Teaching Tools

The UIS Educational Technologies (EdTech) group administers and maintains the following online academic enterprise-level tools and integrations for use by faculty, staff and students specifically for teaching, learning, and research at Georgetown University.

Visit Georgetown Commons to find resources related to teaching, including additional teaching and learning tools, examples from faculty, and suggestions for further reading on a range of pedagogical topics. Applicable to all disciplines and open to anyone, Georgetown Commons is supported by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS).

UIS Edtech also provides services for the Jesuit Worldwide Learning partnership, which is comprised of organizations, institutions, companies, and above all, people, to provide tertiary education to those who would otherwise not have access to higher learning opportunities.

UIS has determined that these desktop and laptop computers have sufficient resources for most remote educational tools and activities. Note however that advanced courses in some disciplines may use software platforms that require more resources. Check with a faculty advisor or department before purchasing.


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Canvas

Canvas is an online course management system for face-to-face, hybrid and online courses. Using this flexible, open, and extensible platform for course sites, instructors can post content, create assignments and quizzes, assign grades, and communicate with students. Integrated within Canvas are a number of third-party tools that can be used to enrich students’ learning experience.


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Zoom

Zoom is a web conferencing tool that provides a platform to conduct live online conferences, presentations, lectures, meetings and group chats. Use Zoom on your desktop or laptop computer (Windows and Mac), mobile device (iOS and Android), or other conferencing systems such as Polycom (H.323), to connect to anyone internal or external to Georgetown.

Faculty can use the Zoom Conferencing tool in their Canvas courses to schedule meetings with students and hold online office hours. Students (and faculty too) can use Zoom outside of Canvas to create and host their own meetings.

All Georgetown faculty, staff and students will receive Zoom Pro accounts. This allows for 300 attendees in all Zoom meeting rooms. If you anticipate more attendees please email us in advance.


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Panopto

Panopto is a cloud-based lecture capture and media playback service that’s integrated in Canvas. Use Panopto to record content using your computer’s audio, video, and desktop screen. Instructors in Canvas can share lecture capture recordings and uploaded media with students in their courses. Check out the CNDLS page on Panopto for more information.

Note: To provide the best possible experience we recommend setting your NetID@georgetown.edu email address as the default contact method in Canvas. You can check to see what your current contact method is in Canvas. Students will have their NetID email address set as the default in Canvas. If faculty and staff have claimed their  first.last@georgetown.edu email alias then it’s likely set as the default contact address in Canvas. You can change your default contact method in Canvas to your NetID@georgetown.edu.


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ShareStream

The ShareStream media platform provides audio and video to courses and to the public at large. ShareStream is integrated in Canvas and can provide students with video and audio content streaming. It can be used with Canvas’s Rich Content Editor, Assignments, Pages, and can be added to the Course Menu. Check out the CNDLS page on ShareStream for more information and to schedule a consultation.


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Proctorio

Proctorio is available in Canvas and works by locking the student’s screen so only the quiz is visible. Students cannot access other applications or websites, nor perform actions like print, copy, or close the quiz until it is submitted for grading. Additionally, Proctorio uses the students’ video camera and microphone to track movements and actions.


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Respondus LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a web browser that locks down the testing environment in Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, visit other websites, access other applications, or close the quiz or exam until it is submitted for grading. When a Canvas quiz or exam requires LockDown Browser it cannot be accessed by standard browsers.


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Turnitin

Turnitin helps instructors check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against numerous online databases. Turnitin’s Feedback Studio also provides instructors with tools to leave written annotations, video and text comments. Turnitin is available to instructors and students through Canvas. 


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Musition

Musition Practice and Task Launch is integrated in Canvas and provides instructors the ability to create questions using audio recordings and notation excerpts and then utilize these questions for assessment, worksheets and curriculum mapping. Tasks and assessments created in Musition are linked with a Canvas course, and scores flow back into the Canvas gradebook.

