Teaching Tools

The Educational Technologies team provides support for the following online academic enterprise-level services:


Blackboard Learn technology helps instructors make learning more effective in and beyond the traditional walls by bringing efficiency to day-to-day tasks and empowering instructors with tools to engage every learner by motivating them on the devices they rely on daily.  The use of Blackboard Learn extends the classroom, promotes discussion and collaboration, and streamlines many educational processes.

As an instructor at Georgetown University you will have an online toolkit—one that is proven and constantly evolves to meet your needs—from managing and delivering content, engaging learners, to assessing outcomes.

Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) that provides tools that supplement face-to-face courses by providing additional information online. Students will be able to access content for courses they are enrolled in through Canvas. You can use Canvas features to help manage your course, such as Gradebook and Assignments. You can use features to gather student work via online submissions in assignments, or deliver course content such as PDFs, documentation, and presentations using Files. 

Lecture capture means recording classroom-based activities in a digital format that students can then watch over the web, on a computer, or on a mobile device. Lecture capture technology records the presenter's audio and video, as well as any visual aids - laptop, tablet, whiteboard, document camera, visualizer - synchronizes them, and archives the recorded content for on-demand playback.  Echo360, the lecture capture tool adopted by Georgetown University, facilitates rich media capture and delivery for distance education, hybrid courses, and extended learning programs beyond the traditional face-to-face classroom context.

As an instructor at Georgetown University you can open up all-new aspects of real time, or anytime, learning to engage more students and improve outcomes–all outside of the classroom walls.

To learn more about Echo360 at Georgetown University, please visit echo360.georgetown.edu 


The Georgetown Commons invites Georgetown faculty members to create, collaborate, and discover, all under the support umbrella of Georgetown Commons and Teaching Commons (a set of resources to help faculty improve teaching practices). 

Take advantage of these services and start utilizing blogs, ePortfolios, and wikis to augment coursework and foster collaboration; use Hubs to share ideas and work collaboratively around academic or professional interests. Find out more at Georgetown Commons.


SafeAssign is a decision-support mechanism that provides instructors with supplementary information for identifying areas of concern with respect to academic integrity.  SafeAssign can be used to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool.

As an instructor at Georgetown University you can use SafeAssign to check your students’ written work for originality.

You can access SafeAssign at Georgetown University from within your Blackboard course site’s Control Panel area at https://campus.georgetown.edu.

The ShareStream Video Platform is a comprehensive, end-to-end system for uploading, transcoding, editing, storing, managing, and delivering media in a secure environment worldwide. It is designed specifically to address the unique challenges educational institutions face in establishing an institution-wide video delivery system that services a wide variety of user groups and departments across campuses.

As an instructor at Georgetown University you can make video and audio content available to your students through Sharestream.

You can access ShareStream at Georgetown University from within your Blackboard course site’s Tools area at https://campus.georgetown.edu or at http://mediapilot.georgetown.edu (please refer to the ShareStream support pages for specific information about student and faculty access, etc.)


Turnitin's OriginalityCheck helps instructors check students' work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against numerous online databases.  Turnitin can be accessed from within Blackboard at https://campus.georgetown.edu.

VoiceThread is a web-based application that allows instructors and students to place collections of media such as images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file.

Create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos -- basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. VoiceThread takes your conversations to the next level, capturing your presence, not just your comments. Anyone can join the discussion from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC -- anytime, anywhere.

* Add images and videos from your camera or photo library.
* Flip through pages and annotate them while you narrate.
* Sharing is as easy as sending an email.
* Use your VT account if you have one -- just sign in and all your threads will be there.
* Access the extensive catalog of content created on voicethread.com.

Zoom is a tool that enables you to conduct online conferences, presentations, lectures, meetings, and group chats.  With Zoom, you can schedule an online meeting for the future or start an instant meeting.  You can join a meeting from your desktop or laptop computer (Windows and Mac), mobile device (iOS and Android), and even other conferencing platforms such as Polycom (H.323).  You can invite non-Georgetown participants to your Zoom sessions.