Technology Tools

Academic Technology Services (ATS) provides various tools within Blackboard to facilitate and enrich instruction in your face-to-face and online courses. We encourage you to contact ATS at or 973-353-1713 to assist you with customizing your course as they each offer different functionality.  While they are all integrated seamlessly into Blackboard, many of them can also be accessed independently of our learning management system.

Blackboard Collaborate - Web Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate is a simple and convenient web conferencing tool that allows you to engage with the material and your students in real-time.  Collaborate features a wide variety of tools such as an interactive whiteboard, application sharing, web tours, and file sharing in addition to the more traditional voice, video, and chat.  Break-out groups and polling further enhance the learning experience through this tool while mobile access, a phone bridge, and recording capability ensure that all students can take part in the learning.

  • Collaborate Classic - presently the default in Bb, this version runs on Java and requires a launcher to be installed (link to documentation).
  • Collaborate Ultra - this version features a clean and modern design that does not require Java, making it even easier to collaborate with your students.  Please contact ATS at or 973-353-1713 for access to this tool.

Cengage Learning - Publisher Content

Cengage Learning is an integrated, web-based solution that includes an interactive eTextbook, multimedia resources, flashcards and quizzes for use in higher education courses across all disciplines. To access content from within Blackboard, you will need to have the URL provided to you from the Cengage publisher. To learn more about Cengage Learning Click Here


Kaltura - Video creation, management, and streaming

CaptureSpace provides you with an easy to use tool to create video content, whether you are narrating a PowerPoint presentation, using screen capture technology or simply communicating with a webcam.  Basic editing is available as well to facilitate creating flipped content, presenting demonstrations, and providing feedback.  

Our Blackboard integration makes it easy to incorporate your video, audio, and image content throughout your course and since Kaltura is also available to students, it's a great option for video assignments and individual or group presentations. Quizzing features and analytics further support the use of video in your courses.  Captioning is available as well through integration with Cielo24 although fees are typically associated with this service.

McGraw-Hill Campus - Publisher content

McGraw-Hill Campus integrates all of your digital products from McGraw-Hill Education with Blackboard for quick and easy access to content and learning tools. McGraw-Hill Campus integration provides Blackboard users single sign-on access and gradebook sync functionality for McGraw-Hill Education products and content through a tool link on the course homepage. To learn more about McGraw-Hill Click Here

Norton - Publisher content 

Norton Coursepacks are ready to use, right from the start, but are also easy to customizable – you can choose the content you want to use, rearrange, add, and edit. All using a system you already know and understand. To learn more about Norton Click Here.

Pearson MyLab/Mastering - Publisher content 

Pearson MyLab and Pearson Mastering are the world's leading collections of online homework, tutorial, and assessment products designed with a single purpose in mind: to improve the results of all higher education students, one student at a time. To learn more about Pearson MyLab/Mastering Click Here.

Qwickly Attendance Tracking Qwickly Attendance enables faculty to manage attendance for face-to-face classes with automated grading in the Blackboard Grade Center.  This flexible tool can be used by faculty with an on-screen attendance list or by students using a check-in feature through their own browser with a PIN and countdown timer.  Reporting is available to faculty and students while the editing feature is limited to Instructor and TA access.


Respondus Product Suite - Respondus offers a variety of products including the following offered at Rutgers University-Newark:

  • Respondus 4.0 is a tool that allows you to author and manage your assessments with Blackboard.
  • LockDown Browser is a custom browser that literally locks down the online testing environment within Blackboard, preventing students from switching applications, printing, and taking screenshots as well as copying and pasting.  Students are required to download and install the Respondus LockDown Browser on their personal computer or access it in an Rutgers University—Newark Information Technology (RU-N IT) computer lab.
  • Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to maintain the integrity of online exams for non-proctored testing environments.  Although this is an automated solution, a student fee is involved and therefore requires notification in the syllabus and ideally in the Sections Notes on the University Schedule of Classes.  A pilot opportunity is presently available, and we encourage you to contact ATS at or 973-353-1713 for additional details. 

Turning Technologies - Audience Response System (Clickers) ATS provides Blackboard integration and support for the TurningPoint Cloud solution which can be used with physical clicker devices. While most faculty use this tool for increasing student engagement during class, it can also be used for exams.  Our Blackboard integration makes it easy to sync grades between TurningPoint Cloud and the Grade Center.  Student registration of devices and licenses are also facilitated through Blackboard.  More information can be found here:

VoiceThread - Audio, Video, and Text Conversation  VoiceThread allows you and your students to have conversations centered on images, video, and documents.  This flexible environment provides commenting functionality through voice, video, and text as well as annotation capability.  Our Blackboard integration makes it easy to create, manage and share your VoiceThreads with your class.  More information can be found here:

WileyPLUS - Publisher content

This online teaching and learning environment integrates the entire digital textbook with the most effective instructor and student resources to fit every learning style. To learn more about WileyPLUS Click Here.