Note: This tool is only available for courses in the Music department. Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by Musition. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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Beagle Learning

Beagle provides a platform that can be integrated in Canvas where users practice analyzing information, coming up with solutions to issues, and learning both independently and in groups. Use Beagle to enhance learning with case studies, research, projects, capstones, lectures, or discussions. Beagle guides students through a process of questioning, finding information, and sharing learnings in a visual mind map.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by Beagle. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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Hypothes.is

Hypothes.is is a collaborative annotation tool that can be integrated in a Canvas assignment, allowing students to annotate an external webpage or PDF, as well as see and comment on each other’s annotation. The instructor can also participate, and access individual student annotations through SpeedGrader. Check out the CNDLS page on Hypothes.is for more information and for help getting started.

Note: Support for this tool is provided by Hypothes.is. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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Piazza

Piazza provides an online class forum that can be integrated in Canvas for students to hold discussions and pose questions to their peers, instructors, and TAs. Instructors are able to moderate the discussion, along with endorsing accurate answers.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by Piazza. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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Perusall

Perusall can be integrated in Canvas and allows students to make annotations directly on papers, which can be graded by AI. Instructors can check whether students are reading papers without having to give them quizzes. Perusall can incorporate etextbooks, online articles, and PDFs, which can then be marked up in a myriad ways.

Note: Support for this tool is provided by Perusall. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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VoiceThread

VoiceThread is an online discussion, assignment and presentation tool that can be integrated in Canvas. Instructors and students can use VoiceThread to create and share dynamic asynchronous conversations recording their computer’s audio and video, typing, and drawing on the screen. Check out the CNDLS page on VoiceThread for more information and to schedule a consultation.

Note: Support for this tool is provided by VoiceThread. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


Barnes & Noble College

The BN Bookstore tool in Canvas provides instructors the ability to link their course with the campus bookstore, where students will see the materials selected for your course, and be able to purchase those materials. BN Faculty Resources tool can be used by instructors in Canvas for researching, adopting, and sharing textbooks and course materials; making it easier for students to access a variety of affordable options in all the formats available from the bookstore.


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Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning integrates with Canvas and provides web-based textbooks that include interactive, multimedia resources, flashcards and assessments.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by Cengage. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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FlatWorld Homework

FlatWorld Homework is an educational publisher that can be integrated in Canvas and is used to create and administer assignments that are automatically graded and recorded in the Canvas gradebook.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by FlatWorld. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.

Note: To provide the best possible experience we recommend setting your NetID@georgetown.edu email address as the default contact method in Canvas. You can check to see what your current contact method is in Canvas. Students will have their NetID email address set as the default in Canvas. If faculty and staff have claimed their  first.last@georgetown.edu email alias then it’s likely set as the default contact address in Canvas. You can change your default contact method in Canvas to your NetID@georgetown.edu.


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Macmillan Learning

Macmillan Learning’s institutional solutions are designed to engage learners through tools for pre-class learning, in-class engagement, and post-class assessment. Macmillan Learning etextbooks and other products integrate with Canvas.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by Macmillan Learning. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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McGraw-Hill Campus

McGraw-Hill Campus is an educational publisher that provides customized educational content that integrates with Canvas. They also provide reference and trade publications for the medical, business, and engineering professions.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by McGraw Hill. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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myBusinessCourse

myBusinessCourse provides lecture videos created by the authors of the textbook, as well as quizzes and assignments that integrates with Canvas.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by myBusinessCourse. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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MyLab and Mastering

Pearson MyLab and Mastering provides collections of online homework, tutorial, assessment products, and digital textbooks that integrate with Canvas.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by Pearson. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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Pearson Access

Pearson Access provides collections of online assessment products, and digital textbooks that integrate with Canvas.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by Pearson. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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W.W. Norton

W.W. Norton provides collections of online assessment products, and digital textbooks that integrate with Canvas.

Note: Users may need to pay to access this tool. Support for this tool is provided by W.W. Norton. Georgetown UIS help desk will not be able to resolve issues related with this tool.


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Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL)

JWL is a collaborative global partnership comprised of organizations, institutions, companies, and above all, people, to provide tertiary education to those who would otherwise not have access to higher learning opportunities.