SGSUP Instructional Design


Welcome to the SGSUP Instructional Design site. My purpose is to partner with faculty to design meaningful learning moments to empower students to succeed.

My Top TEN favorite FREE course enhancement tools

If you are looking for ways to enhance your course, here are my recommendations!

1. Slack

Slack is now enterprise, so consider providing Slack for real-time online collaboration among students with an immediate increase in student engagement. Slack at ASU

Great for: group project based courses

2. Zoom

Zoom is also recently enterprise at ASU, and it provides ASU students, faculty, and staff free collaborate video conferencing. Bringing flawless video, clear audio, and instant screensharing to virtual office hours, synchronous lectures or presentations, alternatives to class meetings, etc. Zoom at ASU

Great for: adding instructor presence

3. ASU Library Reading Lists

ASU Library Reading Lists makes it easy and engaging to create, access, and manage course reading lists. Instructors can build, maintain, and share resource lists that include all material types, librarians can provide resources more efficiently and scale up to support more courses, and students can access all course materials in one place and from any device.

Great for: providing access to no cost course materials

4. Digital Portfolios

Not only do digital portfolios serve a practical purpose by allowing students to collect, archive, and publish their work, they also help students to draw connections among different projects and to integrate topics and themes across disciplines and semesters. What is a Digital Portfolio?

Great for: courses in a progression, graduate level courses, and programs

5. Digital Badges

Badgr is the easiest way to issue and earn verifiable credentials, and it integrates with Canvas. Issue badges to students as they complete modules, or as they demonstrate skills and competencies.

Great for: recognizing achievement and growth


Free and easy to use. Create interactive elements and then plop them in your Canvas page.

Great for: adding knowledge checks

7. RSS Feed in Canvas Announcement

You can add an external RSS feed to a course announcement. RSS feeds benefit users who want to receive timely updates from favorite websites or to aggregate data from many sites. How do I add an external RSS feed to an announcement as an instructor?

Great for: sharing current events

8. Community Page in Canvas

You can decide who can edit a Canvas page by selecting the "who can edit this page" drop down menu. Set up wiki-style pages where students can sign up, curate a list, share questions or muddy points, or anything else you decide.

Great for: building community

9. Screen-cast-o-matic (SOM)

Create, edit, and share beautiful screen captures. Features like toggle between webcam and screen, and draw and zoom allow you to record interesting lectures and announcements. And the editor tools are robust and easy to use.

Great for: asynchronous learning and training

10. Articulate Rise

I like Rise because it is so easy to infuse life into static PowerPoints.

Great for: replacing powerpoints

External Resources

The College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Canvas resources can be found at


University Canvas Resources and Training can be found at

Teach Online

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SGSUP Template Now Available for In-Person Classes!

Find it on the Canvas Commons, keyword "SGSUP"