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Innovative and imaginative use of technologies can enhance and strengthen teaching, learning, and scholarship at UWT.  We recognize that the ability to use a tool to achieve creative goals requires a certain level of introduction and orientation. The Office of Digital Learning is ready to help you become familiar with the tools you’re interested in and to provide guidance and support for the creative exploration that follows. 

Protecting Student Privacy

In order to protect your students' rights, please understand the role FERPA plays when it comes to choosing and using third party or cloud-based tools. If you plan on using third-party technology in your course (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, etc.), it is important to understand the Family Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA). Some students prefer to opt-out of assignments of this nature to protect their personal, identifying information (including their name) or parts of their academic record (assignments, grades or other content). You can learn more about FERPA on the UW Tacoma Registrar website via the FERPA Training for Faculty and Staff page or by downloading their FERPA for Faculty and Staff Guide.

  • When using third-party applications and cloud-based tools, the Office of Digital Learning recommends informing students of your intent to incorporate these types of tools. Our E-Syllabus now includes a Use of Third-Party Technology statement.  This will allow your students the ability to opt-out and gives you the opportunity to make plans for an alternative activity. This statement is not official or legally binding but is meant to notify students of the course’s technology use, and allow them to make a decision about how they wish to share their information.

Canvas LMS  

"Modern tools and resources that empower and simplify the learning experience"

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Built-in integrations for VeriCite Plagiarism Detection, Panopto Lecture Capture, Poll Everywhere, Twitter, BigBlue Button video conferencing, Google Doc Collaboration, assignment submission, grading etc. Visit our Canvas support page to get started!


Adding Guests to your Canvas Course

When giving access to your course, it is important to select the appropriate level of access in order to protect students’ privacy rights. For course guests who do not need access to student grades, choose from the more restricted roles of guest teacher, librarian or observer. Please refer to our FERPA & Canvas Roles page for detailed information on assigning the appropriate role to your Canvas guest. 




VeriCite Plagiarism Detection 

VeriCite is now available through Canvas for instructors to set up plagiarism review on a per-assignment basis, and for students to submit assignments for review. 

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Catalyst Tools are being retired 2017-18. AT suggests setting up a Google Site to replace CommonView sites. WebQ will not be retired.




UW supported lecture capture solution. Allows for easy recording and reviewing of videos from courses, lectures, and presentations.




Online course exam proctoring.



Poll Everywhere

Clicker-free classroom polling 


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Google+ Hangout

Google's free video-conferencing tool. Up to 10 participants can join a Google Hangout at a time. It's a great way to connect your classroom with other classrooms anywhere in the world.



Cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform


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Twitter is a free online microblogging tool that allows people to stay in constant contact with each other through short bursts of communication. This is considered a third-party app so please refer to the E-Syllabus statement on Use of Third-Party Technology.




Google G Suite

UW G Suite is similar to Google’s consumer apps, but free of advertising and with greater privacy protection.  UW G Suite includes GmailDriveCalendar, and SitesShared UW NetIDs are helpful for use with G Suite, especially Google Drive.


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FOLD is an open publishing platform with a unique structure that lets writers link media cards to the text of their stories. Media cards can be videosphotosgifsmapstweetsaudiofree text, or links. They are created by searching through YouTube, Flickr, Soundcloud, and more from inside the text editor.