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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.

View our previously recorded training sessions here.


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

To learn more, visit our Blackboard Page

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! 

To learn more, visit the Blackboard Ally page on the NDSU Accessibility site.

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.

To learn more, visit our Blackboard Collaborate Ultra page.

Blackboard Collaborate: NDSU Recorded Training (10:03)

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. 

To learn more, visit our OMR page.

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. 

To learn more, visit our Respondus 4.0 page.

Respondus LockDown Browser

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

To learn more, visit our Respondus LockDown Browser page.


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. 

To learn more, visit our SafeAssign page.

Turning Technologies

NDSU has a campus wide license for Turning Technologies 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. 

To learn more, visit our Turning Technologies page.


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.

To learn more, visit our YuJa page.

How to Use YuJa: Remote Session Recorded 3/18/2020 (1:03:04) 

YuJa Proctored Exams: Remote Session Recorded 4/2/2020 (58:38)

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.

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