Teaching Tools

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

Visit Georgetown Commons to find guides on course design and teaching.

Learning management systems

Lecture capture

Media streaming

Web Conferencing

Academic integrity

Assessment tools

Content platforms

Classroom response systems

Other tools

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Barnes & Noble College 

Barnes & Noble College provides instructors with tools to search and adopt course materials, compaire book prices and available formats all from within a Canvas or Blackboard course. Barnes & Noble College includes B&N Bookstore and B&N Faculty Resources.

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Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is an online course management system for face-to-face, hybrid and online courses. As announced in November 2017, Georgetown University is moving from Blackboard to Canvas. Beginning in the Fall 2018 semester, Blackboard courses will be available by request only using the Faculty Course Site Request Form.

After Dec. 31st 2019, Blackboard will no longer be available.


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.




Panopto is a cloud-based lecture capture service that replaces services previously provided by Echo360. Use Panopto to record lectures and presentations using your computer’s auido, video, and desktop screen. Instructors can publish the recordings to their Canvas and Blackboard courses and share them with students.  Recordings are streamed using a web browser and can be viewed on desktop or laptop computers (Windows and Mac) and mobile devices (iOS and Android).

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Georgetown Commons

Georgetown Commons is website supported by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). Here you will find resources for designing online courses, examples from faculty and ways to connect with scholars at Georgetown. Support for online course tools such as blogs, ePortfolios, and wikis etc., can be found on this site.

i clicker


iClicker, also known as “student or classroom response systems,” are wireless handheld devices which allow students to respond to questions posed by their instructor. Responses are then sent to a receiver which enables the instructor to collect and display all results immediately.

CNDLS supports iClicker (hardware device) and iClicker’s REEF Mobile Polling (software application) on the Main Campus.

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JWL Blackboard



Currently not available in Blackboard.

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Lockdown Browser (LDB)


Quiz Authoring

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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 only available in Blackboard.


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.

Instructors can use ShareStream in Canvas and Blackboard to provide students with video and audio content streaming.



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. Tunitin is available to instructors and students through their Canvas and Blackboard courses. 

Voice Thread


VoiceThread is an online discussion, assignment and presentation tool available for all faculty and students at Georgetown. Voicethread can record a computer’s audio and video, any written text, and even allows for dial-in participants. Instructors can use Voicethread in their Canvas and Blackboard course to create and share dynamic asynchronous conversations by talking, typing, and drawing on the screen. Voicethread can be accessed from a desktop or laptop computer (Windows and Mac) or mobile device (iOS).


Zoom is a web conferencing tool that provides a platform to conduct live online conferences, presentations, lectures, meetings and group chats.  All Georgetown faculty, staff and students are eligible for Zoom Pro accounts. Instructors can use Zoom in their Canvas or Blackboard courses to schedule conferences with students and hold online office hours. Zoom works on desktop or laptop computers (Windows and Mac), mobile device (iOS and Android), other conferencing systems such as Polycom (H.323), and can connect to anyone internal or external to Georgetown.