Teaching Tools

Academic Software

Ally is a tool that can be used to make digital content more accessible. Ally automatically checks LMS course materials against WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards and delivers step-by-step guidance to instructors to improve the accessibility of their course content. In addition to providing instructors with feedback on the accessibility of content, Ally automatically creates alternative versions of course files. This allows students to view course documents in a variety of formats and choose the type of file that best suits their learning needs.

Ally seamlessly integrates with the Blackboard LMS and can be made available in any Blackboard course.
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Ally for Instructors
Ally measures the accessibility of each file attached to your course and shows you at-a-glance how it scores. Scores range from Low to Perfect. The higher the score the fewer the issues.

For files with Low to High scores, Ally shows you the issues and gives a step-by-step guide on how to fix them. For each file, you’d select the Accessibility score to open the instructor feedback. Follow the steps in front of you to go step-by-step. Select All issues to see every issue in the file and decide what issues to fix first.

* Students are not able to view the Ally gauges on course files. These gauges are only visible to course instructors.

Ally Instructor Resources and Support
Overview Video for Instructors
Alternative Formats
Accessibility Scores
Course Accessibility Report
View File Accessibility
Instructor Feedback Panel
Improve Content Accessibility
Ally Accessibility Checklist
Instructor FAQs

Visit learn.ncat.edu to register for Ally training or contact ITTD (336-285-4499) for more information.

Ally for Students
Ally creates alternative files for the different pieces of content that are used in a course. Alternative files include readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and easy-to-navigate content. Students can then download the alternative formats anywhere the Alternative Formats icon appears. Students can choose the version of the original that best suits their learning needs!

Ally Student Resources
Overview Video for Students
Quick Start
Alternative Formats
Student FAQs

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session. Collaborate Ultra can be used to host synchronous lectures and instructional activities with your students. Students can also work within groups to participate in Collaborate Ultra group sessions. 

Collaborate Ultra is available in every Blackboard course and organization. If you are not a faculty member, you can request a Collaborate Ultra account to host meetings external to Blackboard.

For questions about using Blackboard Collaborate features, contact ITTD at 285-4499 or Blackboard Collaborate Support at 877-382-2293. 

Blackboard is the official learning management system used by the university to host course shells and organization sites at A&T. All faculty are required to use Blackboard and all online materials must be housed in the LMS. Faculty must be assigned to at least one course in Banner for access to Blackboard. Faculty should use their OneID usename and password to log into the system. 
For Blackboard training, visit https://ncat.neolms.com/ 

Camtasia is a screen-recording and video editing software that allows you to record anything on your computer screen, including websites, software, video calls, or PowerPoint presentations. This easy-to-use software allows you to add animations and other effects, music and audio, titles, quizzes, transitions and more!  Camtasia is one of the best screen-recording software products for creating pre-recorded video tutorials, how-to-videos, training videos, introductions to weekly course content, and other instructional videos. 

ITTD manages a limited number of Camtasia licenses for faculty. To request a license, contact a member of the ITTD team or call 285-4499.

Camtasia Tutorials
Help Library
Contact Support
User Community

GoReact is a video assessment tool that enables students to practice skills and demonstrate competence, while giving faculty the platform to provide personalized, time-coded feedback.

It’s simple:

  1. Instructor creates a video assessment in Blackboard to assess a variety of skills.
  2. Student practices and records a presentation, performance, or skill demonstration on video.
  3. Student uploads their video submission to the GoReact Assignment in Blackboard.
  4. Instructor and/or peers provide time-coded text, video, or audio feedback at precise moments in the video submission.
  5. Student receives an interactive and personalized evaluation experience, leading to better learning outcomes and career success.

GoReact integrates seamlessly into Blackboard, is FERPA and WCAG compliant, and requires no special equipment to use.

