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We offer a number of educational tools ("EduTools") to help you connect and collaborate with your online and hybrid students.

Not sure where to start? Why don't you let us make some suggestions for you? Just answer a few questions in our Interactive EduTool Chooser to let us know what you would like to do, and we'll provide our recommendation based on your needs and wants. It's as simple as that!

Select from the logos below to navigate to a specific EduTool.

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EduTool Categories

Interactive EduTool Chooser

By answering a few quick questions in our Interactive EduTool Chooser, you'll receive our EduTool recommendations based on your needs and wants. Give it a try by clicking below!

Distance Learning Supported EduTools

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The DL-Supported banner indicates that the Office of Distance Learning Instructional Support Team has tested this tool and provides support for integrating and using the tool in your hybrid and online courses.


Online Exam Proctoring

Online exam proctoring allows for students in different geographical locations to be monitored while taking exams through the use of webcams and screen monitoring technologies. We have partnered with two industry-leading proctoring services, ProctorU and Examity, from which faculty can choose to use for proctoring exams.

Both ProctorU and Examity offer the following features:

  • Identity Authentication
  • Proctoring of exam sessions by a live proctor
  • Faculty review of recorded test session
  • Convenient 24/7 scheduling for students
  • Reports of any testing irregularities

ProctorU LogoChoose ProctorU for:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhanced Live proctoring
  • Email notification of testing incidents
  • Faculty "Live Look-in" during live testing sessions in progress


Examity logoChoose Examity for:

  • Alternative to ProctorU Live proctoring
  • Automated Proctoring for low stakes assessments


Video, Audio, and Multimedia

We offer several EduTools, both DL-Supported and DL-Recommended, for recording and sharing audio and video content with your students. While there is some overlap among the tools, each has it's own distinguishing features that set it apart from the others.

Panopto LogoChoose Panopto for:

  • Most standard video recording projects
  • Lecture and screencast recordings
  • Cloud video editing from any computer
  • Embedded quizzing
  • Viewer statistics
  • Content that requires infrequent updating
  • Long-term cloud video storage and sharing


VoiceThread LogoChoose VoiceThread for:

  • Lecture recordings (no screencasts)
  • Robust asyncronous discussion features
  • Content that requires frequent updating
  • Video and audio recording that does not include screencasts
  • Long-term cloud video storage and sharing


Animoto LogoChoose Animoto for:

  • Short, promotional videos
  • Pre-built, easy to use visual and musical templates
  • Supports imported images or short video clips
  • Videos meant to be exported in MP4 format


Screencastomatic LogoChoose Screencast-O-Matic if:

  • You are unable (or do not want) to install the Panopto recorder on your device
  • Video/Screen Recording will be shorter than 15 minutes


Plagiarism Detection and Annotated Grading

Turnitin LogoChoose Turnitin for:

  • Essay and paper submissions
  • Projects that are primarily text-based
  • Robust annotation options
  • Robust rubric creation and application options
  • Similarity/Originality report for plagiarism detection
  • Optional automatic grammar checking


Web-conferencing and Virtual Meetings

Zoom logoChoose Zoom for:

  • Host virtual class meetings with screen sharing and up to 300 participants
  • Interactive White Board
  • Lecture capture
  • Ability to divide virtual participants into breakout rooms
  • Real-time participant polling

Note: Zoom is not sufficient as an online proctoring tool. Examity and ProctorU provide authentication and robust montoring through live proctors and/or artificial intelligence. Review our Online Exam Proctoring section for more information.  


Adaptive Learning

Adaptive course design using RealizeIt is a new way to present personalized, customizable courses that provide students with a fundamentally different experience than they would have in standard online or hybrid courses.

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Choose Realizeit for creating a course that provides:

  • Non-linear Lesson Sequence
  • Personalized Instruction
  • Focus on Practice and Remediation
  • Visualized Learning Progress
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)


Text Notification and Communication

Remind LogoChoose Remind for:

  • Text communication with students
  • Automated or on-the-fly
  • One-way or two-way communication options
  • Setting up reminders for future due dates
  • No exchange of personal phone numbers