Instructor’s Toolbox

In an effort to provide instructors information on the tools available to them, USC ITS has developed a list of tools that have been approved for use around campus.  Some of these tools will integrate with Blackboard but some will not.  Next to each tool you will see the cost and/or who is responsible for the license and then you will see who is responsible for supporting the tool.  New tools are being explored all the time and this list is subject to change without notice.

Basic Functions

  • Student Rosters
    • Blackboard Roster – Free / supported by ITS
    • Photo Roster – Free / supported by ITS
  • Communication with students
    • Blackboard email system – Free / supported by ITS
    • Qwickly – Free / supported by ITS
    • Collaborate Ultra (video conferencing) – Free / supported by ITS
  • Take attendance
    • Qwickly – Free / supported by ITS
  • Classroom interaction
    • Collaborate Ultra (video conferencing) – Free / supported by ITS
    • Blackboard Discussion Boards – Free / supported by ITS
    • Blackboard Blogs – Free / supported by ITS
  • Video Conference
    • Collaborate Ultra (video conferencing) – Free / supported by ITS
  • Group work
    • Collaborate Ultra (video conferencing) – Free / supported by ITS
    • Blackboard Blogs – Free / supported by ITS
  • Grading
    • Blackboard Grade Center – Free / supported by ITS
    • Turnitin – Free / supported by ITS
  • Place to upload student work
    • Blackboard Assignments – Free / supported by ITS
    • Turnitin – Free / supported by ITS
  • Assignments/Quizzes/Tests (some concessions may be made)
    • Blackboard Assignments – Free / supported by ITS
    • Turnitin – Free / supported by ITS
    • Blackboard Quizzes – Free / supported by ITS
    • Blackboard Tests – Free / supported by ITS

Advanced Functions

  • Communication with Students
    • Slack – Free / supported by Professor
    • Google Hangouts – Free / supported by school
    • Zoom (video conferencing) – Licensed by school / supported by school
    • Blue Jeans (video conferencing) – Licensed by school / supported by school
  • Video Capture
    • Panopto – Licensed by school / supported by school
  • Assignments/Quizzes/Tests (some concessions may be made)
    • ExamSoft – Licensed by school / supported by school
  • Group work
    • Slack – Free / supported by Professor
    • Google Drive – Free / supported by school
  • Classroom polling
    • Poll Everywhere – $3.50 per respondent per year / supported by ITS
    • Turning point – Licensed by school / supported by school
  • Lockdown Browser
    • Respondus – Licensed by school / supported by school
    • Proctorio – Licensed by school / supported by school
  • Storage
    • Google Drive – Free / supported by ITS
    • Blackboard Content Collection – Free / supported by ITS
    • Dropbox – Free / supported by ITS
  • Mashups
    • Flickr – Free / supported by ITS
    • SlideShare – Free / supported by ITS
    • YouTube – Free / supported by ITS