Instructor Resources

Overview Video
Getting Started with Blackboard
Creating GoReact Assignments in Blackboard
Standard Activities
Activity Settings
Group Recording Activities
Comment Only Activities
Screen Share
Additional Instructor Resources

Student Resources

Student Training Video
Using GoReact in Blackboard
Enabling Your Camera and Microphone
Recording a Video
Upload Guide
Video Recording Checklist
Help Center
Submit a Ticket

All A&T students, faculty, and staff have access to LinkedIn Learning and LinkedIn's Premium Career features at linkedinlearning.ncat.edu. Access LinkedIn Learning videos and courses from any device – anytime and anywhere. All LinkedIn Learning courses are broken into short videos, so you can focus on key topics of interest. LinkedIn Learning is also integrated with Blackboard, so faculty can add LinkedIn Learning videos to any Blackboard course. Login using your OneID or Blackboard credentials. 
For more information, contact ITTD at 285-4499.

Mediasite is the university's enterprise video solution providing resources for the capture, management and sharing of video. MyMediasite is an online portal, where users manage recordings created using Mediasite hardware and the Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR). Additionally, faculty, students, and staff can also use MyMediasite to upload and share existing videos. Mediasite can be used to record lectures, screencasts, PowerPoint presentations with audio/video enhancements, learning activities, and more.  

 is available to faculty, staff, and students and can be accessed at http://mediasite.ncat.edu/mediasite/mymediasite using OneID or Blackboard credentials.
For assistance with using Mediasite, contact ITTD at 285-4499.For technical assistance, contact the Classroom Technology team at 334-7195. 

User Guides:
Mediasite Faculty User Guide
Mediasite Student User Guide
Mediasite Staff User Guide

Video Tutorials:
Mediasite for Faculty
Mediasite for Students
Mediasite for Staff

Other Helpful Links:
Using Mediasite with Blackboard 
What’s New in Mediasite 
Mediasite Community 

Qualtrics is a web-based tool used to create, manage, and conduct online surveys in support of teaching and research. Qualtrics provides a comprehensive suite of tools to create web surveys and analyze collected data. Qualtrics supports over 100 question types and the survey data ca be viewed real-time via the dashboard. Qualtrics is available to all faculty, staff, and students at North Carolina A&T.  

To access Qualtrics, visit: http://ncat.qualtrics.com. Log in using your OneID or Blackboard credentials. 

For assistance with survey creation, survey management, and survey data analysis, contact OSPIE. For assistance with access, contact 285-4491. 

Qwickly is a productivity tool for Blackboard Learn that allows faculty to interact with multiple classes at once. Instructors can post the same announcement to multiple courses, send an email to all students they teach in just a couple of clicks, or view which classes have items that need grading. These actions are done from the Blackboard Learn home screen. Qwickly can also be used by students to send emails to one or multiple instructors at one time. 

Locate the Qwickly module on the MyNCAT page in Blackboard to use the tool.

Qwickly Attendance is a robust course tool that enables faculty to take attendance that is automatically stored and graded in Blackboard. Faculty can take attendance using an attendance list in Blackboard or allow students to “check-in” using their personal devices. Qwickly Attendance also allows faculty to send absence emails add private comments for students.  

Qwickly Attendance is available in each Blackboard course shell. For training, visit http://learn.ncat.edu 

Respondus is a software that can be used to create and manage exams that can be published directly to Blackboard. With Respondus, faculty can add multiple test questions to Blackboard at one time making it easier to create test pools. Test questions can be prepared on one or more Word files (using an approved format), imported into Respondus, and then published to Blackboard. 

*The Respondus software is only available for Windows devices. 
*Administrative access is required to download the software on a university computer. 

Respondus Software Package (for faculty) 

Click the Respondus Software Package (for faculty) link above to download the software. If you are using a university computer (or any other computer), you must have administrative rights to the computer to download the software 
Contact ITTD (285-4499) for the installation password or visit the Faculty Commons in Blackboard. (Click “Technology Integration” on the left navigation menu.) 

Respondus User Guides and Tutorials 

Respondus Technical Support

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard Learn to help prevent online test-takers from accessing applications and websites on their computers. The LockDown Browser, which is designed for proctored settings, also prevents printing and copying the while the test is running. 

