Guides and Tools

The IMPACT team is available to help faculty with instructional design and technology. We are happy to answer questions big or small and help identify the best tool to help you meet your instructional goals.

This section contains how-tos for some of the most commonly asked questions. It is a mix of instructions we created for Health Sciences faculty and material created by others. To use, click on the topic section to expand and view guides.


We at GW Health Sciences are committed to making our courses as accessible as possible to all. Below are some resources and easy things faculty instructors can do to help make course materials more accessible. The more you use these strategies on an ongoing basis, the more prepared you will be if/when there is a student with a documented need.




Data Management


Blackboard Collaborate for Live Sessions


Journals, Wikis, and Blogs

Copying and Merging Courses


Course Materials

Syllabus Template

Other Tools

Media - Presentations, Graphics and Videos

How to Create a Narrated PowerPoint Presentation


Improving the Quality of Your Online Presentations

Webcam Videos 

Phone Videos 


Panopto is used for classroom lecture capture, but is also a powerful tool for sharing narrated presentations, mini lectures, or lab demonstrations with multiple video angles and/or screen capture. 

Which Panopto Tool Should I Use?

There are 3 different versions of the Panopto Recorder. If you have the Panopto Recorder installed on your computer, it will provide the most features. However, if you cannot install it, there are online versions that should work for your needs, (see figure). 

Guide to Panopto Tools

Panopto Setup

Creating Recordings

Editing Recordings

Viewing and Managing Recordings

Where to Find People to Help

  • Health Sciences faculty/staff - Contact Linda Cotton or Karen Foote on the IMPACT Team
  • MD Program faculty/staff - Contact Teddy Hristov at the Center for Faculty Excellence
  • School of Public Health faculty/staff - Contact Andrew Wiss
  • Panopto Support is available 24x7 - 855-765-2341


Poll Everywhere


Virtual Conferences

Video Conferences



VoiceThread is a tool that allows asynchronous discussions around pieces of media such as photos, diagrams, video, and slides with a whiteboard tool. Discussion comments can be made easily using video, audio, or text. VoiceThread is provided as a tool within Blackboard, keeping items shared privately within a class. When used in Blackboard no separate accounts are needed.