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Teaching Tools & Technology

Below are are campus wide technologies that are among our most frequent faculty workshop offerings:

As with all things in education, the incorporation of technology into your teaching practice should begin with your optimal pedagogical process.


Blackboard is the learning management system (LMS) for the North Dakota University System. It serves as the central hub for your all of your course communications, assignments and materials. Many of the other technologies on campus are integrated directly within Blackboard

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally is a revolutionary product that integrates seamlessly into Blackboard and focuses on making digital course content more inclusive and accessible for all users! 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing application. With screen sharing, breakout groups, virtual whiteboard, chats and polling it's a convenient solution for online classes or meetings at a distance.

Google Apps for Education 

NDSU faculty, students and staff have access to Google Apps for Education, providing access to many familiar tools for productivity and collaboration with some added benefits of being a Google campus.

Optical Mark Reader (OMR)

The Optical Mark Reader (OMR) System at NDSU is operated by the main campus IT Help Desk. This system consists of an OMR scanner, software enabling the OMR to write scanned data to a file, and custom-written programs which read the raw data files from the scanner and score them. 

Respondus 4.0

Respondus 4.0 is a tool for creating and managing online exams. Exams can be created offline and published directly to Blackboard courses. Blackboard exams can also be printed to paper or saved as Word or PDF files from Respondus. Respondus 4.0 also provides other time-saving tools such as equation editors, web links, and multimedia functions. Respondus 4.0 is not the same as Respondus LockDown Browser. 

Note: Windows only. 

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure browser that locks down the testing environment within the NDUS Blackboard Learn. 


SafeAssign, a tool within Blackboard, compares submitted assignments against a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works. SafeAssign generates an Originality Report containing the results of the matching process which instructors can use to help determine if the content was plagiarized. 


NDSU has a campus wide license for Turning as our personal response (clicker) solution. Clickers provide an easy way to actively engage your students in your lectures or conduct surveys and quizzes. Results can be displayed in real time to encourage discussion or can be uploaded into your Blackboard Grade Center. 


NDSU VoiceThread  is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).


YuJa is a video management and lecture capture system that allows you to make recordings of your instruction and also organize any video assets that you use in your courses. Accessed through Blackboard, YuJa helps keep all of your materials in one place.


Zoom is a great tool to conduct remote meetings. It is easy to use, and can be used on many devices or platforms. A user can install the app on their desktop and mobile device. Meetings can hold up to 300 people and recordings are available

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Created:2020-06-17 15:35 CDTUpdated:2021-08-24 09:12 CDT
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