Catalyst web tools

What are Catalyst web tools?

The Catalyst Web Tools are a set of Web-based communication and collaboration applications designed by the University of Washington for use in teaching, learning, research, and everyday work. Use of the Catalyst Web Tools is free to anyone in the UW community. Many of these tools can be used in conjunction with Blackboard if desired. Catalyst also provides a number of online computer-related tutorials and information.

How can I get support?

While Catalyst Tools are developed and supported by the University of Washington Learning & Scholarly Technologies, UW Tacoma has on-campus support for these web tools. For on-campus support call 692-4753 or email To contact UW Seattle Learning & Scholarly Technologies call (206) 897-1999.

Available web tools through Catalyst

Collect It
File dropboxes

Class or project workspaces

File Manager
Web-based file management

Discussion Boards

Track and publish grades

Group Manager
Participant groups

One-question polls

Spaces for file sharing

Web-based email forms

Surveys and quizzes

Additional Resources

Catalyst Homepage

Catalyst How-To Guides