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eLearning Tools and Applications

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate logoBlackboard Collaborate/Online Room is a web conferencing tool added to CougarVIEW that will allow you to hold live and interactive presentation classroom sessions with your students, or record them for later playback. The tool allows for voice and video communication, sharing of (applications, files, websites and desktop), private and public chat, breakout rooms, and guest participation.

Go to Blackboard Collaborate Guides, Tutorials, and Workshops


Camtasia LoogCamtasia by TechSmith is software available for Microsoft Windows and Mac/Apple environment that allows you to record, edit, produce and share instructional and training videos. There are many reasons you may want to incorporate videos into your course such as engaging student with customized presentations or flipping your classroom and allowing students to watch lecture outside class time.

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Kaltura logoMore than just a repository for storing and streaming videos, Kaltura also is a great tool for live streaming, lecture capture, creating playlists, editing videos, and inserting interactive content like quizzes into existing video.  It also supports adding Digital Rights Management (DRM) to your content to protect it from unauthorized use.  

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Articulate Storyline 2

Storyline IconArticulate Storyline 2 is a suite of eLearning authoring software that allows you to create highly interactive content that can be produced into various format such as HTML5/Flash.  It allows text editing, importing from PowerPoint, the creation of interactive slides, and more. Articulate Storyline 2 also includes a full set of tools to ensure your newly created content follows all accessibility guidelines.

Go to Articulate Storyline 2 Guides, Tutorials, and Workshops

Adobe Captivate 8

Captivate IconAdobe Captivate is an eLearning authoring software allowing you to create highly interactive content that can be produced into various format such as HTML5/Flash.  Adobe Captivate helps create responsive eLearning content that can be displayed on a wide range of platforms, including tablets and and mobile devices.

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Respondus LogoRespondus is a software tool that allows you to retrieve, create and publish exam, assessments, and surveys from CougarVIEW (Brightspace by D2L). Respondus will allow a user to upload questions from text files and other documents and can  convert test banks into quizzes for easy upload into CougarVIEW.

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PowToon LogoCreate engaging, animated videos that bring a touch of excitement while grabbing the attention of your students in a strong learning environment. This learning tool is designed for educational professionals and students to create fun engaging content to increase learning using all three major adult learning modes.

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Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning Logo Atomic Learning is an online technology training and professional development tool that uses a digital content library of more than 1,500 hours of online professional development and learning resources consisting of over 60,000 video tutorials.  The Atomic Learning  library contains many useful tutorials and training modules for higher education, including topics like plagiarism, developing good study habits, and thriving in online courses.

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SoftChalk LogoSoftChalk is a tool that allows instructors to create, manage, and share rich interactive, and engaging online instructional content. Content can be uploaded directly to your CougarVIEW course. Interactive activities such as games, self-assessments, puzzles, and flashcards can be created and embedded directly within your CougarVIEW content.

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VoiceThread LogoUsing Adobe Flash, upload, share and present audio files and video's. Replace text-only discussions to interactive lectures by inserting comments and activities on VoiceThread slides using various commenting options: microphone, webcam, audio-files. Have interactive assignments in VoiceThread, and have the grades link to CougarVIEW to reduce double grade entry.

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Other External Learning Tools and eLearning Applications

External Learning Tool iconColumbus State University has a suite of external learning tools that are intergrated with CougarVIEW (Brightspace by D2L) to provide a seamless experience for students.  These can be assessed from inside CougarVIEW, using the external learning tools function in Brightspace.    Some tools may also require additional configuration or purchase to fully function.

Use the links below to access instructions that will help you add tools to your courses:

Frequently Asked Questions

Check the frequently asked questions for more information on eLearning tools and CougarVIEW integrations.