With LockDown Browser, students no longer have access to normal browser features which can potentially crash a test (e.g. resizing a window, refreshing the page, switching to another application). Students are locked into the test until the test is submitted for grading. 

To use LockDown Browser, students must download and install the NCAT-specific version of the LocKDown Browser on their personal computer. Chromebook users must add the extension to the Chrome browser. The software cannot be used on mobile phones. Faculty can setup the LockDown Browser by accessing the dashboard from within a Blackboard course. If you are planning to administer online tests in Blackboard, you should consider using the Respondus LockDown Browser.

Software Download for Students 
Installation Instructions for Chromebook Users
Resources for Faculty and Students 

Respondus Technical Support

**ALEKS requires a custom version of LockDown Browser. Students will be prompted to install this version upon assignment initiation OR download the software ahead of time following this link:   Respondus in ALEKS

**Respondus in ALEKS is not available for Chromebooks nor is it currently available in campus labs.

Respondus Monitor is a companion tool to Respondus LockDown Browser that allows instructors to monitor students taking tests via webcam recordings. When Respondus Monitor is required, students use their own computer and webcam to record exam sessions. Instructors use the same Blackboard test options as usual with the added benefit of having access to full video and audio recording of test attempts for review.  

Instructors use Respondus Monitor and Respondus LockDown Browser to address issues of student identity and cheating during non-proctored assessments. To take a test using Respondus Monitor, students must use a microphone and webcam, and they must have Respondus LockDown Browser installed on their computer.  Chromebook users should have the LockDown Browser for Chromebook extension added to the Chrome Browser. The Respondus LockDown Browser software cannot be downloaded onto mobile phones.

Software Download for Students 
Installation Instructions for Chromebook Users
Resources for Faculty and Students 
Understanding Respondus Monitor Proctoring Results 
Respondus Technical Support

SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service, offered by Blackboard. This service helps educators prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. SafeAssign generates and “originality report” that provides detailed information about the matches found between a student’s submitted work and existing sources. In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, SafeAssign also has features designed to aid in educating students about plagiarism and the importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content.   

SafeAssign Help for Instructors 
SafeAssign Help for Students

North Carolina A&T State University has a campus-wide license for SoftChalk Cloud. SoftChalk is a lesson creation tool that allows educators to transform existing course materials into interactive and engaging e-learning content with minimal time, effort and resources. Lessons can be exported as web pages for posting on the Internet or exported for use in Blackboard. 

To create an account, contact ITTD (285-4499) for an activation key or visit the Faculty Commons in Blackboard. (Click “Technology Integration” on the left navigation menu.) Then visit www.softchalkcloud.com to create your account. 

Support Center:  http://support.softchalk.com 
Short Courses and Webinars:  http://softchalk.com/learn-more/short-courses 
SoftChalk Cloud Video Tutorials:  http://softchalk.com/learn-more/video-tutorials 

For more information about creating an account or for assistance, contact David Whitehead at 285-4488 or dfwhitehead@ncat.edu 

VoiceThread is a collaborative tool that allows faculty and students to navigate multimedia slide shows and leave comments using voice, text, audio, and video. ITTD has a limited number of licenses for VoiceThread. While available, you can access VoiceThread by accessing any content area in Blackboard, selecting the Building Content menu, and then choosing VoiceThread. For more information, contact ITTD at 285-4499.

Zoom is a web-based collaboration tool that facilitates video conferencing, online meetings, screen sharing, chat, and mobile collaboration. All employees currently have Zoom accounts. Student accounts will be provisioned once A&T finalizes the Zoom license agreement.  

For access to Zoom, contact the help desk (336-334-7195) or create a ticket at aggiehelp.ncat.edu. For training, visit http://learn.ncat.edu 

Zoom Integration with Blackboard
Import Zoom Cloud Recordings into Mediasite
A&T Zoom Support Page 
Zoom Video Tutorials
An Educator's Guide to Using Zoom in the Classroom