Instructional Tools

CAEN supports a number of teaching and learning tools for Michigan Engineering. We offer consulting as well as training resources and workshops for many areas of instructional technology, including campus-wide applications and tools. Services like U-M Canvas, lecture recording, video conferencing, student response systems, and digital media solutions are all supported by CAEN. We also work closely with experts in CRLT-E and Nexus to connect Engineering faculty and instructors to the right technology for their needs.

For assistance using instructional tools in your course, or if you currently use technology that you believe would be beneficial to other Michigan Engineering instructors, let us know at [email protected].

Further information on different types of tools, and various options, are available below:

Accessibility Tools

Accessibility tools assist in making course material equally available for all students.


Assessment tools are used to measure a student’s academic abilities, fluency in skills in a specific subject, and progress toward academic proficiency in a specific subject area.


Communication tools are used to facilitate asynchronous discussion around ideas, the completion of learning activities, building of relationships, or networking.

Learning Management System (LMS)

Learning management systems are designed to identify training and learning gaps, using analytical data and reporting. LMSs are focused on online learning delivery but support a range of uses, acting as a platform for online content, including courses, both asynchronous based and synchronous based.

  • Canvas – Learning Management System
  • GradeCraft – Learning Management System

Pilot Software Program

The CAEN Pilot Software Program allows faculty to try out instructional software to support their teaching. Titles available may vary from term to term.

  • Prairie Learn – Online Dynamic Quizzing
  • Peerceptiv – Peer-to-Peer Feedback
  • E3 Grants – funding support for innovative strategies for engaging and supporting all learners in Michigan Engineering undergraduate courses.

Student Response Systems (SRS)

A student response system (SRS) is a systematic way of assessing student learning in real time. There are a variety of ways that a student response system can help during class time. Some examples that you may find helpful in figuring out how an SRS can help you achieve your teaching and learning goals are formative assessment, assessing attitudes, biases and misconceptions, in-class quizzing, assessing prior knowledge, and taking attendance.

Team Development

Team development software can assist instructors who have courses with student group work where they want to create the most effective groups, have their groups evaluate their peers, and have them produce quality assignments.

  • Tandem – Teamwork and Team Coaching
  • CATME – Team Maker and Team Behavior Training

Video Recording

Video recording software is any tool that lets you record your screen, your webcam, or both.