Summer 2020. To request access to VoiceThread, please email

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