Tools We Support

Here you’ll find a selection of tools that we support in Humanities eLearning.

For a look at what these tools do, please see our digital learning Padlet, for examples and videos.

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Visit our Digital Learning Padlet to discover what these tools do

Visit our Digital Learning Padlet to discover what these tools do

Our Core Tools

Humanities eLearning provide support for the following core tools. These are tools that have gone through information governance approval and we are committed to providing support for.

 

Core Tools Overview

 

Teaching (online or on campus) Assessment Web conferencing Multimedia Screencasting MOOCs Collaboration Graphic design
Adobe Express (formerly Spark)
Blackboard
Bb Collaborate
Box of Broadcasts
Cadmus
Camtasia
Coursera
FutureLearn
Gradescope
Hypothes.is
LibraryH3lp
Mentimeter
Mobius
MS Teams
Padlet
Peermark
Piazza
Podcast Studio
Remark (OMR)
Snagit
PointSolutions
Turnitin
VoiceThread
Full List of Tools

Already know which tool you need help with? Here are all the tools we support.

Adobe ExpressBlackboardBox of Broadcasts (BoB)CadmusCamtasia and SnagitCanvasCollaborate UltraExtended Reality and Immersive TechnologiesGradescopeHypothesisLecture captureMentimeterMS TeamsMobiusUsing multimedia resources in your teachingFinding Open Educational Resources (OERs)Optical Mark Recognition (OMR)PadletPiazza Podcast Studio PointSolutionsTurnitinVoiceThread

Tools Listed by Function

If you know what you want to do but are unsure of which tool will do the job, tools are split into sections.

Academic Malpractice

Tools and resources for combating plagiarism and the misuse of AI.

 

Cadmus

Cadmus is an add-in to Turnitin that supports staged, scaffolded assessment and aims to reduce academic malpractice (in essays or online exams).

Turnitin

Turnitin is a plagiarism deterrent, as students’ assignments are compared with work submitted around the country and internationally.

Assessment and Feedback

Tools for formative and summative assessment.

 

Blackboard

Blackboard (Bb) is UoM’s Central Learning Environment. Bb includes its own testing tool which can be used for assignments, tests and exams.

Cadmus

Cadmus facilitates the whole assessment cycle from assessment design through to release of grades and feedback, as well as providing insights into student engagement with an assignment over time.

Gradescope

Gradescope is a tool designed for the submission and marking of handwritten work (e.g. maths and stats) and computer code. It allows AI-assisted, bubblesheet and standard marking.

Mentimeter

Mentimeter is an interactive polling and presentation tool that can be used to enhance both online and face-to-face sessions, allowing you to assess student learning in real-time and monitor levels of engagement.

Mobius

Möbius is an online testing and content delivery system. It is includes many types of online questions, but has powerful functionality for questions involving maths and stats.

Remark (OMR)

Optical mark recognition (OMR) is the process of automatically processing paper-based multiple choice question papers (AKA bubblesheets).

PointSolutions

Similar to Mentimeter, PointSolutions (formerly TurningPoint) in an interactive polling tool. You can conduct in-class polls and manage results entirely online while teaching either remotely or in-person.

Turnitin

Turnitin/Feedback Studio is used for plagiarism prevention, online submission of coursework and for the return of grades and feedback online.

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that can include text, images, documents, audio and video.  VoiceThreads can be ungraded or set up as graded assignments.

Collaboration, Community and Student Engagement

Tools for building communities and encouraging student engagement via collaboration and discussion.

 

Hypothesis

Hypothes.is is a tool for annotating on the web. It’s a great tool for engaging with webpages and webhosted PDFs in a collaborative way between students and academics.

Mentimeter

Mentimeter is an interactive polling and presentation tool that can be used to enhance both online and face-to-face sessions, allowing you to assess student learning in real-time and monitor levels of engagement.

MS Teams

MS Teams is a digital hub that brings communication, collaboration and formative assessment together in one place. Microsoft Teams is a cloud-based software that is part of the Office 365 suite.

