Teaching Tools

Below is a list of digital teaching tools we curate for faculty and instructors at the University of Chicago. Contact us if you need help with the tools or classroom implementation.


Class Blogs can be an effective write-to-learn assignment, in addition to other pedagogical uses. UChicago Voices is a WordPress-based blogging tool for faculty, students and staff to build websites, blogs, portfolios and more. Contact us for a consultation on using blogs for your course.


Canvas has replaced Chalk as the University’s learning management system. Instructors can upload course documents, link to course reserves, start discussions, create and grade tests and assignments, and communicate with students via announcements and emails. We offer walk-in support, workshops, and individual consultations on Canvas for instructors.




Chalk is the retired Learning Management System (LMS) on campus. Academic courses, organizational sites, and groups sites have been transitioned to Canvas, and remaining training courses will be moved to a new system by December 2018. Chalk will be available as read-only archive through December 2018. ATS is keeping archives of all Chalk courses. For more information about these archives, see our page on the Canvas informational site.


File Sharing

UChicago offers a variety of platforms to students, faculty and staff for storing and sharing files. Among these, Google Drive and Box are the most useful for teaching purposes. Both have graduated permission capabilities, and support collaboration.

Lecture Videos

We can lend you the appropriate AV equipment to facilitate the recording of course lectures, either during the course or as additional course material, and we are happy to discuss flipped classroom projects. We can consult with you on the right approach, and we offer free tutorials for use of the equipment.


One Button Studio

The One Button Studio in the Regenstein Library is available for quick and easy video projects. The OBS is perfect for short video assignments or for practicing presentations (with or without presentation slides). By the start of Autumn 2018, the OBS will be available for reservation through the Library’s system, and documentation will be available.


Poll Everywhere (Pilot)

Poll Everywhere is a student response system that we are currently piloting as a replacement for physical clickers in the classroom. Poll Everywhere can facilitate quick polls, feedback, or quizzes in the classroom to promote better engagement from students and give instance insights into student understanding for instructors. Poll Everywhere easily integrates with Canvas, as well.


The UChicago Virtual Lab (vLab) is an online equivalent to a computer lab. You can use it to access certain course software. Access vLab from university-provided computers in the Library and other public spaces, or from your own laptop or desktop on the university network. (Please use cVPN when accessing vLab from off-campus.)

Video Management Platform

Kaltura is a tool for streaming audio and video files on your Canvas course site. It’s a third-party streaming tool that UChicago has licensed and integrated with Canvas. While Canvas has its own audio and video tools, Kaltura offers a number of features that the Canvas media features do not. See our Knowledge Base Article for more information about how to use Kaltura with Canvas.


ATS has visualization expertise and is available to help with creating illustration, 2D- and 3D-animation, image enhancement, or data visualization for class use. Past projects include re-creating 3D models of ancient Greek architecture, animating biological and physical processes, and digitizing maps.



Instructors can create class wiki sites in UChicago Wikis or Chalk; or they can create wiki pages in Canvas. A Wiki can be a good tool for collaboratively editing a glossary, peer-editing group projects, or for creating an open forum for brainstorming and problem-solving.

Google Suite

Anyone with a CNetID can access the UChicago Google Suite by logging in through our single-sign on with Shibboleth. For more information about the G Suite and how to access it, see the G Suite FAQ.

Google Docs

A word-processing document that allows up to 50 users to edit and 200 users to view simultaneously. Document owners can grant specific users editing, viewing, or commenting privileges. Users have the ability to track changes, and chat while working together.

Google Forms

Google Forms allows you to quickly create surveys, quick poll, and pop quiz collaboratively. Responses are automatically collected and organized in Google Sheets, and real-time response information and charts are available right inside Forms. It can be used as an alternative for classroom response systems.

Google Maps

Create custom maps to draw out geographical relationships. Draw lines, shapes, or placemarks on the maps; import geographically-specific data; use layers to hide or show different kinds of content.

Google Sheets

A spreadsheet that allows up to 50 users to edit and 200 users to view simultaneously. Document owners can grant specific users editing, viewing, or commenting privileges. Users have the ability to track changes, and chat while working together.

Google Slides

Google Slides allows you to create, edit, and present slides from any computer. Similar to Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote, but collaborators can edit together in real-time. Chat and comment functions facilitate working together.


Easily draw diagrams, such as concept or mind maps, collaboratively in real-time. It can be a good tool for brainstorming, sketching flowcharts or processes. Templates are available for quickly creating diagrams and charts.


Lucidpress is a web-based drag and drop publishing app for creating print and online reports, magazines, brochures, and flyers. It can be a good tool for final reports or creative projects. Templates are available for creating documents quickly.

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