Padlet

Padlet is an easy to use, virtual bulletin board and digital canvas – an excellent collaboration tool for both teachers and learners.

Piazza

Piazza is a collaboration tool where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors. It incorporates a fuller range of features compared to similar tools like Blackboard’s own discussion forums.

PointSolutions

Similar to Mentimeter, PointSolutions (formerly TurningPoint) in an interactive polling tool. You can conduct in-class polls and manage results entirely online while teaching either remotely or in-person.

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that can include text, images, documents, audio and video, and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in several ways – using voice, text, audio or video.

Maths, Stats and Coding

Tools for teaching and assessing maths, stats and/or computer code.

 

Gradescope

Gradescope is a tool designed for the submission and marking of handwritten work (e.g. maths and stats) and computer code. It allows AI-assisted, bubblesheet and standard marking.

Mobius

Möbius is an online testing and content delivery system. It is includes many types of online questions, but has powerful functionality for questions involving maths and stats.

Multimedia Content Creation and Editing

Graphic design, video/audio recording and editing tools.

 

Adobe Express

Adobe Express provides a simple way to present lessons and other teaching content in a clear, linear single web page containing embedded multimedia.

Camtasia and Snagit

Camtasia is an all-in-one screen recorder and video editor for both Windows and Mac users which enables you to record your screen. It comes bundled with a screen capture (snipping) tool called Snag It.

Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool available in all Blackboard courses. It allows you to deliver and record lectures at your desk, and to interact with participants via audio, webcam, screen sharing and/or written text chat.

Podcast Studio

Podcast Studio is UoM’s own screen recording tool which works from inside your web browser – a help section is included inside the tool itself. Simply click it and go.

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that can include text, images, documents, audio and video, and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in several ways – using voice, text, audio or video.

Multimedia Content Sourcing

Sourcing multimedia online for use in your courses.

 

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is the easiest and most comprehensive method of finding suitable TV and radio broadcasts which can be embedded in your Blackboard courses and accessed by students within the UK.

Using multimedia resources in your teaching

We have a whole section about using multimedia in your teaching, including copyright information and a list of online media collections.

Finding Open Educational Resources (OERs)

An overview explaining the relevance of reusable online teaching resources for your Blackboard courses. These are also known as Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Online Meetings / Web Conferencing

Tools for video calls and online meetings.

 

Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool available in all Blackboard courses. It allows you to deliver and record lectures at your desk, and to interact with participants via audio, webcam, screen sharing and/or written text chat.

MS Teams

MS Teams is a digital hub that brings communication, collaboration and formative assessment together in one place. Microsoft Teams is a cloud-based software that is part of the Office 365 suite.

Other Tools

Beyond the core tools we recognise a range of supplementary software that we do not manage or directly provide support for, where the primary owner of the tool is often another team within the University. Finally, we’d like to highlight a small collection of external tools that we don’t provide support for, but have proven themselves to be useful to staff and students but we do not support directly.

Recognised Tools Overview

These tools used in some areas of the University are owned/managed by other teams or services which the Humanities eLearning team does not provide support for.

  Teaching (online or on campus) Assessment / Survey Web conferencing Multimedia ePortfolio Owner
Lecture Capture         Media Technologies
Nearpod       BMH
Kahoot       FSE
Link to Lists         Library
Zoom       Media Services
Kanopy         Library
iSpring         BMH
Softchalk       BMH
Pebblepad         BMH
Adobe Connect       N/A
Stack         FSE
Qualtrics         IT Services
Evalkit         TLSO
Audacity       N/A
Campus Solutions       Student Records
External Tools Overview

There are a wide range of other tools (sometimes freely available) that have proven to be useful but that the Humanities eLearning team does not provide direct support for to staff or students.

  Teaching (online or on campus) Assessment Web conferencing Multimedia Screencasting Other
AnswerGarden        
Canva        
Dropbox          
Prezi          
Quizlett          
Screencast-O-matic        
Scrumblr          
Shotcut          
Slideshare          
Slido        
Vimeo        
Xerte          
YouTube